Team USA Wins Gold As World Cup Wraps Up In Spain

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Thanks to their most dominant performance of the entire World Cup, Team USA collected gold medals on Sunday after a 129-92 dismantling of Serbia. While Serbia made their first seven field goals and jumped out to an early lead, Kyrie Irving quickly led USA on a 15-0 run to take control. Team USA wouldn’t look back and the game was wrapped up by halftime with the Americans holding a 67-41 lead.

Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan logged nearly 14 minutes against Serbia, finishing with 10 points, a rebound, an assist and ...

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Team USA Advances To World Cup Finals

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Thanks to a Thursday evening victory against Lithuania, Team USA moves on to Sunday’s World Cup gold medal game. Bouncing back from an ugly first half, USA used a huge third quarter to pull away from Lithuania and finish with a dominant 96-68 victory.

After the game, USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski praised the competitive spirit of his opponent.

“It’s always an honour to play against Lithuania,” Krzyzewski said. “What a great basketball country.

“For us they were more than a worthy opponent tonight. They’re a really good opponent. We fouled like crazy. ...

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Lithuania & Team USA Advance To Semifinals

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Toronto Raptors fans will have two very good reasons to turn into Thursday’s World Cup semifinal match up between Lithuania and Team USA. After Lithuania’s 73-61 victory over Turkey and USA’s 119-76 dismantling of Slovenia on Tuesday afternoon, the two nations will face off for an opportunity to make it to Sunday’s gold medal game.

Valanciunas came up big for Lithuania in Tuesday’s victory, posting a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double in 27 minutes. He shot 5-for-9 from the floor. Renaldas Seibutis led Lithuania with 19 points and Martynas Pocius added 13.

While Lithuania trailed early in the game, they were able to ...

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DeRozan And Valanciunas Set For Round Of 16 In Spain

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FIBA World Cup action picks up on Saturday when Round of 16 play opens. Team USA will face off against Mexico at 10 a.m. while Lithuania will be playing New Zealand on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

We’re a week into the World Cup and things are going according to plan for Team USA and Lithuania. With both teams winning their respective groups in the opening round, they will continue on when the Round of 16 starts on Saturday.

Not surprisingly, Team USA rolled over each of their opponents in opening-round play. ...

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Raptors End Summer League On A Winning Note

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After a string of frustrating losses, the Toronto Raptors are leaving Las Vegas with a victory.

Playing the Los angeles Clippers in their summer league finale, the Raptors picked up a 64-60 victory thanks to a double-double performance from second-round draft pick DeAndre Daniels.

Daniels led Toronto with a game-high 15 points and 14 rebounds. He also had two blocked shots as the Raptors finished their week with a 2-3 record.

“I feel like I did a good job rebounding the ball pretty well,” Daniels said. “That was one of my main focuses ...

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James Johnson Ready To Play Needed Role In Return To Raptors

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In their first-round match up against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors were reminded of the importance of having a lockdown wing defender. On Tuesday afternoon, they added an athletic stopper with the signing of former Raptor James Johnson.

“We are happy to have James return to our club, Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri said. “He provides us with size at small forward and gives us additional depth up front.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward, started last season playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League before being ...

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Nogueira Thrilled For New NBA Opportunity With Raptors

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When Lucas Nogueira was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2013 NBA Draft,  he created one of the best moments of the night when he tried — unsuccessfully — to get his draft hat to fit over his hair.

A year later, Nogueira is a Toronto Raptor and he would like everyone to know he’s pretty psyched about it.

“So happy,” he said. “It made me sad when the Hawks traded me. I was surprised, sad and mad. But when I heard about the trade to Toronto I’m so happy, because ...

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Flat Effort From Raptors Results In Lopsided Summer League Loss

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One day after debuting at Las Vegas Summer League with a win, the Toronto Raptors came out flat against the Denver Nuggets and were handed a 110-82 loss on Friday afternoon.

In their second game in as many days, the Raptors came out flat to start and allowed the Nuggets to race out to a 32-15 lead after the opening quarter. With summer league coach Jesse Mermuys going deep into his bench throughout the game, Toronto couldn’t slow Denver’s Gary Harris (game-high 33 points) and Quincy Miller (23 points on 5-for-9 ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: Mining For Talent At Twenty

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When the 2014 draft rolls around on June 26, for the first time since 2008 the Toronto Raptors will likely not have a lottery pick. Having made the postseason after a five-year drought, barring a trade, Toronto is slated to pick 20th.

It’s not often that the Raptors are situated here. In the 2008 draft, they selected Roy Hibbert at 17, but this was part of a prearranged deal with the Indiana Pacers for Jermaine ...

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With An Eye On Continuity, Raptors Target Offseason Priorities

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For DeMar DeRozan, locker room clean-out day has always been unpleasant. In addition to having to remove your workout gear from the locker that has been the home away from home, it means standing in front of media members to detail what went wrong. It means talking about failures and shortcomings and trying to explain why goals were not accomplished while trying to deal with the disappointment of the season ending.

This year, it was different.

Losing out on advancing to the conference semifinals by a single point, Sunday’s game was fresh ...

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