Raptors Show Some Growth In Win Over Rockets

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An astute observation from our #RTZ Tweet of the Night winner @BarryMRubin, which certainly held up as DeRozan turned in a potent performance at both ends of the floor in the Raptors’ 116-98 win over the visiting Rockets at ACC on Wednesday.

DeRozan’s recent resurgence, with six outings of at least 20 points in his last eight games after a very tough start, has been emblematic of this years Raptors, who are proving to be increasingly difficult to pin down and rounding into form.

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Raptors Aim For Revenge In Rematch With Rockets

 

Andrea Bargnani is nearing a return to the Raptors.

Head coach Dwane Casey did not offer an exact return date for the team’s leading scorer after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at ACC, but did reveal that Bargnani is expected to be a full participant in Thursday’s practice. How Bargnani’s calf responds to that full contact workout (and likely another practice on Friday), will be key to determining if he can return at some point this weekend with games in Detroit on Saturday or at home Sunday against the Bucks.

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Raptors Ramp It Up In Fourth To Drop Hornets

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Not exactly a textbook win for the Raptors, but they’ll take it as they split a back-to-back on the road with a 95-84 victory over the Hornets.

The focus was undoubtedly on DeMar DeRozan after a fourth-quarter benching in Houston on Tuesday was followed by a post-game social media faux pas that was quickly deleted. After an internal discussion with head coach Dwane Casey before Wednesday’s game, DeRozan proceeded to deliver a balanced performance with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists.

But after an brutal third-quarter offensive drought saw the Raptors ...

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Looking Ahead To The Rockets

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C).
HOU– Kyle Lowry (G), Kevin Martin (G), Chandler Parsons (F), Luis Scola (F), Samuel Dalembert (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out,  Solomon Alabi (viral infection) – out, Linas Kleiza (sore left ankle) – probable
HOU – Jordan Hill (sprained MCL in right knee)

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Raptors Win Second Straight, But Lose Bargnani…

Just an unbelievably bittersweet result from the Raptors on Wednesday night, as they leave it all on the floor in the second game of a back-to-back in Utah.

They’ll take the well-earned 111-106 double overtime road win to end their recent futility against the Jazz, but the greater concern has to be the well-being of Andrea Bargnani, who was forced to leave the first overtime period after aggravating his left calf strain.

According to @RaptorsPR, Bargnani will be re-examined tomorrow in Denver and we’ll bring you any updates as soon as we ...

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Kleiza Returns & Your Reaction

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Wednesday saw the return of Raptors forward Linas Kleiza to the lineup after nearly a year away from game action following microfracture knee surgery and the versatile forward provided a big boost off the bench with 10 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

“I feel good, it’s fun to be back,” said Kleiza post-game. “Of course the game didn’t end the way anybody wanted but for me personally, after a year off, it feels good to be back.

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