Saturday, April 19, 2014

RAPTORS NBA PLAYOFFS POSTGAME PODCAST - RAPS TALK Episode 62 - The "F- Brooklyn" Epidsode


posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

RAPTORS NBA PLAYOFFS POSTGAME PODCAST

RAPS TALK Episode 62 - The "F- Brooklyn" episode

Episode 62 of RAPS TALK (04.19.14) - It's the Northern Uprising and your Toronto Raptors are back in the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets.  On this week's podcast we recap game one of the Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets playoff series. We're joined by Duane Watson of NBA TV Canada's The Hangout/TSN 1050 to talk about the Raptors, the #WeTheNorth ad campaign, Masai Ujiri's "F--- Brooklyn." comments, Jonas Valanciunas playoffs debut, shotclock problems, DeMar's struggles and the Brooklyn Nets playoff experience vs. the Raptors inexperience.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Top Five Things to Watch For in this Raptors Playoff Run


posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

Top Five Things to Watch For in this Raptors Playoff Run

Can the Raptors take it to another level in the playoffs?

Playoff basketball has made its return to Toronto.  The first round series is set, and the Raptors will face off against the Brooklyn Nets in a seven game series that begins Saturday at the ACC. They've proved what they're capable of in the regular season and now it's time to make noise in the playoffs. Here are a few things that I'm looking forward to in this crazy tournament that we call the NBA Playoffs.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mass Hypnosis: Media Hype more valued than Success

by Mike Masaya
Twitter: @hoopsaddiction

We’ve been hearing it for years from players, fans, coaches and everyone in between. The term “big market versus small market” and how it affects contract signings, trades and overall media attention. The list of examples are endless and at times equivalent to stubbing your toe every time you hear it. In my eyes, it’s a label which is not based on success but old fashioned attention and narcissism.

The list of examples is longer than any writer would be willing to put readers through however some examples are needed to shed light on this recycled hypocrisy. The 9th place New York Knicks are known as a “big market” yet struggled to compete years prior to landing Carmelo Anthony and are currently trying to claw their way into the playoffs. The Raptors have made nothing short of a meteoric rise from zeros to heros and stand out like a sore thumb clinching 3rd place in the East for their first playoff spot since 2008. When comparing the two teams, the Knicks keep the worldwide headlines filled with off court drama and Phil Jackson news while the Raptors have kept the win column in good standing with coverage outside of Canada very rare.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - RAPTORS 105, CELTICS 103 - The "Playoffs are locked In" Edition


posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

RAPTORS 105, CELTICS 103

The "Playoffs are locked In" Edition

The Toronto Raptors postseason is locked in.  For the first time since '08, the Raptors clinched a playoff berth with a 105-103 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, and now there's a big ol' 'X' marked by the Raptors in the standings.  Amir Johnson grabbed the offensive board scored the game winning basket with seven seconds to play to seal the win for Toronto over a pesky Boston Celtics squad.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - CAVS 102, RAPTORS 100 - The "Oh, those free throws" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

CAVS 102, RAPTORS 100

The "Oh, those free throws" Edition

Oh, those free throws.  The Raptors had a terrible night at the free throw line and it proved costly on Tuesday night.  Raptors lost a close one to the Cavs 102-100, dropping their fourth loss in their last six games.  Torono is now 39-31 on the season and are now behind the Chicago Bulls in the standings. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - THUNDER 119, RAPTORS 118 (2OT) - The "KD Stunner" Edition



posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

THUNDER 119, RAPTORS 118 (2OT)

The "KD Stunner" Edition

Kevin Durant came into the ACC on Friday night and took the life out of the building with 1.7 seconds to play in a double overtime thriller against the Raptors.  Toronto went blow for blow with OKC and eventually pulled a way with under a minute to play in double OT....and then Kevin Durant happened.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Canadian Watch at the Tournament - Let the March Madness Begin!


posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)

Let the MADNESS begin.

Who's in your final four?

Canadian Watch at the 2013 NCAA Tournament

Well, it's March and it's time to fill out your bracket for your NCAA tournament office pool.  I'm an NBA guy and in no means an NCAA tournament expert by any stretch of the imagination.  But, I do fill out a bracket every year at the office and my strategy has always been the following: 1) find four expert brackets online, 2) chose a quadrant from each expert bracket, 3) pick Kansas to win and BAM, my bracket for the office pool is set.

Check out my full bracket here.

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