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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May 12th Declared “Raptors Day” In Recognition Of Memorable Season

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Related: View Official Proclamation | Video: Raptors Day Recap | Casey | Vasquez

One solid way to kick off the week is to spend Monday morning watching Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announce that May 12, 2014 is Raptors Day.

Joining Kelly at Nathan Phillips Square were Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and point guard Greivis Vasquez. While Kelly presented the team with an official proclamation, the team presented Kelly with a personalized Raptors jersey. Kelly didn’t waste any time taking off his suit jacket to put it on.

“It’s big time,” ...

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Cohesive Raptors Adopt Personality Of Their Coach

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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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Behind The Scenes Of A Raptors Return To The Playoffs

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The Raptors 7 Game Series through my Blackberry Z30. Great memories, fun times and tremendous fans….Enjoy!

 

It’s like this Tonight @Raptors #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/v1ZRvO6u7f — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 22, 2014

 

@Raptors prep for Game 3 v @BrooklynNets in Barclays practice court, which could double as Night Club #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/slfIt2BxsL — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 24, 2014

 

Yes, we are here for Game 3 @Raptors vs @Brooklynnets 7pm on @TSN_sports #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/6KcwqrFTSb — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 25, 2014

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Casey Earns New Deal After Raptors Make Strides

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Watch Ujiri & Casey News Conference | Players Interviews | “Thank You” To Fans

It took less than 48 hours after the end of the Toronto Raptors season for the team to lock up head coach Dwane Casey to a three-year deal. If general manager Masai Ujiri had his way, it could have happened sooner.

“I’ll be honest with you guys,” Ujiri said. “The first time I went to coach Casey with this and we talked about this… coach Casey was the first one to say, ‘let’s do it after the season.’

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Raptors Disappointed In Game 7 Loss, But Encouraged By Journey

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Recap | More From MacKenzie: Heartbreak To End Season | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

The scene in the Toronto Raptors locker room after their 104-103 series-ending loss to the Brooklyn Nets was a reflection of a team that had taken everyone by surprise.

As the media horde waited inside an adjacent room for the okay to enter, there were wives, girlfriends and fiancees, mothers, fathers and children streaming through the hallway into the family room until their husband/boyfriend/son/father finished with his media obligations.

When the media were finally allowed in, the ...

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Heartbreak In Game Seven Ends Unexpected Raptors Season

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Recap | Box Score | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

As the final buzzer sounded and the Brooklyn Nets celebrated a 104-103 Game 7 victory and series win, DeMar DeRozan immediately went to Kyle Lowry, still lying on the floor after missing what would have been the game-winning shot. The Toronto Raptors point guard had the ball with 6.2 seconds remaining to extend their season.

While Nets head coach Jason Kidd ran to hug Deron Williams and former Raptor Alan Anderson raised both arms above his head, Lowry covered his face ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 7

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MacKenzie: Move On Or Stay Home | Raptors Game Notes | Nets Game Notes | Latest Video

REMINDER: Plan ahead for #Toronto road closures if you're coming down to Game 7 http://t.co/3NeYhNovM0 Arrive early! #WeTheNorth #RTZ

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 4, 2014

Series: Tied 3-3

After 82 regular-season games and six postseason contests against the Brooklyn Nets, everything the Toronto Raptors have worked for comes down Game 7.

With a victory, the Raptors will move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face the Miami Heat. With a loss, they will clean out their lockers, ...

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Move On Or Stay Home: Raptors Calm On Eve Of Game Seven

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Saturday’s Practice Video | More From MacKenzie | Round One Broadcast & Giveaway Schedule

Meeting with the media a little less than 24 hours before Game 7 will tip off, the Toronto Raptors sounded calm.

After the flight back to Toronto and a practice/film session to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Raptors had washed off the disappointment from their Game 6 loss.

Fully aware they didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to close out the Nets, the message for Sunday is clear: Get a win or spend a summer ...

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Nets’ Best Shot Hits Raptors Hard In Game Six

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Game Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery | Video Highlights & Post-Game Reaction

The Toronto Raptors talked a good game the day before taking on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 6. Unfortunately, saying and thinking all of the right things didn’t translate to doing them and the Nets defeated the Raptors 97-83 at Barclays Center.

“We should’ve known they were going to come out throwing haymakers and we weren’t ready for it until the second half,” DeMar DeRozan said.

While DeRozan led the Raptors with 28 points, Kyle Lowry was held to ...

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