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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.

    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
    Hanging In: Flushing the bad, comfort zones, verte-breakers & managing workload

    Hanging In: Flushing the bad, comfort zones, verte-breakers & managing workload

    Blake and Eric discuss the Raptors continuing to stay competitive in spite of injuries, including a 5-4 stretch since losing Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norm Powell. The guys break down one of the worst three-point shooting nights in NBA history against Miami and the Raptors struggle against the zone, as well as a much-needed bounce back performance against the Nets, led by Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet. Plus, looking at Serge Ibaka's play and the reliance on him in a shorthanded offense, OG Anunoby showing off playmaking abilities, Eric's thoughts on which injured Raptor could return soonest, and potential lineup changes with two unique tests against the Blazers and Hornets this week.

    • 44 min
    Staying Afloat: Expected range, Canadian content, Nurse's techs & the McCawnaissance

    Staying Afloat: Expected range, Canadian content, Nurse's techs & the McCawnaissance

    Blake and Eric return from the break with some encouraging signs from the Raptors over their last six games, despite Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norm Powell all out of the lineup. The guys discuss the latest on the injuries and the addition of Toronto-native Oshae Brissett into the rotation, as well as a big night for Canadian hoops with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's historic performance and Chris Boucher continuing to carve out a role. Plus, dissecting Nick Nurse's relationship with officiating and his league lead in technical fouls, and what experimenting with Patrick McCaw at point guard could mean when the team finally gets healthy.

    • 56 min
    Injury Fallout: Gasol/Powell update, VanVleet, trusty McCaw + Dan Robson on Bobby Webster

    Injury Fallout: Gasol/Powell update, VanVleet, trusty McCaw + Dan Robson on Bobby Webster

    Blake and Eric recap the Raptors return to winning ways, and the significance of injuries to Norm Powell and Marc Gasol, and what it could mean for the lineup going forward with both set to be reevaluated. The guys get into increased playing time for Patrick McCaw and how Nick Nurse's trust in him impacts Terence Davis' minutes, how the Raptors will fill Gasol's void on the defensive end, and how other pieces like Juwan Hernandez could see more opportunity in his absence. Plus, The Athletic's Dan Robson joins the show to chat about his feature on Raptors GM Bobby Webster.

    Read Dan's feature, Searching for Bobby Webster here: https://theathletic.com/1436139/2019/12/11/searching-for-bobby-webster-the-untold-story-of-how-one-of-the-nbas-youngest-gms-helped-the-toronto-raptors-win-a-title/

    • 52 min
    Trouble on offence: The returns of Lowry and Ibaka, righting the ship & Kawhi is back

    Trouble on offence: The returns of Lowry and Ibaka, righting the ship & Kawhi is back

    Blake Murphy and Eric Koreen discuss one of the worst 10-day stretches in recent Raptors history. The returns of Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have not gone smoothly, made worse by an injury to Fred VanVleet and a difficult stretch of schedule. What can the Raptors do to right the ship with their half-court offence and with their suddenly ill-fitting second unit? Plus, thoughts and feelings from Kawhi Leonard's championship ring ceremony and an update on Walter's dating life.

    • 41 min

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