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Brian Windhorst's early season NBA evaluations
November 08 2021
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Minutes Continue to Rise for the Raptors’ Starters
January 20 2022
Eric Smith and Paul Jones recap the Raptors' 102-98 loss to the Mavericks - another hard-fought battle against one of the league’s hottest teams. Eric and Jonesy discuss the minutes that are being distributed and why Nick Nurse is relying on a six or seven man rotation, the defence on Luka Dončić down the stretch, and a tough night shooting the ball for Fred VanVleet (0:27). To wrap, former Philadelphia 76ers GM Billy King comments on Joel Embiid’s dominant play of late, if Ben Simmons will play at all this season, and how much better Philly can be if they can get assets in return in a deal for Simmons (32:55).The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
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Don’t Write Off Frank Vogel ... Yet
January 19 2022
Eric and Paul catch up with 16-year NBA vet & Mavericks analyst Derek Harper to preview Raps-Mavs and also discuss how detail and preparation has evolved in the NBA, playing for Pat Riley, the next steps for star Luka Dončić working alongside his head coach and former All-Star PG Jason Kidd (0:30). Afterwards, Dan Woike of the LA Times talks about why he feels Frank Vogel’s job as Lakers’ head coach is safe for now amid reports that he is on the hot seat, the lack of flexibility the team has when it comes to improving the roster, and how they’ll have to resort to the buy-out market after the deadline (29:03).The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
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The Raptors' Rotation & Cardigan Talk with Gary Trent Sr.
January 19 2022
Eric Smith and Paul Jones are joined by former NBA vet Gary Trent Sr. to discuss how scouting has evolved from his playing days until now, the Raptors recent rotation as they overcome injuries, and Gary Trent Jr’s showing off his love for fashion as he supports his team on the sidelines (14:43). Later, Alvin Williams joins the show for his view on the Raptors after traveling to cover the team on the road in Miami, Luke Dončić's style of play, the lure of offence in MVP voting, the evolution of scouting, and more (30:59). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
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José Calderón & Buyers Or Sellers?
January 18 2022
Eric Smith & Paul Jones discuss the Raptors 104-99 loss to the Heat with a focus on Nick Nurse’s rotation and the hard foul on Scottie Barnes which ultimately wasn’t ruled a flagrant (1:19). Next, Raptors fan favourite José Calderón discusses his new endeavour - joining the Cleveland Cavaliers front office - and looks back on his time with Toronto (31:38). Afterwards, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange joins the guys to assess the Raptors at the halfway point of the season and if the team will be a buyer or seller at the deadline (48:06).The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
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