The Raptors recovered! Their head coach Dwane Casey experimented heavily with lineups in Game 4, and Toronto came out on the winning end. I broke down what should be lauded, and what should be criticized, about what Casey did. Up on Raptors HQ.
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After an embarrassing blowout loss in Milwaukee, the Raptors were tasked with finding themselves amidst apathy. I wrote about the consequences of losing, as well as what they'd need to regain their better selves. It's over on Raptors HQ.
Over at Raptors HQ, I asked the big question: should the Raptors actively try to avoid the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs? Does it matter? As the seeding puzzle pieces shuffle around, a lot of stress is going around on this. I got into the Cavs' recent struggles, and why the Raptors are primed to take advantage.
When discussing the four MVP candidates in the NBA this year, LeBron James is becoming the odd man out. I explored this in a piece for PRESS Basketball: how narrative is imperative in swaying votes, and how LeBron fatigue may be blinding people to his best season in five years. Really enjoyed writing this one — check it out online.
The Denver Nuggets have gone from nothing to everything this season, and they recognize their opportunity. In this piece for PRESS Basketball, I explore Nikola Jokic's explosion, the mindset of general manager Tim Connelly, and what opportunities the Nuggets have to acquire a superstar in the near future.
With the acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, the Raptors finally have the defensive flexibility to be great on that end. Where does this leave Jonas Valanciunas, though? On Raptors HQ, I explored the new, more specialized role for the Lithuanian big, and how he's become more efficient in the games since being slotted in.
Power Forward Friday: Renting Serge Ibaka - February 3
Power Forward Friday: Believing Charles Oakley - February 10
Power Forward Friday: We Did It! - February 17
NBA All-Star 2017 Preview: Lowry shoots threes on Saturday night - February 18
NBA All-Star 2017: Lowry exits Three-Point Contest early - February 18
Trade Deadline Roundup: Raptors gear up, Celtics stand pat - February 24
Kyle Lowry to Undergo Surgery on Wrist, Out 4-5 Weeks - February 27
Raptors beat Nets over Sunday brunch, 103-95 - February 5
Water is wet, Bulls beat Raptors 105-94 - February 14
DeRozan's Jumper Seals 92-91 Raptors Win Over Knicks - February 27
The supersized trade of DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento to New Orleans represented a power shift in the Western Conference's race for the eighth seed. While it hasn't played to script for the Pelicans, I reviewed the early impact of the trade, and how Denver might still surprise all of us. It's over on PRESS Basketball.