Posts tagged Toronto Raptors
NBA Offseason Frenzy Has Begun (AD to Lakers, NY/BK's Pursuit of KD, Draft, Rumors) Blues Win Cup, Yanks Questionable Trade? Mets Bullpen Implosion, Brooks Falls Short at US Open

The NBA Finals just ended, but the offseason is already proving that it's going to be wild and crazy as Episode 76 will provide the following:

The Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers. Who is the winner and loser of this deal?

Should the Knicks or Nets pursue Kevin Durant? What will the Knicks do on draft night?  Plus, the aftermath of Klay Thompson's injury and the future of the Warriors.

I'll recap the Blues historic Stanley Cup run. Does home ice/court/field matter in sports? The NHL Draft is Friday. Why the Devils and Rangers will be forever linked with who they select come Friday night?

The Yankees trade for another right-handed slugger. Why I disagree with the move? And why wasn't a starting pitcher involved instead?

The Mets bullpen continues to be inflammable. The latest debacle of relief futility, plus, their upcoming season defining road trip to Atlanta, Chicago (Cubs) and Philadelphia.

A recap of Gary Woodland's US Open victory over Brooks Koepka.

My Hero and Zero of the Week.

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ADDENDUM PODCAST! Instant Reaction: Warriors Survive Game 5, Subway Series, Kimbrel/Keuchel Find Homes, Hero & Zero of Week

An addition to my earlier pod today as I discuss:

First word on Game 5 recap of Warriors vs. Raptors.

Subway Series prediction.

A rant about baseball's analytics regarding Mets OF Jeff McNeil.

Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally find homes. How effective will they be?

Plus, my Hero and Zero of the Week. (I'm calling out Drake! Yes! That Drake!)

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Warriors Last Stand? Raptor Coronation? Blues/Bruins Game 7, Yanks Stumble/Mets Rumble Into Subway Series, Jets New GM, Nadal's Dozen/State of American Tennis

Episode 74 has championship flavor and then some.  On deck:

The Warriors final hurrah? Or will they push this series to a Game 6? Game 7? Will the Raptors prevail for an entire nation and capture their first ever NBA championship? Also, the Brooklyn Nets have staked their claim in the free agency frenzy. I'll explain.

The Blues and Bruins will play a Game 7 for all of the marbles. What's the biggest key to victory for both teams? I'll set the stage for the first Stanley Cup Game 7 since 2011.

The Yankees have hit a lull, while the Mets have some wind in their sails heading into their Subway Series matchup. I'll recap the week that was for both teams and what to expect in the first of two meetings between the Bombers and Amazins'.

Plus, my thoughts on the Jets new GM, Joe Douglas and what this means In regards to owner, Christopher Johnson. Rafael Nadal's continued mastery at the French Open and my view on American Tennis in 2019.

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Injured Warriors Get Even, Bruins Two Wins From Cup, Yankees Roll But Bullpen Beware, Mets Bullpen Nightmare, Joshua Letdown or Ruiz Redemption?

Episode 73 delivers more bite than bark as we enter the month of June. Here's what's cooking:

Golden State draws even in the Finals, but it came at a price. What lies ahead in Games 3 & 4? The status of Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson. Can Toronto steal one of the next two?

The Bruins are two wins away from winning their second Cup this decade. What they've done to this point? Blues G Jordan Binnington's poor play. Can the Blues even it up going back to Boston?

The Yankees have won nine straight series. Their bullpen has been lights out, but beware in the long run. I'll explain.

The Mets limp home from a brutal West Coast trip where their bullpen is a straight up disaster! What's next for the Amazins' as they try to stay afloat in the NL East?

Was Saturday nights' heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. more of an indictment on Joshua's heart? Or Ruiz's determination?

I'll have that, plus my Hero and Zero of the Week.

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Toronto Native/Author Dave Mendonca on Raptors Playoff Run, Pulse of T.Dot, Drake, Kawhi's Future and Finals Prediction

Episode 72 takes us North of the Border as Toronto native and author Dave Mendonca joins us to relive the Raptors magical playoff run.

What the buzz is like throughout the city? The country?

Drake's ambassador role with the team.

Kawhi Leonard's future.

His prediction for the NBA Finals and will he revise his book '100 Things Raptor Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die'?

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Raptors Rapture, Giannis's Growth, NBA Finals Preview, STL-BOS Cup Preview, Yanks Big Week, Mets Big Trip, Twins Juggernaut? Hero & Zero of Week

Episode 71 has Championship flavor all around! On tap:

Toronto Raptors have exorcised the playoff demons, but have one more mountain to climb. Kawhi Leonard’s playoff brilliance. How the bench stepped up to win this series? Do they have a shot against the two time defending champs? On the other side, the Milwaukee Bucks fall flat on their face. What went wrong? How this loss will help the growth of Giannis Antetekoumpo? Plus, a preview of the NBA Finals.

