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Title: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on August 22, 2016, 01:08:56 PM

Summer League is over, the Olympics are done, Training Camp is about a month away so here we go.

The Team (http://www.nba.com/raptors/roster)

The Schedule (http://www.nba.com/gameline/raptors/)

Last Year's Stats (http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/TOR/2016.html?lid=standings_team)

The Lowdown for Newcomers: Coming off the best season in Franchise history, the Raptors will be looking to build on last year's conference finals loss to the Cavaliers. Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola are gone, their spots in the post being filled by Jared Sullinger and the team's two first round draft picks. The team will be led by Lowry and DeRozan(coming off gold medals in Rio) and the still blossoming JV with Norman Powell and Delon Wright as young players to watch.

Also, the Raps just tweeted this:


So...some more Huskies branding?
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Coco-puffs on August 22, 2016, 01:37:19 PM
Also, the Raps just tweeted this:


So...some more Huskies branding?

Yes please.  Always wished they became the Huskies instead of the Raptors.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on August 22, 2016, 01:50:13 PM
Yes please.  Always wished they became the Huskies instead of the Raptors.

I used to feel that way. In recent years it's grown on me a little. There's enough history with the name that it's like, sure, it's stupid but it's our stupid. Still, if they announced tomorrow they were permanently becoming the Huskies it wouldn't bother me much.

That said I always wondered if the fact that the Timberwolves came into the league so soon before the Raps had something to do with not going with Huskies and wanting to not have any overlap in terms of merch/logo.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Coco-puffs on August 22, 2016, 01:54:29 PM

That said I always wondered if the fact that the Timberwolves came into the league so soon before the Raps had something to do with not going with Huskies and wanting to not have any overlap in terms of merch/logo.

I think that's exactly why they didn't become the Huskies in the first place.  Many times I've read (sorry no links) that the NBA didn't want them to be named the Huskies because it was too similar.

I also agree that being named the Raptors have grown on me too... mostly because their logo/colours have improved immensely from purple cartoon dinosaurs!  The changes have lessened my desire to change to the Huskies and I would be fine either way.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Coco-puffs on August 22, 2016, 04:38:06 PM

"Raptors will indeed unveil their blue Huskies alternate jersey tomorrow. They last wore Huskies throwbacks in 2009-10, DeRozan's rookie year"
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on September 06, 2016, 02:30:53 PM

They've got the Huskies jerseys at the website now. Won't start selling them until October. Look pretty sharp though, if plain.

Also, there was a management shuffle sort of. Ujiri got an extension and a promotion to President. Jeff Weltman goes from Vice-President to GM. Bobby Webster is AGM. It doesn't sound like how the club runs will be any different though.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on September 10, 2016, 03:37:06 PM

Jerry Stackhouse will be coaching the Raptors 905 D-League team.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 16, 2016, 11:29:15 PM
So, DeRozan was ranked at #46 of the 100 current best players in the NBA by SI (Sports Illustrated), while teammate Lowry came in at #14.  Carroll and Valeniiunas at #s73 & 61 respectively.

Think DeMar was happy?  He took umbrage to his low number:

DeMar DeRozan   @DeMar_DeRozan
FOH. 46

DeRozan   @DeMar_DeRozan
#ProveEm...

Check out the story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-derozan-offended-spot-sports-illustrated-top-100-rankings/
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Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on October 07, 2016, 05:57:16 PM

It should surprise exactly nobody but Lowry will opt out of the final year of his deal.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17737755/kyle-lowry-intends-opt-final-year-contract-toronto-raptors (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17737755/kyle-lowry-intends-opt-final-year-contract-toronto-raptors)

With the market at 20 million per year for pretty good players an All-Star like Lowry wasn't going to take a one year, 12 million option. He'll probably look for a deal close to DeMar's.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 27, 2016, 01:37:40 PM
Good opening night win on home court last night for the Raptors, a 109-91 defeat of the visiting Detroit Pistons.

Raptors DeRozan and Valenciunas combined to set an NBA record in becoming the first teammates to score 40 (DeRozan) and 32 (Valenciunas) points each in a game.

