SOT6 Podcast - Episode 135 w/Connor Chambers

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EPISODE 135

"Timeouts"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • The Toronto Raptors were up 3-1 heading into Game 5 in Toronto with the opportunity to take the championship at home. But the Golden State Warriors came out with relentless spirit, forcing this series back to Oakland for Game 6. Can the Raptors win the title on the road?

  • Join host Adam Corsair with Connor Chambers of Toronto Sports Views and the TSV Podcast as they break it all down!

Follow Connor on Twitter: @connorchambers
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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets”
Auxl Studio - “Blue Blood

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair
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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 134 w/Hunter Surphlis

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EPISODE 134

"Just 1"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk

  • It has come down to this. The Toronto Raptors took care of business in Oakland by taking both of their road games to find themselves in a 3-1 lead over the reigning, defending, and undisputed NBA Champions in the Golden State Warriors. They are ONE win away from capturing their first NBA Championship in franchise history.

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Hunter Surphlis of Take 6ix and the Take 6ix Podcast. Hunter and Adam break down Game 4 and preview Game 5, touching on topics such as:

- Defense
- The Tooth
- Serge
- Impact
- Predictions

It's a Raptors podcast that you won't want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - "Casets"
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 133 w/Richard Birfer

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EPISODE 133

"Opportunity"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk.

  • With the series knotted at 1, the Raptors once again found themselves facing a bit of adversity. This time, for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, they were in enemy territory in Oakland, but found themselves at a slight advantage. With Kevin Durant still out, along with Klay Thompson out due to a hamstring injury suffered in Game 2, the Raptors were able to take advantage and move the series in their favor, 2-1..

  • Host Adam Corsair is joined by Richard Birfer - host of the Pick-n-Pod Podcast - the official podcast of BallnRoll.com - as they review Game 3 of the NBA Finals and preview Game 4.

It's a Raptors podcast that you won't want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - "Casets"
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 132 w/The Combo Guards

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EPISODE 132

"3rd Quarter Woes"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk.

  • With the Raptors heading into Game 2 with a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals series, fans were confident that they’d be able to take a strong grip on the series. However, despite the injuries that the Warriors experienced, the Raptors failed to capitalize and find themselves tied with the Warriors at 1 game a piece. Now, they head into the Bay Area, looking to take a 2-1 series league heading into Game 3..

  • Host Adam Corsair is joined by The Combo Guards - Adrian and Troy - as they review Game 2 of the NBA Finals and preview Game 3.

It's a Raptors podcast that you won't want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - "Casets"
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 131 w/Jay Leung

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EPISODE 131

"3 to Go"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk.

  • Basketball history was made on Thursday evening as the very first NBA Finals game held outside of the United States was held at the Scotiabank Arena. The entire world witnessed that the Toronto Raptors belong on the biggest stage of them all, as they captured the win over the reigning and defending NBA Champions - the Golden State Warriors.

  • Host Adam Corsair is joined by “Stone Cold” Jay Leung of That’s A Rap Podcast - the official Podcast of Raptors HQ - as they review Game 1 of the NBA Finals and preview Game 2.

It's a Raptors podcast that you won't want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - "Casets"
Jim Johnston -I Won’t Do What You Tell Me”
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 130 w/Ryan McNeill

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EPISODE 130

"NBA Finals Preview"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • Game 1 of the NBA Finals is upon us as the Toronto Raptors host the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors. What should we be looking for in terms of match-ups? Who is the biggest X Factor for this series for both teams? We discuss it all.

  • Join host Adam Corsair with Ryan McNeil of the NBA Overtime Podcast as they break it all down!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets”
Auxl Studio - "Blue Blood"

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair
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Raptors Fans: Nothing Was The Same!

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Article Written by Rodrigo Albizurez (@rodzyalbizurez)


As the dust settles and the confetti is being taken by the local Toronto garbage man, we simply realize that the Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that a Canadian team has never been to the NBA finals and you sure as hell don’t have to be a die-hard fan to recognize what kind of impact this has on Canadian sports history, and in sports history in general.  Die-hard Raptoronians (just made that one up) have been drooling for this moment. Casual Raptors fans have been waiting for the opportunity to become committed to a team that excites them with a winning background. And bandwagon fans - all I can say is welcome to Jurassic Park.

