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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End Of Season Begins A New Chapter For Raptors

Full Season-Ending News Conference Playlists: Bryan Colangelo | Dwane Casey | Raptors Players

There is no blueprint without a beginning.

There can be no beginning without a careful study of a blueprint.

That’s where the Toronto Raptors are right now. They have a blueprint. As of last night’s win over New Jersey, they have their beginning.

This was a different kind of end of season. No one said the club was better than their record. No one is kidding themselves about a quick entry into the league elite. The club finished 23-43.

But ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Bucks

Last Time They Met: Raptors 99, Bucks 105

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
MIL – Brandon Jennings (G), Monta Ellis (G), Luc Mbah a Moute (F), Ersan Ilyasova (F), Drew Gooden (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (swollen right eye) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (sore left calf) – out,

MIL – Carlos Delfino (right groin injury) – day-to-day, Kwame Brown (torn pectoral muscle) – out

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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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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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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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Top Tweets From Canadian Forces Night

 

Well said by #RTZ Tweet of the Night Winner @SoldOnStockdale, after a great night of recognition for the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

On court meanwhile, a familiar script continues for the Raptors, who once again learned the hard way that anything less than four quarters of solid basketball will typically not result in a “W” — especially against a contending unit like the league-leading Bulls.

Even without reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the lineup, Chicago put on an astounding display beginning at the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter, ...

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Close…. Again…

Our winning #RTZ Tweet from Monday courtesy of @TTOTambz is right. To see JJ Redick join a growing rogues gallery of Raptors heartbreakers this season seems like a less than deserving fate for a team that’s been outgunned for much of the season, but rarely outworked for over a month now.

But as head coach Dwane Casey pointed out post-game, the fight should be commended but it’s the slip — not the fall — that’s doing the Raptors in. In Monday’s 92-88 loss to the visiting Magic for example, it came ...

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Second-Half Turnaround Powers Raptors Past Warriors

The Raptors received what’s hopefully a lasting lesson in how solid, energetic defence can keep you afloat with an 83-75 win over the Warriors at ACC.

“We found a a way and we did it with our defence,” said Dwane Casey post-game. “There are going to be nights where you can’t buy a bucket, but that is when you have to dig in and trust your defence and we did.”

It certainly wasn’t consistent, as the Raptors came out flat and hit the break trailing 47-38. But Casey proceeded to challenge his ...

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Chatting With James Johnson Pre-Game

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