Team USA Wins Gold As World Cup Wraps Up In Spain


Thanks to their most dominant performance of the entire World Cup, Team USA collected gold medals on Sunday after a 129-92 dismantling of Serbia. While Serbia made their first seven field goals and jumped out to an early lead, Kyrie Irving quickly led USA on a 15-0 run to take control. Team USA wouldn’t look back and the game was wrapped up by halftime with the Americans holding a 67-41 lead.

Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan logged nearly 14 minutes against Serbia, finishing with 10 points, a rebound, an assist and ...

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Team USA Advances To World Cup Finals


Thanks to a Thursday evening victory against Lithuania, Team USA moves on to Sunday’s World Cup gold medal game. Bouncing back from an ugly first half, USA used a huge third quarter to pull away from Lithuania and finish with a dominant 96-68 victory.

After the game, USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski praised the competitive spirit of his opponent.

“It’s always an honour to play against Lithuania,” Krzyzewski said. “What a great basketball country.

“For us they were more than a worthy opponent tonight. They’re a really good opponent. We fouled like crazy. ...

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Lithuania & Team USA Advance To Semifinals


Toronto Raptors fans will have two very good reasons to turn into Thursday’s World Cup semifinal match up between Lithuania and Team USA. After Lithuania’s 73-61 victory over Turkey and USA’s 119-76 dismantling of Slovenia on Tuesday afternoon, the two nations will face off for an opportunity to make it to Sunday’s gold medal game.

Valanciunas came up big for Lithuania in Tuesday’s victory, posting a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double in 27 minutes. He shot 5-for-9 from the floor. Renaldas Seibutis led Lithuania with 19 points and Martynas Pocius added 13.

While Lithuania trailed early in the game, they were able to ...

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DeRozan And Valanciunas Set For Round Of 16 In Spain


FIBA World Cup action picks up on Saturday when Round of 16 play opens. Team USA will face off against Mexico at 10 a.m. while Lithuania will be playing New Zealand on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

We’re a week into the World Cup and things are going according to plan for Team USA and Lithuania. With both teams winning their respective groups in the opening round, they will continue on when the Round of 16 starts on Saturday.

Not surprisingly, Team USA rolled over each of their opponents in opening-round play. ...

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Mermuys On An Offseason Of Work With The Raptors


Assistant coaches usually live in the background. Putting in hours around the clock to help players improve, their work doesn’t make headlines and is rarely mentioned beneath them. Looking around a Las Vegas gym full of NBA stars representing their country at USA Basketball training camp, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jesse Mermuys blends into the background. After spending the offseason training with him, DeMar DeRozan wanted to give Mermuys some shine, sending a reporter to him for the lowdown on their summer sessions.

Talking to Mermuys meant tracking his journey to ...

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Growth Of DeMar DeRozan Recognized By His Peers


From the moment the Toronto Raptors drafted DeMar DeRozan, coaches and teammates raved about his work ethic. Through four frustrating years of team struggles and scrutiny, DeRozan attacked every offseason, kept working and believed it would pay off.

After inking a four-year, $38 million contract extension in 2012 he heard the critics. People questioned the team’s decision to reward a young player who, up to that point, hadn’t been able to elevate his team to the postseason. Opting to keep his focus on the things he could control, the contract brought ...

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Caboclo Impresses Raptors Veterans In Summer League Debut


The Toronto Raptors kicked off their 2014 Las Vegas Summer League campaign on a high note with an 89-78 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Fridayafternoon.

While reserve John Shurna led the way with a team-high 21 points (tying Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson’s total), it was the play of rookie Bruno Caboclo that had Raptors veterans talking.

Seated courtside, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and freshly re-signed Kyle Lowry were on hand to assess the performance of their team.

“He’s good,” Johnson said. “He’s long, athletic. ...

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Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?


As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today.  The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.

So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?

Toronto fans would remember three very well.

It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
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State Farm® Shows Raptors Were Born To Assist™in 2013-14


Early on during the 2013-14 season, the Raptors didn’t exactly appear born to assist. With an offence geared around two high-volume scorers, the Raptors ranked last in the NBA in total assists for November and stumbled out of the gate to a 6-12 record.

After a seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings on December 9th however, everything changed. Nearly instantly, the Raptors placed an increased emphasis on sharing the ball and the results were spectacular. With a reconfigured starting five and essentially a whole new bench in place, the Raptors led ...

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Cohesive Raptors Adopt Personality Of Their Coach


There are two things players see as they are exiting the Toronto Raptors locker room on a game night. Taped to the door is a printout containing the names and photos of the three officials working the game. To the left of the door is a 1300-pound boulder.

That boulder has been there since head coach Dwane Casey took over in 2011. Knowing he was entering a rebuilding opportunity, it served as a physical reminder of the mantra he hoped would guide his team through growing pains.

The Raptors are not the ...

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