The #RTZ Lookahead: Raptors Homestand Continues

Kat and Jay with more on a full week of games at ACC, our first All Access event of the season and the return of Open Gym, presented by BlackBerry.

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Wizards

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Don’t look now but the Raptors are suddenly in first place in the Atlantic Division and about to begin their longest homestand of the season, beginning with the Wizards tonight (7 PM ET, TSN2, TSN 1050).

It feels weird because they haven’t been in this position since 2007. It’s weird because their current 5-7 record feels completely earned, but somehow has them in this lofty spot (thanks for the slow start NYC-area teams).

When was the last time a team with a losing record lead any division this many games in? According ...

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Ujiri Celebrates Ten Years With Giants Of Africa

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri saw a labour of love enjoy a milestone on Sunday, as his Giants of Africa foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Toronto.

Giants of Africa has used basketball as a tool to help enrich the lives of African youth with some impressive results over the last decade. Kids involved with the foundation’s Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp have gone on to play at numerous levels, including American high schools and universities and junior club teams across Europe.

It’s also helped open doors to ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Blazers

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We’ll get a good look at the resiliency of the Raptors when the Portland Trail Blazers come to town on Sunday afternoon (1 PM ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

The Raptors have been all over the map this week. They pushed the Rockets to double overtime despite some serious offensive woes in Houston and then manhandled the Grizzlies in Memphis. But they’re coming off a listless 96-80 loss to the Bulls on Friday, which would have been much worse if not ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Bulls

The Raptors return to ACC tonight for a first look at the Chicago Bulls (7 PM, TSN, TSN 1050). Toronto took two of three matchups against the Eastern Conference contender last season, here are some story lines as the Raptors aim for a third win in four outings overall tonight.

Will Derrick Rose Play?

Adam Fluck of Bulls.com reported Thursday that Derrick Rose missed a second straight day of practice with a sore right hamstring, but the 2011 MVP is hopeful he’ll be ready to go tonight at ACC. ...

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Raptors Visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

After the Raptors’ practice in Memphis on Tuesday, the entire team traveled to nearby St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a tour of the world class facility and the opportunity to meet some of the brave young patients receiving treatment for various forms cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Check out more photos from the visit below and learn more about the incredible work St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is performing every day.

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The #RTZ Lookahead: Big Weekend At ACC

Stripes the Mascot has hit town.

Jay and Kat get you ready for a big weekend of games at ACC, share some info for the perfect holiday gift for a young Raptors fan, preview the next Open Gym and more.

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Rockets

The Raptors are back on the road for a pair of games against Western Conference contenders, beginning with Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets (8 PM ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

What to watch in the season series opener between these two teams tonight.

Right Time For Rockets? The Raptors come into this one riding a six-game slide in Houston, but they’re catching the Rockets scuffling a little bit with three losses in their last four after they opened the campaign with three straight wins.

Who’s Healthier In Houston? Both teams are ...

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Raptors Hit All The Right Notes In Needed Win

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Big win. Bigger confidence boost.

That’s the takeaway from a 115-91 Raptors blowout victory over the visiting Jazz on Saturday at ACC.

Head coach Dwane Casey called both teams desperate for a win pregame, which was telling. This season is only a couple of weeks old, but the Raptors have struggled with consistency over a stretch of four losses in five games and it’s tough to envision a scenario where a loss against the winless Jazz would have been viewed as defensible.

Instead, the Raptors delivered a no-doubter that saw them keep ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Jazz

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Is it too early to call tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz at Air Canada Centre a “must win” for the Raptors?

The home side needs a foothold before a tough week ahead and the winless Jazz (0-6) obviously presents an opportunity tonight to end a three-game slide (7 PM ET, TSN2, TSN 1050).

But the Jazz will be starving for a first win and undoubtedly view this as a potential slump buster. History is also on their side, as they’ve won 14 of the last 15 meetings overall and will try for ...

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