Game Preview: Raptors @ Hawks

The Raptors open the road portion of their schedule tonight and a back-to-back in Atlanta against the Hawks (7:30 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590).

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Amir Johnson Makes Zombie Walk Return… To Dance

Amir Johnson simply participated in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk last year. This year he took it up a notch or ten with a full choreographed routine set to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, naturally. Some amazing stuff below from the NBA’s social media MVP.

You may recognize my fellow blogger Kat Stefankiewicz, Foot Locker Raptors Dance Pak coordinator Amberley Waddell and other former members of the RDP adding their talents to the routine.

It certainly beats how Amir was using staff earlier in the week…

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Celtics

The regular season (finally!) gets underway tonight vs. the Boston Celtics (7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590). 

 

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Valanciunas Eager To Build On Rookie Season

Jonas Valanciunas, shown here defending Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic, will see plenty of contact this season.

 

The advice to Jonas Valanciunas from Rudy Gay is simple enough.

“I just tell him be himself,” Gay said. “Dominate.  Be the best big player on the court. Be the best big man on the court.

“Be the person we all know you can be and it‘ll be easy.”

Gay is wrong on one count. It won’t be easy.  Wrestling big men such as Indiana’s Roy Hibbert or the Nets’ Brook Lopez will never be easy.  Never mind that Valanciunas, a Lithuanian who did not play college ball in the U.S., has less experience ...

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Raptors Open Toronto Stock Exchange With New Partner BMO

Raptors president of basketball operations and GM Masai Ujiri along with members of his staff opened the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, which also saw the announcement of BMO as a major partner for the 2013-14 season.

The morning started as Ujiri presented BMO Chief Marketing Officer and Head Strategist Joanna Rotenberg with a signed Raptors jersey and publicly announced the Raptors’ new partnership with BMO.

But it wasn’t long before it was time for everyone to get in front of the camera and ring the bell (which ...

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The #RTZ Lookahead: Time To Get Started…

Kat and Jay tee up the Raptors season opener with everything you need to know if you’re coming down to ACC or watching from home…

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New GM Masai Ujiri Plans To Toughen The Troops

Masai Ujiri is careful.

The Raptors 43-year-old President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, the club’s fifth GM, has used a series of measured moves to re-position the team.

He signed rambunctious reserve Tyler Hansbrough and traded centre Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks for a package that came down to three-point shooter Steve Novak, a first-rounder in 2016 and second round picks in 2014 and 2017.

Ujiri retained head coach Dwane Casey, albeit with a reconfigured coaching staff and brought in depth players D.J. Augustin, Austin Daye and Julyan Stone.

But if ...

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Raptors Preview: We Have Answers

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2013-2014 as a story in search of an ending.

They have an intriguing list of characters and plenty of impending plot twists all of which will result in what?

The team’s first post-season appearance after a five-year hiatus built on the maturation of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as well as an uptick from Rudy Gay?

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An exciting playoff race entices new general manager Masai Ujiri to stand pat?

A stumble from the gate that prompts Ujiri to dismantle the roster?

A season of short-term ...

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Raptors Preseason Game Against Bucks Called Due To Concerns About Court

Let’s call it a preseason.

After a start that saw several slips and stumbles from players on both sides, officials decided to call Friday’s game between the Raptors and Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center mid-way through the first quarter.

 

Game against Bucks in Milwaukee cancelled at 5:58 mark of 1st qtr. due to unsafe playing conditions with the court surface. — RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 26, 2013

 

According to head coach Dwane Casey, there were questions about the court prior to the game.

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Bucks

Raptors 2013 Preseason Schedule

Game preview of the Raptors’ eighth and final preseason game against the Bucks in Milwaukee.

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