Raptors 2014 Season Preview: Bigs

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The Toronto Raptors are banking on consistency and continued development from each of their players this season. While point guard Kyle Lowry and wing DeMar DeRozan led the way in the team’s return to the playoffs after five seasons, it could be big man Jonas Valanciunas who causes heads to turn this year.

Averaging 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and nearly a block per game in his sophomore season, the 22-year-old shot 53 percent from the floor. Valanciunas ranked 80th in Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 with the website noting that he was the only […]

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Raptors 2014 Season Preview: Shooting Guards & Small Forwards

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After five years of nonstop work and dedication, DeMar DeRozan was rewarded for his efforts in the 2013-2014 season. Being named an All-Star reserve and making it to the playoffs for the first time in his career, DeRozan’s string of wins continued in the summer when he was named to Team USA and won a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup. As the good times multiplied, in true DeRozan fashion, the daily work continued.

When DeRozan inked a four-year contract extension in 2012, many felt it made him overpaid. Today […]

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Eager Raptors Look Ahead To A New Season

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Team concludes a busy off-season as Media Day comes to a close

Nearly four months have passed since the Toronto Raptors lost Game 7 to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Listening to the team hold court at its annual media day, that loss felt at once like it was yesterday and forever ago.While the memory of the final seconds of the loss remain fresh in the minds of Raptors players, an offseason of reflecting coupled with a free agency that brought back the team’s core has everyone ready to […]

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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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