An Eye-Opener On The Road

When an undermanned lottery-bound team knocks off a high-seeded playoff-bound squad it’s easy to dismiss it as an aberration. But the Raptors have now done it for two straight games after Sunday’s 102-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and the big question is how?

“Believe me if I knew, I’d bottle it and we would have been doing it earlier in the year,” said head coach Dwane Casey when asked post-game to explain the effort he’s seeing from a group missing three several key pieces.

What’s clear is that the Raptors have ...

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Life On The Second Bus: Atlanta

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
ATL – Jeff Teague (G), Kirk Hinrich (G), Joe Johnson (G), Josh Smith (F), Zaza Pachulia (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – out, Jose Calderon (cut, right eye) – Out
ATL – Al Horford (left pectoral surgery) – out

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Roller-Coaster Season Comes To An End For Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani was shut down for the remainder of the season by the Raptors on Friday and according to head coach Dwane Casey, the move simply makes sense when you consider the potential risks with putting him back on court.

“[It's] logical yes, for us as an organization because the injury is still there and the risk versus reward of him continuing to play and injuring it again, possibly tearing it,” Casey said prior to Friday’s game against the Celtics.

Bargnani, who finishes his season with averages of 19.5 points and 5.6 ...

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DeRozan Leads The Way On One Freaky Friday

The disparities between the two clubs coming into Friday’s game couldn’t have been more pronounced.

The Celtics hit Toronto as one of the hottest teams in the league with 19 wins in their last 26 games to put them back atop the Atlantic Division and in position to have home court advantage to start the upcoming post-season. The absence of sharpshooter Ray Allen was glaring but certainly mitigated by the insertion of blossoming defensive stopper Avery Bradley into the starting five and the recent incredible play of point guard Rajon ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Celtics

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
BOS – Rajon Rondo (G), Avery Bradley (G), Paul Pierce (F), Brandon Bass (F), Kevin Garnett (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – out, Jose Calderon (cut, right eye) – game-time decision
BOS – Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) – out, Ray Allen (sore right ankle) – day-to-day

Last Time They Met: Celtics 74, Raptors 86

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Ask Jack: April 10

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Game Day: Raptors @ Pacers

Last Time They Met: Pacers 95, Raptors 90

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
IND – Darren Collison (G), Paul George (G), Danny Granger (F), David West (F), Roy Hibbert (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – day-to-day
IND – None

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Top Tweets From A Rough Night In OKC

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Raptors Collapse In Fourth Against Cavaliers

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With NBA D-Leaguers occupying most of the depth at the point guard position and both teams featuring some significant NBA talent on the sidelines, it’s difficult to determine just how much stock to put into the Raptors’ 84-80 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.

But the Raptors did appear to have advantages in terms of remaining talent, home court and momentum heading into Friday’s game, which makes their fourth-quarter collapse an extension of a maddening ability to remain consistently inconsistent.

“A lot of ours [mistakes] were self-inflicted,” Casey said post-game. “Cleveland came ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

Last Time They Met: Raptors 96, Cavaliers 88

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
CLE – Donald Sloan (G), Anthony Parker (G), Alonzo Gee (F), Antawn Jamison (F), Tristan Thompson (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Gary Forbes (sore left knee) – day-to-day
CLE – Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture (non-displaced)) – out, Daniel Gibson (torn tendon-left foot/ankle) – out, Kyrie Irving (contused/sprained right shoulder) – out

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