Pascal Siakam, who's family hails from Cameroon, impressed in his debut at power forward, having a Byombo-esque game.

On a side note, DeRozan's opening night points total  broke a franchise record previously held by ex-Raptor Vince Carter.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-valanciunas-lead-raptors-win-pistons/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-valanciunas-lead-raptors-win-pistons/)

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/siakam-represents-family-well-impressive-raptors-debut/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/siakam-represents-family-well-impressive-raptors-debut/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Deebo on November 03, 2016, 10:46:41 AM
A strong start for DeRozan.

36.3 PPG and 55.4% FG% in 4 games.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Coco-puffs on November 03, 2016, 11:04:01 AM
Sports Illustrated, you've been served.  #46 LOL

If the players on the floor with him could hit some more shots, he'd probably be averaging more than 2.3 assists per game as well.  They better start, or he'll be seeing way more double teams too.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 05, 2016, 01:54:44 AM
Whoo-ooo!!  DeMar DeRozan is definitely making waves.  In last night's Raptors victory over the Miami Heat, 96-87, DeRozan became the first player in league history since 1986 to record 30+ points five games in a row this season.  Add to that the fact DeMar leads the league in scoring and one can see just how determined and motivated he is....are you listening, SI?

Other team notables were Terrence Ross with 20 pts., Lowry with 8 assists on the night, and Valenciunas' 10 rebounds.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-stays-hot-lifts-raptors-win-heat/
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 17, 2016, 01:43:08 AM
Tough two games in-a-row losses for the Raptors. Tuesday's 121-117 OT loss to King James & his Cavaliers, and Wednesday's 127-121 defeat at the hands of Curry, Durant and the Warriors, on "Drake Night" at the ACC.   

Curry and Durant had a combined total of 65 points, while the Raptors' DeRozan,
the league's scoring leader,  led the way with 34. 

Raptors' Coach Casey unhappy with the defence:
"Offence is really clicking right now, but our defence is ass," he said. "We've got to play better defence. We played a high-paced team [Tuesday] and [Wednesday], but we've got to find a way to get the points down under 100 points, and play a more defensive-minded game."


.http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/topstories/golden-state-warriors-toronto-raptors-1.3854070

Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 14, 2017, 05:57:51 AM
Geez, how long it's been since anyone posted about the Raptors.

Well, fans will be glad to know the 26-13 Raptors scored what amounted to the highest scoring point totals in team history, as the they creamed the lowly Brooklyn Nets 132-113 at the ACC.

Led by DeRozan's 28 pts., many a Raptors player had double digit points --Lowry (20), Valenciunas (14), Joseph (16), Carroll (18pts., 11 rebs).

Easy win?  Not quite, as the Raptors needed a big fourth quarter performance to subdue the Nets.

Game story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-pours-28-raptors-use-big-fourth-nets/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-pours-28-raptors-use-big-fourth-nets/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 31, 2017, 11:34:10 PM
No DeMar, no easy win.  Actually, make that just their second win in the past eight games, the Raptors worst slump of the season.

Without DeRozan their leading scorer, the Raptors had a lethargic first half before rebounding in the second half of the game led by Lowry's 33pts, as the Raptors defeat the New Orleans Pelicans at the ACC 107-105 in OT.

DeMar DeRozan has been out of the lineup since an ankle injury (swelling) dating back to January 22nd, In a game against the Phoenix Suns.

The team has been without Demar for the past four games since then.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-rebound-poor-first-half-edge-pelicans-ot/
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on February 14, 2017, 11:20:51 AM

Pretty big trade if true. Raps get Serge Ibaka from Magic for Terrence Ross and a 1st.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on February 14, 2017, 11:34:24 AM

Pretty big trade if true. Raps get Serge Ibaka from Magic for Terrence Ross and a 1st.

When has the internet ever lied?
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on February 14, 2017, 11:39:31 AM
When has the internet ever lied?

We are all powerless before Woj.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Deebo on February 23, 2017, 03:34:03 PM
Raps get PJ Tucker from the Suns in exchange for Sullinger and 2 2nd round picks.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Frank E on February 23, 2017, 03:49:32 PM
Raps get PJ Tucker from the Suns in exchange for Sullinger and 2 2nd round picks.

