Raptors 2014 Season Preview: Point Guards

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The most important moment in the Toronto Raptors’ offseason came late into the night on July 2. That, of course, was when Kyle Lowry made the decision to re-sign with the Raptors.

While DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ sole All-Star last season, there wasn’t a player more integral to the team’s success than its starting point guard. Coming off his strongest season in the league, with the memory of a postseason that ended too soon still fresh in his mind, the 27-year-old Lowry has spent his summer training in hopes of advancing ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: A Brief History Of Thievery After Twenty

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With a month until the 2014 Draft, speculation about the first overall pick is heating up. Predictions about how the lottery will shake out are changing daily. As we mentioned in Part 1 of our draft primer, there have been plenty of solid players selected with the 20th pick, which is where the Toronto Raptors will be drafting in the first round, barring a trade.

In the 19 years since the team’s inception, here’s a look at the best post-20th pick draft-day steals.

1995

Michael Finley’s 15-year career started in Phoenix when he ...

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State Farm® Shows Raptors Were Born To Assist™in 2013-14

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Early on during the 2013-14 season, the Raptors didn’t exactly appear born to assist. With an offence geared around two high-volume scorers, the Raptors ranked last in the NBA in total assists for November and stumbled out of the gate to a 6-12 record.

After a seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings on December 9th however, everything changed. Nearly instantly, the Raptors placed an increased emphasis on sharing the ball and the results were spectacular. With a reconfigured starting five and essentially a whole new bench in place, the Raptors led ...

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This Week In Raptors Off-Court Performances…

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#1 – Landry Fields: Clutch performance by Landry on the upcoming ABC series Sing Your Face Off. After you come to grips with the fact that this is actually happening, you’ll notice that Fields kills it with his performance of Lionel Richie’s classic “Dancing On The Ceiling”. It’s impressive to go from one huge stage to another singing and dancing like this, but take into account the heavy makeup, wig, mustache and shoulder pads that would be Crockett and Tubbs approved. We may possibly be looking at the new undisputed all-time Raptors off-court ...

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

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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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Greivis Vasquez Drops An All-Time Classic Exit Interview

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From the second he touched down in Toronto after being traded to the Raptors from the Sacramento Kings, Greivis Vasquez has been happy to be here. During his exit interview with members of the Toronto media on Monday afternoon, Vasquez, a self-described emotional guy, didn’t shy back from sharing his love and appreciation of a city he says, “changed his life and recuperated his career.”

Here is the full transcript of Vasquez’ year end interview, what made him fall in love with ...

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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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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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