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Do the Raptors want the Cavaliers in the second round?

Do the Raptors want the Cavaliers in the second round?

Cleveland’s in dire straits, and if the Raptors want to go far this spring, seeing them in the East semifinals would be just fine. With the sweet relief of playoff basketball on its way, there’s not much left to talk about in the NBA season except for seeding. In the Eastern Conference, that’s a spicy discussion to take part in. At the top, the sure things have become unsure. LeBron James and the Cavaliers have fallen from grace thanks to some abhorrent defensive play. Their 113.2 defensive rating is second-worst in the league, ahead of just the Tiananmen Square-sized tank inside...
9 hours ago
Most Unpopular Raptor of All-Time Bracket: Guard Region

Most Unpopular Raptor of All-Time Bracket: Guard Region

From Mike James to Milt Palacio, this region has some gems. While Sportsnet recently released a bracket to try and rank the favourite Raptors of all-time, over here at HQ we thought it was time for the real, hard hitting investigative journalism that Raps fans are craving over these last two weeks of the regular season. We must determine the most unpopular Raptor to ever don the uniform. The bracket consists of four regions, with two being exclusively for big men (since there have been many a bust), one for wings and one for guards, which we begin with today. Before we get to the bracket,...
12 hours ago
Streaking Raptors look to continue winning ways vs. Hornets: Preview, Start Time, and More

Streaking Raptors look to continue winning ways vs. Hornets: Preview, Start Time, and More

Against the odds, the Raps are in fine form ahead of the playoffs and face one of the East’s postseason bubble teams, the Hornets. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, the Toronto Raptors continue to get the job done without starting point guard Kyle Lowry around. Riding a six-game winning streak, the Raps will look to inch closer towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Toronto (45-29) is coming off a lopsided 131-112 victory over the lowly Orlando Magic on Monday to move them one game behind the Washington...
13 hours ago
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 62, brought to you by Marcus Banks

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 62, brought to you by Marcus Banks

We talked about a lot of crappy point guards this week. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week Sean Woodley and John Gaudes question the vulnerability of the Cavs, discuss DeMar DeRozan's All-NBA candidacy, provide a sneak peek at the Raptors HQ Most Unlikeable Raptor Ever bracket and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Marcus Banks. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio Link below. If that isn’t available you can find the show here. Please subscribe to, rate and review the show on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Mar 28, 2017
The Raptors do not have to “blow it up” to be great

The Raptors do not have to “blow it up” to be great

They could instead enjoy the present and be as good a team as they can be for as long as possible. Ah yes, the ol’ “should they blow it up?” conundrum. Such a constant and bedevilling question. Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer wrote a thoughtful piece on Monday — with quotes from Masai Ujiri and everything! — reviewing the path forward for the Raptors. They’re a good team, as the headline suggests, but perhaps, alas, not great. Surely not great enough to best LeBron, or deal with the terror machine in Golden State. And so the implicit question: why bother? One supposes the...
Mar 28, 2017
Numbers Game: Considering the Raptors’ weak spots

Numbers Game: Considering the Raptors’ weak spots

The Raptors have been great lately, but... This stretch of Raptors basketball is amazing. Quality of opponent notwithstanding, the Raptors being 12-5 without Kyle Lowry is incredible. But we’ve been gushing over this team’s overachieving for two weeks now. Let’s take a look at a few of the weak spots the team is showing, and how that could impact the rotation for the playoffs and maybe the decisions to be made in the summer. New Starters The vaunted new starting lineup with Serge Ibaka as the starting power forward (admittedly without Kyle Lowry as the starting PG) has not been as...
Mar 28, 2017
DeMar DeRozan named Player of the Week (again)

DeMar DeRozan named Player of the Week (again)

The announcement came pre-game last night, but let’s celebrate today. If you were one of the skeptics who believed DeMar DeRozan’s scorching hot start to the season was, gasp, unsustainable, now’s the time to shed your disbelief — or perhaps recuse yourself from all further basketball discussion. DeRozan just set a franchise record: He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season (for March 20th to 26th). There’s little room for doubt here: DeMar DeRozan is legit. Here’s the official press release from Raptors media relations: .@DeMar_DeRozan...
Mar 28, 2017
Raptors 905’s Will Sheehey Out for Season

Raptors 905’s Will Sheehey Out for Season

Will Sheehey is out for the season with an arm injury. The Raptors 905 received some bad news on Monday, as small forward Will Sheehey will be out for the rest of the season and the playoffs with a dislocated right elbow. The injury happened in last Saturday’s game, which Sheehey had to leave immediately. Losing Sheehey is a huge blow to the 905 as they start their championship run April 4th. This could mean more minutes for Antwaine Wiggins most likely; and it will probably put Axel Toupane into the starting role. Sheehey has been a huge and consistent part of the 905’s rotation. In 38...
Mar 27, 2017
Youth shows up, defense doesn’t, Raptors beat Magic 131-112

