Close…. Again…

Our winning #RTZ Tweet from Monday courtesy of @TTOTambz is right. To see JJ Redick join a growing rogues gallery of Raptors heartbreakers this season seems like a less than deserving fate for a team that’s been outgunned for much of the season, but rarely outworked for over a month now.

But as head coach Dwane Casey pointed out post-game, the fight should be commended but it’s the slip — not the fall — that’s doing the Raptors in. In Monday’s 92-88 loss to the visiting Magic for example, it came ...

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Pre-Game With Ed Davis

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Second-Half Turnaround Powers Raptors Past Warriors

The Raptors received what’s hopefully a lasting lesson in how solid, energetic defence can keep you afloat with an 83-75 win over the Warriors at ACC.

“We found a a way and we did it with our defence,” said Dwane Casey post-game. “There are going to be nights where you can’t buy a bucket, but that is when you have to dig in and trust your defence and we did.”

It certainly wasn’t consistent, as the Raptors came out flat and hit the break trailing 47-38. But Casey proceeded to challenge his ...

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Catching Up With Mark Jackson

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Warriors

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C).
GSW– Dominic McGuire (G), Monta Ellis (G), Dorell Wright (F), David Lee (F), Andris Biedrins (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out, Solomon Alabi (viral infection) – day-to-day
GSW – Kwame Brown (torn right pectoralis) – out, Stephen Curry (tendon strain, right foot) – day-to-day

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A Unique Back-To-Back For Valanciunas

Jonas Watch continues with a weekend that’s featured more impressive play from the Raptors draft pick and a look at a different side of the 19-year-old.

Friday was all business, as Valanciunas led the way for Lietuvos Rytas with 18 points and seven rebounds in an 85-67 Lithuanian league win over Pieno zvaigzdes. May you geek out as much as I did at his ability to run the floor at the 1:50 mark of the highlights below.

The LKL then held its All-Star Day today (no lengthy break here), where Valanciunas captured ...

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Further Evidence Of A Small, Painful Step

 
A loss is a loss any way you slice and for the Raptors to once again come so agonizingly close against a tough opponent in the Memphis Grizzlies doesn’t exactly take the sting out of it.

But in a season where we’ve heard so much about culture change, learning and development, a growing sample size suggests that a small step in a painful process appears to have been taken.

It’s just not one that’s registered in that ultimate metric of wins and losses.

Go back to mid-January and things were downright excruciating. Forget ...

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Sitting Down With Leandro Barbosa

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Looking Ahead To Raptors-Grizzlies

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C).
MEM– Mike Conley (G), Tony Allen (G), Rudy Gay (F), Marresse Speights (F), Marc Gasol (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out, Solomon Alabi (viral infection) – day-to-day
MEM – Zach Randolph (torn right MCL) – out, Darrell Arthur (torn right Achilles) – out

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Raptors Ramp It Up In Fourth To Drop Hornets

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Not exactly a textbook win for the Raptors, but they’ll take it as they split a back-to-back on the road with a 95-84 victory over the Hornets.

The focus was undoubtedly on DeMar DeRozan after a fourth-quarter benching in Houston on Tuesday was followed by a post-game social media faux pas that was quickly deleted. After an internal discussion with head coach Dwane Casey before Wednesday’s game, DeRozan proceeded to deliver a balanced performance with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists.

But after an brutal third-quarter offensive drought saw the Raptors ...

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