Even in a supposed blowout, there’s never a dull moment in Raptor land. Toronto was in full control of this game for three-plus quarters (and overtime). The fourth quarter collapse made for a nail-biting finish that, for Toronto fans already not accustomed to 9:30 start times, temporarily dislike the term, “free basketball”.
Tonight’s rematch has fairly large playoff implications. Does Nick Nurse make any adjustments outside of “do everything you did in the first three quarters and overtime”? Two games in a row against a strong opponent in late March is quite indicative of how the team will adjust come playoff time.
The latest episode went a little longer than usual because we had to talk about the Kawhi Is Staying bracket. Admit it, your bracket is already busted. This is really the only one that matters now. Also, stay for the end, where we compare hip hop’s greatest to their NBA equivalents. Enjoy the latest episode of That’s A Rap!
On This Week’s Episode:
Are you encouraged by how well the Raptors handled the Thunder over three quarters? Or are you worried about how they collapsed in the fourth? Were you ever worried the Raptors would lose a heart-breaker on the road, especially with a desperate Thunder squad firing up the crowd? Or were you comforted in knowing Kawhi wouldn’t have a Paul George problem to deal with and that Pascal Siakam was playing at his best?
What certainly added to the drama was the sight of Tony Brothers. His ability to anger both fan bases is really one-of-a-kind. As much as I’d like to say he’s anti-Raptors, I’m sure Thunder fans would argue he’s more anti-good-officiating.
Brothers didn’t act alone, but a quick re-watch will easily show how many fouls George got away with. Whether it’s the aura of a DPOY favourite or the home court advantage, PG definitely played more minutes than he should have.
It’s a shame that such a highly entertaining game between two of the best from each conference was missing an integral piece in Kyle Lowry. On the flip side, it was great to see the amount of ball movement / assists remain the same.
The injury bug has hit Milwaukee with Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic out until the playoffs. This directly affects Toronto because, combined with the Bucks recent struggles, the Raptors now have a chance to close in on the 1-seed.
With March Madness taking over the sports lexicon, I worked with Sean Woodley on a Kawhi Is Staying bracket. It’s amazing how many news nuggets there have been over the season to indicate his time as a Raptor may stretch beyond this season. Here’s one half of the bracket, and here’s the other.
As if the episode wasn’t fun enough as is, we decided to quickly match up some hip hop greats to their NBA equivalents. Join in on the fun and comment below with who you feel are the NBA equals to Jay-Z, Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nas, and Eminem.
Finally, we review the upcoming schedule. Toronto doesn’t play another team with a positive net rating after tonight’s Thunder game. Will the Raptors make a run for the best record in the NBA?
1:58 - Drama
6:42 - Here we go again?
8:10 - Tony Brothers SMH
10:49 - PG fouled out with 11 fouls!
13:53 - Round 2 without Lowry
19:40 - Injury bug
22:44 - Is there an upset looming in the playoffs?
28:30 - Ka-Why is Staying bracket
32:26 - Trip down memory lane
38:08 - Rappers and their NBA counterpart
54:24 - Upcoming schedule