Raptors Roster Down To Twelve

A thin Raptors roster got a little slimmer on Friday with the news that veteran forward Rasual Butler was waived by the club.

Butler, who was brought in for his defence and ability to stretch the floor on offence, never really found his shot this season– he connected on just 30 per cent of his shots from the field and hit at only a 27 per cent clip from beyond the arc.

His best game with the Raptors came against the Knicks in New York (tonight’s opponent) where he put up season-highs ...

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This man has more followers than any NBA announcer

Chinese basketball guru Weiping Zhang is in town to broadcast tonight's Raptors-Kncks game from the Air Canada Centre

When the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks play tonight at Air Canada Centre, the action will be described by a very special announcer.

Weiping Zhang will handle the play-by-play of the game which is being carried across Canada in Mandarin on OMNI.

Mr. Zhang was a member of the Chinese Men’s team from 1973-1981 and a former national team coach.

His fame in China seems limitless. Zhang’s exhortations are printed on t-shirts and he ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Knicks

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Amir Johnson (C).
NYK – Jeremy Lin (G), Landry Fields (G), Carmelo Anthony (F), Amar’e Stoudemire (F), Tyson Chandler (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (left hip pointer) – day-to-day
NYK – Jared Jeffries (sore right knee) – questionable, Bill Walker (sore left elbow) – out

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Top Tweets From Canadian Forces Night

 

Well said by #RTZ Tweet of the Night Winner @SoldOnStockdale, after a great night of recognition for the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

On court meanwhile, a familiar script continues for the Raptors, who once again learned the hard way that anything less than four quarters of solid basketball will typically not result in a “W” — especially against a contending unit like the league-leading Bulls.

Even without reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the lineup, Chicago put on an astounding display beginning at the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter, ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Bulls

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
CHI – C.J. Watson (G), Ronnie Brewer (G), Luol Deng (F), Carlos Boozer (F), Luol Deng (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (right hip pointer) – qusetionable
CHI – Richard Hamilton (right shoulder) – out, Luol Deng (left wrist) – day-to-day, Derrick Rose (right groin) – day-to-day, C.J. Watson (left ankle) – day-to-day

It’s a big night with the Eastern Conference leaders from Chicago in town, but the Raptors will also ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Knicks

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
NYK – Jeremy Lin (G), Landry Fields (G), Carmelo Anthony (F), Amar’e Stoudemire (F), Tyson Chandler (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (right ankle sprain) – day-to-day
NYK – Baron Davis (strained right hamstrong) – questionable, Bill Walker (sore left elbow) – out

Calderon Back?: As you can see from the video above, barring a setback after a full practice on Monday, Jose Calderon is on track to return to the ...

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Top Tweets After A Tough Collapse In Charlotte

Delayed and cancelled flights, building evacuations after false alarms and soggy uniforms are insignificant issues in the grand scheme, but squeeze all that into a short span between NBA games on a back-to-back and you’ve got enough factors to seriously disrupt a pro athlete’s sanctified game day routine.

Despite all those pitfalls, the Raptors’ still managed to start Saturday’s contest against the Bobcats red hot and when coupled with their furious finish, fatigue was pretty much out as a potential excuse.

Much like in Memphis, turnovers (24) and a significant difference in ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Bobcats

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
CHA – D.J. Augustin (G), Gerald Henderson (G), Corey Maggette (F), Tyrus Thomas (F), Bismack Biyombo (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (right ankle sprain) – day-to-day
CHA – None

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s what I’m keeping an eye on tonight as the Raptors close out a back-to-back against the Bobcats in Charlotte.

Monitoring Il Mago: Andrea Bargnani logged 39 minutes last night in yesterday’s OT win over the Grizzlies, easily ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Grizzlies

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Amir Johnson (C).
MEM – Mike Conley (G), Tony Allen (G), Rudy Gay (F), Marreese Speights (F), Marc Gasol (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (right ankle sprain) – day-to-day
MEM – Darrell Arthur (torn right Achilles) – out for the season, Zach Randolph (torn right MCL) – day‐to‐day

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Breaking Down Barbosa To The Pacers

Quick hits on the Raptors move to send Leandro Barbosa  to the Pacers for a second-round pick and cash.

– I’ve seen fans online questioning the haul (to put it mildly), but here’s what armchair GM’s need to consider:

a) The value of first-round picks in what’s believed to be a very strong draft seems very high. Look at the salary the Cavs had to take on just to get a low first-round pick to confirm that.

b) Barbosa, who’s an expiring deal, could be nothing more than a playoff run-rental for the ...

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