Throwback Thursday: Big Presence In The Big Easy

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From record-breaking performances to gritty comebacks, the Toronto Raptors have grabbed the respected the attention of NBA family, fans and followers this season. And to top it off, three well deserving hustlers on Canada’s hardwood are packing their bags for the Big Easy, or as Terrence put it…

I'm going to New Orleans, baby! So excited to take flight in the NBA #SpriteSlam Dunk Contest this year. Get ready for a show on Feb.15!

— Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) February 7, 2014

With the presence of three players at All ...

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Throwback Thursday: 40+ Point Props

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Every week, with Thursday waving at me in the distance, I sit down and ponder the next throwback. And every week there are endless options when it comes to making, breaking or taking Raptors franchise records. Why? Because it’s a different kind of season, ain’t it?

Yesterday, NBA diehards took a moment to dwell in the purple and gold nostalgia of eight years prior. It was January 22, 2006 that Kobe Bryant went all superhuman with an 81-point game. That’s second in NBA history just under Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point circus. ...

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Throwback Thursday: And The Award Goes To…

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As we hurdle over the halfway mark of January 2014, the deja vu feeling of a similar month in Raptors history is already poking around.

January 2007: The Toronto Raptors were the talk of the league as the underdogs continued to shake off a sloppy start to the season. They finished the month at .500, stood atop the Atlantic Division and had a chance of making the playoffs for the first time since the ’01/’02 season. Sound familiar?

If that wasn’t positive enough, the Raptors became the first team in ...

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Throwback Thursday: The .500 Mark

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January 1, 2014: As countdown confetti was being swept up and the calendars flipped, the Raptors played the first New Year’s Day home game in franchise history. A sold out hometown crowd entered Air Canada Centre and 2014 with new enthusiasm for their team. Another tough challenge lay ahead for the Raptors with the league-leading Indiana Pacers in town. And once again, in front of dropped-jaw amazement, the Raptors stole the unexpected win with a 95-82 finish. They had won six of their last eight games. This one took them to ...

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Throwback Thursday: All Access

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Nostalgia triggers those ‘I’ll never forget’ moments and looking back on my time with the Raptors organization, some of the best ones were formed when fans were able to interact up close and personal with their idols. They realize that the monsters on the court are just like the rest of us with their drives to get where they are, constant cravings for Ma’s macaroni and cheese or their guilty pleasure of country music (Can you guess what current Raptor falls into the boots and hearts category?).

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Raptors Can’t Crank It Up Against Heat

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On it’s surface it will look like a valiant effort fraught with inevitability. The plucky Raptors did pretty well to hang for as long as they did with the Heat, who simply won out on the backs of their three superior talents.

From a primacy and recency standpoint however, it was a frustrating effort as two solid quarters were bookended by backbreaking runs that put the Raptors in a big hole early and buried them late.

According to head coach Dwane Casey, those Miami surges weren’t mutually exclusive.

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Heat

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Linas Kleiza (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
MIA – Mario Chalmers (G), Dwyane Wade (G), LeBron James (F), Chris Bosh (F), Joel Anthony (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – out, J. Johnson – Upper respiratory infection (day-to-day)
MIA – Mike Miller – (sprained right ankle)

Last Time They Met: Raptors 89, Heat 95

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