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Raptors HQ 2 hours ago
NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks, Game 5: Everyone shows up and Toronto wins big 118-93

NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks, Game 5: Everyone shows up and Toronto wins big 118-93

Norm was huge, Serge was big, Lowry was heroic, DeRozan was crushing, and the Raptors looked amazing in Game 5. The story before Raptors-Bucks Game 5 was centred around Kyle Lowry: how was his back feeling? How effective would he be? Could the Raptors survive with him at less than 100 percent? It was a concern. But instead of showing worry, the rest of the Raptors squad showed support. The end result: a 118-83 victory over the Bucks with enough stories to drown out the Lowry anxiety, and propel the Raptors to a 3-2 series lead. Let’s begin with the obvious highlight: Norman Powell....
Raptors HQ 10 hours ago
NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 5 in Toronto?

NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 5 in Toronto?

We’re looking for predictions for the biggest game of the season since... Game 4. This past weekend saw the release of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, a small movie with some recognizable faces set entirely in a derelict warehouse in Boston in the 1970s. It’s about an arms deal gone wrong, and spends most of its run time with this ramshackle rogues gallery as they turn on each other, guns blazing. Ultimately, the film involves a lot of gunshots that miss. There’s a metaphor to employ here as we consider Game 5 of Raptors vs. Bucks. Heading into the playoffs, the Raptors had reason for...
Raptors HQ 12 hours ago
Raptors vs. Bucks Game 5 Preview: Which Toronto shows up?

Raptors vs. Bucks Game 5 Preview: Which Toronto shows up?

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry played well in Game 4. Can they do it again? Game 4 of the Raptors vs. Bucks first round series was ugly. Neither team shot particularly well from the field, neither could hit threes, there were turnovers galore, and sequences under the rim that looked straight out of an old school 90s-era contest (or a pro wrestling match). This would be unfortunate save for one fact: the Raptors like to muck it up. Despite boasting one of the better offensive rankings in the NBA throughout the season — one that was somehow historically good for awhile — the Raptors’...
Raptors HQ 14 hours ago
NBA Playoffs 2017: The Raptors are making ISO-Ball cool again

NBA Playoffs 2017: The Raptors are making ISO-Ball cool again

It hasn’t always been pretty, but why does that matter? Milwaukee’s hyper-aggressive defensive scheme is a problem. The image is ingrained in the minds of Raptors fans by now: a Raptors big man comes up to set a high screen for one of DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry, the Bucks spring a trap containing 28 feet of wingspan, and the Toronto offense reverts to the fetal position. Jason Kidd’s swarming defense has ripped the heart out of the Raptors offense. In the regular season, Toronto’s offense subsisted on its star guards making headway as pick-and-roll ball handlers. Per NBA.com’s...
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago
D-League Finals, Game 1: Raptors 905 fall to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 119-106

D-League Finals, Game 1: Raptors 905 fall to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 119-106

The 905 lost the opening game of the D-League Finals. It’s the first time they’ve lost since March 10th. The 905 have had it somewhat easy in their first playoff run. They played Canton without former NBA-er Quinn Cook. Next it was Maine who was missing their best player and anchor in Marcus Georges-Hunt, who also spent time in the NBA. Now, the roles are reversed, as the losses of Edy Tavares and Axel Toupane may be finally hurting the 905. The team dropped the opening game of the D-League Finals to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 119-106, to fall behind 0-1 in the best of three...
Raptors HQ Apr 23, 2017
NBA Playoffs 2017: How Dwane Casey’s baffling Game 4 rotation worked, in the end

NBA Playoffs 2017: How Dwane Casey’s baffling Game 4 rotation worked, in the end

The Raptors lineups were all over the map in Game 4. In the win, they deserve both praise and criticism. Take a snapshot of Dwane Casey on the sideline, and you’d think he’s lost it. Even as his young team transitions into adulthood, he’s still a drill sergeant out there — barking orders, verbally willing his team to defend, to get out and run. Coach Kidd & Casey with the sounds of Game 4 on @NBAonTNT.#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Jgg3vPBYzf— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2017 It’s easy to look at Casey on the sidelines and imagine he’s a man without a plan. Fair or unfair, when...
Raptors HQ Apr 23, 2017
Numbers for Game 4: Winning ugly is still winning