Is this guy real good...does he play a heavy game, real good player?
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: L K on February 23, 2017, 04:55:18 PM
Raps get PJ Tucker from the Suns in exchange for Sullinger and 2 2nd round picks.

Is this guy real good...does he play a heavy game, real good player?

Good defensive player.  Gives them another small forward/PF (in a small lineup) option.

Giving up nothing off the main roster and only losing 2nd round picks is solid.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 25, 2017, 06:38:58 AM
No Kyle Lowry, no big problem, as the newly-acquired Raptors -- Serge Ibaka & PJ Tucker -- along with DeMar DeRozan & co., disposed of the Boston Celtics at the ACC last night 107-98.

DeRozan had another career high 43 points, while Ibaka and Tucker playing in their first game in a Raptors uniform, provided much needed physicality plus plenty of rebounding.  Patrick Patterson & Corey Joseph each also contributed 15 pts. 

A different Raptors team indeed out there on the court.  A more aggressive, better defensive, yet strikingly offensive with DeMar as the the backdrop. 

As for the question of Kyle Lowry's wrist injury, he will be given some more time to recover before being re-evaluated. Lowry's wrist injury is really a nagging one that obviously had not fully healed.

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-ibaka-lead-charge-raptors-victory-celtics/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-ibaka-lead-charge-raptors-victory-celtics/)

Lowry's injury:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/kyle-lowry-raptors-wrist-injury/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/kyle-lowry-raptors-wrist-injury/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 28, 2017, 05:10:10 PM
Kyle Lowry's wrist injury is worse than first thought.  Lowry will require surgery which means he'll be out of the Raptors lineup for the remainder of the season.

Lowry hopes that the wrist will heal so that he can partake in a few games before season's end, howeve, that remains to be seen at this point.  It's hoped that the Raptors can have him back in fine form during the post-season.  We'll see.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/02/27/kyle-lowry-out-for-at-least-rest-of-regular-season.html
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: herman on March 23, 2017, 03:18:50 PM
Not specifically Raptors related:
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents18969358/tinderization-today-nba

Quote
Something strange happens when NBA teams play on the road these days, a trend line that baffles statheads. In the 1987-88 season, home teams won an astounding 67.9 percent of games, boasting an average win margin of 5.8 points, the highest on record. The advantage was so profound that home teams, on average, played at the level of a 55-win team.

Then, in less than a decade, the home-court advantage gap was sliced in half. By 1996-97, home teams won only 57.5 percent of the time, by an average margin of only 2.6 points. And now, after hovering around 60 percent for most of the 2000s, home-court advantage is dropping again. This season, it sits at an all-time low of 57.4 percent.

[...]

 I spoke with dozens of players, coaches, team trainers and front-office execs, and most think the same thing is happening: NBA players are sleeping more and drinking less.

One general manager calls it the "Tinderization of the NBA."

"Tin-der-i-za-tion," he repeats, "like the dating app. No need to go to the clubs all night anymore."

Indeed, various apps have done for sex in the NBA what Amazon has done for books. One no longer needs to leave home to find a party. The party now comes to you. And lifestyle judgments aside, the NBA road life is simply more efficient -- and less taxing -- when there aren't open hours spent trolling clubs.

"It's absolutely true that you get at least two hours more sleep getting laid on the road today versus 15 years ago," says one former All-Star, who adds that players actually prefer Instagram to Tinder when away from home. "No schmoozing. No going out to the club. No having to get something to eat after the club but before the hotel."

If true, this explains a good deal of why the Leafs Management team went out of their way to do things a certain way for its very, very young club.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on March 23, 2017, 03:37:23 PM
If true, this explains a good deal of why the Leafs Management team went out of their way to do things a certain way for its very, very young club.

I'm not sure I follow.

