Raptor Recalibration, Game 4: Going big, fluid transition defence, McCaw minutes and more

Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 4: Going big, fluid transition defence, McCaw minutes and more
Date: May 6, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a tense Game 4 bounce-back for the Raptors that saw them upsize their lineup against the 76ers.

We​ need to talk about​ cookies.

It’s​ cookies, you see, that​ may have saved the​​ Raptors postseason. A photo surfaced online late Thursday night that appeared to show Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and player development coach Jeremy Castleberry out at Insomnia Cookies in Philadelphia.

Now, for those who don’t know, Insomnia Cookies is a U.S. chain of late-night cookie shops with 155 locations. The cookies are tremendous, as is the fact that they generally stay open — and deliver — until 3 a.m. They also make ice cream sandwiches out of their cookies if that’s your thing, which of course it is. Anyway, I have never been to the Insomnia Cookies on 16th St. in Philadelphia, but I’ve eaten at a few and can confirm that they would make a tremendous eat-your-feelings snack after a tough night, like, say, a 21-point Game 3 loss.

Can we confirm it was indeed Lowry and Leonard? Probably. Can we confirm it was indeed a late-night cookie session that helped the two stars rediscover the team’s footing heading into a Game 4 they won 101-96 to even their series with the 76ers at 2-2? It’s a little more tenuous. What we can confirm with absolute certainty is that the next time you’re feeling like your life needs some between-games adjustments, a late-night cookie is never going to hurt.

As established by now, the morning after each playoff game, we’ll reconvene here to try to sort through everything that happened. I’ll continue to tweak the format — a key coaching decision, adjustments and rotations, key statistical trends and so on — based on feedback, so please keep that coming. I was going to name it “It’s Never Sunny in South Philadelphia” and we all lost on “Wake and Blake,” so here we are.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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