Category Archives: Analysis

Bucks and Raptors highlight the proliferation of the big-man triple

Title: Bucks and Raptors highlight the proliferation of the big-man triple
Date: May 17, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the historic amount of threes likely to be shot by bigs in the Raptors-Bucks series and what has led the NBA to this point.
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Raptor Recalibration, Game 1: Pre-switch pick-and-roll, Bucks packing paint, Lowry relocation threes and more

Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 1: Pre-switch pick-and-roll, Bucks packing paint, Lowry relocation threes and more
Date: May 16, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a tough Game 1 loss for the Raptors against the Bucks, with some areas for improvement that lend optimism tfor a potential bounce-back. Read an excerpt!

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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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!

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!

Raptor Recalibration, Game 6: Reverting to bad habits, Embiid’s non-scoring dominance and more

Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 6: Reverting to bad habits, Embiid’s non-scoring dominance and more
Date: May 10, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a blowout Game 6 loss that saw the Raptors revert to a bunch of bad habits and put themselves in a Game 7 scenario they could have avoided. Read an excerpt!

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