Slow Start Buries Raptors In Latest Loss To Bucks

MILWAUKEE (CP) — The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to lock up their playoff spot quickly, and Monta Ellis made sure they did.

Ellis had 22 points, nine assists and six steals, and the Bucks clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 100-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

“It feels great,” Ellis said. “We needed this game tonight. We knew how big it was for us. Now we can start getting focused on finishing the season, trying to go in a positive direction and get ready for ...

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Life On The Second Bus: Milwaukee

Leo Rautins and I talk about a big Raptors win, recognition for JV and London time from the second bus in Milwaukee.

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Bucks

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 95 Timberwolves 93

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Gay, DeRozan Power Raptors Past Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (CP) — Rick Adelman’s milestone will have to wait — for another day at least.

Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan made sure about that.

Gay had 26 points and five rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a rare road victory in the West, 95-93 over the Timberwolves on Friday night.

DeRozan had 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 16th time in 17 games and prevented Adelman from recording his 1,000th win as coach.

“We’re just learning more ...

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Amir Johnson Keeps Rolling With His Fans

Amir Johnson once again hosted some of his biggest fans to the ultimate night of appreciation with his annual I Roll With Amir event on Wednesday.

This was the third straight year the fan favourite forward has hosted the event, with this year’s edition being the biggest yet. A whopping 100 fans were chosen as winners from a series of contests via Johnson’s popular social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, not to mention his personal website (www.amirjohnson.com).

Winners were not only invited to come to Air Canada Centre to see the ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Timberwolves

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Wizards 78 Raptors 88

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Life On The Second Bus: Minneapolis

Jack Armstrong, Leo Rautins and I discuss the recent play of Jonas Valanciunas and look ahead to the start of a three-game road trip against the Timberwolves (8 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590).

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Valanciunas Scores Career-High 24 points In Win Over Wizards

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TORONTO (CP)_Jonas Valanciunas joked that the last time he went to the line as much as he did he was probably 13-years-old.

Valanciunas went 16-of-18 from the free-throw line and scored a career-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 88-78 on Wednesday.

“From the start I was a new guy in the NBA, didn’t know a lot about it and there’s a big learning process during every game,” said Valanciunas, who admitted he’s starting to get more calls from refs around the league. ...

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Keeping Intact In Basketball’s Dog Days

A picture of fatigue: Raptors Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, Alan Anderson, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.

A picture of fatigue: Raptors Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, Alan Anderson, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.

Alan Anderson gestures toward to the most important piece of fitness equipment he has.

He is pointing to his temple.

“Right here,” he said. “First thing in the morning, do you say to yourself ‘I’m tired?’ If you do, you’ve just told your body to feel tired. If you tell yourself you feel great, you do.”

While the brain might be the most elaborate piece of conditioning equipment used by NBA players, it is far from the ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Wizards

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Pistons 108 Raptors 98

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