Raptors Can’t Hold Lead In Road Loss To Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND (CP) — Kyrie Irving isn’t the only Cavaliers guard with killer instinct on the court.

When the game’s on the line, Dion Waiters wants the spotlight — and the ball.

“I live for that,” the rookie said.

Waiters scored 23 points, his last two coming on a crucial jumper with 1:43 left, Shaun Livingston added 15 and Cleveland overcame a horrendous start to win its second straight game without an injured Irving, 103-92 over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Cavs made only one of their first 15 shots, but recovered ...

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Raptors Come Out Flat In Loss To Wizards

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TORONTO (CP) — With just 25 games left in the regular season, and the Toronto Raptors trying to claw their way into a playoff spot, there is no room for coasting.

Dwane Casey knows it, and he definitely let his players know it after the Raptors’ ugly 90-84 loss at home Monday to the Washington Wizards — the worst road team in the NBA.

“It was a stinker. They whupped us, they outworked us,” Casey said. “We tried to turn it on, turn it off. They got us. They kicked our ...

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Raptors Ready To Push Forward Largely Unchanged

What you see is what you get.

With just a minor tweak at back-up point guard, the Toronto Raptors are moving ahead with a pat hand.

Yesterday in the shadow of the NBA trade deadline the club added 27-year-old Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a conditional second-rounder and centre Hamed Haddadi.

Haddadi is a holdover from the deal that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto from Memphis.

Telfair is on an expiring contract but nicely fills a need for a pass-inclined point guard behind starter Kyle Lowry and shot-happy John Lucas ...

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Raptors Can’t Win Defensive Slugfest Against Grizzlies

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TORONTO (CP) — Rudy Gay’s former team showed it still knows him better than his new team does.

Gay was held to just 13 points and three assists as the Toronto Raptors fell 88-82 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

“It was emotional, a little bit, it was good to see the guys,” said Gay, “but at the end of the day it was one of those things where we still thought we could win.”

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he felt sorry for Gay, who entered the game averaging 21.1 ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Wizards

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 92 Knicks 88

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Raptors Outlast Knicks At MSG To Extend Streak

NEW YORK — No big shots from Rudy Gay on this night. He hardly made any shots at all.

Neither did Carmelo Anthony, bothered by what he called a dead arm after being hit in the biceps early in the game.

Toronto won the battle of supporting casts, and the game.

Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.

DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, ...

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Raptors Edge Nuggets Thanks To Game Winner From Gay

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TORONTO (CP) — After spending much of the fourth quarter fastened to the bench with foul trouble, Rudy Gay couldn’t wait to get back in the game and make the big shot.

When Raptors head coach Dwane Casey could finally put him back in, Gay didn’t disappoint. He drained the winning bucket with 4.8 seconds to play and Toronto won its third straight by defeating the short-handed Denver Nuggets 109-108 on Tuesday night.

“My hands were sweating, I couldn’t stop moving my legs. I was itching to get back in,” said ...

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Ross Ready To Soar At Slam Dunk Contest

It’s been 25 years but Raptors coach Dwane Casey can access the moment in a heartbeat.

The year is 1988 and Casey is an assistant to coach Eddie Sutton at the University of Kentucky. Shawn Kemp, a six-foot-eleven forward destined to be an NBA All-Star soars for a dunk in an exhibition game against a touring Russian team.

“They had a big kid, a seven plus,” Casey remembered. “It seemed like Shawn just kept going up and up and up. He jumped over the guy and dunked it. It was one of ...

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Raptors Dealt Costly Loss To Celtics After Latest Collapse

 

TORONTO (CP) — As unhappy as Dwane Casey was with Toronto’s loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the coach may have been just as disappointed with the welcome back Andrea Bargnani received from Raptors fans.

The Italian big man played for the first time since missing 26 games with an elbow injury, and checked in to a mixed reception of boos and cheers in Toronto’s 99-95 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Numerous fans stood and gave two thumbs-down signs.

“I’m disappointed because this young man has done nothing to deserve that,” ...

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Pre-Game With DeRozan At ACC

DeMar DeRozan is coming off a strong performance agaisnt the Miami Heat and I sat down with him prior to the Raptors matchup against the Celtics at ACC (7PM, Sportsnet, FAN590).

 

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