Youth shows up, defense doesn’t, Raptors beat Magic 131-112

This was everything a late-March game against the Orlando Magic could possibly be. At this point in the year, it’s hard to get up for a game against the Orlando Magic. Spring weather is breaking through outside, Toronto all but has home court locked up in the first round, and the machinations of the greater playoff race are for more interesting than a blowout win over one of the league’s worst teams. The Raptors aren’t mysterious. Without Kyle Lowry, they’ve been good enough to ride a defense-first approach to a 12-5 record since the All-Star break; they’re good but not great....
Mar 27, 2017
Power Ranking Poll Week 23: The Boys Are Back in Town

Power Ranking Poll Week 23: The Boys Are Back in Town

The Raptors are riding a five-game win streak and are suddenly a defensive powerhouse. Whoa. At this point, imagining what the Raptors would, could, or will be with a healthy Kyle Lowry is its own part-time job. I know I’ve lost many man hours to it over the past three weeks. Updates are scarce, but as the Raptors scale up the defensive rankings — long their weakness — while hanging in there on the offensive end does cause the mind to run wild. I’ve overheated at least twice this week. And this is before we consider that the team is on a five-game win streak, beat the Bulls to break...
Mar 27, 2017
Watch: Kyle Lowry talks about team, wrist injury

Watch: Kyle Lowry talks about team, wrist injury

It’s perhaps not much of an update from Lowry, but it’s something. Bold statement alert: despite being 11-5 over this recent Kyle Lowry-less stretch, the Raptors are at their best with their All-Star healthy and in the lineup. Lowry’s been out since he injured his wrist against the Hornets on February 15th. He underwent surgery to remove “loose bodies” on February 28th and we’ve been told, by Woj mostly, Lowry will be back in 4-5 weeks. It’s been a tense time. Lowry was on Sportscenter today to talk about Lean In movement, his pal DeMar DeRozan, watching Raptors games on the...
Mar 27, 2017
An old friend returns as Raptors host Magic: Preview, Start Time and More

An old friend returns as Raptors host Magic: Preview, Start Time and More

Terrence Ross makes his first visit to Toronto since getting traded for Serge Ibaka, as the Raptors go for six wins in a row. Two months is an eternity, at least in terms of a basketball team’s evolution. Eight weeks ago, the discourse surrounding the Raptors was bleak. A five-game losing streak from January 18th through 25th marked the lowest point for the franchise since the spring of 2015. When a comfortable win against Milwaukee on the 27th appeared to signal a turnaround, the Raptors posted a pair of heartless losses to the abysmal Orlando Magic over the course of the next week....
Mar 27, 2017
The Weekly Rap, Mar. 27th-Apr. 2nd: The Return of Terrence Ross

The Weekly Rap, Mar. 27th-Apr. 2nd: The Return of Terrence Ross

Tonight at the ACC, the GOAT (of Instagram) takes to the court. Tonight, I will head down to the Air Canada Centre and cheer on the greatest Raptors of my teenage life (if we’re talking dunk contest success). Terrence Ross AKA Terry Ross AKA @3tross1 AKA Amber Rose’s ex boy-toy returns as the gunner of a listless Orlando Magic team, and I’d be totally fine with him dropping 70 if it means a Raptors win. Here’s some of his career highlights to celebrate the homecoming: December’s Dunk-athon This December Ross had a couple of sick, wicked and nasty in game crams on the 76ers and...
Mar 26, 2017
The Week That Was: Coming For That Number Three Spot

The Week That Was: Coming For That Number Three Spot

Here’s a look at the past seven days for the Raptors. The Raptors had a splendid week, beating the Pacers at home on Sunday, snapping their curse against the Bulls in the most dramatic fashion possible on Tuesday, and then picked up two crucial road wins against Miami and Dallas over the weekend. That’s a five-game winning streak since that players-only meeting after getting blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and an 11-5 mark without Kyle Lowry since the All-Star break (everyone please chill we’re not doing this). Toronto has the tiebreaker over Washington and we are now one...
Mar 25, 2017
Raptors stay strong in 94-86 win over Mavericks

Raptors stay strong in 94-86 win over Mavericks

The Raptors have now one five games in a row and continue to look sharp. Coming off of a big win against Miami, the Raptors took on the Mavericks in Dallas looking to extend their four-game winning streak. Playing without DeMarre Carroll, new fan favourite P.J. Tucker got his second start for the Raptors this season. Behind a well rounded 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds from DeMar DeRozan, and 18 points and 8 rebounds by Serge Ibaka, Toronto lead the entire way and beat the Mavericks 94-86, securing their fifth win in a row. Dallas struggled early against Toronto’s stifling defense,...