The Quest for the Cup begins in Boston as they host the St. Louis Blues. The storylines of former Blues captain, David Backes, Blues coach, Craig Berube. Is this the end for Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara? And my prediction for who will hoist the Cup?

Also, the week that was for the Yankees and a huge showdown vs. the Red Sox. The Mets get back to .500 but have a tricky West Coast trip in LA & Arizona. And what’s in the water in Minnesota as the Twins are racking up record numbers on offense?

Plus, the French Open, another deflating first round defeat for Caroline Wozniacki. The Indianapolis 500 and the Hero and Zero of the Week.

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Mets Mess. Who's To Blame? Jets Adam 'Gase Of Thrones', GSW On Cusp, Bruins Cup Bound, Koepka Hangs On & More

Get ready for some serious heat as Episode 70 is going to deliver a knockout punch. On tap:

The Mets are in crisis mode as we’re a week away from MEMORIAL DAY! Who’s to blame for this mess? Is Mickey Callaway dead man walking? Where’s Brodie Van Wagenen? I have lots to get off my chest about this.

Jets coach, Adam Gase, has the Throne as his power play over the departed GM Mike Maccagnan was successful. Hear why this has disaster written all over it? What will owner Chris Johnson do down the road if this experiment doesn’t work? And you won’t believe who’s rumored to become the possible GM!

Golden State on the verge on another Finals trip. Toronto going down in a fight with Milwaukee. Also, the Knicks lose out on the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes. Does that mean the #3 overall pick will be dangled as trade bait?

The Boston Bruins are back in the Stanley Cup Finals, but is Brad Marchand bringing the NHL back to the Dark Ages?

Plus, Brooks Koepka hangs on to win the PGA, War Of Will wins the Preakness, Deontay Wilder’s first round KO and much more!

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Kawhi, Steph and CJ's Playoff Heroics, Knicks Lottery Luck? Yanks Close In On AL East But Here Comes The Red Sox! PGA Preview, Hero/Zero of Week

A thrilling start to Episode 69 includes:

Kawhi Leonard’s historic buzzer beater eliminates Philadelphia. Joel Embiid’s emotional exit.

CJ McCollum upstages Damien Lillard in closing out Denver.

Stephen Curry turns back the clock to dispose of Houston, plus fallout from the Rockets latest playoff failure.

The Knicks are crossing their fingers in hopes of securing the #1 pick in the draft tomorrow night.

Coaching hires in LA (Lakers) and Cleveland. And LeBron James trade rumors???

Are the Boston Bruins Cup bound? Too much time off for Carolina? Is San Jose making their way back to the Cup?

The Yankees continue to win series, but a familiar foe is starting to creep back into the mix. Also, can the Mets take advantage of a weak schedule over the next two weeks?

Plus, a PGA preview, a Weak-Ness, I mean, Preakness update and the Hero & Zero of the Week.

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Celtics/Rockets Litmus Test, Nuggets Rebound, Sixers Enigma, Islanders RIP, What Are The Mets? Yanks Sailing, Derby Disaster, Canelo-Jacobs

I’m covering the whole sports gamut on Episode 68. On tap:

Season defining games for the Celtics and Rockets tonight. How both teams stave off 3-1 series deficits?

Nuggets resiliency. Sixers inefficiency/Earth to Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid. Kawhi uprising.

I’ll put an epitaph on the Islanders season. Who was the missing piece in their sweep to the Hurricanes?

The Mets are sliding and it could look like 2018 all over again. The Yankees keep rolling, their players are still flirting with the IL, but some are on the mend with a competitive week that lies ahead.

The controversy surrounding the Kentucky Derby.

Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs fight. Is boxing on the rise?

My Hero and Zero of the Week, with some post game thoughts on Bucks-Celtics GM 4.

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JAYREELZ NBA Playoff Preview, (Including the Brooklyn Nets)

It’s about that time for another two month sprint to the NBA Finals and covering it from soup to nuts is none other than yours truly on this special edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. I’ll detail all of the main storylines coming into this tournament.  Can the Warriors three-peat?  Who can upset the two time defending champs in the West? Are the Bucks primed for a deep playoff run? Will the Celtics regroup and take the next step? Do the Nets have what it takes to upset the Sixers? I’ll deep dive into each conference and predict who’ll represent the East and West for this years NBA Championship. This pod will have you prepped and ready to digest all that’s to come over the next eight weeks as we’re ready to tip off another postseason on this latest edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 64)

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