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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Rudy Gay Goes 1-On-1 With NBA.com

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Rudy Gay sits down with Sekou Smith of NBA.com for the latest edition of Hang Time 1-on-1.

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Pacers

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It’s a tall task for the Raptors tonight in the midst of their first losing streak of the season against the Pacers (7 PM ET, TSN2, Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

The slide has only been two games, but there’s been an inconsistency to the way the Raptors have started this season and some troubling early numbers back that up.

The Raptors’ third loss in their last four games against the Bobcats on Wednesday featured a bizarre finish, but head coach Dwane Casey was more concerned by the porous defensive start that saw ...

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Bobcats

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The Raptors have little time to dwell on Tuesday’s fourth-quarter fade against the Heat, as they hit the road to face the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena tonight (7 PM, Sportsnet, TSN 1050).

Time Warner Cable Arena Has Been Trouble

The Raptors (2-2), aim to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season and will need to do so in an arena where they’ve had their share of losing lately.

It’s been five straight losses for the Raptors at Time Warner Cable Arena dating back to March 29, 2010. But the ...

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Heat

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Fresh off ending a ten-game slide against the Bucks, the Raptors try and stop an even longer slump against the Miami Heat tonight at ACC (7 PM, TSN2, TSN 1050).

The Raptors have lost 11 straight meetings against the Heat, representing their longest active losing streak against an opponent. Coincidentally, their last win over the Heat back on Jan. 27, 2010 was actually the last time Toronto was two games over .500.

There’s temptation to see the reigning champs as vulnerable (as they can possibly be) at ACC tonight. Former ...

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The #RTZ Weekly Lookahead: Things Ramp Up For The Raptors

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Kat and Jay look at a stretch of four games in five nights for the Raptors, Steve MOvak wants your Movember support and more.

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Bucks

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Quick hits after a quick turnaround for the Raptors, who close a back-to-back in Milwaukee against the Bucks tonight (8:30 PM ET, TSN, FAN590).

– Both the Raptors and Bucks dug similar holes on Friday night, but responded very differently. The Bucks managed to spoil the Celtics’ opener in Boston by erasing a 22-point second-half lead, while the Raptors stumbled before halftime in Atlanta and couldn’t regain their footing (despite some serious heroics from DeMar DeRozan).

Should be interesting to see how both teams respond in the home opener for the ...

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