Game Day: Raptors vs. Celtics

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Key questions as the Raptors return to Air Canada Centre for their first preseason home game against their divisional foes from Boston (7:30 PM ET, NBA TV Canada, Sportsnet FAN590 The FAN).

Can The Defence Get Back On Track?

Yes it’s just preseason, but two straight sub par defensive performances haven’t sat well with Dwane Casey. The Raptors head coach said on Thursday his team’s defensive intensity “wasn’t anywhere near where it needed to be,” during Tuesday’s 113-106 road loss to the Kings.

The Raptors put the Kings at the free throw line 50 […]

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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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Mermuys On An Offseason Of Work With The Raptors

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Assistant coaches usually live in the background. Putting in hours around the clock to help players improve, their work doesn’t make headlines and is rarely mentioned beneath them. Looking around a Las Vegas gym full of NBA stars representing their country at USA Basketball training camp, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jesse Mermuys blends into the background. After spending the offseason training with him, DeMar DeRozan wanted to give Mermuys some shine, sending a reporter to him for the lowdown on their summer sessions.

Talking to Mermuys meant tracking his journey to […]

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Caboclo Impresses Raptors Veterans In Summer League Debut

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The Toronto Raptors kicked off their 2014 Las Vegas Summer League campaign on a high note with an 89-78 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Fridayafternoon.

While reserve John Shurna led the way with a team-high 21 points (tying Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson’s total), it was the play of rookie Bruno Caboclo that had Raptors veterans talking.

Seated courtside, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and freshly re-signed Kyle Lowry were on hand to assess the performance of their team.

“He’s good,” Johnson said. “He’s long, athletic. […]

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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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Lowry Joins NBA TV Panel, Would Rather Be Playing

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If Kyle Lowry had his way, he would have just returned to Toronto after playing two games against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Of course, with the Toronto Raptors dropping a 104-103 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 last Sunday, Lowry’s summer has started a bit earlier than he had hoped. The point guard hasn’t totally clocked out for vacation yet, though.

The self-described basketball junkie made time to join the NBA TV Gametime crew on Thursday night. When Lowry isn’t playing basketball, he’s watching it, […]

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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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Behind The Scenes Of A Raptors Return To The Playoffs

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The Raptors 7 Game Series through my Blackberry Z30. Great memories, fun times and tremendous fans….Enjoy!

 

It’s like this Tonight @Raptors #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/v1ZRvO6u7f — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 22, 2014

 

@Raptors prep for Game 3 v @BrooklynNets in Barclays practice court, which could double as Night Club #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/slfIt2BxsL — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 24, 2014

 

Yes, we are here for Game 3 @Raptors vs @Brooklynnets 7pm on @TSN_sports #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/6KcwqrFTSb — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 25, 2014

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Casey Earns New Deal After Raptors Make Strides

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Watch Ujiri & Casey News Conference | Players Interviews | “Thank You” To Fans

It took less than 48 hours after the end of the Toronto Raptors season for the team to lock up head coach Dwane Casey to a three-year deal. If general manager Masai Ujiri had his way, it could have happened sooner.

“I’ll be honest with you guys,” Ujiri said. “The first time I went to coach Casey with this and we talked about this… coach Casey was the first one to say, ‘let’s do it after the season.’

“I […]

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