Tagged Kyle Lowry

No, Raptors Don’t Deserve Asterisk if They Win NBA Title

The Toronto Raptors are one game away from toppling the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors and winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. But regardless of whether Warriors star forward Kevin Durant returns at some point—he’s questionable ahead of Monday’s Game 5—no one should suggest the Raptors deserve an asterisk if they do win this…

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Fred VanVleet Embodies Everything Raptors’ Run Has Been

Three things are true about NBA title teams: They’re defined by their (super)stars, resiliency is key, and some luck is required. It’s technically too early to declare a champion right now but, in the event that this current trend holds, the Toronto Raptors (3-1) are on their way. That’s because they easily meet all three…

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TBW Expert 2019 NBA Finals Preview Roundtable

It’s finally here. The Toronto Raptors arrive to their first-ever NBA Finals riding an all-time great postseason showing by Kawhi Leonard. Their reward is facing a Golden State Warriors team that is the most dominant of the era, if not the best ever. Postseason demons finally vanquished and the basketball hopes of an entire nation meet…

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The X’s and O’s That Will Define 2019 NBA Finals

On Thursday night, the 2019 NBA Finals (finally) commence between two teams who took very opposite paths to arrive. The Golden State Warriors are looking for their third consecutive championship and fourth of the last five years. The favorites, Golden State enters the series with questions surrounding the health and availability of superstars Kevin Durant…

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How to Fix NBA All-Defensive Team Voting

Every year, a select group of media members, broadcasters, and analysts are handed the responsibility of voting for individual and team awards. It’s no small thing. These votes can enhance or limit earning potential, affect Hall-of-Fame resumes, and rob players of bragging rights. (Okay, maybe the last one isn’t super important, but you get my…

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Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors Face Mutual Matchup Nightmare

Regular-season matchups rarely predict how playoff series will unfold. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers this year only to get buried in a barrage of Damian Lillard 3-pointers in their first-round series. But the regular-season results between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are especially meaningless heading into their…

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NBA Chalk Talk: Early 2019 Playoff Adjustments

Coaching is a lot like chess. You have to think several moves ahead, see the entire board and understand the value of each piece at your disposal. Anticipating your opponent’s moves and trapping them in their own style is considered masterful. Postseason basketball is beautiful for that reason. The players are the ones executing and…

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New-Look Toronto Raptors Face Old Playoff Demons

After years of postseason shortcomings, the Toronto Raptors enter the 2018-19 playoffs under more pressure than ever. Once Kawhi Leonard declines his $21.3 million player option for 2019-20, he will become one of this summer’s most sought-after free agents, perhaps second only to Kevin Durant. Rumors abound about his reported interest in joining the Los…

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What Should the NBA’s Top Seeds Worry About?

We’ve officially reached the semi-dead zone of the schedule for the league’s top teams. The NBA hierarchy (in terms of record) is mostly set. At this point, teams want to make sure they’re healthy and firing at a high level before postseason play begins. Barring a collapse or major injury, the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee…

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