Anyways, this was also recently put out there and is worth a read, NBA players and their love of PB&Js:

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/presents18931717/the-nba-secret-addiction (http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/presents18931717/the-nba-secret-addiction)

Personally I'm a crunchy/raspberry/whole wheat guy myself.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 26, 2017, 09:16:29 AM
Call them the comeback kids, as the Raptors lead the league in come-from-behind game wins (19),  as they did last night defeating the Dallas Mavericks 94-86. 

In so doing, the Raptors clinched a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive year in a row.  They currently sit 4th in the Eastern Conference overall standings, 3.5 GBL (the Cleveland Cavs).

Current playoff picture:

      Team               GB
1   Cleveland             -
2   Boston              0.5
3   Washington       2.5
4   Toronto             3.5


Source:  CBC Sports
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 28, 2017, 07:19:35 AM
Raptors defeat the Orlando Magic 131-112 at home at the ACC for their sixth consecutive win.  They also paid tribute to ex-Raptor (now a Magic) Torrence Ross with a video.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/demar-derozan-leads-raptors-past-magic-toronto-wins-sixth-straight/
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 28, 2017, 07:33:56 AM
Ex-Toronto Raptor Terrence Ross, who was traded earlier this month to the Orlando Magic, and for whom a video tribute was given at last night's game in Toronto between the Raptors & the Magic, had this to say about his stay in Toronto during his playing days here:

Ross, an American born in Portland, Ore., writes he felt like a proud honourary Canadian here.

“The culture, the lifestyle, the people of Toronto … I’ve really grown to love all of it,” he writes. “It’s such a melting pot, and — maybe because of that — people there tend to have this beautiful … I don’t know … sense of self. People in Toronto know who they are, and they know where they’re from. It’s hard to explain, but I’ve really come to admire that.”

He writes his short and long-term plans include Canada.

“Anyway, for now, I guess I’ll just drop an “eh?” or two in Orlando, and see what kind of reaction I get. But long-term … I gotta say: I could definitely see myself coming back to Toronto, at some point, to live there. To me, Canada — it’s become like a home away from home."


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/03/02/ex-raptor-terrence-ross-writes-toronto-a-love-letter.html
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 16, 2017, 01:40:28 AM
Bucks 97  Raptors 83     Milwaukee leads series 1 game to 0.

Go figure.  The Toronto Raptors, with the NBA's fourth best defence, and a team that finished the season with a 56-26 record and 1 GB Cleveland in the Eastern Conference,  lost their fifth straight playoff home-opening game at the ACC Saturday.  Even the Raptors themselves couldn't put heads or tails on this dubious historical  franchise feat.  Actually it is nine straight Game 1 losses.

Much to the consternation of the ACC faithful, the Raptors came out flat against Milwaukee.  They weren't their usual selves, not DeRozan nor Lowry, both of whom faced blocked shots and couldn't get their game going. 

The Milwaukee kids against the Raptors veterans.  Sounds like a nice ring to it. The only problem is up to the Raptors to solve 'em.  Back to basics for Game 2.

Game story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/15/raptors-fall-to-bucks-in-home-opener-of-playoff-series.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/15/raptors-fall-to-bucks-in-home-opener-of-playoff-series.html)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 19, 2017, 06:22:50 AM
Bucks 100   Raptors 106     Series tied at 1 game apiece.

Harking back to Game 1, Kyle Lowry had just four measly points and his Raptors looked like a confused bunch.  Not this time.  Lowry contributed 22 points but it was his 20-ft shot that sunk the Bucks.  They were the points that  solidified the win for the Raptors before  joyous supporters of the ACC Tuesday night.

Demar DeRozan, Valencianas, Joseph, & Serge Ibaka (playing with a sprained ankle) also factored in the win.  Finding a way to get around the trap and outsmarting the Bucks in the paint & the perimeter were some of more important strategies the Raptors worked on, plus bringing their shot game back the way they know how.  Ibaka was instrumental  as he helped contribute defensively particularly in the second half.

The series now shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 & 4.

Story:
 http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-hang-even-series-bucks-one-game-apiece/
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on April 20, 2017, 08:40:30 PM
So the Raptors are down 32-12 at the end of the 1st...
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on April 20, 2017, 09:33:38 PM
And they're now down 57-30 at the half.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 21, 2017, 03:01:53 AM
Raptors  77   Bucks  104    Milwaukee leads series 2 games to 1.

