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.
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
Don't sweat the small stuff. Here's a collection of my other news articles, game previews and recaps from the month of January.
NBA Trade Rumour: Raptors among teams making offers for Paul Millsap - January 6
Power Forward Friday: Taj Gibson, because we already did Millsap - January 6
Power Rankings Week 11: We've Seen Better Days - January 9
Power Forward Friday: The cost of Carmelo Anthony - January 20
Power Forward Friday: The return of Larry Sanders - January 27
Before the crisis of a recent Western road trip, the Toronto Raptors were on pace to have the best offense in NBA history. While this could very well be a team wildly over-performing, I got into the details of how they've been successful, and why it's important that they're doing so in a different way. You can read the piece over on Raptors HQ.
With the Raptors in a playoff run that's gone well beyond my early expectations, the last six weeks have been a bit of a blur. Here's a few links to things I've done, if you're curious to see.
The Raptors are better than the Pacers, and it's showing - April 22, 2016
After another Raptors collapse, the future will be decided Sunday night - April 30, 2016
The Raptors will be tested by the Miami Heat, and it'll be crazy fun - May 2, 2016
Kyle Lowry is back, and that changes everything for the Raptors - May 9, 2016
Lessons from Game 6, and what the Raptors must do to win Game 7 - May 14, 2016
I've also been hosting a post-game online radio show called HQ Overtime, which gets our writers analyzing the games right after the final buzzer. If you want to check out the archives, they're all up on iTunes. Here's the Game 7 show from the Heat series, with Justin Rowan from Fear the Sword.
Finally, I've been doing a number of interviews on radio and television to chat about the Raptors and all their successes. Here's a couple hits from CTV News Channel.