Numbers for Game 4: Winning ugly is still winning

The Raptors weren’t that good, but they were just good enough to win Game 4. Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks was an ugly game of playoff basketball. It may never be considered a classic, but the Raptors won 87-76, and that still counts, warts and all. We’re here to take a look at some interesting numbers from this one, but be warned: they ain’t pretty. Shuffling Starters Raptors head coach Dwane Casey mixed things up with his starting lineup in this one, but not in the way many were expecting. While some pundits and fans have been calling for P.J. Tucker to...
Raptors HQ Apr 23, 2017
NBA Playoffs: The Raptors offense became watchable again in the 3rd quarter of Game 4

NBA Playoffs: The Raptors offense became watchable again in the 3rd quarter of Game 4

Toronto flexed their muscles on a 10-1 run in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game. The Raptors offense in this series has been anything but watchable, due to a ton of factors you already know about. The Bucks have smothered their opponents through aggressive trapping, switching and closeouts, while using their superior length and versatility to turn the Toronto offense on its head. In the middle of the third quarter on Saturday afternoon, with the future of this group of players as a unit in jeopardy, Kyle Lowry finally broke out of his Buck-induced haze, and joined DeMar DeRozan...
Raptors HQ Apr 23, 2017
NBA Playoffs 2017: Five Quick Thoughts on Raptors-Bucks Game 4

NBA Playoffs 2017: Five Quick Thoughts on Raptors-Bucks Game 4

It's now just a best-of-3 series for Toronto. Yo! We did it, in the only way these Toronto Raptors know how, avoiding a probably insurmountable 3-1 deficit against the upstart Bucks in the first round, and likely the end of this team as we knew it. Seriously, can we ever have a stress-free first round with this group? Regardless of what happens for the rest of this series, the definitive answer is no. Here are five other quick thoughts on Saturday’s win we're about to find out if a team can look shook for 48 mins & still win a playoff game on the road— alex (@steven_lebron) April 22,...
Raptors HQ Apr 22, 2017
NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4: Toronto changes it up and wins, 87-76

NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4: Toronto changes it up and wins, 87-76

Led by DeMar DeRozan’s 33 point explosion, the Raptors were able to even the series with the Bucks, 2-2. If you told someone who didn’t watch basketball that the Raptors owned a top ranked offense in the NBA, they’d think you were insane. For much of today’s Game 4 showdown with the Bucks, the biggest game of the season, the Raptors were all over the place. Their three-point shooting? Out the window. Ball movement? Non-existent. Bench scoring? Forget it. Heroic play from their All-Star backcourt? A toss-up for stretches. Make no mistake, this was an ugly game for Toronto....
Raptors HQ Apr 22, 2017
NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 4 in Milwaukee?

NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 4 in Milwaukee?

Perhaps the most stressful “who ya got?” in recent memory. In Toronto, the 2015 playoffs are only spoken of in hushed tones. They are a time we’d all rather forget. To watch the Raptors fold in realtime, after throwing out their best punches (and shimmies), was extremely hard to watch. By the time Game 4 of that Washington series rolled around, we knew it was over. The Raptors would go on to lose by 31 — they knew it was over too. Today’s Game 4 against the Bucks is not quite the same situation, but the tenor and terms surrounding it feel similar. The Raptors are again the higher...
Raptors HQ Apr 22, 2017
Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4 Preview: On the Precipice of The End

Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4 Preview: On the Precipice of The End

This game ... it’s pivotal. If the Raptors drop Game 4 this afternoon in Milwaukee, post-game eulogies will no longer be premature. Even with at least one more home game guaranteed, Toronto’s play through three games against the Bucks has inspired little confidence that a 3-1 deficit would be surmountable. Most pre-series prognostications pegged the Raptors as a superior team to the Bucks; a team potentially capable of being more than just a thorn in the side of the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Top to bottom, the talent edge in this series remains on Dwane Casey’s...
Raptors HQ Apr 21, 2017
NBA Playoffs: The Raptors need Game 4, as apathy appears again

NBA Playoffs: The Raptors need Game 4, as apathy appears again

Old habits die hard, and in Game 3, the Raptors reverted to a side of themselves that should’ve been lost a long time ago. It was supposed to be different for the Raptors this year, wasn’t it? We watched them leap the hurdle and earn playoff experience last season. They gritted out wins against an All-NBA talent in Paul George, a Hall of Famer in Dwyane Wade. They got two wins away from LeBron James and the eventual champions, and the fans earned his praise after the dust settled. Then, Toronto’s core came back intact. They added two defense-oriented veterans at the trade deadline....
Raptors HQ Apr 21, 2017
NBA Playoffs: The Raptors were soft purple dinosaurs in Game 3

