RAPS TALK Episode 67 - The "All Fight, No Quit" episode
Episode 67 of RAPS TALK (05.05.14) - Heartbreaker. A Paul Pierce block on Kyle Lowry proved to be the difference maker in this Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets seven game series and all of a sudden, this exciting Raptors season has come to a close. On today's recap podcast, we talk all about Game 7, the Canadian Raptors fanbase, the future of Coach Casey, the potential return of Vince Carter, the development of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Garnett's comments about Toronto and Jonas Valanciunas' upcoming summer workout with one-time Toronto Raptor, Hakeem Olajuwon. It was a tough way to go out, but it was all worth it. Until 2014-2015!
When you watch a seven game series end by one point, you instantly reflect back on the mistakes and the missed opportunities.
When you watch the last possession on Sunday afternoon, you wonder why Kyle Lowry tried to force up a shot with three defenders on him.
But then you've got to ask yourself: on October 30th, 2013 when the Toronto Raptors tipped off against the Boston Celtics to start the regular season, where did you see this team finishing at the end of the season? How many #TankNation posts did you read in December when Masai Ujiri traded away Rudy Gay? The expectations were low.
RAPS TALK Episode 66 - The "It's Another Game Seven" episode
Episode 66 of RAPS TALK (05.03.14) - The Raps couldn't get the job done on Friday. Toronto had the opportunity to close out the series against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn but came out flat, losing 97-83. On this recap podcast, the crew recaps Game Six, the disappearance of Kyle Lowry, missed opportunities for the Raptors, Drake in a Brooklyn jersey, the sparse Brooklyn crowd, Deron Williams missing person posters and Jason Kidd's 25k investment. Game Seven on Sunday, y'all.
RAPS TALK Episode 65 - The "#WeTheNervous" episode
Episode 65 of RAPS TALK (04.30.14) - Well, that was interesting. Toronto watched their 26-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, allowing Brooklyn to score 44 points in the fourth quarter. But Toronto managed to hold off the Nets to take a 3-2 series lead...thank god. On today's podcast we talk about this nerve-wracking game, Kyle Lowry's dominance in game five, Drake-inspired lint rollers, T-Ross regaining his confidence, 50 cent, Joe Johnson's crazy second half and four-point play opportunities. Next stop, Brooklyn.
Episode 64 of RAPS TALK (04.27.14) - We're all tied up. The Raptors stole one in Brooklyn on Sunday night and now head back to Toronto for a game five. On this week's podcast, we recap games three and four of the series, talk about Raptors Square aka 'Juarassic Park', Greivis Vasquez and his big time plays, Ghostface Killah, DeMar's stellar play and Lowry's knee. Check it out.
Episode 63 of RAPS TALK (04.23.14) - The Raptors finally got themselves a playoff win. The Raptors took Game 2 of the Nets-Raptors playoffs series with a 100-95 win at home. On this week's NBA playoffs postgame podcast we discuss DeMar's bounce back game, a Landry Fields sighting, Drake's lint roller, the Raptors bench production, Rob Ford and Masai Ujiri's $25,000 fine. Next stop, Brooklyn.
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.
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