Raptors, Celtics Wrap Up Preseason Play In Boston

The Raptors wrap up preseason play tonight as they close out their condensed schedule with the road half of a home-and-home with the Celtics in Boston.

Toronto used a 13-2 rally to tie the team’s first contest under Dwane Casey late in the fourth quarter — largely played against Boston’s reserves, but a late offensive putback from Greg Stiemsma put the Celtics ahead 76-75 with 12.6 seconds to play. That held up after both DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani couldn’t capitalize on one final offensive possession.

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Raptors At Home For The Holidays

The Raptors took part in a series of great events around the city on Monday, giving back to Torontonians and celebrating the upcoming start of the 2011-12 season.

The afternoon started with a Raptors Rally at Yonge-Dundas Square. Fans braved the sub-zero temperatures for a chance to meet and greet DeMar DeRozan and Gary Forbes in the new Mobile Fan Zone and play games like Bump for incredible prizes like tickets to the home opener against the Pacers and autographed jerseys.

Meanwhile, a group of players including Amir Johnson, James Johnson, Ed ...

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Great Night At The Open Practice

Raptors Basketball really didn’t feel like it had genuinely returned to Toronto until Friday night, when the team connected with hundreds of enthusiastic fans at the team’s annual Open Practice.

Bookeneded by speeches from Jamaal Magloire and head coach Dwane Casey, fans were given some behind-the-scenes access to how the Raptors will get loose and ready for the grind of a compressed 66-game schedule this season.

But this event was truly about the interaction between players, coaches and fans. With autograph signings, photo ops, a few interactive drills during the scaled down ...

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Johnny Davis and the art of everlasting cool

Johnny Davis has skated.

“When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, sometimes the firemen would spray water on a spot in a park and the kids would skate on it,” he said.

It’s not hard to imagine the Raptors lead assistant gliding along the ice.

Everything Johnny Davis does, everything he touches it seems, is cool.

Johnny Davis oozes cool. Just how he does it isn’t hard to see. He listens. He smiles. He speaks deliberately with an aim not to be heard but to be understood.

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My Christmas Wishes For The Toronto Raptors

Hello!!!!! Happy Holidays!! The Big Man in the Red Suit is on his way and I’m hopeful he makes a stop on Bay Street in Toronto in his travels.

Here’s what I’d like for him to bring to our beloved Raps. Hoping you and your families have a wonderful and peaceful Holiday season. All the BEST in 2012!!

BRYAN COLANGELO & STAFF: Patience. Plan your work and work your plan. Stick to your guns and see the process through. Might be some bumps along the way this season but keep your eye ...

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Welcome To The Mushy Middle…

If Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan step up, can the Raptors surprise this season?

It’s been exciting to see Raptors fans start to groggily revive online with the start (and really, conclusion) of training camp this week, but with that has come some wild reaction to some of the signings. Based on some completely unscientific polling, fans seem to be in one of three distinct camps to start this season.

1) The Who Camp: For fans who have re-tweeted every one of the team’s signings from the @Raptors account with “Who?”. Many of you have asked why Toronto signed Jamaal Magloire and Anthony Carter when ...

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Forbes In The Fold…

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After waiting it out as long as possible, the Denver Nuggets declined to match the offer sheet signed by restricted free agent Gary Forbes and the scoring wing player is now property of the Raptors.

Why the wait? Well it’s pretty typical with RFA offer sheets for a team to take the max time allowed before making a decision (three days with new CBA) and the Nuggets were probably keeping all options on the table with a roster rife with holes. Denver’s moves on Tuesday to land Rudy Fernandez and Corey ...

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Anthony Carter: “I play every possession like it’s my last”

I missed posting this Monday, but if first impressions count for anything, then back-up point guard Anthony Carter seems destined to enter the pantheon of Raptors fan favourites. With defence seemingly a part of his DNA (count the references in the above clip) and some snarl that’s been in short supply around these parts, the vocal vet should bring a presence that will serve as a natural extension of what Dwane Casey wants to see on the floor.

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Raptors Prepare For A Season Unlike Any Other

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Leandro Barbosa touches his head. Then he taps a spot on his chest directly above his heart.

“It’s going to take both,” he says.

Media Day brought the first public viewing of the 2011-2012 Raptors and it will be a regular season like no other.

The Raptors will play 66 games in an astonishing 113 days. What begins Boxing Day in Cleveland will end four months later at home against the New Jersey Nets.

“Man, it’s insane,” said centre Aaron Gray, a seven-footer who played last season with the New Orleans Hornets.

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Casey Wants Raptors To “Pound The Rock”

Before the Raptors began work on implementing a new offence or getting down to the fundamentals of defence, new head coach Dwane Casey attempted to drive home one philosophy to his new players.

Namely, “Pound The Rock”.

It’s an expression many sports fans have probably heard before, but its roots have nothing to do with overdribbling or a heavy dose of the running game in football. Around the start of the 20th century, journalist and social reformer Jacob Riis provided the unexpected inspiration for a legion of sports coaches when he observed ...

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