Game Day: Raptors @ Celtics

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Season Series: Raptors 1-1

After a string of slow starts the Toronto Raptors got burned Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clawing back from a terrible first half, they were a botched final possession away from tying or winning the game.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, showing up for anything less than 48 minutes isn’t good enough. Losing to the Cavaliers without Kyrie Irving is a good wake-up call for a team fighting to finish the season in the third spot in the Eastern […]

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March Aches And Pains The New Raptors Reality

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March is the month of basketball madness, but also aches and pains.

By the time the playoff push begins, nearly every NBA player is dealing with some sort of ailment. Whether its the drain of minutes stacking up, five months of physical play taking its toll or the mental fog that comes from the nonstop whirlwind that is an NBA regular season, this time of year is tough.

“I don’t think no player in the NBA right now feels 100 percent,” Kyle Lowry said after Toronto’s victory against the Atlanta Hawks. “It’s […]

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Lowry, DeRozan Lift Raptors Late Against Hawks

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In a Sunday matinee against the Atlanta Hawks the Toronto Raptors were able to pull out a 96-86 victory. After sleepwalking through the first three quarters, the Raptors outscored Atlanta 36-15 in the fourth. Trailing by three points with less than four minutes remaining, Toronto reeled off a 15-2 run to close the game and run away with the win.

“I told Tim Leiweke on the way in, it was like pulling teeth,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “It was like going to the dentist office in that first half.”

As […]

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MacKenzie: Durant Praises, Torches Raptors

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Late Thursday night, Kevin Durant tweeted a Toronto shout out.

“This what Sauga feel like in the night time.”

The tweet is a lyric from Mississauga artist PartyNextDoor’s “Break From Toronto.”

Late Friday night, Durant poured in a 51-point, 12-rebound, seven-assist performance in a double-overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors.

Prior to giving Air Canada Centre its most gut-wrenching loss of the season, Durant held court in Oklahoma City’s locker room in front of a projector showing game film.

A childhood fan of the Toronto Raptors, he was asked a lot of questions about the […]

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Massive Milestone Game For Johnson Comes In A Loss

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Kevin Durant wasn’t the only player having a night to remember in Oklahoma City’s 119-118 double-overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors.

Although he would rather the final outcome had been a different, Amir Johnson suited up for the 500th game of his NBA career on Friday night.

“I just say it’s a blessing that I can continue to keep on playing through all the injuries I’ve been through,” Johnson said about the milestone. “Just to be able to wake up every […]

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Game Day: Raptors @ Pelicans

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Season Series: Raptors 1-0

The good thing about back-to-backs is they force you to forget about the last game and focus on the challenge ahead. Fresh off an overtime-loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors are in New Orleans and hoping to dust off their shoulders to get back on track against the Pelicans.

The last time these teams met, Kyle Lowry had a 19-point, 12-assist double-double and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points as the Raptors downed the Pelicans 108-101. Amir Johnson missed […]

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Game Day: Raptors @ Hawks

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Season Series: Raptors 1-1

After a disappointing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Raptors face off against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night. While these teams have split a pair of games earlier this year, the Hawks were recently in free-fall mode, dropping 14 of 15 games prior to the four-game winning streak they bring into Tuesday’s game.

While the Raptors hold a three-game lead on the Brooklyn Nets at the top of the Atlantic Division, the Hawks are holding down […]

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Raptors Get Stretch Run Lesson In Loss To Suns

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Shortly before the Phoenix Suns shot their way to a 121-113 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek praised the depth of Toronto’s bench. With Gerald Green scoring 28 points to lead the way, Hornacek spent Sunday afternoon watching his own bench outscore Toronto’s reserves 59-11.

In addition to the 28 from Green, Markieff Morris had a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Suns, who are in a battle […]

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Suns

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Season Series: Raptors 0-1

The Toronto Raptors will try to go a perfect 3-0 when they close out this three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Phoenix Suns.

In Toronto’s previous meeting against Phoenix (on Dec. 6), the Suns overwhelmed the Raptors with their speed and handed them their fifth consecutive loss. That was the team’s longest losing streak this season and moved them to 6-12.

In that loss, Markieff Morris led the way with 23 points for the Suns. Amir Johnson scored 22 points for the Raptors. […]

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Raptors Take Control Late In Bounce Back Win Over Grizzlies

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As the Toronto Raptors push toward the postseason, they need to learn from their losses and not make the same mistakes twice. On Friday night in a convincing 99-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto seemed to be playing to avenge a loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week.

While the Raptors allowed Brooklyn to overwhelm them with their experience and be the aggressors from the jump, against the Grizzlies, save for a slow start, they were ready.

“I don’t mean this in […]

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