Category Archives: Analysis

Raptors Tactical: Breaking down rotations and matchups from a first Celtics meeting

Title: Raptors Tactical: Breaking down rotations and matchups from a first Celtics meeting
Date: October 20, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about some tactical and matchup takeaways from the Raptors’ first meeting with the Celtics. Read an excerpt!

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Raptors’ escape of near-collapse in Washington puts Lowry, depth in spotlight

Title: Raptors’ escape of near-collapse in Washington puts Lowry, depth in spotlight
Date: October 20, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about a thinned-out and tired Raptors squad avoiding collapse in Washington, and why that speaks to the bigger-picture goals of this season. Read an excerpt!

Examining how Nick Nurse utilized Kawhi Leonard in his Raptors debut

Title: Examining how Nick Nurse utilized Kawhi Leonard in his Raptors debut
Date: October 18, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about how the Toronto Raptors used Kawhi Leonard in his debut. Read an excerpt!

Potential rotating Raptors starters a mark of identity, not indecision

Title: Potential rotating Raptors starters a mark of identity, not indecision
Date: October 17, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the team’s intention to mix up their starting lineup frequently and why that’s a positive sign about their 2018-19 mentality in general. Read an excerpt!

Raptors opt for long-term focus as Chris Boucher wins camp battle

Title: Raptors opt for long-term focus as Chris Boucher wins camp battle
Date: October 12, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I looked at the Raptors’ decision to give their second two-way contract to Chris Boucher and what that means for both their roster and that of Raptors 905. Read an excerpt!

Murphy: Raptors dialing up pressure on defence to fuel transition offence

Title: Murphy: Raptors dialing up pressure on defence to fuel transition offence
Date: October 11, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I looked at how the Raptors are driving an expedited pace in the preseason and how much of that might carry over to the regular season. Read an excerpt!

Examining what Delon Wright’s extension with Raptors could look like

Title:Examining what Delon Wright’s extension with Raptors could look like
Date: October 10, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I examined some of the factors on both sides of the negotiating table as the deadline for Delon Wright and the Raptors to work out an extension nears. Read an excerpt!

Don’t expect plenty more Euro-Steps, but Raptors confident in expanding offensive role of their centres

Title: Don’t expect plenty more Euro-Steps, but Raptors confident in expanding offensive role of their centres
Date: October 9, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about the Raptors hoping to hand even more play-making responsibilities to their bigs this year. Read an excerpt!

Deng Adel comes home in NBA preseason debut

Title:Deng Adel comes home in NBA preseason debut
Date: October 6, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about Deng Adel’s preseason breakout against a team he played with all summer. Read an excerpt!

Murphy Mailbag: How Hungry Are You? Preseason questions, and more

Title: Murphy Mailbag: How Hungry Are You? Preseason questions, and more
Date: October 4, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my first mailbag for The Athletic (!), I answered questions about the Raptors’ preseason, their likely rotation, Serge Ibaka’s cooking show, and more. Read an excerpt!

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