Pre-Game With Head Coach Dwane Casey

I sat down with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey prior to the team’s season opener against the Celtics at ACC (7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590).

 

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Game Preview: Raptors vs. Celtics

The regular season (finally!) gets underway tonight vs. the Boston Celtics (7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590). 

 

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Valanciunas Eager To Build On Rookie Season

Jonas Valanciunas, shown here defending Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic, will see plenty of contact this season.

 

The advice to Jonas Valanciunas from Rudy Gay is simple enough.

“I just tell him be himself,” Gay said. “Dominate.  Be the best big player on the court. Be the best big man on the court.

“Be the person we all know you can be and it‘ll be easy.”

Gay is wrong on one count. It won’t be easy.  Wrestling big men such as Indiana’s Roy Hibbert or the Nets’ Brook Lopez will never be easy.  Never mind that Valanciunas, a Lithuanian who did not play college ball in the U.S., has less experience ...

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New GM Masai Ujiri Plans To Toughen The Troops

Masai Ujiri is careful.

The Raptors 43-year-old President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, the club’s fifth GM, has used a series of measured moves to re-position the team.

He signed rambunctious reserve Tyler Hansbrough and traded centre Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks for a package that came down to three-point shooter Steve Novak, a first-rounder in 2016 and second round picks in 2014 and 2017.

Ujiri retained head coach Dwane Casey, albeit with a reconfigured coaching staff and brought in depth players D.J. Augustin, Austin Daye and Julyan Stone.

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Raptors Preview: We Have Answers

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2013-2014 as a story in search of an ending.

They have an intriguing list of characters and plenty of impending plot twists all of which will result in what?

The team’s first post-season appearance after a five-year hiatus built on the maturation of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as well as an uptick from Rudy Gay?

RELATED: NBA TV Raptors Season Preview

An exciting playoff race entices new general manager Masai Ujiri to stand pat?

A stumble from the gate that prompts Ujiri to dismantle the roster?

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Raptors Maul Grizzlies In Preseason Rout At ACC

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TORONTO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Rudy Gay had 15 against his former team and the Toronto Raptors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-72 on Wednesday night, their fifth straight preseason win.

Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and nine rebounds before leaving with an injury and Terrence Ross scored 10 points for the Raptors (6-1), who led by as many as 39 points.

Austin Daye had 14 points for Toronto, which is 4-0 when scoring 100 points.

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A Closer Look At Season Two Of Open Gym

For those who can’t wait to see more of the #Raptors all access series Open Gym, take a closer look at a scene from the latest Summer League episode featuring DeMar DeRozan both at home and in the gym in Las Vegas.

… and, if you missed it, check out the trailer for Season 2 of Open Gym, which premieres on Oct. 29th at 7 PM ET only on NBA TV Canada.

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Raptors Coaches Open House Helps Grow The Game

As leaders in developing the game of basketball in Canada, the Toronto Raptors hosted over 670 local coaches at their annual Coaches’ Open House at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors Coaches’ Open House is a free program that offers local coaches of all levels the opportunity to learn from team coaches and special guests.

RELATED: Photo Gallery From Raptors Coaches Open House

Local coaches gained expertise on nutrition and injury prevention, and learned how practices are executed at the professional level through on-court drill demonstrations.

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Post-Shootaround Notes From Boston

News/notes ahead of tonight’s Raptors preseason opener against the Celtics at TD Garden (7:30 PM ET)

Familiar Five:  Head coach Dwane Casey has said he intends to use the preseason to mix and match lineups, but expect the Raptors to start with the same group that finished last season in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.

Pair Of Ex-Pacers:  That being said, Casey has always placed a greater emphasis on who finishes games for him and really feels that he’s got some  reserves at his disposal who can ...

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Raptors Camp Wraps In Halifax With Intra-Squad Game

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Some thoughts after Team Black’s 92-64 win over Team Gray in a spirited Raptors intra-squad game to wrap up Training Camp in Halifax.

- Yes, it was just an intra-squad scrimmage. No, it shouldn’t diminish DeMar DeRozan taking four three-pointers on Saturday and drilling a three of them on his way to a game-high 21 points.

Long distance shooting has been a huge focal point for DeRozan this past offseason, as he attempts to improve upon his 28.3 per cent shooting from behind the arc in 2012-13 (a career-best mark).

RELATED: More Intra-Squad Video From Halifax

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