Raptors By The Numbers: Devastating Start May Yield To Success

Alan Anderson has been a find for the Raptors. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

Raptors by the numbers: It’s not so bad.

Inconceivable.

Despite a 4-19 start, the playoffs are by no means out of reach for the Toronto Raptors.

First the good news: The Philadelphia 76ers have four more wins, Boston, Brooklyn and Friday’s ACC opponent — the Orlando Magic — are all within reach of a particularly fruitful two weeks.   The Raptors own more victories than Charlotte, Detroit, Cleveland, Washington and New Orleans.

Now the bad: it looks like a .500 record will earn ...

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Amir Johnson: A Cut Above…

Does any NBA player rep his team and city more than Amir Johnson? Look for Amir’s incredible new ‘do when the Raptors take the court in search of a fifth straight win tonight vs. the Orlando Magic at ACC (7 PM ET, TSN, FAN590).

(Photo courtesy of Amir Johnson)

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Pistons

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 113 Cavaliers 99

 

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Cavaliers (Streaking, Anyone?)

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Rockets 96 Raptors 103

 

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Rockets

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Mavericks 74 Raptors 95

 

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Mavericks

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Nets 94 Raptors 88

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On The Rendezvous, Buzzards And Risk. Oh Yeah…And The Raptors

I grew up in Sarnia so long ago the Mayans hadn’t yet invented a calendar predicting the end of the world…any world.

Eccentrics enjoyed  a certain celebrity in southwestern Ontario towns. Television was considered a gateway to the starry network of four stations.  Detroit passed for our Emerald City.

Kids were more active then; not because of some inherent ambition or nobility but because our entertainment options were so limited you needed to get out of the house.

Around the corner beckoned The Rendezvous Grill, a hamburger joint with a jukebox and a ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Trail Blazers

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 83 Clippers 102

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Mickael Pietrus Feels Like A New Ferrari

Mickael Pietrus wants you to know his knee is just fine, thank you.

The 30-year-old guard-forward delivered the message in emphatic fashion in Wednesday’s loss to the Kings with the drive and thunderous slam (seen above) as part of a strong 21-point, six-rebound performance.

“That’s what I do, I energize my team,” said Pietrus after Thursday’s Raptors practice in Utah. “That’s what I was doing before my knee surgery. Right know, my knee surgery is behind me and I’m like a brand new Ferrari… I still can fly like MJ!”

While he’s happy ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Jazz

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 100 Kings 107

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