Reaction After An Injury To The Raptor

The Raptors have suffered their first major injury of the season and it’s of the absolutely heartbreaking variety.

The Raptor — widely considered to be the best mascot in all of sports — ruptured an Achilles tendon last week during Training Camp in Halifax, meaning we likely won’t see his high-flying antics for the entirety of the 2013-14 season.

News of the injury spread rapidly on social media, with fans sending their well wishes…

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Raptors Pull Away To Drop Celtics In Preseason Debut

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Some general thoughts after the Raptors open the preseason with a 97-89 win over the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston.

-  The first thing head coach Dwane Casey spoke about post-game? Turnovers. The Raptors coughed it up a whopping 25 times with the starters turning it over a total of 16 times.

“I know it’s an exhibition game, but we’ve got to get that way down,” said Casey.

– We saw both the impressive growth and the room ...

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Post-Shootaround Notes From Boston

News/notes ahead of tonight’s Raptors preseason opener against the Celtics at TD Garden (7:30 PM ET)

Familiar Five:  Head coach Dwane Casey has said he intends to use the preseason to mix and match lineups, but expect the Raptors to start with the same group that finished last season in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.

Pair Of Ex-Pacers:  That being said, Casey has always placed a greater emphasis on who finishes games for him and really feels that he’s got some  reserves at his disposal who can ...

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Casey Aims To Experiment In Preseason

Two Atlantic Division foes that underwent massive offseason change in very different ways open preseason play Monday when the Raptors visit the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston (7:30 PM ET).

The Raptors are coming off a fifth straight season without a playoff appearance and after some significant off-court transformation, there’s still little to suggest exactly which direction the team is heading long-term.

Fresh off winning an Executive of the Year award with the Denver Nuggets, Masai Ujiri returned to the Raptors this summer to replace Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball ...

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Raptors Camp Wraps In Halifax With Intra-Squad Game

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Some thoughts after Team Black’s 92-64 win over Team Gray in a spirited Raptors intra-squad game to wrap up Training Camp in Halifax.

– Yes, it was just an intra-squad scrimmage. No, it shouldn’t diminish DeMar DeRozan taking four three-pointers on Saturday and drilling a three of them on his way to a game-high 21 points.

Long distance shooting has been a huge focal point for DeRozan this past offseason, as he attempts to improve upon his 28.3 per cent shooting from behind the arc in 2012-13 (a career-best mark).

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In Order Of Buzzworthyness: Raptors Land Drake, All-Star Game

All eyes were on Drake as he and the Raptors announced a new partnership as well as the acquisition of the 2016 All-Star Game.

Star power.

That’s what was in evidence, Monday as the Raptors announced they had secured both the 2016 NBA All-Star game and the services of music star Drake as their Global Ambassador.

By necessity, the press conference was short on specifics. Drake and his sidekick Future – one word identities, Shaq, LeBron, Kobe, have long been an NBA staple – and the Raptors are just getting acquainted and his role is an evolving picture. Being one of the top music stars in the world makes it impossible to quantify just how much ...

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Raptors, Fans Get Together To #RideWithRG

It’s been a big weekend for Rudy Gay, who was named as an ambassador for the Kids, Cops & Computers program on Friday before following up with a fun event for his fans on a perfect Saturday in Toronto.

Gay invited his followers on social media for a bike ride along Toronto’s Waterfront and brought teammates DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray, Quincy Acy, Dwight Buycks and Chris Wright with him.

Check out some of the highlights from the #RideWithRG below…

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Rudy Gay Clicks For 22… Laptops

Raptors Rudy Gay and Police Chief Bill Blair lend a hand to Taedan Lisle.

There is one extra child somewhere in Toronto clutching a laptop computer because a decade ago Raptors star Rudy Gay decided to change his uniform number.

The Raptors forward was at Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School in downtown Toronto on Friday, lending his name and his time to the school’s Kids, Cops and Computers program.

Raptors Rudy Gay and Police Chief Bill Blair lend a hand to Taedan Lisle.

Gay donated 22 laptops to the program which gives kids in less affluent neighbourhoods access to computers.

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Amir Johnson Brings Drake To The People

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Need another reason why Amir Johnson remains a huge Raptors fan favourite? How about celebrating the release of Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same” by buying every copy of the Toronto superstar’s CD from two local stores on Tuesday and then giving them away to his followers in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Hey, a man’s got to do something before the Zombie Walk returns. More from Amir’s latest awesome gesture to his fans below.

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The #RTZ Lookahead: Vote For Your Raptors

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Kat and Jay with more on All-Star Voting, support Novak’s MO, All Access with Rudy and DeMar plus more.

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