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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Raptors In The Zone Late To Outlast Nuggets At ACC

Some quick hits on a solid 105-96 win for the Raptors over the Nuggets at ACC on Wednesday.

Bargnani Back?: This was a resurgent effort for Andrea Bargnani with 26 points on 50 per cent shooting from the field. He was aggressive going to the rim early, which helped get him to the line 12 times on the night. He also surpassed 6,000 points for his NBA career by the second quarter, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history to do so.

His only 3-point makes of the night came during ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nuggets

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
DEN – Ty Lawson (G), Aaron Afflalo (G), Wilson Chandler (F), Kenneth Faried (F), JaVale McGee (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – out, DeMar DeRozan (left ankle injury) – day-to-day
DEN – Andre Miller – (right shoulder separation) – day-to-day, Danilo Gallinari (left thumb fracture) – day-to-day, Rudy Fernandez (low back strain) – out

Last Time They Met: Raptors 81, Nuggets 96

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Raptors Disappear Early In Latest Meeting With Magic

The Raptors’ search for consistency continues as Monday’s disappointing 117-101 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic comes hot on the heels of two of their finest consecutive efforts of the season.

Injuries? To be sure. But the absences of DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless weren’t an excuse Saturday when the Raptors pushed the league-leading Bulls to the limit in an overtime road loss. The Raptors even had Bayless back briefly for this one, with the guard putting up six points and four assists in a hurry before a flare up ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Magic

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
ORL – Jameer Nelson (G), Jason Richardson (G), Hedo Turkoglu (F), Ryan Anderson (F), Dwight Howard(C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – day-to-day, DeMar DeRozan (left ankle injury) – day-to-day
ORL – None

Last Time They Met: Raptors 88, Magic 92

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Wild One In The Windy City

 

What a game.

The final score simply will signify another loss in a season chock full of them for the Raptors, but Saturday’s 102-101 OT loss to the Bulls in Chicago was quite possibly the Raptors most memorable effort of the season.

Down a couple more key players in DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless, the Raptors eight-man rotation let it all hang out against the league’s top team on the road, in the second night of a back-to-back and in their fourth game in five nights.

“Our guys fought out there all night,” ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Bulls

Last Time They Met: Raptors 84, Bulls 92

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C).
CHI – C.J. Watson (G), Ronnie Brewer (G), Luol Deng (F), Carlos Boozer (F), Luol Deng (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (left hip pointer) – day-to-day, DeMar DeRozan (left ankle injury) – questionable
CHI – Richard Hamilton (right shoulder) – out, Luol Deng (left wrist) – day-to-day, Derrick Rose (right groin) – day-to-day, C.J. Watson (left ankle) – day-to-day

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Raptors Show Some Grit In Big Win Over Knicks

 

A simple statement from our #RTZ Tweet of the Night winner @Liston, but one that speaks volumes about two distinct and clashing trains of thought present in the Raptors’ 96-79 win over the Knicks on Friday at ACC.

First the Linsanity portion, which saw large pockets of the sellout crowd out in force to support Knicks lead guard Jeremy Lin. Groups of fans clearly had planned for this event, as there were shirts and signs that ran the gamut of every terrible pun involving a surname that didn’t resonate quite as ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Knicks

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Amir Johnson (C).
NYK – Jeremy Lin (G), Landry Fields (G), Carmelo Anthony (F), Amar’e Stoudemire (F), Tyson Chandler (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (left hip pointer) – day-to-day
NYK – Jared Jeffries (sore right knee) – questionable, Bill Walker (sore left elbow) – out

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