6ix Takes - April 13th
1. Game-One Curse Stays True
It doesn’t matter that this is a totally different Raptors team than in years past, the game one curse lives on. They lost 104-101 in a heart-breaking game in which they fall to 2-14 in the opening games of a series. D.J Augustine’s impressive play combined with a dud of a game offensively from Kyle Lowry outshined Kawhi Leonard’s first postseason game as a Raptor. The outcome of this game shouldn’t change anyone’s feeling about how the rest of the series is going to play out. There was a lot of good that came from this game and it essentially just came down to making/missing shots. Nothing to worry about Raps fans.
2. Jays Offence Got Hot
The Jays played in Boston for a quick two-game series and their bats got hot. In the two games, the Jays racked up 10 and 8 hits respectively while tallying 13 total runs. They followed up the series in Boston by scoring 7 more in a loss to Tampa. This has been their first real display of solid offence so far this season and is a positive sign for this team going forward after the rough start they had to start the season.
3. Leafs, Bruins is as Tough as Expected
The Leafs, surprising to most, took game one of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins with a score of 3-1. They dominated most of the game with their speed and puck movement from all four lines. The Leafs displayed some shocking physicality and that followed into the second game where the toughness picked up by both teams. The game became more chippy and the Leafs didn’t seem to get into it. They were dominated this time right from the first drop of the puck and made Boston look like the best team in the series. Coming back to Toronto with a 1-1 series is far from the worst-case scenario and hopefully, they can capitalize on taking away Boston’s home ice advantage.
4. Pascal Siakam is the Real “Playoff P”
In Siakam’s first playoff game as a starter, he showed out for the Raptors. Spicy P had 24 points on 50% shooting with four assists and a team-high nine rebounds. Yes, the Raptors took the L but he answered the questions of what he’s going to do in the playoffs against size. He showed signs of what is to come by playing some impressive defence while being the perfect second option on the offensive end. He did miss all of his threes but, as we’ve seen with this season, those will start to drop. He’s looking poised to average 22+ and 8 for the postseason which would be a huge upper hand in this hopefully deep run.
5. Galvis Is Jays Brightest Light
The one bright spot to this year’s Blue Jays offence has been Freddy Galvis. He’s outperformed his preseason expectations by hitting .375, compared to his .246 career average, with nine RBI through 14 games thus far. Galvis started off the year in the nine spot and has worked his way up to the top of the batting order by game 10. He’s already had four multi-hit games and has been held hitless out only twice.
6. TFC Finally Loses
On a jam-packed Saturday for Toronto sports, TFC’s game against Seattle went somewhat under the radar. Seattle showed why they’re atop the Western Conference, scoring two quick goals in the second half to put the game just out of TFC’s reach. Altidore potted two goals, giving him five on the season in the team’s first five games. TFC has two games in hand on each team ahead of them in the standings and only four points out of first place. With a couple wins in the next two weeks, they can find themselves atop the conference once again.