The Toronto Raptors Are Coming

In the present day NBA, there’s only a handful of teams that most general NBA fans would consider contenders. Most of those teams are in the Western Conference. Out west there are the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Clippers. That leaves the only true contender in the East to be the […]

DeMar DeRozan will stay with Toronto for 5 years $139 million

There were some very worried people in Toronto after DeMar DeRozan opted out of his contract but DeRozan has come back to the Raptors. DeRozan has agreed to a five year deal that will pay him $139 million. DeRozan has spent all seven years of his career with Toronto where he has averaged 18.1 ppg […]

LeBron the leader: We’re not in 2010 anymore

LeBron James is a terrible leader. You might be surprised to think this opinion can possess such a shelf life, given that LeBron has reached a sixth straight NBA Finals, the best display of uninterrupted annual consistency in this league since Bill Russell. However, the constant media circus surrounding No. 23, fed by national carnival […]

The Cavs, the worst-covered team in the NBA, make history for Cleveland

Cleveland is starving for a world championship in professional sports, but on Friday night in Toronto, its Cavaliers once again found a place at the table in the NBA Finals. In an unprecedented basketball moment, a turn of events not seen in northeastern Ohio in over 50 years, a team from “Believeland” earned the right […]

The Raptors defied easy categorization, but they won respect

The Toronto Raptors became, in the end, the NBA’s most inconvenient team of 2016. Dwane Casey’s ballclub embodied numerous contradictions and tension points. The Raptors carried sharp contrasts into the playoffs. They developed more contrasts during the playoffs. They leave the postseason as a team whose future can easily be spun in a positive or […]

The Cavs don’t have to win Game 6… or do they?

The Cavs of Cleveland do not have to win in Toronto on Friday night in Game 6 — not in a narrow, immediate, technical sense. The Cavs could lose. Heck, they could even get drubbed by the Raptors. It wouldn’t matter in the Eastern Conference Finals — not in all likelihood. LeBron James and head […]

Raptors-Cavs is the 5-minute series which asks us many questions

The Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is the five-minute series. No, this isn’t a reference to the length of time in which these games cease to be competitive; it’s a reference to an old saying about climate change (in the older and less political sense of the term): Don’t […]

Basketball opinions exist on a foundation of quicksand

Professional basketball possesses the most intense spotlight in North American team sports — perhaps not in terms of the amount of media coverage devoted to the endeavor (the NFL wins that distinction), but in terms of the extent to which one or two players get a disproportionate share of credit or blame for their team’s […]

The NBA playoffs have uprooted what we thought we knew

It’s not an original observation, but it’s the main observation which should be advanced at this point in the NBA playoffs: The 2016 postseason is shattering our perceptions of the league and its balance of power. The power of the statement lies not in any relevatory quality — the revelations taking place on the court […]

The Raptors exhibited meaningful desperation in Game 3

Whenever a best-of-seven NBA series begins with two wins by the home team, Game 3 invariably becomes a do-or-die occasion for the trailing team, even though it’s not technically an elimination contest. Students of sports history are well aware that no NBA team has successfully overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven battle. Three teams […]

Watch: Cory Joseph nails third quarter buzzer beater

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph nailed this buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter to give his team a 10 point lead heading into the final quarter of game three against the Cleveland Cavaliers….. Cory Joseph beats the buzzer from downtown!