Category Archives: The Athletic

Raptors margin for error against Bucks erodes from slim to none with squandered Game 1

Title: Raptors margin for error against Bucks erodes from slim to none with squandered Game 1
Date: May 15, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors missing a great opportunity in Game 1 against the Bucks, possibly using up the last of their margin for error.
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The Athletic Raptors Q and A

Title: The Athletic Raptors Q&A
Date: May 15, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: I hosted a live Raptors Q&A at The Athletic Toronto.
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Murphy Mailbag: Raptors defensive matchups for Antetokounmpo, Bucks depth, Firefly Funhouse and more

Title: Murphy Mailbag: Raptors defensive matchups for Antetokounmpo, Bucks depth, Firefly Funhouse and more
Date: May 15, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I opened up the mailbag to preview Raptors-Bucks, looking at rotations, matchups, the new Bray Wyatt, and more.
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Beat writer series preview: Will the Bucks be too rested and can the underdog Raptors continue their postseason magic?

Title: Beat writer series preview: Will the Bucks be too rested and can the underdog Raptors continue their postseason magic?
Date: May 14, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I collaborated with Eric Nehm of The Athletic Wisconsin to preview the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Raptors and the Bucks.
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Deep-dive series preview: How do the Raptors and Bucks match up? A study of styles, rotations and more

Title: Deep-dive series preview: How do the Raptors and Bucks match up? A study of styles, rotations and more
Date: May 14, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I performed a deep dive into the lineups, rotations, key matchups, playing styles and more for the third-round playoff series between the Raptors and Bucks.
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Raptor Recalibration, Game 7: A well-coached closeout, war of bench attrition, rebounding and more

Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 7: A well-coached closeout, war of bench attrition, rebounding and more
Date: May 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a dramatic Game 7 victory where the Raptors got a lot right at the margins and needed every bit of it. Read an excerpt!

Eighteen years after Vince Carter’s miss, my 18 favorite things about The Kawhi Leonard Shot

Title: Eighteen years after Vince Carter’s miss, my 18 favorite things about The Kawhi Leonard Shot
Date: May 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kawhi Leonard’s historic game-winner in Game 7 against the 76ers, reflecting on its parallels to Vince Carter’s 2001 miss in the same situation and laying out my favorite moments within The Moment. Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – The Shot and the Bucks: Kawhi’s Game 7 winner + Eastern Conference finals preview

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – The Shot and the Bucks: Kawhi’s Game 7 winner + Eastern Conference finals preview
Date: May 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I wrap up Raptors-76ers and The Shot and then preview the Raptors-Bucks Eastern Conference Finals. Read an excerpt!

How Kyle Lowry stood tall against a giant, did all the little things and put the Raptors in position to win Game 7

Title: How Kyle Lowry stood tall against a giant, did all the little things and put the Raptors in position to win Game 7
Date: May 12, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about an incredible, historic Game 7 victory for the Raptors and how Kyle Lowry made everything, even Kawhi Leonard’s heroics, possible. Read an excerpt!

Seven thoughts ahead of Game 7: ‘Elimination Game Lowry,’ evaluating Nick Nurse and more

Title: Seven thoughts ahead of Game 7: ‘Elimination Game Lowry,’ evaluating Nick Nurse and more
Date: May 12, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I answered some reader questions after the Raptors dropped an ugly Game 6 to the 76ers, trying to help settle anxieties ahead of Game 7. Read an excerpt!

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