Title: Raptor killer Channing Frye emblematic of the challenges the Cavaliers pose in Round Two
Date: April 29, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Channing Frye, Raptor Killer and window into the defensive challenges the Cavaliers present.
In Toronto basketball circles, Channing Frye is the stuff of nightmares.
Every sports franchise has a player who has its number, an opponent with inexplicably strong performances, who sees the jersey and transforms into a different beast. The beautiful randomness of sport creates these micro-matchups, which fans grow to fear, and where coaches can only shrug their shoulders. There usually aren’t explanations.
The Raptors are exceptionally strong star makers, though. A lot of that has to do with the amount of time the franchise spent between bad and middling, but even as the team’s strung together four very successful seasons, no fewer Raptor killers have presented themselves.
The phenomenon is so pronounced that Raptors podcaster William Lou gives out a nightly Gerald Henderson Award, named after the mid-level wing who has consistently been a thorn in the team’s side. The award is given to the player who fits this bill each game — the role player who goes off; the sparsely used deep reserve who contributes 25 good minutes; the slumping career back-up who finds new life.