Tag: Freddie Rivas

Episode 9.230: Samson Folk & Cathryn Naiker

We got that tight-rotation talk, what to do with Boucher, monster highlights and non-Raps teams we’re watching the most!

RAPTORS: Nurse played seven guys and Spo played nine and I’m getting Raptors V Boston in-the-bubble flashbacks. How you feeling about Nick’s tight rotations? Does Boucher have more value as a rotation piece or a trade asset?

NBA: Russel Westbrook just had a monster dunk on Rudy Gobert. What is your highlight of the season so far and how would you call it if you were the broadcaster? Who is your current league pass team, the non-Raptor team you watch the most?

With Samson Folk and Cathryn Naiker!

Episode 9.223: Cathryn Naiker & Derick Deonarain

We’re back and it’s December with Raptor health checks, trade regrets, boring franchises and entertaining players to watch!

RAPTORS: How much of a factor do you think health is with this current Raptors squad? 2. JV went off last night and Raptors fans are happy for him, but sad we don’t have him. Do you regret any of the trades/moves during the championship season?

NBA: Which is the most boring franchise in the NBA and how do they spice it up? Who is the most entertaining player in the NBA on the court?

Quickish Questions and more, with Cathryn Naiker and Derick Deonarain!

Episode 9.221: Dan Galea & Ryan Henry

Raps are playing pretty damn okay, Pascal is back in the fray, and 6’9″ is the height to play!

RAPTORS: Pascal Siakam is back, Jack! How we feeling now that he’s back vs the team playing without him? Raptors are coming in with most players being 6’9″. What would you call this team happening and how would you brand it?

NBA: NBA rules changes have led to less fouls being called and new game balls are creating a stir. Are the changes making the games better to watch? Of the teams that have surprisingly good records right now, who’s destined to drop?

With Dan Galea and Ryan Henry!

Episode 9.218: Season 09 Premiere w/ Ennis Esmer & Jay Rosales

It’s time for season nine of Confederacy of Dunks! We’ve got new segment alerts, medium market darlings, ranking the final Raps roster, opening night changes and extension slander!

Raptors: Toronto sits 10th on the list of most valuable NBA teams, making us a medium market (not small!). Does that change the perception of the team? The final roster is complete. We rank the players who made the cut from 1-15!

NBA: We recorded on opening day. We discuss changes we’d make to the opening night festivities and don’t worry, Antarctica might be included. Lots of extensions in the league, but DeAndre Ayton did not get one of them. Was that a mistake for Phoenix?

Quickish Questions?!!?, introduce our new League Pass Report segment that we’ll be doing this season and lots of tomfoolery with our guests Ennis Esmer and Jay Rosales!

Episode 217: Off-Season Funhouse Edition: Jordan Foisy & Cathryn Naiker

It’s our final Off-Season Funhouse episode. Season nine premieres next week! We’re talking lovable characters, stand-outs, distractions and wild cards.

RAPTORS: What is something that has stood out for the Raptors this preseason? There seems to be a lot of lovable characters on the team now. Which player is not so lovable and needs a bit of a rebrand?

NBA: Simmons is begrudgingly returning to the Sixers and Kyrie ain’t touching a court until he’s fully vax’d. Are these just summer stories or are they gonna impact the season? What team is a wildcard or is a “hard to read” team?

Quickish Questions and more! With Jordan Foisy and Cathryn Naiker.

Episode 216: Off-Season Funhouse Edition: Patrick Ronan Stewart & Yaw Attuah

Media Day, contenders and sleepers, oh my!

RAPTORS: Media Day always signals the true beginning of a new season and it was a wild one around the league. What was the most interesting thing to happen or be talked about? If you had access to media day, what kind of ridiculous questions my you throw at Masai and team?

NBA: What teams are contenders this year? It seems like a few sure bets are falling off a bit. What players are people sleeping on right now?

Quickish Questions and more, with Patrick Ronan Stewart & Yaw Attuah!

