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That’s A Rap #129: Discussing the dismantling of Milwaukee and survival in Minnesota

The Raptors are finally back to .500! That shouldn’t be as exciting as it sounds, but it’s a remarkable feat considering how slow the team started. Enjoy the latest episode before stressing over the 76ers!

Toronto Raptors v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Raptors thankfully had two games in Milwaukee to prep them for a grudge match in Minnesota.

Wait. What?

This increasingly odd season took another weird turn this week as Toronto splits two nail-biters against the league’s worst team while manhandling a title favourite in Wisconsin. The road to .500 had many unforeseen twists and turns but they’ve finally arrived and back in contention to host a playoff series.

The games provided a plethora of juicy highlights for Raptors fans, but the biggest highlight had fan favourite, Yuta Watanabe, get the national attention no basketball player wants. Also in this week’s episode, we dove into Draymond Green’s post-game comments about Andre Drummond and the double-standard that plagues all NBA front offices.

Great conversations and debates were had, so make sure to include your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy the latest episode of That’s A Rap!

In This Episode:

5:05 — Win’s a win

For the second time this week, the Raptors had a difficult time with the lowly Timberwolves! While the outcome was different, thankfully, the final moments were just as bewildering. No, Pascal Siakam didn’t miss another game-winning layup. This time, the game-winner fell and... complete silence. For the first time in my life, I did not have any reaction to a game-winning bucket — positive or negative, Raptors or not. How did you react?

11:30 — Fear not here

Before the season, skepticism about Milwaukee’s title aspirations was higher than ever. They did not fire Mike Budenholzer. They gutted their roster for Jrue Holiday. They messed up the Bogdan Bogdanovic transaction. Giannis Antetokounmpo signed his extension and must be having buyer’s remorse. Toronto used the same defensive playbook they invented in 2019 and flummoxed Milwaukee’s own (predictable) defensive gameplan by playing small ball.

26:25 — No Lowry, no problem

Last season, the Raptors compiled a Canadian sports record 15-game win streak. Imagine a streak nearly that long, post-championship, without Kyle Lowry! Nobody on the podcast suggested the Raptors would be better off without him, but what has caused this amazing streak? Does this offer the same hope that the 17-5 no-Kawhi Raptors provided two seasons ago?

38:00 — Dunk (on a Raptor) of the year?

Don’t worry, I won’t show the dunk again. But I will add this tweet.

43:15 — Draymond spitting bars

We talked about Draymond Green, with reference to Yasmin Duale’s Yahoo article, and what the NBA’s double-standard means. Anthony Davis wanted to be traded and was blasted by the media for his selfishness and unprofessionalism. Andre Drummond is benched while his team tries to trade him... nary a peep about Koby Altman and the Cavaliers front office. Why is that?