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That’s A Rap #139: 1,000 followers later and just getting started in Toronto

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As the boys celebrate a Twitter milestone, the Raptors are finding things less festive in Tampa. Closing out the season has less to do with wins and losses, and more to do about player development. Do you agree? Listen and decide.

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It’s time to put things in perspective!

For the podcast, we’ve grown from incoherently rambling about Raptors news to... incoherently rambling about Raptors news to 1000 Twitter followers! For the Raptors, the season is slowly slipping away, but there are a plethora of good developments to take back to Toronto next season. With (possibly) less than 3 weeks remaining in the season, it’s almost time to do another Kyle Lowry appreciation tour. Let’s save the tears for next week. For now, enjoy the latest episode of That’s A Rap!

In This Episode:

2:00 — 1000 thank yous!

What started as an overly exciting conversation about Kawhi Leonard trade has blossomed into (almost) three years of podcasting, 150+ episodes (counting the ones recorded before joining Raptors HQ), and now, 1000 Twitter followers! Thank you to anyone that’s listened, commented, and supported along the way.

7:00 — Has the window closed?

With nine games left, a 2.5 game deficit to just make the play-in, two teams to leapfrog (1 who has already clinched the season series), and the league’s 4th-hardest remaining schedule, has Toronto’s postseason window closed? Does it matter? Each remaining game is against a team with a better record and various playoff aspirations — all of which offer solid efforts for team/player development before a desperately needed off-season of recovery and (hopefully) a return to Toronto!

17:20 — The gauntlet continues in Utah

Next up is a visit to the NBA’s best team (by record). It’s also an eerie reminder of last season. Toronto’s final game before the pandemic was a visit to Salt Lake City. With no Donovan Mitchell (and possibly no Mike Conley), could the Raptors repeat history and get a road victory in Utah? Whether or not they win, a late-night flight to Los Angeles and a date with the defending champs await the Raptors. The gauntlet truly does continue!

34:45 — Would you rather (Raptors roster edition)

Strip away the contracts and roster fits, who would you rather trust your franchise with, Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby? Do you think that’s a spicy hypothetical? Let’s go with something that could become real in a couple of weeks. If the Raptors can only afford to sign two of these three players — Gary Trent Jr., Khem Birch, or Kyle Lowry — who’s the odd man out?