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.”

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Pre-Game With Amir Johnson

Check out my pre-game interview with Raptors big man Amir Johnson…

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Carlisle With Some Early Praise For Raptors

Another hard fought, but uneven performance for the Raptors in Dallas on Friday and the score isn’t really indicative of the level of play in a 99-86 defeat.

The veteran Mavs used a run late in the third quarter (led by Vince Carter no less) to erase the Raptors’ 68-61 lead and Toronto was never really the same after that. The Raptors struggled on the glass and with second-chance points early, while major differentials in turnovers (-7 for Toronto) and trips to the line (-20) were simply too much to overcome.

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Tough Trip Begins In Dallas…

The Raptors visit the defending champs in Dallas tonight, with plenty of storylines heading in. Here’s five things to watch.

Casey’s Return: Coach Casey clearly wants to downplay the season’s only matchup against the team he helped coach to a title last season.

“We’re going there for business, it’s not going to be a social call for me,” said Casey on Thursday. “We’re going in there to try and compete against the defending Champions and that’s going to be my mindset going in.”

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A Good Seven Days For Valanciunas

It’s been an up-and-down start to the season for Raptors first-round selection Jonas Valanciunas with Lietuvos Rytas, which is more than understandable given his young age of 19 and sporadic playing time. But the big man has recently turned it up a notch over the course of the last seven days in Lithuanian league play.

It started with a 14-point, 14-rebound, two block performance in a 102-68 win over Juventus in 22 minutes of work. Somewhat uncharacteristically, he did so with a somewhat off shooting night from the floor where he ...

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Turnovers Are Fun And Quite Delicious

Coaches and players hate turnovers.

No really hate them. They are like Moriarty to Holmes, Kryptonite to Superman, the Toronto Star to the Mayor of Toronto, environmental rules to the nice folks who run the Tar Sands. Turnovers to basketball lovers are like a Greenpeace inflatable that skids into an ice-floe jammed with nice, fat seals.

You want to elicit a hairy eyeball from an NBA coach, float the idea that turnovers are fun to watch.

“I don’t think any coach or fan who enjoys NBA basketball wants to see any turnovers,” Raptors ...

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Dissecting The Dagger: Pacers

The Raptors deserve some props for staying pretty resilient defensively until their offence could get on track in the fourth quarter in their home opener.

But it was an inability to anticipate, rotate and close out on Indiana’s Danny Granger and David West in pick-and-pop situations that cost them dearly in the game’s final 90 seconds. Here’s the sights and sounds from the sequence that changed the game.

Danny Granger’s Three

James Johnson: “They ran the normal play. We knew it. We watched film on it, I studied it and we were on ...

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