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Recent articles by Dave:

The bar for the Maple Leafs couldn't be lower. Something's got to give

The Leafs' latest meltdown is proof you can't build a playoff team around a power play that excelled in the regular season. → Read More

The bar for the Maple Leafs couldn't be lower. Something's got to give

The Leafs' latest meltdown is proof you can't build a playoff team around a power play that excelled in the regular season. → Read More

The uncivil war between fans and players crosses the line too often, Toronto included

In the heated atmosphere of a high-stakes sporting event, there has always been the possibility of conflict between the performers and the audience. Some wonder if another Malice at the Palace is in the cards. → Read More

The Leafs will have one more chance to show they’ve finally found the killer instinct

They’ve lost eight straight games trying to close out a series, but they’ll have another chance Saturday. → Read More

F-bombs and middle fingers: NBA stars and road fans haven’t been playing nice in the playoffs

Players shouldn’t be expected to happily bathe in all the garbage a fan base sees fit to spew. But road-tripping pros should also able to handle it without reacting like bratty children. → Read More

These might be the NHL playoffs the Maple Leafs were built for

Referees are calling the rule book, which should be good for the game, good for the game’s stars, and great for the Leafs. → Read More

The Leafs matched the Lightning punch for punch. Now they’re waiting for a Game 2 counter

Toronto didn’t just beat Tampa Bay on the ice — they beat them in the alley as well, Dave Feschuk writes. But expect the defending champs to come out swinging on Wednesday. → Read More

The NBA’s scarcest commodity is what the Raptors need most. History suggests they’ll find it

The Raptors didn’t lose to the Sixers because they didn’t shoot well over six games in April. As a team, they don’t shoot well, period. It’s a reality the front office will need to address. → Read More

The young Raptors gave the Sixers a scare, and fans a thrill. But in the end it felt like more was possible

In the end, the dream of the plucky underdogs pulling off the immortal comeback ended with more downtown Toronto pragmatism than any real drama. → Read More

Doc Rivers seems distracted by his dodgy playoff past. Another win for the Raptors

The eve of your team’s biggest game of the season isn’t the time to be selfishly defending your legacy. It’s the time to be desperately, tirelessly devising a road map to victory. → Read More

A lot has changed on the way to the Sixers’ sweep of the Raptors

Philadelphia’s Embiid hasn’t been the same the last two games, Rivers’ teams have a history of having trouble closing out series, and the scrappy Raptors have forced us to revisit the key question: Who’s the superior team in this series? → Read More

Never-say-die Raptors beat Sixers to force a Game 6

Before this season there had been 146 NBA teams who found themselves down 3-0. None managed to overcome the deficit and win the series. Only three forced a seventh game. → Read More

With or without Fred VanVleet, the Raptors will need the very best of Gary Trent Jr. in Game 5

With VanVleet’s status up in the air after a hip injury and the season on the line in Philadelphia, yet more responsibility is about to be handed to Trent, who says he’s “one thousand per cent” after a recent illness that cost him 10 pounds. → Read More

The Raptors still have a long way to go, but Joel Embiid and the Sixers don’t look all that scary now

Only 13 teams have come back to win after trailing a series three games to one. But Sixers coach Doc Rivers has been on the receiving end three times. As for Embiid ... well, there’s history there also. → Read More

Raptors will need an aggressive, confident Pascal Siakam to take Game 4 from the Sixers

Toronto’s No. 1 option on offence took just five shots after halftime in Game 3. → Read More

The right version of the Raptors shows up against the Sixers, but it still isn’t enough

Toronto’s lack of depth is an issue as Philadelphia wins in overtime for a 3-0 series lead → Read More

Despite the Sixers series looking bleak, Raptors can look back at recent playoff history for inspiration

The undermanned Raptors don’t have a lot to lean on, but they have the old pro-sports adage: A series doesn’t truly tilt until someone loses a home game. → Read More

The Raptors’ defence just isn’t getting it done against the Sixers. And the odds get long from here

The notion that the Raptors could hang in this series was largely predicated on Philadelphia’s considerable history of beating itself. That’s not happening so far. → Read More

After all that went wrong in Game 1, maybe the Raptors are due. They’re definitely desperate

Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in NBA best-of-sevens have advanced 92 per cent of the time. So Monday’s Game 2 isn’t a must-win, unless you fancy an eight per cent chance at a miracle comeback. → Read More

The Raptors were Broad Street bullied in Game 1. They had no answer for Joel Embiid

If everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth, as Mike Tyson once observed, what’ll be Toronto’s counter to the Philadelphia haymaker that greeted them in Saturday night’s blowout loss? → Read More