Ridiculous.  Inept.  Dumbfounded.  Soulless.  Confused.  Whatever bad description it is, it fits.  The Toronto Raptors  just played their worst game in franchise playoff history.  All to a seemingly young and inexperienced Milwaukee team.  Rapacious is more like it.

If anything it was the Raptors who looked intimidated,  exhibiting mental & physical lapses out on the court.  They couldn't seem to solve the Bucks tenacious trap defence system.  It was essentially a repeatt of Game 1 but by a vastly different score that did not lie.  Every Raptor player including coach Casey is to be blamed for the woefully unprepared performance.

The only way to look at this would be for coach Casey to resolve and come up with a better game plan.  If not,  the tearn's fate will most likely be doomed to the whims of the opposition.

Wake up, Raptors!


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/20/raptors-crash-in-game-3-loss-to-bucks.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/20/raptors-crash-in-game-3-loss-to-bucks.html)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 23, 2017, 07:35:39 PM
Raptors  87  Bucks 76   Series tied at 2 games apiece.

The Toronto Raptors knew they would have to find a way around Milwaukee's trap system if they were to have any hope of winning here in Game 4.  That they did do with DeRozan and Lowry poweing the team to victory.

DeRozan had 33 points with Lowry contributing 18.  Coach Dwayne Casey tweaked the lineup and installed Norman Powell as starter.  it turned out to be a total team effort, as the Raptors made good on their three point shots, being more aggressive in the paint, and providing better defense, such as limiting the play of the Bucks forwards, in particular Gianni Antetokounmpo, blocking shots & passes.

Good overall effort by the Raptors especially in the hostile environment that was the BMO Harris Bradley Center.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/22/raptors-take-87-76-win-over-bucks-in-game-4.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/22/raptors-take-87-76-win-over-bucks-in-game-4.html)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 26, 2017, 01:47:58 AM
Bucks  93  Raptors  118    Toronto leads series 3 games to 2.

Norman Powell who had been inserted as a starter in the lineup in Game 4, lead the Raptors here at the ACC in Game 5 Monday night, with 25 points and some more much-needed aggressive ball-laying, connecting on all of his three pointers.

Sergei Ibaka with 19 pts., DeRozan with 18 and Lowry with 16 were the other contributors for the Raptors.  But the best game-playing came from Powell & Ibaka, not only on the scoreboard but on the court with their usual aggressive style of defence and offensive output an added plus. 

The Raptors who had solved the Bucks' trap system, came at Milwaukee from the opening minutes, wasting no time in putting points on the board, and even though Milwaukee's Gianni Antetokounmpo scored a personal best of 30 points, it wasn't much he nor his Bucks could do to stop their opposition. 

Swarming the court and moving the ball and getting everyone on the roster to participate in every facet of their game served the Raptors very well.  When one has guys who take the lead offensively and take the pressure off the team's stars,  that becomes a double threat to the opponent.  Can't keep everyone off.  Milwaukee being a young team, the Raptors had them in their grasp.

Job well done.  Now the Raptors can win it all in Game 6 in Milwaukee Thursday or risk coming back for Game 7 here in Toronto.  Nothing really wrong with that except history shows the Raptors needed a Game 7 to win each of their rounds last season's playoffs.

The rest is up to them to change a little bit of history. 

GO RAPTORS GO!!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/games/1743849/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/games/1743849/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on April 27, 2017, 08:47:58 PM
The Raptors are taking the Bucks to the woodshed tonight.  71-48.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on April 27, 2017, 09:15:36 PM
Correction:  The Raptors were taking the Bucks to the woodshed tonight.  78-70.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: azzurri63 on April 27, 2017, 09:30:54 PM
Disgrace
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: azzurri63 on April 27, 2017, 09:33:23 PM
Just flicked the channel to catch the score up by 10 or 12. Haven't made a bucket in 5 minutes, horrible giveaways and fouls galore. 4 points in the 4th with 3 minutes left.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: azzurri63 on April 27, 2017, 09:50:25 PM
And we harp about NHL officiating wow this is bad.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on April 27, 2017, 09:57:07 PM

They sure don't make it easy on themselves.
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 29, 2017, 03:07:32 PM
Raptors 92   Bucks  89   Toronto wins series 4 games to 2.

