If you happen to think that all of the systemic racism and social justice issues in the U.S. right now are exclusive to that country, well, you’d be dead wrong! Canada is rife with deplorable actions towards Indigenous people and needs to be doing so much more to atone for it’s actions. Read up. Donate. Take action.
As we get going here, please note systemic racism impacts many communities. Canada's history is full of examples of the government's mistreatment of our Indigenous population. In order to help foster better understanding and true reconciliation, visit https://t.co/nF5vKzcr8q— Raptors HQ (@RaptorsHQ) August 17, 2020
Welcome back to NBA playoff basketball, baby!
The playoffs represent the culmination of a team’s hard work during the regular season and offseason as well as an introduction to hard-nosed, grind it out basketball. Or, if you’re the Toronto Raptors, an exercise in utter dominance that will surely be parlayed into a wealth of “learning experiences” for the young pup Brooklyn Nets who are definitely all going to be on the roster next year. Let’s take the temperature!
The Lowry Family, Royalty
With every passing day, it becomes more and more difficult for non-Toronto Raptors fans to hate Kyle Lowry.
THE RAPTORS FUTURE 2030 BACKCOURT JUST INTRODUCED KYLE LOWRY pic.twitter.com/b5AHuvD7TH— DeMarvelous DeChosen (@DeMarvelousGOAT) August 17, 2020
Look at that smile. Look at that pride. Look at that 3-of-14 shooting night while finishing a team high +26! Take it away, Kyle’s mom.
Omg I’m literally in tears !!! That was the best!!!— marie hollaway (@blessedmom07) August 17, 2020
Fred VanVleet, Steady As They Come
Fred VanVleet today:— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 17, 2020
He joins Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry as the only players with 30+ points, 10+ assists, 8+ threes in a playoff game in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/llRj1U2M21
We all know that Steady Freddy is going to get very, very paid this offseason, but what else do you think he’s got coming his way? An All-Star nod? Three-point competition? All-Defense? All of the above?
One thing is for sure, Frederico is here to win every game for the Raptors and he’s going to do so by bombing threes in your eye with perfect form while breaking your life down to a waking nightmare anytime you try to dribble in front of him or shoot a three in his vicinity.
Raptors Free Throw Shooting, Solid
Free throw shooting has been a strength for the Raptors as they finished the season sixth overall at 79.6 percent. Against the Nets, the Raptors shot 32-of-33, good for 97 percent with their lone miss coming from noted dead-eye Fred VanVleet. The Raptors starting backcourt of Lowry and VanVleet are leading by example as they’ve shot 85 percent since the beginning of Bubble play.
It will be interesting to see, come the end of Bubble play, what kind of variance the NBA will see in free throw numbers without 20,000 people screaming in players’ ears. Something tells me the Raptors professional approach will carry them along just fine.
Alan Strickland, ACAB
In a security footage reveal that shocked absolutely no one, Alameda County Sheriff Alan Strickland turns out to have been lying his rat-face off when he accused Masai Ujiri of assaulting and causing him long-term injury that would endanger his future wages.
Masai Ujiri's legal team has released this body camera footage of his encounter with a sheriff's deputy as he tried to walk onto the court at Oracle Arena after the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 19, 2020
(via @diamond83) pic.twitter.com/OJKn8R3NmU
This police officer felt so empowered by the systemic racism built-in to policing that he thought he could shove and verbally abuse a Black man in front of 20,000 people while knowingly having video footage of the incident attached to his body and still lie about it vehemently to the court system and any news outlet that would run his foul story. Also remember: his boss knew this footage existed and was fine with Strickland’s deranged fabrication anyway. The whole system is corrupt.
As if there was any more evidence necessary as to why the police need to be defunded, it’s worth noting: this jackass clocks $224,000 USD a year (and security at arenas often means extra money on top of salary) to do shit like this.
Brad Stevens, Not Who They Think He Is
Other than a sloppy third quarter, there is not a lot to pick at during the Raptors rout of the Nets in Game 1. With that said, why don’t we throw another highlight on the barbie!
Here’s the tweet I saw...give credit where credit is due. https://t.co/7GKuMJqwrU— Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) August 17, 2020
Matt Devlin is so confident in the Toronto Raptors that during a Game 1 broadcast, he barbecued Brad Stevens on an open flame for the world to see. Oh, how I can’t wait for the Toronto-Boston series.