Playoffs Diary: Game 2 Precap

Ahead of Game 2 in Toronto tonight, here’s a bunch of thoughts and links that you should check out. Just like players talking about taking it to the next level for the post-season, bloggers have to do the same, I’m straight volume shooting with posts for the duration of this series. Hope you find a few things below worth reading:
Blake Murphy of ESPN True Hoop’s Raptors Republic went to Game 1 at Air Canada Centre, and wrote this excellent piece that really captured the mood of the crowd with some wonderful insight into what it’s like to be a hoops fan in Canada (note: related to this 110%)
I snatched some cheap upper bowl tickets for Games 3 and 4 in Brooklyn, and if it all works out, I’ll be writing something about my experience at the games for Raptors Republic next week. I’m looking forward to it. Speaking of which, considering how expensive tickets are for the games in Toronto, it actually might be cheaper overall to just buy a couple tickets on StubHub and hop on a Megabus to New York this weekend. I know, I know, the downside of being on a Megabus for ten plus hours cannot be measured in cost savings. Carry on
I was speaking to Blake via e-mail and we’re both still relatively confident that the Raptors can not only get back in this series but win it. Of course, Game 2 will go a long way towards making that prediction possible. Paul Pierce might have gotten all the pub for his late game shots, but it was Joe Johnson who gave the Raptors trouble throughout the game. Here’s a piece examining exactly that 
"F—- Brooklyn" gate, not very serious update: Brooklyn borough president released an official statement responding to Ujiri and somehow got Rob Ford (finally, he makes an appearance!) involved. The Toronto Sun responded (weakly) with this front page cover
I want to take the time out to let Brooklyn fans and the rest of the world know that the Toronto Sun is not the standard bearer of journalism in our city, so please, just know we’re laughing with you
"F—- Brooklyn" gate, more serious update: Ujiri did end up catching a fine of $25,000 for his comments. Eric Koreen of The National Post wrote about how Ujiri’s statement may be more calculated than we think, and is right in line with the Raptors’ attempt to re-brand themselves as willing outsiders
Plug two: I’m contributing content to Complex’s new basketball site, Triangle Offense, throughout the playoffs. So be sure to bookmark and check it out. There’s a lot of great content from some respected writers on there (and me, or consider me a respected writer as well if you respect me). I wrote about Ujiri-gate at the site, and basically, it’s a meaningless subplot but could catch some meaning if we actually start having some post-season success
Nav Bhatia gets a New York Times feature! Be sure to read about how he became friends with Mike Woodson
Secret weapon alert: Landry Fields
The Raptors recognize they need to be better defending the pick-and-roll
Jason Kidd says Andrei Kirilenko will gets his minutes, eventually. Kirilenko’s wife posted this on Instagram in response to his husband’s Game 1 benching
And lastly, hat tip to Zach Harper of CBS Sports for this fondue photo edit. 

Playoffs Diary: Game 2 Precap

Ahead of Game 2 in Toronto tonight, here’s a bunch of thoughts and links that you should check out. Just like players talking about taking it to the next level for the post-season, bloggers have to do the same, I’m straight volume shooting with posts for the duration of this series. Hope you find a few things below worth reading:

  • Blake Murphy of ESPN True Hoop’s Raptors Republic went to Game 1 at Air Canada Centre, and wrote this excellent piece that really captured the mood of the crowd with some wonderful insight into what it’s like to be a hoops fan in Canada (note: related to this 110%)
  • I snatched some cheap upper bowl tickets for Games 3 and 4 in Brooklyn, and if it all works out, I’ll be writing something about my experience at the games for Raptors Republic next week. I’m looking forward to it. Speaking of which, considering how expensive tickets are for the games in Toronto, it actually might be cheaper overall to just buy a couple tickets on StubHub and hop on a Megabus to New York this weekend. I know, I know, the downside of being on a Megabus for ten plus hours cannot be measured in cost savings. Carry on
  • I was speaking to Blake via e-mail and we’re both still relatively confident that the Raptors can not only get back in this series but win it. Of course, Game 2 will go a long way towards making that prediction possible. Paul Pierce might have gotten all the pub for his late game shots, but it was Joe Johnson who gave the Raptors trouble throughout the game. Here’s a piece examining exactly that 
  • "F—- Brooklyn" gate, not very serious update: Brooklyn borough president released an official statement responding to Ujiri and somehow got Rob Ford (finally, he makes an appearance!) involved. The Toronto Sun responded (weakly) with this front page cover
  • I want to take the time out to let Brooklyn fans and the rest of the world know that the Toronto Sun is not the standard bearer of journalism in our city, so please, just know we’re laughing with you
  • Plug two: I’m contributing content to Complex’s new basketball site, Triangle Offense, throughout the playoffs. So be sure to bookmark and check it out. There’s a lot of great content from some respected writers on there (and me, or consider me a respected writer as well if you respect me). I wrote about Ujiri-gate at the site, and basically, it’s a meaningless subplot but could catch some meaning if we actually start having some post-season success


Vivid Theme by JoachimT
Powered by Tumblr
© Alex Wong (except where cited)

Install Theme