My Head Says Yes… Well, Among Other Things

The emergence of Terrence Ross and the continued maturation of Ed Davis are essentials if the Raptors are to play meaningful late-season games.

The emergence of Terrence Ross and the continued maturation of Ed Davis are essentials if the Raptors are to play meaningful late-season games.

This is poison in a basketball column.

Naturally, I am going to do it anyway.

Would you, as a fellow from that other sport once posited, want to make the playoffs only to risk being manhandled by another team?

Hell, yes.

I think the Raptors can make the playoffs.

I say this in the wake of the iceberg, the 4-19 start.

Logic, of course, dictates that the majority of teams that begin by ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Spurs (Happy Holidays!)

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Magic 90 Raptors 93

 

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You ALWAYS Go Full Windmill

Not going to lie, the #letrossdunk movement felt sort of hollow with the rookie expressing a lack of interest in NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest a few weeks back.

… and then I saw this post-game Friday.

So the push continues and Ross certainly built on his jaw-dropping credentials in Friday’s win over the Magic. You saw a serious candidate for putback of the year and then a little style as the rook busts out the full windmill on a breakaway.

His thought process on the build up to that spectacular slam?

“I was thinking ...

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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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