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.”

Definitely what you want to hear, but I can only ...

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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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Johnson Steps Up After Raptors Fall Short

Funny thing happened in the Raptors dressing room, Wednesday night.

The locals had just dropped a hard-fought 90-85 decision to the Indiana Pacers. It was a wonderfully ramshackle affair. Down 11 points with eight minutes left, the Raptors cut the margin to 83-81 before James Johnson leaned a step too far toward the key. His man, Danny Granger, slid out to the corner with just over a minute to play.

James Johnson is freaky athletic. He scoring line looks like something your keyboard barfed up. Against Indiana he brought down eight rebounds, ...

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Raptors, Pacers Renew Acquaintances…

Somewhat lost in the buzz of the Raptors returning to action to ACC after a long hiatus is the fact that the Raptors and Pacers didn’t get along all that well back in 2010-11.

Things stepped up a notch at the conclusion of the second matchup at Conseco Fieldhouse in the Raptors’ 104-93 defeat to the Pacers way back on Janiary 31st. Indiana had the game well in hand and with time winding down, point guard Darren Collison appeared ready to just dribble the clock out.

But while you can’t see it ...

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Balance Key To Raptors’ Season-Opening Win

Well, that was … unexpected. Some key takeaways from an eye-opening 104-96 Raptors victory over the Cavs to start the season.

- The obvious caveat that everyone’s going to throw out here is the fact that this win came against the Cavaliers, a team that won fewer games than the Raptors’ 22 victories last season. But regardless of opponent, it would be tough to duplicate the balance the Raptors received on both sides of the floor and up and down the lineup. Head coach Dwane Casey wisely said post-game “I don’t ...

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Life On The Second Bus: Cleveland

Life On The Second Bus: Cleveland

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