NBA Playoffs: The Raptors were soft purple dinosaurs in Game 3

And Milwaukee game-ops knew it before tip-off. Following a Rod Black voice-over filled with poor puns and cheesy cliches, TSN went live inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the beginning of their Game 3 broadcast by showing the Raptors player introductions. In just one move, Milwaukee’s game operations crew put the Raptors (and their own game ops crew, which is often sub-optimal) on blast. In a stroke of genius, with an absolutely raucous crowd behind them, the Bucks had the Raptors beaten from the opening tip, as they blasted the theme song from beloved children’s...
Raptors HQ Apr 21, 2017
Numbers for Game 3: Nuke this entire game from orbit

Numbers for Game 3: Nuke this entire game from orbit

It’s the only way to be sure. Game 3 of the Raptors-Bucks first round playoff series was an unmitigated disaster. Let’s just get this post over with. Broken Offense The Raptors’ offense is well and truly broken. The Raptors scored 12, 18 and 16 points in each of the first three quarters last night. They finished with 77 points, an embarrassingly low total that is actually very complimentary to the effort the team put in. Keep in mind, 31 of these points came in a 4th quarter comprised entirely of garbage time, which salvaged the overall point total compared to the 46 points they had...
Raptors HQ Apr 21, 2017
D-League Finals: Raptors 905 vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers schedule released

D-League Finals: Raptors 905 vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers schedule released

In other happier news, the 905 are gunning for the D-League title. In case you missed it last night (and why would you? What could possibly have been happening yesterday?), the D-League Finals schedule was released. The title showdown is between the superbly named Rio Grande Valley Vipers and your Raptors 905. What a time. Here’s how things play out for the D-League Finals: Game 1: Raptors 905 @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers — Sunday, April 23, 8pm, Facebook Live Game 2: Rio Grande Valley Vipers @ Raptors 905 — Tuesday, April 25, 7pm, Facebook Live Game 3: Rio Grande Valley Vipers @...
Raptors HQ Apr 21, 2017
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 64, brought to you by Hakeem Olajuwon

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 64, brought to you by Hakeem Olajuwon

It’s crippling sadness — in real time! Welcome to The HeadQuarters (exclamation point redacted). Everything is terrible. This week Sean Woodley, Mitch Robson and John Gaudes record a sad pod during the second half of the Raptors blowout loss in Game 3 vs. Milwaukee. This episode is brought to you by Hakeem Olajuwon. Sorry for all the swearing. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below, or click on the link here. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Or don’t. Nothing matters. Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Raptors HQ Apr 20, 2017
NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks, Game 3: Toronto gets blown out 104-77

NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks, Game 3: Toronto gets blown out 104-77

This is what bottom feels like. In the fourth quarter of the Raptors soul-crushing Game 3, 104-77 loss to the Bucks, TSN broadcaster Jack Armstrong, having already veered from mystified to angry and back again, turned philosophical. “Do the Raptors believe they can beat the Bucks?” he asked, as the Raps clanged another jumper (I assume). It was a difficult question to answer, coming as we watched Toronto’s squad get ripped apart in their every effort (or lack thereof) the entire night. The Raptors started slow (a 19-4 Bucks run closed the 1st quarter), couldn’t shoot (34 percent...
Raptors HQ Apr 20, 2017
Bringing up Bebe Week 26: Order and chaos in the Playoffs

Bringing up Bebe Week 26: Order and chaos in the Playoffs

The 2017 NBA playoffs are two games old for the Raptors. Lucas Nogueira played for a bit, and highlighted the team’s two-sided nature. Tom Bissell writes in his short story collection God Lives in St. Petersburg that there are generally two types of countries: those of order, and those of chaos. A country like Japan is based in order, one character opines, while a place like Afghanistan is in chaos. Now to be clear, Bissell does not mean each person in these countries is one way or the other — there’s a complexity to factor in here — but rather, each country’s structure (or lack...
Raptors HQ Apr 20, 2017
NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 3 in Milwaukee?

NBA Playoffs Poll: Who wins Game 3 in Milwaukee?

Let’s gaze into the crystal ball... together. Fan confidence before the Raptors’ Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks was at an all-time high. Check the poll here for confirmation. Despite Toronto’s struggles in Game 1s, people gave them a 91 percent chance of winning that game. We were all on-board with the idea right up until the moment turned and the Raptors lost. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Game 2 poll was less confident. Most still thought the Raptors would win — partly, I assume, because mostly Raps fans visit this site, but also because, 0-2 to the Bucks? Yeah, right. The...

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