Toronto avoided losing; now the Raptors can focus on winning

The city of Toronto is psychologically accustomed to losing in the playoffs. The hockey mecca doesn’t have any Canadian team to root for in the quest for the Stanley Cup, so the Raptors are the only show in town as the North American spring unfolds. Sunday night in the Air Canada Centre, as one predictably […]

The Raptors reveal an aspirational identity through inertia

It was one of the most strikingly counterintuitive moments of the 2016 NBA trade deadline: The Toronto Raptors revealed a large aspirational appetite not by making a big move, but by doing nothing. It goes against the instincts of fans, commentators, everyone who follows sports either for a living or for fun: When a trade […]