Ryan Wolstat, SudburyStar

Ryan Wolstat

SudburyStar

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent:
  • SudburyStar
  • Toronto Sun
  • Edmonton Sun
  • The Chronicle Herald
Past:
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Canoe
  • The Montreal Gazette
  • National Post
  • Winnipeg Sun
  • The Standard

Recent articles by Ryan:

From Bron, to Davis to Smart's outburst, what we've learned so far from the NBA's conference finals

With the NBA’s conference finals well underway, but off for a day, it’s time to take stock of some things we’ve learned so far from watching Boston vs. Miami and Los Angeles taking on Denver. 1. The league’s best 1-2 punch remains LeBron James and Anthony Davis: You don’t have to be Einstein to understand […] → Read More

Canadian Jamal Murray idolized LeBron James, but now will square off with NBA's king

Even while putting on a show at the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Jamal Murray’s thoughts haven’t wavered too far from those back home hoping to follow in his… → Read More

Jamal Murray's star rises while Kawhi and the Clippers fall to earth

Canada’s NBA team might be out of the bubble in Orlando, but this country’s best player since Steve Nash continues to pad his resume. → Read More

Siakam named to All-NBA second team thanks to strong regular season

Pascal Siakam had a rough ending to his season, slumping majorly throughout the playoffs as Toronto was eliminated in seven games by Boston, but he was… → Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: Wrapping it all up with assorted thoughts

And so it ends. Not the way the Raptors wanted, but at least the bubble worked and they got to see their NBA title defence through to the end. I would contend that Toronto is the better team on paper with Pascal Siakam playing like he did during the non-Orlando portion of the regular season, […] → Read More

What comes next for Raptors and free agents VanVleet, Ibaka, Gasol?

The Toronto Raptors will not repeat as NBA champions and now head into a strange off-season with plenty of decisions to make. → Read More

These Raptors defended their title with pride and no shame in exit at hands of Celtics

It’s disappointing for the thousands of fans the team has gathered, both recently and over the last few years, that the Toronto Raptors are heading home. Especially since Pascal Siakam had such a disappointing playoffs after another breakout season and could have turned the series with a performance or two approaching his regular season form. […] → Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: Siakam's offence has been brutal but his Game 6 defence was superb

No question Pascal Siakam needs to be better, much, much better on offence in order to not put the weight of the world on Lowry. He has the yips on his layup… → Read More

STAYIN' ALIVE: Raptors stave off extinction thanks to Lowry, Powell

Canada’s dinosaurs are not extinct yet. It took six quarters of tense, heart-stopping basketball, but Toronto forced a Game 7 of this thrilling series against the Boston Celtics 125-122 on Wednesday night in Orlando. Franchise icon Kyle Lowry delivered many of the biggest plays of the game, including a turnaround jump shot over Kemba Walker […] → Read More

STAYIN' ALIVE: Raptors stave off extinction thanks to Lowry, Powell

Canada’s dinosaurs are not extinct yet. It took six quarters of tense, heart-stopping basketball, but Toronto forced a Game 7 of a thrilling series against the Boston Celtics 125-122 on Wednesday night in Orlando. Franchise icon Kyle Lowry → Read More

GAME 5 NOTES: Raptors on edge of elimination for first time since Kawhi's magic

For the first time since Kawhi Leonard hit the most memorable shot in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors sit on the brink of getting knocked out of the NBA playoffs. Back in May of 2019, a desperation Game 6 Philadelphia win had made it a winner-take-all Game 7. Overtime loomed in that one, until Leonard […] → Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: Ibaka, these Raptors know all about bouncing back

The Raptors learned so much from last year’s improbable run to the NBA title and a lot of that wisdom and experience is serving them well now. → Read More

Lowry huge again as Raptors even series with Celtics in thriller

Other than Game 1, Toronto vs. Boston had been a razor-tight, defence-first affair, so there was no reason to expect Saturday’s fourth tilt to be any different. And it wasn’t. There was the usual set the sport of basketball back 50 years second quarter, a ton of gritting and grinding, a boatload of missed three-pointers […] → Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: Anunoby's brilliant game was much more than just The Shot 2.0

Last time in this space I called for Gandalf to turn the tide for the Raptors. The old wizard obliged, and now Raptors fans have another all-timer of a shot to celebrate forever. It will take some time to know just how much it will be celebrated. Kawhi’s heroics in Round 2 would always be […] → Read More

WOLSTAT: Celtic's Kemba Walker's brilliant game — and pass — an afterthought after Raptors win

Sports can be awfully cruel and Kemba Walker found that out on Thursday night.Play out the final 0.5 seconds of Toronto’s stunning 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics and probably 85% of the time the result would have been different. → Read More

WOLSTAT: Raptors need to score in half-court or series with Celtics will be over by Labour Day

Through two games against Boston, Toronto has been good enough defensively to have managed at least a split. But since the offence has struggled mightily, the Raptors instead enter Thursday’s must-win Game 3 in a tough spot. Their history suggests the defence will continue to hold the fort — they are a very smart, athletic […] → Read More

Deputy accuses Raptors' Masai Ujiri of falsely claiming 'racial animus'

Despite evidence showing he was clearly the aggressor and the fact that Alameda County prosecutors declined to pursue charges, the sheriff’s deputy who has… → Read More

Raptors come up short in Game 2, trail Celtics 2-0 in series

The Raptors now reside in a deep hole, but at least it’s one they’ve dug their way out of before. The team is going to have to rally from a 2-0 series deficit for the second year in a row after falling 102-99 to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in Orlando. Toronto was much-improved […] → Read More

RAPTORS BLOG: Don't panic, expect Toronto to adjust and make it a long series vs. Celtics

Raptors fans are in panic mode after the first Game 1 meltdown in a while. Toronto was completely outplayed and outclassed by Boston in the opener, but I don’t know anybody that didn’t predict either a six, or seven-game series, so the despair seems a little overdone to me. That said, there is considerable work […] → Read More

Don't forget about Marcus Smart, who was the difference for Celtics in Game 1 win over Raptors

Marcus Smart doesn’t get the press of his star teammates, but he is an essential part of the success of the Boston Celtics. Want proof? Rewatch Toronto’s disappointing 112-94 Game 1 loss to the Celtics. Smart’s imprint was all over the game, and not in the way you’d expect. Smart was voted to the NBA’s […] → Read More