Just to recap, the Raptors won their series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 in Milwaukee,  to advance in their next round against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavs.

Thursday's Game 6 was supposed to be a sure-fire victory as the Raptors had promised, not wanting to repeat history as happened in last year's playoffs, (Game 7s were needed in both successful rounds for Toronto). 
Well, with the Milwaukee crowd at it's feet and raucously cheering their Bucks on, Milwaukee did the unthinkable and went on to erase the 25 pt. lead that the Raptors had built.

Huh?  In a playoff with their series-winning game on the line?  It was actually more a case of the Raptors sloppy, disorganized play (again?) that allowed their opponents to dissipate their lead.

Toronto hung on, fought back and their resiliency paid off in taking the win & thus the series.  Whew.

DeRozan, Lowry and Ibaka led the way on the court.

Next stop, finding a way to compete and win against the upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers in the next round.

GO RAPTORS GO!!

Game story recap:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-hold-beat-bucks-advance-second-round-six-games/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-hold-beat-bucks-advance-second-round-six-games/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 06, 2017, 08:00:07 AM
Cavaliers 115  Raptors 94    Cleveland leads series 3 games to 0.

No matter how the Raptors slice it, it comes up LeBron James. 

Even though the Raptors competed with James & co., blocking shots, passes, jumping, what have you as they threw everything they had defensively at James and his Cavs, even though the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scored a personal playoff best of 37 points, even though the Raptors had been taking the lead from the Cavs and played eye to eye and foot to foot with them, even though they played aggressive and in charge dictating the game...

...even though they did all of that...it..was..just..not..enough.  Especially when one considers the Cavs fourth quarter 20-3 run that decided the game right there and then.   With a fatigued DeRozan on the bench to rest, along with other key players such as Joseph & Powell (who practically tagged LeBron all night), the Raptors and the Cavaliers made changes from the bench to the court and the results speak for themselves.

Cleveland took clear advantage from that point on and they never needed to look back.  Even without LeBron going at his usual full tilt, just give him and his players space and see what you get.  Such is the making of a championship team, as Cleveland so aptly is.  Having LeBron out there spells enough trouble for the opposition.

Of course, it doesn't mean that the Cavs should be unbeatable.  Why, the Raptors won two games against them here at the ACC in last year's playoffs.  So, what is it about this supposedly improved Raptors team that has so far played nothing short of dismal in these playoffs?  They're simply not good enough, not when one depends on a single player such as DeRozan to power the offence while the rest of the team underperforms offensively.  Three point field goals were practically absent, while Cleveland made good on theirs.

Kyle Lowry did not play due to a sprained ankle sustained in Game 2.  DeMar certainly could have used Lowry as support.  Then again, as with all things Raptors, considering Lowry's poor playoff performance thus far, who knows?


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/05/05/cavaliers-take-third-win-in-best-of-seven-series-against-raptors.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/05/05/cavaliers-take-third-win-in-best-of-seven-series-against-raptors.html?)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 29, 2017, 08:41:37 AM
The laughable Knicks claim to seek out the Raptors' Masai Ujiri as a replacement for the fired Phil Jackson.  Relax Raptor fans.  Here's why it won't hqppen:


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-ujiri-not-fleeing-knicks-time-soon/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-ujiri-not-fleeing-knicks-time-soon/)
Title: Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
Post by: Nik Bethune on July 09, 2017, 03:52:01 PM

After trading Demarre Carroll to the Nets yesterday the Raps have traded CoJo to the Pacers for CJ Miles.

So things are shaping up pretty nicely for next year. Trading Joseph lets Wright step in as the backup PG. On the wing they'll have Powell, Miles, Anunoby and whatever they can get out of Caboclo. The big man rotation is Ibaka, JV, Nogs and Poetl.