Pre-Game Interviews With Butler, Thompson

Check out my latest pre-game interviews with Rasual Butler and Brampton native Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers.

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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.

Next up? Lietuvos Rytas returns ...

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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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Pre-Game With Jamaal Magloire

I sit down with the Big Cat before the Raptors visit the Knicks in New York.

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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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Life On The Second Bus: New York City

Jack, Leo and I are in New York City, where the Raptors visit the Knicks on Monday night.

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Pre-Game With Andrea Bargnani

Here’s my interview with Andrea Bargnani before the Raptors visit the Magic in Orlando.

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Life On The Second Bus: Orlando

It’s just barely New Year’s Even in Orlando, where Matt, Leo and Jack are aboard the Second Bus…

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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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