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Expect greater (better) offence in terms of ball movement, and in three-point shooting, as well as giving the younger players more playing time.  The Raptors have been improving on the tips & tricks of their three-point shooting throughout pre-season and it will be seen if it translates on the court once the season gets underway.

Look for DeMar DeRozan to play with a chip on his shoulder, so to speak, in attempting to disprove the notion that he is not among the elite forwards in the game.  Ask SI about it, but that's DeMar's caveat going into the new season. 

What of Kyle Lowry.  Can he stay injury-free all through the regular season and playoffs?

The Raptors possess two power forwards in C.J. Miles and Sergei Ibaka, a raw rookie in O.G. Anunoby, whose upside is defence and whose question mark is offence, and  several other young faces already in the Raptors system in Poetl, Wright, and Siakam, none which have yet to experience heavy minutes in a game.

Then there's Valenciuna, VanFleet, Powell, Nogueira, and Caboclo, the latter a true mystery on the court.

Replete with bench strength, new faces, seasoned returnees, a (hopefully) improved approach to their game, the Toronto Raptors have their work cut out for them.  It's a matter of putting that rock in the rack and being consistent on all aspects to their game that will untlimately stand the test of time and wins.

GO RAPTORS GO!


Source:   NBA.com, Sportsnet, TSN

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Raptors official roster/schedule.

https://basketball.realgm.com/nba/teams/Toronto_Raptors/28/Rosters/Opening_Day

https://basketball.realgm.com/nba/teams/Toronto-Raptors/28/Schedule

Opening night at the ACC {first game of season) is tonight vs Chicago Bulls.

GO RAPTORS GO!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Science Thread
« on: Today at 02:34:27 AM »
Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity came to light when two neutron stars collided emitting gravitational waves as detected by ALIGO -- Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory -- located in the US & Italy.

Data culled from more than 70 observatories worldwide, and the involvement of over 3000 researchers, yielded the missing link to Einstein's prediction answered a century later.  While the ALIGOs were able to detect the gravitational waves and black holes up to now, the lack of observing the collision of the two neutron stars left the question unanswered -- basically the how part.  The latter came to fruition leaving space observers in a state of awe and elation:

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"In 1916, Albert Einstein predicted gravitational waves or ripples in space-time, squeezing and squashing of dimensions, due to violent movement of massive objects in the universe. Einstein predicted gravitational waves as part of his General Relativity Theory, in which he sought to predict how the force of gravity works in space and time," says Prof Razzaque.

"However, gravitational waves are very faint and their detection is extremely challenging. It was only on September 14, 2015, that the first Gravitational Wave event, known among researchers as GW150914, was finally detected. Two instruments in the USA, called ALIGO, picked up the signals created by the collision of two huge black holes," he adds.

"The one black hole was 36 times the mass of the sun, and the other 29 times the mass of the sun. After that, ALIGO detected several more black hole mergers. But a key puzzle piece to understand gravitational waves remained missing: the ability to detect the collision, or merger, of two neutron stars," adds Razzaque.

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"Finally, the puzzle piece Einstein has been looking for came to light as it were. The combined data also showed that the 17 August gamma ray burst, which only lasted a few seconds, was created by the merging of two neutron stars, which then produced an explosion, called a kilonova," says Prof Razzaque.

"Next, the kilonova emitted visible light from the burning of radio-active materials of the stars for several days. In that burning, which was a nuclear reaction taking place in a short period of time, gold and platinum were produced. The process is called rapid nuclear synthesis, the main mechanism to produce Gold and Platinum in the universe," concludes Prof Razzaque.

Simply put, a cataclysmic event in the world of astrophysics.  Albert Einstein would be proud.


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoj-han101817.php


Also:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neutron-star-collision-gravitational-waves-gold-metal-precious-ligo-a8003146.html

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 01:53:15 AM »

Crosby's last minute goal tonight is worth watching:

https://deadspin.com/sidney-crosby-is-a-genius-1819636934

Any other player I'd say that was just a lucky bounce, but Crosby...
Even if he tried to score on that it's still extremely lucky. I am not willing to give as much credit on this play as the link does. The ref was probably screaming hand pass.


Lucky bounce or not, Crosby sure knows how to make it bounce lucky.  Only the way a Sidney Crosby can.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Today at 01:27:20 AM »
Capitals' coach Barry Trotz calls Matthews a "young Mario Lemieux", and Nationals' Bryce Harper is among his fans:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/nhl/auston-matthews-a-young-mario-lemieux-says-capitals-coach/ar-AAtEyvg?li=AAggNb9

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https://theathletic.com/128714/2017/10/16/mirtle-maple-leafs-versus-capitals-would-be-a-much-different-series-today/

Have to agree.  Excellent analysis by Mirtle in comparing the different roster changes to both the Capitals and the Leafs, and why, if last the Leafs & Capitals shall meet again, results may be a more positive one for Toronto.

With the current and much-improved roster, the potential for victory would come off as more plausible.  Mirtle breaks down the details (comparing numbers between players then such as Matt Hunwick to current such as Hainsey, for example) and gives compelling reasons why this Leafs roster would accomplish things differently.

