Tagged Serge Ibaka

These NBA Contenders Have Sneaky Good Cap Situations in 2019-20

Coming out of the first heavy-spending summer since 2016, several teams are locked into their current core and will have trouble generating significant spending power over the next two offseasons. Of course, other teams are still riding out their own bad 2016 contracts and will look to get back in the game in 2020 and…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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How Close Are Toronto Raptors to a Rebuild?

Three weeks after winning their first NBA championship in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors’ feel-good summer came crashing to a halt. Kawhi Leonard shook the league to its core by announcing he’d be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, who had long been rumored as a possible free-agent landing spot for him. While the Los…

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What’s Next for Toronto Raptors Without Kawhi Leonard?

The news was devastating to the Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard was heading home to Los Angeles. As their dreams of a repeat championship disappear, the focus must shift onto what the organization can do to replace its Finals MVP. The team’s salary situation dictates either a complete blowup of the roster or replacing Leonard with…

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What to Expect from Toronto, Golden State’s NBA Finals Rotations

The balance a coach must maintain between flexibility and rigidity is forever the most difficult part of the job. In a playoff series, it’s important for a team to adjust to an opponent’s particular strengths and weaknesses, but too many adjustments and said team loses the identity that brought it this far. This dance will…

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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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Marc Gasol Has Been Toronto Raptors’ Secret Weapon

We all thought it was Jimmy Butler’s arrival in Philadelphia, but it turns out the most important acquisition at the 2019 trade deadline was Marc Gasol heading to the Toronto Raptors. During this Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee, Gasol has averaged a seemingly “not-that-important” 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting…

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Only Joel Embiid Can Save the Sixers Now

The second-round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors has been a chess match between the two coaching staffs. Lineups and rotations have evolved over the course of the first five games, as have the strategies and tactics from both sides. As the series shifts back to Philadelphia for Game 6, the Sixers…

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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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Don’t Judge Marc Gasol’s Toronto Raptors Fit Until NBA Playoffs

The acquisition of Marc Gasol at the trade deadline gave the Toronto Raptors a key upgrade at a spot that could be pivotal in their postseason run. While the Raptors have mostly started Serge Ibaka at center this year, there are specific matchups in which a larger, more traditionally-sized big man is necessary. Unfortunately, Jonas…

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