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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Raptors Fade In Fourth, Falling 108-98 To Pistons

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TORONTO (CP)_Fans in Toronto have been known to show their rancour when ex- Raptors make their return, but that wasn’t the case for Jose Calderon.

Unlike the boos that regularly rain down on former Toronto stars Chris Bosh or Vince Carter, Calderon was showered with adulation prior to the Detroit Pistons’ 108-98 comeback victory over Toronto on Monday.

Calderon had 19 points and nine assists for Detroit in his first game back since being traded in a three-team deal that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto from the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 30.

But ...

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Calderon Returns To ACC

I caught up with point guard Jose Calderon just before he and the Pistons face his former team at ACC for the first time.

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Pistons (Jose Returns)

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 92 Wizards 109

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Raptors Struggle To Stop Wizards In Latest Road Loss

WASHINGTON (CP) — As the Washington Wizards pursue their stated goal of finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference, seeing Bradley Beal back on the court was a welcome sight.

Beal scored 24 points in his return from a five-game absence, leading the Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Wizards

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 99 Pistons 82

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Big Third Quarter Powers Raptors Past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (CP) — Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors are out of the playoff picture and have just 10 games left before their season ends. That doesn’t mean they’re going to go quietly.

Gay scored 19 of his 21 points during a dominant third quarter and the Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Toronto led 46-45 at the break and took control by outscoring the Pistons 23-5 in the first eight minutes of the third period.

DeMar DeRozan also had ...

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