Considering the add-ons the Leafs made -- Marleau, Hainsey, Moore, Fehr, as well as Borgman & Rosen, and the deletions the Caps' were forced to make due to salary cap issues -- Shattenkirk, Alzner, Johannsen's, Winnik, Justin Williams, Schmidt -- it goes to show that even with minimal but crucial tweaking here & there, the Leafs now possess more depth, skill, & experience to emerge the victors in such a series, were it to happen again, hypothetically-speaking.
Do you pay a subscription to that site? Lot's of links in this forum to paid content that I can't see.


Yes, I'm a paid subscriber.  I actually got my subscription on a well-discounted price at the time.

Here is the page to view plans (if you wish to sign up):

https://theathletic.com

https://theathletic.com/plans/?plan=nt&source=homepagehero/

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https://theathletic.com/128714/2017/10/16/mirtle-maple-leafs-versus-capitals-would-be-a-much-different-series-today/

Have to agree.  Excellent analysis by Mirtle in comparing the different roster changes to both the Capitals and the Leafs, and why, if last the Leafs & Capitals shall meet again, results may be a more positive one for Toronto.

With the current and much-improved roster, the potential for victory would come off as more plausible.  Mirtle breaks down the details (comparing numbers between players then such as Matt Hunwick to current such as Hainsey, for example) and gives compelling reasons why this Leafs roster would accomplish things differently.

Considering the add-ons the Leafs made -- Marleau, Hainsey, Moore, Fehr, as well as Borgman & Rosen, and the deletions the Caps' were forced to make due to salary cap issues -- Shattenkirk, Alzner, Johannsen's, Winnik, Justin Williams, Schmidt -- it goes to show that even with minimal but crucial tweaking here & there, the Leafs now possess more depth, skill, & experience to emerge the victors in such a series, were it to happen again, hypothetically-speaking.

The fact that the Leafs shut out Washington in this game very efficiently certainly lends credence to Mirtle's assertions.

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MotM:   Andersen
Hm:     Brown

Mentions to Hainsey, Bozak, Kadri, Nylander, Zaltsev, Reilly.

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RIP Gord Downie.  Condolences to the family.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2017-1018 NFL Thread
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:46:05 AM »
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in Green Bay's 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.  Rodgers was the recipient of what appeared to be an illegal hit, as Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy put it, courtesy of the Vilings' Anthony Barr who meted out the punishment.  No penalty was given on the play.

Rodgers is slated to undergo surgery and some say he could be done for the season, though according to Packers coach McCarthy, Rodgers could miss "a significant time."

More:
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/aaron-rodgers-set-for-surgery-and-mike-mccarthy-rips-illegal-hit-that-led-to-injury/

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2017-1018 NFL Thread
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:32:14 AM »
In Sunday's 24-17 win over the NY Jets, Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady set an NFL  record in recording his 187th win.  Terrific Tom & his Patriots (4-2) occupy first place in the AFC East standings.

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/football/nfl/new-england-patriots-new-york-jets-recap-1.4355985

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:19:14 AM »
Way to go, Toronro FC!

They not only defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the final home game of the season,, but also broight the Suooorters Shield trophy for all of the faithful at BMO Field to see.  In the process of the win, the TFC tied the 68 point single season record originally set by the 1998 L.A. Galaxy.

The TFC's goal was scored by Jozey Altidore, whose Team USA squad were eliminated from World Cup qualifying, in what can best be described as an emotional week:

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"It's been probably one of, if not THE, toughest periods of my life," he said. "Definitely the darkest three days I've probably had. I didn't leave the house, I really didn't do anything.

"But then I remember I'm in a special place and quickly I'm reminded just going to get a coffee, seeing somebody in a TFC shirt and them saying how much it means to them how well the team's done. I'm just reminded of how special of a club that I'm at, the city and the opportunity that I have."

The TFC (20-5-8) tied another league r3cord wirh the 20 wins (previously established by the Seattle Sounders in 2014).

The TFC's final road game is in Atlanta next upcoming weekend.  They have an opportunity to not only bypass the points record but also the win column.

Good news for the TFC is that the injured were back, namely Giovinco, obviously recovered feom a quad inury.  He had several chances to score but came up shoet.

GO TFC!

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/montreal-impact-toronto-fc-supporters-shield-1.4355812

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TMLfans.ca Events / Re: 2017-2018 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:19:36 AM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 2:


Leafaholic99       30
WAYNEINIONA    29
hockeyfan1         23

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Results for Round 2:


Leafaholic99    14  Winner
WAYNEINIONA    12
hockeyfan1          8

Congrats to Leafaholic99 on winning Round 2.  :)  Your serve.

Standings page: http://www.tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=4697.msg305459#msg305459

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Remember the kid had/is recovering from mono.

He still needs work defensively, although I still maintain that he looks worse in that regard because of who he plays with/is having to cover for.

Hes been close offensively and just seems snakebitten, things will click for him soon I am sure.


Noticed the same thing about Marner and that he seems kind of off-key.  If he's still recovering from his bout with Mono then that is understandable.

I too have no qualms that everything will eventually click for him.

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