Post-Game: Raptors 109 Mavericks 108 (OT)

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Some thoughts after what was possibly the Raptors’ most impressive win of the season — a 109-108 OT road win over the Mavericks on Friday. Cue videobomb…

– DeMar DeRozan wasn’t exactly brilliant shooting the ball the whole night, with increased defensive attention at least part of the reason why.

“Sometimes you have to be the decoy,” said head coach Dwane Casey post-game. “Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue.”

DeRozan shot just 6-of-18 from the […]

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Mavericks

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What to watch as the Raptors hit the road for three Western Conference matchups in four nights, beginning with Mavericks in Dallas tonight (8:30 PM ET, Sportsnet ONE, TSN 1050).

Trouble Ahead? Tonight’s game against the Mavericks opens a very difficult stretch for the Raptors wrapped around a brief holiday break.

Eight of their next 10 games will be played on the road, including stops in San Antonio, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami and tonight in Dallas, where the Raptors have won just three times in 17 tries against the Mavs.

They’ve inexplicably played […]

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The #RTZ Lookahead: ‘Tis The Season

Kat and Jay are getting into the Holiday Spirit with the Raptors in the latest edition of the lookahead….

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Bulls

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What to watch tonight as the Raptors conclude a back-to-back set on the road in Chicago against the shorthanded Bulls (8 PM ET, TSN, TSN 1050).

Better Living Through Ball Movement: Can the Raptors continue to get much better ball movement post-Rudy Gay trade? In their last three games, they’ve posted assist totals of 19, 23 and matched a season high with 24 last night against Philadelphia.

Kyle Lowry, the subject of some pretty intense trade speculation of late, has led the way. He’s paced the Raptors in assists for 13 consecutive […]

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Masai Ujiri Takes Opportunity To Praise Nelson Mandela

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri is one of millions who have been moved by the life and legacy of South African revolutionary, philanthropist and politician Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95.

As the NBA’s first African-born GM, Ujiri has unique perspective on Mandela and delivered a touching tribute to him at the end of his post-trade news conference on Monday.

Ujiri grew up in Zaria, Nigeria watching Mandela’s inspirational fight for peace in South Africa and described how he respected and identified with it […]

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Spurs

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A Raptors team in flux moves heads into a tough matchup against a model of consistency in the San Antonio Spurs tonight (7 PM ET, Sportsnet ONE/Sportsnet Ontario, FAN590). What to watch heading into this one.

Can The Raptors Compete Shorthanded Again? Because it looks like they’ll have to without new additions Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson in the lineup against the Spurs, according to Masai Ujiri after his latest deal on Monday.

But there’s more. Tyler Hansbrough could remain out with a sprained left shoulder, while guard […]

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Report: Raptors Agree On Multi-Player Deal With Kings

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According to reports, the Raptors and Sacramento Kings have agreed on a multi-player deal that will see Rudy Gay head to California.

The reported deal, which is expected to be finalized Monday after a trade call with the league, will also see the Raptors send forward Quincy Acy and centre Aaron Gray to the Kings in exchange for guards Greivis Vasquez and John Salmons, along with forwards Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.

None of the players involved in the reported deal are available for the Raptors tonight against the Lakers at Staples […]

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Matt’s Stats: Raptors @ Lakers

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Breaking down some key numbers before tonight’s Raptors – Lakers tilt, featuring the return of Kobe Bryant (9:30 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590).

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Lakers

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Key questions heading into the Raptors’ final game of their three-game rad trip against the Lakers at Staples Center (9:30 PM ET, TSN2, NBATV, FAN590).

Are There Any Injury Updates For The Lakers?

Post by Kobe Bryant.

I guess that’s a yes.

Kobe Bryant makes his return to the Lakers lineup tonight after eight months of recovery following a torn left Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2013.

Only 17 games prior to that, Bryant was doing this to the Raptors…

Bryant put up 41 points […]

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Rebounding Proves Costly In Raptors’ Loss To Suns

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There was no oasis in the desert for the Raptors on Friday and rebounding was a huge reason why.

After morning shootaround on Friday, both Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Suns coach Jeff Hornacek believed their matchup was going to be won or lost on the glass — with Toronto’s ability to grab offensive rebounds and convert second-chance opportunities going up directly against the Suns’ league-leading scoring numbers on the fast break.

It was the home team that got the message and delivered emphatically in a 106-97 win on Sunday night […]

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