Post-Game Reaction: Raptors Rocked By Nets

It wasn’t a pretty one at ACC on Friday, as the Raptors had their roughest outing of the season in a 97-85 loss to the Nets. The best part? It’s quickly in the rear view mirror as the Raptors board a flight to Philly to close out a back-to-back against the Sixers.

Here’s now are your Top 10 tweets from our #RTZ chat on Twitter tonight…

@elbowsout I want every Raptor to hustle like Barbosa, Rebound like Amir, Slash like DeRozan, pass like Calderon & shoot like Bargs!

@ShakeelSalamath Raptors need to do ...

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Kleiza Could Be Available Against Nets…

UPDATE: It appears that Kleiza will not dress for at least one more game, according to head coach Dwane Casey before the Raptors host the Nets. 

We knew the return of Raptors forward Linas Kleiza was on the horizon, but it may be coming sooner that anyone thought.

Raptors media relations tweeted this morning that Kleiza has been medically cleared to play, while Casey said the forward could be ready to suit up tonight.

The approach however, will be a cautious one as Kleiza tries to reintegrate himself into the lineup following major ...

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Raps Try For Third Straight Win Against Wounded Nets

Things to watch as the Raptors try for a third straight win tonight against the Nets at ACC (7PM, TSN, FAN590, GET TICKETS).

Can the defence keep it up? The Raptors are coming off a defensive performance where they held the Cavs to 29 per cent shooting from the floor, while the Nets hit Air Canada Centre shooting a league-worst 38.7 per cent. For more of a breakdown of just how well the defence has been performing check out our Game Notes for some numbers and the most recent edition of ...

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Top #RTZ Tweets: Raptors Crush Cavs

Thanks to Natasha Alibhai of @RTZFans for following along with our live twitter chat during tonight’s game. As part of a regular post-game feature, we’re going to highlight some of the best tweets of the night using our #RTZ hashtag. Make sure you take part next game.

@jobinjosee – Tristan Thompson welcome home! Repppin Canadian Ball in the NBA

@Byronicle89 – Raptors 2nd in NBA in fewest pts allowed in the paint? A great job by Mr. Casey so far

@rtzfans Bargnani starts 4-4 from the field. That Primo Pasta is doing wonders this season

@SweetWillowTree – Watching Calderon ...

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Raptors Aim For Second Win Over Improving Cavs

Things to watch tonight as the Raptors attempt to get back to .500 in their second game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers (7 PM, Sportsnet, FAN590, GET TICKETS).

Not Your Season-Opening Cavs: The Raptors used some outstanding ball movement for a balanced scoring attack for a solid 104-96 season-opening win against the Cavs on Boxing Day. Toronto has maintained a relatively steady level of play ever since, despite a 1-3 record. But they’d be wise not to expect the same Cavs the second time around.

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Valanciunas Back At It…

Last week, we mentioned that Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas was going to be facing some stiffer competition in the days ahead. Tuesday represented the first of those matchups against Spartak in VTB United League play and so far, so good as Valanciunas played 28 minutes and posted 14 points (4-8 FGM-A, 6-6, FGM-A), 11 rebounds, four blocks and two assists in a 72-61 win.

Simonas Baranauskas of Euro-Step.Net has some interesting comments from Lietuvos Rytas head coach Aleksandar Dzikic regarding the young centre’s growing low-post game.

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The Underrated Raptor: Rasual Butler

After the Raptors tough loss to the Magic on Sunday, one of the most glaring deficiencies was the absence of productivity from the small forward position.

With their backs against the wall the following night against the Knicks and in serious danger of squandering a fourth straight winnable game in the fourth quarter, it was the veteran Rasual Butler who stepped up in an eventual 90-85 win.

Five of Butler’s 13 points and four of his 10 boards (both season highs) came in the game’s final six minutes and he also had ...

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Raptors Aim To Regroup In New York

Things to watch as the Raptors close out a back-to-back on the road tonight in New York…

Closing Time: The Raptors have had little difficulty putting themselves in a position to get leads so far this season, but finishing opponents off has proved to be a problem during the team’s current three-game slide.

They found themselves within two of the Pacers late at home and have lost leads in the third and fourth quarters against the Mavs and Magic the last two games.

“It’s almost like a broken record, but we’re growing, we ...

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Turnovers, Free Throws Proving Problematic

Last night, we heard some interesting praise from Rick Carlisle for his former assistant Dwane Casey and the Raptors last night. This morning, the reality of a tough loss sinks in with some lessons to be learned.

As Doug Smith of the Toronto Star points out, the Raptors were in a bit of a celebratory mood after that run that put them ahead 68-61 late-third and perhaps didn’t really respond to the inevitable counter-punch from the Mavs. As Anthony Carter mentioned post-game, “we’ve got to act like we’ve been there.”

Getting a ...

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Carlisle With Some Early Praise For Raptors

Another hard fought, but uneven performance for the Raptors in Dallas on Friday and the score isn’t really indicative of the level of play in a 99-86 defeat.

The veteran Mavs used a run late in the third quarter (led by Vince Carter no less) to erase the Raptors’ 68-61 lead and Toronto was never really the same after that. The Raptors struggled on the glass and with second-chance points early, while major differentials in turnovers (-7 for Toronto) and trips to the line (-20) were simply too much to overcome.

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