Canada, as a country, hasn’t won a title since the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs took place and the Montreal Canadians won it. The Blue Jays also won a World Series that year as well. So to say 1993 was a big year for Canadians would be an understatement. Those titles were won before the Raptors were inaugurated into the NBA in 1995. From that year, Raptors fans have been dreaming for the opportunity to truly compete for a title and to put Canadian sports on their back. The Raptors players, the whole organization, and the fanbase finally have the chance to win a title and also have the opportunity to tell the American media outlets to “Thank Me Later” once they take full advantage of their shot.

For the past 24 years the Raptors have had some good playoff moments with a sprinkle of great moments, but if we are being realistic and truthful, the disappointment has blanketed the good moments and the sprinkles of great. Now this year, the Raptors have elevated their playoff performance to the elite level and the “Views” from up here are too great to ever come down. As the first round finished in 5 games, the Raptors were able to spark a tiny fire under Canada’s ass. Now as the 2nd round finished up with that historic Game 7 winning shot by Kawhi Leonard, that fire grew to a reasonable height but not worthy of your local park ranger to come in and investigate. Now the 3rd round has come and gone and the Raptors were able to hunt the Bucks in 6 games after losing the first two. Now that fire under Canada’s ass has turned into a full-on Game of Thrones Ice Dragon taking down the Knights’ Watch Wall, and if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones, give your head a shake but to put it in context, it was monumental. The Raptors were able to shut the naysayers up with that series win and left them with two simple words:

“Take Care”.

Now we are a few days away from the NBA Finals and the Raptors have the opportunity to prove the critics wrong again. If you’ve tuned into the American media outlets already, then you understand how frustrated Raptors fans are. They aren’t previewing the NBA Finals but instead they are talking about whether the Lakers or Clippers are going to land Kawhi Leonard. So much hate. Also, no one really gives Toronto a shot to win the title other than Charles Barkley and that’s fair. We are going up against the Golden State Warriors who are the defending NBA champions and they’re back in the Finals for a reason: they’re elite.

The Raptors could take the NBA Finals by surprise and burn down every critics’ opinion like Daenerys took down Kings Landing, ruthless.  The only major difference is the Toronto Raptors would be the heroes in this epic tale because everyone loves an underdog story. The “Scorpion” is small, but it has a deadly sting and the Raptors are ready to stun the NBA world.

In all, this Raptors’ playoff run has been something special and regardless of how it turns out, Raptors fans should be enjoying this moment and not taking it for granted. Who cares if Kawhi is going to stay with us? We will cross that bridge on June 30th together like we have crossed any bridge for the past 24 years. After we crossed that Eastern Conference Finals bridge, “Nothing Was The Same” for Raptors fans and our hopes.  If Canada wasn’t a basketball country before, it sure as hell is now.

Raptors in 7!


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 129

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EPISODE 129

"Too Alive"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • The Toronto Raptors made history on Saturday evening. For the first time in their franchise history, the Raptors will be heading to the NBA Finals. For the first time in NBA history, the NBA Finals will be played on Canadian soil. What a time to be alive! How alive? Too alive!.

  • Join host Adam Corsair with Connor Chambers of Toronto Sports Views and the TSV Podcast as they break it all down!



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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets”
Aesop Rock - "Keep Off The Lawn"

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair

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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 128

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EPISODE 128

"1 Away"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • Host Adam Corsair is joined by Jordan Kligman of the 416 Basketball Podcast to discuss the recent Toronto Raptors’ victory in Milwaukee over the Bucks to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Raptors are only one win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history and they get the opportunity to do it at home for Game 6

It’s a Raptors podcast that you won’t want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets
Auxl Studios - “Blue Bloods

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 127

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EPISODE 127

"BEST OF 3"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • Just like that, the Raptors have tied the series at 2 games a piece. With Kawhi clearly laboring with a leg injury suffered in Game 3, it was imperative for the rest of the lineup to step up and ease the pressure off of him for Game 4. The team answered the call, with the bench consisting of Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, and Serge Ibaka combining for 48 points. Couple that with the effort exhibited by Kyle Lowry who had 25 points at 6 of 11 shooting, it was exactly what the Raptors needed. Heading into Game 5 in Milwaukee, it’s important for the Raptors to keep their foot on the gas in their quest to play in the NBA Finals.

