Mike Ganter, SudburyStar

Mike Ganter

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Recent:
  • SudburyStar
  • The Chronicle Herald
  • Toronto Sun
Past:
  • Regina Leader Post
  • Canoe
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • The Standard
  • Winnipeg Sun
  • London Free Press
  • The Montreal Gazette

Recent articles by Mike:

GANTER: Ujiri adamant the fight against racism will continue post-Bubble

Masai Ujiri and the Raptors are home and out of the bubble, but the fight against racism — both the blatant kind that Pascal Siakam experienced in some of the reactions to his struggles through the restart and the systemic variety found in society in general — will continue. Ujiri is not about to let […] → Read More

Raptors lock up Nick Nurse with long-term extension

Masai Ujiri wasted no time in locking down the NBA coach of the year. Nick Nurse earned that award with a 53-19 regular season record the year after he directed the club to its first NBA championship. Through two years as the Raptors bench → Read More

GANTER: Raptors needed everyone in rhythm to pull off repeat

The demise of a repeat championship season began with the departure of Kawhi Leonard and ended with 18 turnovers in a close-out game. By themselves, we don’t believe either of those two events would have been enough to derail the Raptors’ bid for a second consecutive championship. We’ll go even further and say even combined, […] → Read More

REIGN IS OVER: Worn-down Raptors succumb to Celtics in seven games

All season long, it was the Raptors response when people wondered if they were up for defending their title. “It’s going to take a very good team to beat us four times,” was the gist of the response more often than not given. And right up to the restart, it was hard to argue with […] → Read More

No magical ending for Raptors in Game 7 loss to Celtics

All season long it’s been the Raptors response when people wondered if they were up for defending their title. “It’s going to take a very good team to beat us four times,” was the gist of the response, more often than not. And right up to the re-start of the NBA season, it was hard […] → Read More

You could get whiplash watching this series with all the momentum swings

The good news, if you are a Raptors’ fan, is that as bad as that looked to you on Monday night, it looked far worst to the Raptors themselves a day later. “I don’t think any assessment of that game would be wrong,” guard Fred VanVleet said Tuesday. “Like you could pick your poison. There […] → Read More

Ankle sprain puts Raptors' Ibaka in walking boot, questionable for Game 6

Serge Ibaka arrived at his media availability on Tuesday in a walking boot. → Read More

BOSTON BEATDOWN II: Raptors blown out again, pushed to brink

A series which took a decided turn in Toronto’s favour after a tough start did another 180 in Game 5. The Raptors came in looking like the team that had turned a corner, having come back from a 2-0 deficit to even the series. But Game 5 looked much more like Game 1 for the […] → Read More

GANTER: Raptors have their swagger back now

It’s a best of three now. The Celtics were a half second away from taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the Raptors in Game 3. Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby said ‘Not just yet’ stealing Game 3 and a completely different looking Raptors unit took the floor for Game 4. This time there was no buzzer-beater […] → Read More

BUZZER-BEATER: Anunoby and Lowry give Raptors a new life

The Raptors have life thanks to the most improbable shot since Kawhi Leonard’s four-bouncer a season ago against the Philadelphia 76ers. Down for much of the night and trailing by two with just a half-second left on the clock, the Raptors looked like they were headed to the almost insurmountable 3-0 deficit in their Eastern […] → Read More

Nets stun NBA by hiring two-time league MVP Steve Nash as head coach

The best NBA player ever produced in Canada is the new head coach of a Brooklyn Nets team set to make some serious noise in the NBA next season. → Read More

GANTER: Smart and Walker spoil Raptors' rebound

At least that was more like it. The result, from a Raptors’ perspective, didn’t change but everything else did. This time there was energy from the Raptors. This time there was fight. This time it actually felt like the Raptors. But down the stretch, the Celtics had Marcus Smart locked into one of those shooting […] → Read More

A little more speed, a lot more force the answer to the Raptors' woes

It was a stinker all around and the Raptors knew that better than anyone. The word effort got thrown around a little yesterday but no one on the team really believes their effort should be questioned. What was questioned by head coach Nick Nurse, point guard Fred VanVleet, and centre Marc Gasol was a combination […] → Read More

Raptors get dummied by Celtics in Game 1

Whether it was the step up in the class or the hangover of a week off, the Raptors did not look like the Raptors we have come to know. The jump from the Brooklyn Nets to a talented and locked in Celtics team was large and the Raptors did not handle it well. To be […] → Read More

TIPOFF: Raptors vs. Celtics, Game 1

Sunday, 1 p.m., TSNSCOUTING REPORTThe Celtics, like the Raptors, made short work of their first-round opponents, sending a Ben-Simmons-less 76ers team out of the bubble and home in four straight games. → Read More

TIPOFF: Raptors vs. Celtics, Game 1

Article content Sunday, 1 p.m., TSN SCOUTING REPORT The Celtics, like the Raptors, made short work of their first-round opponents, sending a Ben-Simmons-less 76ers team out of the bubble and home in four straight games. Boston will be without starting guard/small forward Gordon Hayward, which will obviously hurt given depth was not their strong suit to begin with. But Brad Stevens’ Celtics are… → Read More

GANTER: NBA re-start another test for Raptors

If the NBA re-start was a little confusing and tough to navigate, imagine what the coaches and players going through with basically a second re-start right in the middle of playoffs are dealing with now. → Read More

Raptors' long-overdue playoff meeting with Celtics should live up to the hype

For a little while there it felt like this Raptors-Celtics series would be over before it started.Somehow despite 12 trips to the playoffs over 25 years and playing in the same conference, the two sides have never butted heads in an actual playoff series. → Read More

Raps-Celtics game postponed, NBA playoffs are back on after second meeting

A little more than 12 hours after they left one Orlando ballroom upset and unable to come to a consensus on the future of the NBA restart, the best basketball players in the world left that same ballroom this time in agreement that the NBA playoffs should resume. For the Toronto Raptors, that meant the […] → Read More

Raps-Celtics game postponed, NBA playoffs are back on after second meeting

A little more than 12 hours after they left one Orlando ballroom upset and unable to come to a consensus on the future of the NBA restart, the best basketball… → Read More