Game Day: Raptors @ Celtics

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Season Series: Raptors 1-1

After a string of slow starts the Toronto Raptors got burned Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clawing back from a terrible first half, they were a botched final possession away from tying or winning the game.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, showing up for anything less than 48 minutes isn’t good enough. Losing to the Cavaliers without Kyrie Irving is a good wake-up call for a team fighting to finish the season in the third spot in the Eastern […]

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Suns

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Season Series: Raptors 0-1

The Toronto Raptors will try to go a perfect 3-0 when they close out this three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Phoenix Suns.

In Toronto’s previous meeting against Phoenix (on Dec. 6), the Suns overwhelmed the Raptors with their speed and handed them their fifth consecutive loss. That was the team’s longest losing streak this season and moved them to 6-12.

In that loss, Markieff Morris led the way with 23 points for the Suns. Amir Johnson scored 22 points for the Raptors. […]

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Raptors Depth Helps Grind Out Key Win Over Pistons

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The Toronto Raptors notched their 36th victory of the season on Wednesday night in a 101-87 win against the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t a particularly pretty game. Neither team shot well. Each team turned the ball over 16 times.

Still, it was an important victory for Toronto because the team is in the home stretch of a playoff run with 19 games remaining. This is new territory for some of these players. They’re learning as they go with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey leading the way.

“A lot […]

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Magic

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From NBA.com: Another strong defensive effort helped the Toronto Raptors bounce back from a rare defeat on their home floor.

It wouldn’t seem they should have trouble getting another home win Sunday night against the Orlando Magic, who could be without leading scorer Arron Afflalo and haven’t won a road game in more than two months.

While Atlantic Division-leading Toronto (30-25) has won 11 of 14 at home, the Southeast-worst Magic have lost 14 straight on the road since winning in Chicago on Dec. 16.

A 94-92 loss […]

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Game Preview: Raptors @ Kings

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From NBA.com: The Toronto Raptors’ decision to trade Rudy Gay was seen largely as a move aimed at financial flexibility.

Since the deal, though, they’ve been one of the better teams in the NBA.

Toronto will face Gay for the first time since trading him when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Gay shifted teams for the second time in less than two seasons as part of a seven-player deal Dec. 9. The trade also saw Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy join him in Sacramento, while […]

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Nets

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Banged up and short-handed, the Raptors brought their hustle and heart trademark that #RTZ fans rave about once again. And then our superhero showed up: “Come on, Kyle, to the Bat Cave! There’s not a moment to lose! – Patman #VictoryBaby

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Thunder

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Masai Ujiri Takes Opportunity To Praise Nelson Mandela

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri is one of millions who have been moved by the life and legacy of South African revolutionary, philanthropist and politician Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95.

As the NBA’s first African-born GM, Ujiri has unique perspective on Mandela and delivered a touching tribute to him at the end of his post-trade news conference on Monday.

Ujiri grew up in Zaria, Nigeria watching Mandela’s inspirational fight for peace in South Africa and described how he respected and identified with it […]

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Ujiri Celebrates Ten Years With Giants Of Africa

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri saw a labour of love enjoy a milestone on Sunday, as his Giants of Africa foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Toronto.

Giants of Africa has used basketball as a tool to help enrich the lives of African youth with some impressive results over the last decade. Kids involved with the foundation’s Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp have gone on to play at numerous levels, including American high schools and universities and junior club teams across Europe.

It’s also helped open doors to […]

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Raptors Open Toronto Stock Exchange With New Partner BMO

Raptors president of basketball operations and GM Masai Ujiri along with members of his staff opened the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, which also saw the announcement of BMO as a major partner for the 2013-14 season.

The morning started as Ujiri presented BMO Chief Marketing Officer and Head Strategist Joanna Rotenberg with a signed Raptors jersey and publicly announced the Raptors’ new partnership with BMO.

But it wasn’t long before it was time for everyone to get in front of the camera and ring the bell (which […]

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