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Blake Murphy and Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto are the Raptors Reasonablists! Cold takes every week.

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Blake Murphy and Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto are the Raptors Reasonablists! Cold takes every week.

    The Stretch Run: All-Star Takeaways with Alex Wong + Schedule Strengthening & #2 Seed Battle

    The Stretch Run: All-Star Takeaways with Alex Wong + Schedule Strengthening & #2 Seed Battle

    Eric is joined by Alex Wong (@steven_lebron) of GQ, Yahoo! Sports and the New York Times following his trip to Chicago for All-Star Weekend. The guys discuss their takeaways from the events, including the Elam Ending, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam's play, Nick Nurse's opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as how the weekend compared to 2016 in Toronto. Plus, with All-Star Weekend behind us, Eric and Alex discuss how the Raptors have exceeded expectations this season, and what they're looking for over the final third of the season in a likely battle with the Celtics for the #2 seed in the East.

    • 49 min
    The Good Times: 15 Straight Wins, Minute Management, Hollis-Jefferson Stands Tall + Buyout Options

    The Good Times: 15 Straight Wins, Minute Management, Hollis-Jefferson Stands Tall + Buyout Options

    Blake and Eric check in ahead of the All-Star break and in the midst of the Raptors 15-game winning streak to discuss the team's play and the probability of the streak continuing. The guys discuss what's special about the current run and why Raptors fans should appreciate a regular season rarity, as well as how Nick Nurse has managed the minutes distribution over the course of it and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's performance against the T-Wolves. Plus, Pascal Siakam showing signs of a return to form, possible buyout candidates, and much more.

    • 51 min
    Trade Deadline Preview, the Lowry All-Star Experience & Terence Davis' Rising Stars Snub

    Trade Deadline Preview, the Lowry All-Star Experience & Terence Davis' Rising Stars Snub

    Blake and Eric look back at the Raptors 11-game winning streak, Terence Davis' shocking snub from the Rising Stars game (5:19), and Kyle Lowry being named an All-Star reserve (24:50). With the trade deadline less than a week away, the guys discuss possible additions and the likelihood of the Raptors making a rotation-altering move (33:27), as well as the difficulty of matching salary in any trade with the current roster (42:17). Plus, Eric goes rapid fire on some potential trade targets, realistic or otherwise (43:57).

    • 54 min
    Emotional Week: Kobe Bryant's Impact, Lowry Makes History, Vince Tributes & Gasol's Status

    Emotional Week: Kobe Bryant's Impact, Lowry Makes History, Vince Tributes & Gasol's Status

    Blake and Eric look back at a tough week for the NBA with Kobe Bryant's passing and the impact he had across the league after an emotional game in San Antonio. Coming off an 8-game winning streak and a win over the Hawks, the guys discuss a stretch of games against bad competition, if Vince Carter is now the NBA's all-time leader in video tributes, as well as Kyle Lowry breaking Jose Calderon's franchise assist record. Plus, what to make of the amount of injuries with Marc Gasol and OG Anunoby joining the club, anticipating Chris Boucher's return to the lineup, and the Raptors chance of finishing 1st in the East before All-Star Weekend.

    • 58 min
    Star Power: Siakam's journey to All-Star starter, Lowry's candidacy, trade targets & Wiggins

    Star Power: Siakam's journey to All-Star starter, Lowry's candidacy, trade targets & Wiggins

    Blake is in NYC, so Eric enlists in the help of The Unreasonablist, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, to co-host this week. Coming off the NBA All-Star Starters announcement, Eric and Woz discuss Pascal Siakam being named to his first All-Star Game and the unlikely journey that led him there, Kyle Lowry's All-Star case and the chances he's voted in as reserve, as well as what has been behind Siakam's struggles on the court since returning from injury. With the Trade Deadline less than two weeks away, the guys discuss trade possibilities for the Raptors and the likelihood of adding an impactful piece in spite of their salary cap situation. Plus, what's behind Norman Powell's inspired play off the bench, looking back at Andrew Wiggins most recent visit and if he'll suit up for Canada at the upcoming FIBA Olympic qualifiers in June.

    • 46 min
    Friendly Reminder: DeMar's return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry's All-Star case

    Friendly Reminder: DeMar's return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry's All-Star case

    Blake and Eric dissect a tough finish to the week for the Raptors, including what went wrong in a frustrating loss to the Spurs, Nick Nurse's questionable choice to favour Patrick McCaw over Terence Davis, and early signs from the offence with Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell back from injury. The guys take a closer look at Kyle Lowry's inspiring play for an undermanned Raptors team and his chances of making the All-Star Game, and give their thoughts on a special return to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan. Plus, a preview the week ahead for the Raptors, updates on Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet, and much more.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

Stew461 ,

Thanks Blake

Great balance of quality Raptors content, production value & basketball knowledge. Blake and Eric have good senses of humour, and don’t take themselves too seriously. Blake even sometimes responds to my bad NBA takes!

Shan616 ,

So good

Unique perspective, always fantastic. Love these guys.

LeighTheKnicksFan ,

Great basketball knowledge

Really informative and they’re funny as hell

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