Toronto Star sports columnist, father of four, regular on The Reporters on TSN and TSN Radio. This is my brain in a jar.

Raptors must decide who they want to be: Arthur

Pressure on Raptors as ghosts continue to haunt their dreams: Arthur — INDIANAPOLIS-All series long the Toronto Raptors have been waiting for Kyle Lowry. Not for all of him, because he was present, as much as he could be. He has spent the series picking locks, pushing levers, finding cracks in the walls. But he couldn't bust through them, because he could not shoot.

The Raptors search for the real Raptors: Arthur — Before Game 1 we were all out of good questions, more or less, so I offered a last one to Dwane Casey before the thing began: Do you have any idea, Dwane, how your team is going to play?

Raptors’ improbable victory was culmination of many great things: Arthur — In the giddy emotion after the Toronto Raptors came back to win Game 5, nobody was sure what happened. One Raptors employee said, "I can't believe we won that game." Another just shook his head. Asked for an explanation, one Raptors executive grinned and said, "There's no explanation." There was, sort of.

Raptors find It in nick of time in Game 5: Arthur — For so long you sat there and thought, how many times can the Raptors come up small in a big moment? How many times can they find ways to fail? How many times can the hardcore fans of this team drive to Indianapolis, or congregate in the late-spring cold outside the Air Canada Centre, or just watch this team on a damned television, and have their hearts broken?

DeRozan and Lowry have been losing the numbers game: Arthur — Shooting a basketball isn't everything. Ask all the gunners in NBA history who played with tunnel vision, who played to get buckets, buckets, buckets, whose biggest wins were one-on-one. Basketball is a game with so many moving pieces, so many ways to make a difference. Shooting's just a part.

Pacers’ Mahimni breaks out in Game 4 — Ian Mahinmi had played 52 playoff games at centre in his NBA life before Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Through three games, Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas had been a major problem for the Pacers, averaging 14.3 points and 16 rebounds. Mahinmi had a rookie starting next to him at power forward.

The Raptors fall with their stars: Arthur — INDIANAPOLIS-If you want to boil the NBA down to its essence, it comes down to stars. They define teams, years, championships, eras. They are what every single general manager is trying desperately to capture, to conjure, to seduce.

Hoosier daddy - Raptors’ support hard to beat: Arthur — INDIANAPOLIS-Basketball lives in Indiana. Larry Bird is a secular god here, the hick from French Lick; Bankers Life Fieldhouse doubles as an Indiana basketball hall of fame. They sell Hickory High jerseys in the Indiana Pacers pro shop, after the team wore them in almost a dozen games this season.

Raptors finally bring A game: Arthur — INDIANAPOLIS-The Toronto Raptors are better than the Indiana Pacers. It's simple, right? OK, let's qualify that: the Raptors are better when they're not playing scared, playing stupid or, presumably, playing drunk. When the Raptors don't play like they're worried they might have their passports revoked, they are the team that should win this playoff series.
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