Episode 215: Off-Season Funhouse Edition: Matt Henry & Ryan Henry

Getting close to training camp and we’re feeling hyped, lots of new faces to talk about, and MVP lists and potential basketball doc treatment!

RAPTORS: There are a lot of new faces coming to training camp. Who is the most intriguing out of this new bunch of players? What’s getting you hyped for the new season coming up?

NBA: After watching Untold’s Malice at the Palace doc, what other basketball team needs their story retold? We look at the top ten MVP list from last year and discuss who should be added to it and who should be kicked off!

Quickish Questions and more, with not one but two Henrys: Matt Henry and Ryan Henry!

Episode 214: Off-Season Funhouse Edition: Alexey Ots & Cathryn Naiker

Masai saying it’s gonna be a rough season, Kyle wanted to finish the year, and the Elam Ending might weasel it’s way into the league long term!

RAPTORS: What is the best Goran Dragic outcome for Raptors fans? Lowry said that he declined a trade at the deadline and chose to stay with the Raptors, even if it was just to watch. Is that surprising?

NBA: The Elam Ending is kind of cool, maybe will become a greater part of the league in some way. We come up with other changes to the playing format that might be fun! Which NBA team looks like they’re the worst heading into the new season? Quickish Questions and more!

With guests Alexey Ots and Cathryn Naiker!

Episode 210: Off-Season Funhouse Edition: Ben Davies & John Rallis

Well, the day has finally come: Kyle Lowry is no longer a Toronto Raptor. What a ride. Thank you, Kyle. Special episode coming up soon dedicated to the GROAT!

RAPTORS: How are we feeling about Kyle’s exit? When the team was in Tampa, management created a VR Toronto Experience Room for players to get to know this city. What would your VR experience be if you could design one? Scottie Barnes over Suggs? We got some hot draft takes!

NBA: Free agency hot takes, who’s going to the finals this year, Quickish Questions and more. With Ben Davies and John Rallis!

Five Freddie Feels

RAPTORS VS GRIZZLIES

By Freddie Rivas

????Nifty Nick: Welcome to the Nurse clinic! Game of the year from the coach. Played the starters heavy minutes because he needed too, prepped Kawhi for double teams, showed flashes of zone to slow up the Grizz in the 3rd and for the most part, made the right subs at the right time. Yes, Nurse has a stacked roster, but he’s done a fantastic job so far and games like this should have people talking about him as a COY candidate.

????What a second half and what a win! The raps dropped 34 in the 3rd and 29 in the 4th on the road, against the best defensive team in the NBA???? 

????FVV making that system work! FVV has been a career 3 point shooter and it was only a matter of time until the treys started dropping. Nurse’s system needs the ancillary guys to take and make 3’s at a high volume, and it’s starting to happen; which should terrify the rest of the league. So far this season; Danny is on fire, Delon/Norm have shot very well on a small sample size, Kyle/Fred are just above league average and Kawhi/JV/????️/OG are all shooting at a respectable level. That’s ????power!

????The raps biggest weaknesses may be superstar bigs + guards that can drop floaters. AD & Jrue put this team through the ringer. It was looking like forgotten stars Mark and Mike might do the same, but Ibaka hit some key jumpers while JV was on the floor for the takeover. Memphis gritty < Toronto committee

????This team is really gelling. Kyle went down hard near half court in the second quarter; and was Kyle angry about it, but then Kawhi hard fouled on the next play and I don’t think it was a coincidence. Kawhi was also pissed off, and Nurse seeing this, sprung into action and got a tech. This might all be meaningless, but I don’t think it is. Kyle/Kawhi/Nurse are all a bit angry and it’s kind of great when they channel it. In Kyle’s post game, he laughed about Nurse and him agreeing not to swear at the refs anymore in the second half, and also had the classic Kyle analysis when he’s in a great mood post game- “We were just out there playing basketball”. Yes they were, and yes we are.

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