Raptors Collapse In Fourth Against Cavaliers

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With NBA D-Leaguers occupying most of the depth at the point guard position and both teams featuring some significant NBA talent on the sidelines, it’s difficult to determine just how much stock to put into the Raptors’ 84-80 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.

But the Raptors did appear to have advantages in terms of remaining talent, home court and momentum heading into Friday’s game, which makes their fourth-quarter collapse an extension of a maddening ability to remain consistently inconsistent.

“A lot of ours [mistakes] were self-inflicted,” Casey said post-game. “Cleveland came ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

Last Time They Met: Raptors 96, Cavaliers 88

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
CLE – Donald Sloan (G), Anthony Parker (G), Alonzo Gee (F), Antawn Jamison (F), Tristan Thompson (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Gary Forbes (sore left knee) – day-to-day
CLE – Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture (non-displaced)) – out, Daniel Gibson (torn tendon-left foot/ankle) – out, Kyrie Irving (contused/sprained right shoulder) – out

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Blowout In The City Of Brotherly Love

Odd result on Wednesday as the Raptors extend their win streak to three games for the first time since 2010 following a 99-78 win over the Sixers.

Tale of two halves: It went from a Philadelphia team that I’m still not convinced missed a shot in the first half to one that couldn’t find the ocean with a beach ball down the stretch.

The Sixers went from a team that dropped 31 points in the opening 12 minutes, to one that scored just 22 in final 24, which contributed to a floor ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Sixers

Last Time They Met: Raptors 62, Sixers 97

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
PHI – Jrue Holiday (G), Evan Turner (G), Andre Iguodala (F), Elton Brand (F), Spencer Hawes (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Gary Forbes (sore left knee) – out
PHI – Andre Iguodala (left eye contusion) – game-time decision.

 

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More Accolades For Valanciunas

 

We’ve had an excellent snapshot of Jonas Valanciunas thanks to the NBA TV Canada special “Centred” (which you can still see online ), but the big man is still finishing off regular-season play overseas and recently received some recognition from a couple of the leagues where his club team, Lietuvos Rytas, competes.

First up, is a poll on the official site of the VTB United League, where Lietuvos Rytas plays against some of the other top teams from Eastern and Northern Europe. When fans were asked who their choice was for ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Bobcats

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
CHA – D.J. Augustin (G), Gerald Henderson (G), Reggie Williams (F), Byron Mullens (F), Bismack Biyombo (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out
CHA – Corey Maggette (right Achilles tendon strain) – out

 

Last Time They Met: Raptors 103, Wizards 107

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Wizards

Last Time They Met: Raptors 108, Wizards 111 (OT)

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Linas Kleiza (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
WAS – John Wall (G), Jordan Crawford (G), Chris Singleton (F), Trevor Booker (F), Nene (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – out
WAS – Rashard Lewis (sore left knee)- out, Andray Blatche (conditioning)- out, Nene (plantar fasciitis, left foot)-day-to-day, Trevor Booker (plantar fasciitis, left foot)-day-to-day

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Raptors Can’t Crank It Up Against Heat

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On it’s surface it will look like a valiant effort fraught with inevitability. The plucky Raptors did pretty well to hang for as long as they did with the Heat, who simply won out on the backs of their three superior talents.

From a primacy and recency standpoint however, it was a frustrating effort as two solid quarters were bookended by backbreaking runs that put the Raptors in a big hole early and buried them late.

According to head coach Dwane Casey, those Miami surges weren’t mutually exclusive.

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Heat

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Linas Kleiza (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
MIA – Mario Chalmers (G), Dwyane Wade (G), LeBron James (F), Chris Bosh (F), Joel Anthony (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – out, J. Johnson – Upper respiratory infection (day-to-day)
MIA – Mike Miller – (sprained right ankle)

Last Time They Met: Raptors 89, Heat 95

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Casey A Witness of Tumult That Comes With Change

For someone who has lost twice as many games as he has won, Raptors coach Dwane Casey is drawing rave reviews.

The Raptors stand 17-34 but Casey’s mandate to install a new defensive-oriented mindset has taken root. The Raptors have lowered their points allowed to 95.26, down almost 10 points from last season.

Raptors.com writer Mike Ulmer spoke to the 54-year-old Casey about the agony of losing, the mechanics of improving players and what it was like to see the Ku Klux Klan as a seven-year-old in his tiny Morgantown, Ky. hometown.

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