  • To recap Game 4 and preview Game 5, host Adam Corsair is joined by Demar Grant. Demar and Adam touch on a variety of topics regarding this Eastern Conference Finals, such as:.

    - Drake’s Antics
    - Kawhi’s Injury
    - FVV’s Redempton
    - Bucks’ Adjustments
    - Predictions.

It’s a Raptors podcast that you won’t want to miss!

Follow Demar on Twitter: @DemarJGrant 

Visit Demar's work: HERE

Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets
Auxl Studios - “Blue Bloods

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 126

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EPISODE 126

"DOUBLE OT"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk

  • After being down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors were once again faced with a must-win game to maintain their footing in this series. With their backs against the wall, they headed back to Toronto to defend home court. With the help of Kawhi Leonard, Norman Powell, and an outstanding bounce-back game from Marc Gasol, the Raptors were able to claim victory in a grueling Double Overtime effort to cut the Bucks’ lead to one game. With their sights now on Game 4 and staying in Toronto, the team looks to even up the series and their quest for an NBA Finals appearance and a championship.

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Samson Folk of Raptors Republic and host of their official podcast - the Rapcast. Samson and Adam touch on a bunch of topics related to the Eastern Conference Finals, such as:

- Norm Unleahsed
- Nurse’s Starters
- FVV’s Struggles
- Kawhi’s Efforts
- Predictions

It’s a Raptors’ show you WON’T want to miss!

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Visit Samson's Work Over At Raptors Republic
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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets
Auxl Studios - “Blue Bloods

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 125

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EPISODE 125

"HOUSE MONEY"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk

  • As the Raptors approached Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks, we as fans knew that this would be challenging. The Bucks are arguably the best and deepest team in the entire NBA and have the ability to truly challenge the Raptors at almost every level. Yet, for the vast majority of Game 1, Raptors fans were sitting quite comfortably as the team seemed to have a grip on victory. That is, of course, until the 4th quarter. With the Raptors losing their grip on the W largely due to Brook Lopez’s outside shooting, the team find themselves in an early hole down 0-1 in this best of 7 series.

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Lior Kozai of Def Pen Hoops. Lior and Adam touch on a bunch of topics related to the Eastern Conference Finals, such as:

- Down 0-1
- Strong Quarters
- Lowry Shows Up
- Lopez’s Shooting
- Predictions

It’s a Raptors’ show you WON’T want to miss!

Follow Lior on Twitter: @Lior_Kz
Visit Lior's Work: Def Pen Hoops & Raptors Rapture

Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets
Auxl Studios - “Blue Bloods

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 124

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EPISODE 124

"POETRY"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • My god. It couldn’t have been scripted any better. In a sequence that was 18 years in the making, it was simply poetic justice for the Toronto Raptors. A back and forth contest between the Raptors and the 76ers kept fans of both teams in suspense in what could possibly be the greatest game in Toronto Raptors’ history. This is why Masai made the trade for Kawhi Leonard in July of 2018. This is why you trade away the franchise player in DeMar DeRozan; for moments like this. Just incredible.

  • To break down the entire game and previewing the Eastern Conference Finals, host Adam Corsair is joined by the Icon… the Showstopper… the Main Event… the Entertaining & Sexy - Mr. Peter “HB” Kaye of Life in Repeat. Peter and Adam take a deep dive into what’s been on the mind’s of Raptors fans, such as:

    • The Moment

    • Serge Arrived

    • Gen. Lowry

    • ECF

    • Predictions

It’s a Raptors podcast that you won’t want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets”
Jim Johnston - “Sexy Boy”

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 123

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EPISODE 123

"Déjà Vu"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk

  • So it’s come down to this. Once again, the Raptors find themselves in a do-or-die position with their backs against the wall, coming back to Toronto for Game 7 against the 76ers. Much like the 2001 Playoff series, the two teams will battle it out for the right to face the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Unlike 2001, though, the Raptors will have home-court advantage for Game 7.

