MELBOURNE: Relax – Following Kawhi Leonard’s Car on TV Won’t Convince Him to Join the Lakers

Let’s get this out of the way right now. If Kawhi Leonard really dislikes the idea of attention from media and fans, he wouldn’t be negotiating with both NBA teams based in Los Angeles. The helicopter-cam following the car that might (or might not) have had the NBA star inside was a little unusual to see. The fans gathering outside the hotel where a meeting … Continue reading MELBOURNE: Relax – Following Kawhi Leonard’s Car on TV Won’t Convince Him to Join the Lakers

BROWNE: For the Toronto Raptors, the NBA is the Grinch (Christmas Day Schedule)

If you’re an NBA player, you dream of playing on Christmas Day. It’s the equivalent to playing on American Thanksgiving in the NFL. The NBA plays five games every Christmas Day, beginning at Noon and wrapping up 14 hours later after the final buzzer of the late West-coast match-up. While every other sport is on the sidelines — whether in the offseason, on their holiday break or, … Continue reading BROWNE: For the Toronto Raptors, the NBA is the Grinch (Christmas Day Schedule)

Defending the Long Ball Imperative for Raptors in Game 2

The Toronto Raptors wrote an all-too-familiar script in Game 1 of their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. They lost Game 1, and in so doing, fell to 1–12 in series-openers in franchise history. Their only Game 1 victory came in Round 2 of the 2001 Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, a series they would eventually drop in 7 games. The Raptors knew … Continue reading Defending the Long Ball Imperative for Raptors in Game 2

Raptors Look for Repeat of Game 5 Performance to Dispatch Bucks

The Toronto Raptors finally put it all together in Game 5. They led, essentially, from wire to wire, and went on to blow out the Bucks on home court, 118–93, to take a 3–2 series lead and move within one win of a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The best player for the Raptors in Game 5, without a … Continue reading Raptors Look for Repeat of Game 5 Performance to Dispatch Bucks

Raptors’ Bench Key to Getting Past Bucks

The Toronto Raptors are coming off being embarrassed by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first round series. They scored but 12 points in the opening frame and 30 in the first half, and were down by as many as 34 points at several points during the game. They just simply didn’t have it. That happens from time-to-time. During the course … Continue reading Raptors’ Bench Key to Getting Past Bucks