Raptors must set sights on title defence in final third of season
While the first two-thirds of the season have been about simply getting through all the injuries, all the jumbled lineups and all the not-so-fun nights like Friday, the final third will be about putting Toronto’s many disparate pieces in place for a championship defence. Crunch time is coming.
Raptors able to handle Suns despite missing injured Marc Gasol at centre
A visit from the Phoenix Suns and Marc Gasol’s extended absence raised a relevant question on Friday: How will a centre rotation that starts at Serge Ibaka and ends at six-foot-nine, 200-pound Chris Boucher manage? The Toronto Raptors somehow found a way.
Nicholson's availability for Canada could be more than lucky coincidence
Having Andrew Nicholson back in a Canadian uniform for the AmeriCup qualifiers could end up being more than simply a lucky coincidence for the national team program as they look ahead to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, B.C.
Canucks' Troy Stecher sticks to superstitious routine as rumours swirl
Troy Stetcher has been given a diminished role on the Vancouver Canucks blue line this season and is a restricted free agent at season's end. His name has popped up in trade rumours because of this, but don't expect the superstitious soul to go changing any routines any time soon.