Post-Shootaround Notes From Boston

News/notes ahead of tonight’s Raptors preseason opener against the Celtics at TD Garden (7:30 PM ET)

Familiar Five:  Head coach Dwane Casey has said he intends to use the preseason to mix and match lineups, but expect the Raptors to start with the same group that finished last season in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.

Pair Of Ex-Pacers:  That being said, Casey has always placed a greater emphasis on who finishes games for him and really feels that he’s got some  reserves at his disposal who can ...

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Raptors, Fans Get Together To #RideWithRG

It’s been a big weekend for Rudy Gay, who was named as an ambassador for the Kids, Cops & Computers program on Friday before following up with a fun event for his fans on a perfect Saturday in Toronto.

Gay invited his followers on social media for a bike ride along Toronto’s Waterfront and brought teammates DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray, Quincy Acy, Dwight Buycks and Chris Wright with him.

Check out some of the highlights from the #RideWithRG below…

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Amir Johnson Brings Drake To The People

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Need another reason why Amir Johnson remains a huge Raptors fan favourite? How about celebrating the release of Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same” by buying every copy of the Toronto superstar’s CD from two local stores on Tuesday and then giving them away to his followers in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Hey, a man’s got to do something before the Zombie Walk returns. More from Amir’s latest awesome gesture to his fans below.

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Raptors Offer Camp Experience Unlike Any Other

Here’s another guest post from MLSE Foundation Community Manager Kate Gustafson on this year’s edition of the Raptors Basketball Academy.

Since its inception in 2006, the Raptors Basketball Academy has been the only authentic NBA instructional camp in Canada. It’s a perfect fit for players who want to develop proper habits and build confidence, all the while taking part in a unique Raptors experience.

The camp is designed to give boys and girls, entry level and intermediate levels, the opportunity to develop their shooting, passing, ball handling and defense skills. The academy ...

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The (Long) Weekend In Raptors Photos

The Raptors may not be playing right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re not keeping tabs on them all over the world.

Straight from Lithuanian news site lrytas.lt, it appears that Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas is engaged. Congrats to the big man!

Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan was kicking it back home in California. Not surprisingly, this got posted to his instagram account after a late night workout at his alma mater of USC.

Rudy Gay was also putting in work this weekend, heading to beautiful Milan to represent the NBA at the NBA 3X ...

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Take Amir Out To The Ball Game…

The season may be over, but Amir Johnson remains one of Toronto’s great ambassadors. Check him out below at a recent Blue Jays game where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Be sure to follow Amir on his official Instagram account for more great photos.

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Raptors Win Fifth Straight. Questions Start Now.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

Four and 19.

No matter how you look at, the Raptors disappointing 34-48 season turned on the club’s first 23 games and their inability to win more than four of them.

But there are other numbers as well.

Start with 18-17. That’s the club’s record since they acquired Rudy Gay on January 30.

How about 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Those are Gay’s numbers as a Raptor.

There are more. Amir Johnson’s career best 10 points ...

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Raptors Crush Hawks For Fourth Straight Win

ATLANTA (CP) — The Atlanta Hawks want to be well-rested for the playoffs.

They certainly didn’t use up any energy Tuesday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Toronto Raptors ran all over the playoff-bound Hawks, 113-96.

The Raptors made two-thirds of their shots in the first half, sprinting to a 68-51 lead as DeRozan scored 19 points and Gay chipped in with 17. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

“I’m going to err on ...

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Pre-Game With Amir Johnson At ACC

Amir Johnson sat down with me pre-game before the Raptors host the Bulls at ACC (7 PM, TSN2, AM 610 CKTB).

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Making The Most Of Amir With A Camera…

Amir Johnson is guaranteed to bring maximum effort every night on the court, but we also know that we’re guaranteed to get a few great moments from Amir between the whistles and off the court.

Last night, Amir dropped a prime example, when this happened:

Even better? The NBA Photographer working in Chicago for Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel got this great shot of Amir gone shutterbug on-court…

So we took that photo, and cropped out Amir…

And put him in the situation we felt was most awesome….

The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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