Reeling Raptors Return To Practice At ACC

The Raptors were back on the practice court on Thursday – a January rarity for Dwane Casey and his team during a month of the schedule loaded with back-to-backs and unforgiving travel.

“Practices are precious,” said Casey on Thursday. “This is the second one we’ve had [this week] and it’s going to help us. Going into a [hotel] ballroom and walking through stuff as a young team just doesn’t simulate the game speed and the veteran savvy of a team like Boston or tomorrow night like Portland.”

Casey said he treated Thursday’s ...

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Raptors Roughed Up By Celtics

A disheartening 96-73 loss for the Raptors against the Celtics on Wednesday in Boston. Help could be on the way soon as Friday however, as @RaptorsPR tweeted post-game that both Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless are hopeful to practice Thursday at ACC.

Until then, here’s NBA TV Canada’s Akil Augustine breaking down a Raptors loss that got away from them in the third quarter.

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Raptors, Celtics Hope To Stop Respective Slides

Two teams hungry to put an end to lengthy losing streaks meet tonight when the Raptors visit the Celtics in their first meeting of the regular season (7:30 PM, Sportsnet, FAN590).

Projected Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Rasual Butler (F),  Ed Davis (F), Amir Johnson (C).
BOS – Rajon Rondo (G), Ray Allen (G), Paul Pierce (F), Kevin Garnett (F), Jermaine O’Neal (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (strained left calf) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (sprained left ankle) – day-to-day, Aaron Gray (rapid heart rate) – OUT, James Johnson ...

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Raptors Grounded By Hawks In Atlanta

The Raptors continue to battle shorthanded, but they just didn’t have the offensive punch needed to top the Hawks in a 93-84 loss on Monday afternoon.  Here’s Akil Augustine from NBA TV Canada and Raptors.com with his rapid reaction from the couch after a 93-84 loss to the Hawks.

… and of course, here’s your reaction during and following the Raptors fifth loss in a row. Thanks as always for taking part and we’ll see you Wednesday for the first regular-season meeting against the Celtics.

Top 10 #RTZ tweets: Raptors @ Hawks

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Raptors Aim To Get Back On Track In Atlanta

The Raptors continue their three-game road trip with a Martin Luther King Jr., Day matchup with the Hawks in Atlanta at a special time of 4 p.m. this afternoon (Sportsnet, FAN590). Here’s what to keep an eye on as the Raptors try and stop their current four-game slide.

To those celebrating, enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Head coach Dwane Casey stopped by the NBA TV studios in Atlanta on Sunday to share his own personal thoughts on the significance of coaching today.

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Raptors Can’t Contain Bulls in Windy City

Strong defensive effort from the Raptors in Chicago on Saturday, but the end result is a 77-64 loss to the Bulls for their fourth straight defeat. Here’s what you had to say about it…

Top 10 #RTZ tweets: Raptors @ Bulls

jazzym18: Raptors are lookin good in the black uniforms!

BKEReyes: Raps need Ed Davis to step up his game with Amir in foul trouble.

Darkstar_Inc: James Johnson out to prove something to his old squad with that two handed slam. Only Raptors highlight of the 1st.

RyanJHTurvey: Showing the Bulls 2nd unit zone was a great coaching ...

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Free Throws Prove Costly Against The Pacers

Another solid effort from the Raptors against the Pacers on Friday, but a frustrating finish at the free throw line proved costly in a 95-90 loss. Of course, no one captured all of that emotion better than you.

Top 10 #RTZ tweets: Pacers @ Raptors 

@AlineBouDiwan: Having a #TMLtalk and #RTZ game at the same time is stressful for a Torontonian

@jsunio: The #Raptors are playing with a lot of confidence and look like they’re having fun out there against the #Pacers

@RyanJHTurvey: Someone must have shown Derozan that article about accountability. #lightingitup

@bopbop_simsim: Calderon playing like he did 2 ...

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Talking Valanciunas With Dzikic

It is past midnight in Lithuania but Alex Dzikic is still up.

The coach of Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius (metropolitan population 850,000) is happy to accommodate a reporter’s call from North America.

“Anytime,” he says. “Call anytime.”

Dzikic is a 40-year-old Serb and a key figure in the aspirations of the Toronto Raptors. He is not on the Raps’ payroll. That doesn’t mean his work won’t benefit the NBA team.

Dzikic is nursing 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas through the  season that includes play in the Lithuanian league, the VTB United League as well as Eurocup ...

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Raptors Likely Without Bargnani Against Pacers

Following some Raptors news on the injury front, here’s what to watch as they prepare for a second meeting with the Pacers at ACC tonight (7PM, TSN2,  FAN590, GET TICKETS).

Projected Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Rasual Butler (F),  *Andrea Bargnani (F), Amir Johnson (C).
IND – Darren Collison (G), Paul George (G), Danny Granger (F), David West (F), Roy Hibbert (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – *Andrea Bargnani (strained left calf) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (sprained left ankle) – day-to-day, Aaron Gray (ablation procedure) – OUT
IND – George Hill (sore ...

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Kleiza Returns & Your Reaction

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Wednesday saw the return of Raptors forward Linas Kleiza to the lineup after nearly a year away from game action following microfracture knee surgery and the versatile forward provided a big boost off the bench with 10 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

“I feel good, it’s fun to be back,” said Kleiza post-game. “Of course the game didn’t end the way anybody wanted but for me personally, after a year off, it feels good to be back.

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