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Hunter Surphlis of Take 6ix and the Take 6ix Podcast. Hunter and Adam break down Game 6 and preview Game 7, touching on topics such as:

- Sixers Slap
- No Intensity
- 2001
- Consequences
- Predictions

It's a Raptors podcast that you won't want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - "Casets"
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 122

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EPISODE 122

"TEAM WIN"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • With Round 2 being knotted at 2 games a piece, the Toronto Raptors headed back home to take on the 76ers in a game that would be crucial to maintain home court advantage. With Kawhi’s stellar performance in Game 4, we expected him to continue his dominance and carry this team to victory once again. We were wrong.

  • Yes, the Raptors were able to be victorious, but it was the effort from every member of the roster to achieve the victory. Lowry, Green, Siakam, and Gasol were able to do their part and ease the tension off of Kawhi to grab this win. Even Serge and VanVleet has great performances and contributed to what was perhaps the most complete and team oriented win that this Raptors team has had since the trade deadline. It was truly wonderful.

  • To recap Game 5 and preview Game 6, host Adam Corsair is joined by Connor Chambers of Toronto Sports Views and the TSV Podcast. Connor and Adam get into detail as to what they saw in Game 5, such as:

    • Team Effort

    • Nurse’s Adjustments

    • Breakouts

    • Sixers Folding

    • Predictions

It’s a Raptors podcast that you won’t want to miss!

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Music:
Drake Stafford - “Casets”
Auxl Studio - “Blue Bloods”


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 121

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EPISODE 121

"MJ-ESQ"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk!

  • With their backs up against the wall, the Toronto Raptors went into Philly under the pressure of a “must-win” mentality being down 2-1 in the 2nd Round of the Playoffs against the 76ers. To make matters worse, the Raptors were unsure of the availability of Pascal Siakam, who was reportedly battling a right calf contusion Friday & Saturday, being listed as “doubtful.” He was upgraded to “questionable” come Sunday afternoon and was able to play. However, the real story is the performance that Kawhi Leonard put on, leading the Raptors to victory on the road, reclaiming home-court advantage, knotting the series up 2-2 heading back to Toronto.

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Jordan Kligman of the 416 Basketball Podcast and writer for Hash Tag Basketball. Jordan and Adam get into the details regarding Game 4 as well as their expectations for the remainder of Round 2.

It’s a Raptors podcast that you won’t want to miss!

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Music:
Freebeats - “Street Code”
Drake Stafford - “Casets
Auxl Studios - “Blue Bloods

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair


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SOT6 Podcast - Episode 120

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EPISODE 120

"ADJUST"

TORONTO RAPTORS TALK

Weekly Toronto Raptors Talk

  • After dropping Game 2 on their home court, the Raptors traveled to Philly to try to steal one and take a series lead over the Sixers in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. Needless to say, the vast majority of the Raptors squad didn’t show up and ended up coughing Game 3 up, putting them in a must-win situation heading into Game 4. What needs to be done for the Raptors to reestablish momentum and but an end to this series in order to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals?

  • To discuss these and other topics, host Adam Corsair is joined by Richard Birfer of the BallnRoll.com official Podcast, Pick-N-Pod. Richard and Adam get into detail regarding Game 3 with topics that include:

- Nurse’s Decisions
- Bench Woes
- Setting Tones
- Positives
- Predictions

It’s a Raptors’ show you WON’T want to miss!

Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardbirfs
Follow Pick-n-Pod on Twitter: @pick_pod
Follow BallnRoll on Twitter: @BALLnROLL
Subscribe to the Pick-N-Pod Podcast HERE
Visit BallnRoll HERE

Music:
FreeBeats- "Won’t Stop"
Auxl Studio - "Blue Bloods"

Written, Produced, & Edited: Adam Corsair

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Raptors' Backs Are Against The Wall

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Article Written by Hudson Stewart (@hudson_stewart6)


Before I say anything, I just want to preface that I know the series isn’t over yet. The Raptors could very well win on Sunday and go back to Toronto tied 2-2. However, with the way most of the team is playing right now, that looks unlikely. The Raptors got blown out Thursday night in Game 3, but my main point of frustration comes at the fact that they lost game 2 at home. They had all of the momentum going in, Embiid had “the shits” as he said, and other than Jimmy Butler, most of Philly’s best players had quiet nights.

But the Raptors lost that game, and in doing so they blew a big opportunity to take a stranglehold on the series. They then went into Philadelphia and laid a massive egg. Kawhi Leonard was incredible Thursday, as usual per usual. But also per usual, no one else showed up to help him. Siakam was alright, and Danny Green was a bit better, but Lowry and Gasol were both complete no-shows; and that’s just the starters! The bench was awful again, especially Fred VanVleet, who once again looked lost out there (the bench scored 15 points tonight, which was actually a huge improvement from game 2).

Speaking of Lowry though, he had another brutal shooting game Thursday (2/10 from the field, 0/4 from 3) and I’m pretty much done defending him. I love Kyle Lowry, and he’s one of my favourite Raptors ever. He’s been such a driving force of the last 6 years, and the Raptors don’t make any of this happen without him. However, there comes a point when you just need more from your $30 million point guard. Him consistently putting up poor playoff performances gets forgiven by a lot of Raptors fans because of his “intangibles.” Yes, Lowry does a lot of great things for the team. He takes a ton of charges, is a great passer, and can make some pretty gutsy plays. But you don’t pay $30 million for intangibles; you pay $30 million for someone that can actually score every once in a while.

It’s so frustrating to watch Kawhi continue to carry this team so much because it shows how much they’re wasting his efforts. We could potentially be watching the end of Kawhi’s tenure in Toronto, and with the way his teammates are playing, can anyone really blame him if he wants to leave? Almost every possession that the Raptors score involves him making some ridiculous shot, and the ones where the Raptors don’t score either involve a forced shot or a missed open shot from a teammate. Kawhi has put forth some super-human efforts in this series, and yet the Raptors only have 1 win.

Another frustrating part of this series has been Nick Nurse getting thoroughly out-coached by Brett Brown - of all people. I understand Nurse is a rookie head coach, but this is a team in win-now mode, and he knew what he was signing up for. The fact that he’s still tinkering with rotations right now is crazy, considering he’s had 82 games to figure that out. Also, why has Jodie Meeks seen any playing time in this series?

Another thing on Nurse - and this might be the most frustrating thing for me - is how much he seems to trust the bench unit. Obviously the starters can’t play the entire game, but Nurse has to do a better job of resting guys at appropriate times. For example, the Raptors made a run at the end of the 3rd quarter to cut the 76ers’ lead to 8. That run was lead by - guess who - Kawhi Leonard. He was making plays on both ends of the court and carrying the team as per usual. So obviously the Raptors kept in there to start the 4th, right?

Wrong.

Nurse put the bench in and Philly ran away with the game. By the time Kawhi came back into the game it was too late. I was fine with the whole load management thing in the regular season because it meant that Kawhi would be ready to play more in the playoffs, and play at a high level. And he’s playing at a world-class level right now, but he’s not being played enough in my opinion. The Raptors may only have this guy for a few more games, so why not use him to the max?

I think my main point of frustration is that it’s happening again. We convinced ourselves that this year would be different (for like the 5th time) and it’s happening again. I’ll always be a Raptors fan through thick and thin, but this may be the best chance we’ve ever had to watch them play in the Finals, and they’re currently blowing it to a team that gives Greg Monroe meaningful minutes.

I haven’t given up on this series, and I hope other fans don’t either. But the way the last 2 games have gone, I’m beginning to question this team’s mental toughness (minus Kawhi).

Just win on Sunday guys.


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