Valanciunas Is “Young Men’s Player Of The Year”

The honours continue to pile up for Raptors 2011 first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas, who was named the 2011 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year by FIBA Europe on Monday.

Valanciunas, 20,  came out on top in votes amongst an expert panel of voters to earn the award for the best European player aged 22 and under and finished second in a fan vote to earn the distinction.

It’s hard to disagree based on a calendar year that saw Valanciunas earn MVP honours and help propel Lithuania to gold at the ...

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Top Tweets From An Wild Afternoon At ACC

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It was an absolute roller coaster of an afternoon at ACC on Sunday, which featured another awful start from the home side, an unlikely spark from Jamaal Magloire, Jose Calderon going supernova for a career-high 30 points, quiet Kobe, airball Kobe, a Raptors fourth-quarter comeback, killer Kobe, a devastating five-second violation, another last shot opportunity for a win, but ultimately a 94-92 loss.

I leave it to @jaypresident with our #RTZ Tweet of the Night to sum it more effectively in less than 140 characters:

Top 20 #RTZ  Tweets – Raptors vs. ...

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One-On-One With Dwane Casey

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A Nickname With Porpoise…

Andrea Bargnani remains sidelined indefinitely with a left calf strain, but head coach Dwane Casey did give an update on his progress before the Raptors hosted the Lakers at ACC on Sunday — including a new moniker for his leading scorer.

“His new nickname is Flipper,” said Casey. “He’s doing a lot of pool work and trying to get his calf going. He’s working hard on it every day. I think they’re going to try and step it up in the next week or so as far as getting more weight ...

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Raptors Break Through Against Boston

In a 86-74 Toronto win that many will chalk up to Celtics’ fatigue, the undermanned Raptors showed some distinct swagger — particularly in the fourth quarter — against their division rivals on Friday.

The result was possibly the home side’s most surprising of the season given Boston’s lengthy domination of the series, the Raptors’ recent play, not to mention key injuries to Jerryd Bayless and Andrea Bargnani. But then you get fans like @RyanJHTurvey, who offered up this near-perfect prediction before tip-off :

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Chatting With James Johnson Pre-Game

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Looking Ahead To Raptors vs. Celtics

Probable Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G/F), James Johnson (F),  Amir Johnson (C).
BOS– Rajon Rondo (G), Ray Allen (G), Paul Pierce (F), Kevin Garnett (F), Jermaine O’Neal (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out, Jerryd Bayless (sore left ankle) – day-to-day
BOS – Keyon Dooling (right hip pointer) – day-to-day

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Raptors Defence Slips In Loss To Bucks

For a team striving to build on a new foundation of defence, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is starting to see cracks.

“I just mentioned to the team that we’ve lost that pride of guarding our yard,” Casey said after the Raptors’ 105-99 loss to the Bucks at ACC on Wednesday. “What we established in training camp has slipped.”

Defence was also on the mind of @jason_leite, who earned the #RTZ Tweet of the Night with the following:

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Pre-Game Interview With Jerryd Bayless

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Raptors Open Lengthy Homestand With First Look At Bucks

Probable Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G/F), James Johnson (F),  Aaron Gray (C).
MIL– Brandon Jennings (G), Shaun Livingston (G), Carlos Delfino (F), Luc Mbah a Moute (F), Drew Gooden (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out
MIL – Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) – out

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