Valanciunas, Kleiza Head To Houston With Lithuanian Team

It’s been all draft all the time the last couple of weeks, but let’s not forget about what a big summer of international basketball it’s going to be for some Raptors. Andrea Bargnani will not be a part of the Italian team aiming to qualify for the next EuroBasket tournament, but Jose Calderon will play a key role in Spain’s quest for gold at the Olympic Games and DeMar DeRozan gets a taste of the international stage with the U.S. Select Team.

But keep an eye on Lithuania, where both Linas ...

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Raptors To Pick Eighth After NBA Draft Lottery

There was no NBA Draft Lottery luck for the Raptors on Wednesday, as they remain in the eighth spot following a process that was very much about stone cold probabilities for most part. The Raptors had about a 12 per cent chance to move into the top three picks, a 70 per cent shot of staying eighth and were faced with the very real possibility of falling at least one spot to ninth (16.5 per cent).

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End Of Season Begins A New Chapter For Raptors

Full Season-Ending News Conference Playlists: Bryan Colangelo | Dwane Casey | Raptors Players

There is no blueprint without a beginning.

There can be no beginning without a careful study of a blueprint.

That’s where the Toronto Raptors are right now. They have a blueprint. As of last night’s win over New Jersey, they have their beginning.

This was a different kind of end of season. No one said the club was better than their record. No one is kidding themselves about a quick entry into the league elite. The club finished 23-43.

But ...

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Top #RTZ Tweets From Fanapalooza

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Ending The Season With Coach Casey

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets

Last Time They Met: Raptors 84, Nets 98

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (C)
NJN – Sundiata Gaines (G), Marshon Brooks (G), Gerald Wallace (F), Kris Humphries (F), Jordan Williams (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (swollen right eye) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (sore left calf) – out

NJN – Damion James (right foot surgery) ...

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Ask Jack: Apr. 20, 2012

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Jack Armstrong has answers to more of your recent Raptors questions.

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Game Day: Raptors @ Pistons

Last Time They Met: Raptors 86, Pistons 105

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
DET – Brandon Knight (G), Rodney Stuckey (G), Tayshaun Prince (F), Jason Maxiell (F), Greg Monroe (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (swollen right eye) – day-to-day, Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) – probable, Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (sore left calf) – out,

DET – None

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Game Day: Raptors @ Heat

Last Time They Met: Heat 113, Raptors 101

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
MIA – Mario Chalmers (G), Dwyane Wade (G), LeBron James (F), Chris Bosh (F), Ronny Turiaf (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (swollen right eye) – day-to-day, Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (sore left calf) – out,

MIA – None

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A Good Night For Some Great Fans…

I’m undeniably fortunate to work around this game and this team, but losing isn’t generally all that much fun for anyone involved. It doesn’t change what I do, but I’d be lying if I said the litany of L’s these last two seasons didn’t sometimes overshadow the many things that make this gig great.

Then there are days like Monday, that remind you about how much joy a single game or player can sometimes bring, even if it comes on a night that results in another tough loss like Monday’s 109-87 ...

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