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It’s an annual tradition like no other. That’s right — I’m talking about the Third Annual Therapy Session podcast where yours truly, Peter Kaye, hops on the , hosted by the one and only , to let it all out. We air our grievances and frustrations while also basking in the glow of a fun and wild title defense.

In , we were both emotionally raw after another dispiriting sweep courtesy of LeBron. There’s part of me that wants to go back and listen to that episode — but there’s a part of me that…

Now that our watch has ended and our title defense is officially over (if you haven’t read my reflections on our playoff elimination and the Raptors season as a whole, ), it’s time to start imagining what our future holds and what this team will look like next season (and beyond).

To some, they will say “yo too soon Peter Kaye — chill out for a bit”.

Well, to those people I say: nah this is where the fun begins!

I love nothing more than the mental exercise of imagining what our team will look…

Well, it was a fun ride.

I got to be honest here: I needed a couple days to emotionally come to terms with our season — and more importantly, our title defense — officially being over. I know our beloved Raptors exceeded everyone and anyone’s expectations (whether it was analysts who cover the league or Raptors fan who follow the team closely).

Simply put: we put up one hell of a title-defense and we should be damn proud. If someone told me before the season even began that we’d be one W away from the Conference Finals after losing Kawhi…

The last time I felt this frustrated after a Raptors L was on Christmas Day (lost by 16), our lone bubble game defeat (lost by 22; trailed by 40 at one point), and this Game 1 humbling (lost by 18, 112–94). The common denominator in these frustrations, if you couldn’t tell already, was those darn Boston Celtics.

I hate to say it, and I know it’s early, but there’s a small part of me that thinks Boston just has our number. …

With the Raptors-Nets series in the books (as well as the Celtics toppling the 76ers), yours truly, Peter Kaye, and fellow LIR contributor Alex Dzintars decided to have a back-and-forth discussion about the upcoming Raptors-Celtics series, which teams scare them the most in the East, who’s a better player: Siakam or Tatum, as well as a whole other range of topics.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as Alex and I did.

If you aren’t following , then what are you waiting for!

This following e-mail exchange took place between August 18th and August 23rd.

Peter Kaye


So you say the Raptors have never held a 3–0 series lead before eh?!

And Just like that the defending champs layeth the smacketh-down on the Nets to take a commanding 3–0 series edge (I can already see Adam Silver suggesting that the Nets pack their bags before Game 4).

Let’s get right into it as we take a closer look at this 117–92 beatdown — a game in which the good guys never trailed, kept the Nets at arms-length, and were in complete cruise control — with our trademark 4 things we liked and 1 thing we disliked.

LIKE #1 — An All-NBA Appearance


After setting a franchise playoff record in points (134) and threes made (22) in , and especially after watching (and enjoying!) the Bucks and Lakers drop their respective opening tilts, I think it’s safe to say that Raptors Nation was raring to go for Game 2.

Look, I know it wasn’t the blow-out we were maybe expecting, but sometimes in the playoffs you need to lean on that championship experience and squeak out a victory (maybe the basketball gods must’ve been displeased with how much Bucks and Lakers slander we enjoyed…).

Anyways, let’s get right into it with our…

Let’s go ahead and make that two consecutive Game 1 victories for the defending champs (the 2019 Finals and this W over Brooklyn). After beating the Nets in Game 1 (134–110), the Raptors have officially begun defending that crown.

This whole season has pretty much been a victory lap and a Raptors fan fever dream. The team’s championship swagger is off the charts; our championship swagger as fans is off the charts. But now we begin the unthinkable: winning a title without the services of Kawhi Leonard. This team, and fanbase, seems up for the challenge.

Look, I don’t care…

(via Toronto Raptors Twitter)

And just like that the good guys improve to 4–1 in the bubble; they also helped us forget about the Celtics game, and more importantly, they clinched the 2-seed (which means a first-round matchup against either the lowly Magic or the replacement Nets).

Let’s get right into this 108–99 W over the Grizzlies with 4 things we liked and 1 thing we disliked.

LIKE #1 — No Excuses

Look, that Celtics loss definitely left a bitter taste in my mouth. I’m also not going to make any excuses for it either. I’m not going to say that Nurse was holding back in certain match-ups (specifically…

It wouldn’t be Raptors basketball if yours truly, Peter Kaye, did not join the (hosted by the man, the myth, the legend, the Podfather of the Raptors Independent Media, that’s right, the one and only ) to discuss all things Raptors.

Side note: If you love the Raptors as much as me, then I highly suggest you make the South of the 6ix podcast part of your regular rotation. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

With 4 seeding games under our belt we discussed Lowry’s 33-point special plus being locked up in…

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