Game Day: Raptors vs. Celtics

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Key questions as the Raptors return to Air Canada Centre for their first preseason home game against their divisional foes from Boston (7:30 PM ET, NBA TV Canada, Sportsnet FAN590 The FAN).

Can The Defence Get Back On Track?

Yes it’s just preseason, but two straight sub par defensive performances haven’t sat well with Dwane Casey. The Raptors head coach said on Thursday his team’s defensive intensity “wasn’t anywhere near where it needed to be,” during Tuesday’s 113-106 road loss to the Kings.

The Raptors put the Kings at the free throw line 50 ...

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Raptors 2014 Season Preview: Shooting Guards & Small Forwards

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After five years of nonstop work and dedication, DeMar DeRozan was rewarded for his efforts in the 2013-2014 season. Being named an All-Star reserve and making it to the playoffs for the first time in his career, DeRozan’s string of wins continued in the summer when he was named to Team USA and won a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup. As the good times multiplied, in true DeRozan fashion, the daily work continued.

When DeRozan inked a four-year contract extension in 2012, many felt it made him overpaid. Today ...

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Team USA Wins Gold As World Cup Wraps Up In Spain

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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