Hansbrough Comes To Add Teeth To Raptors’ Defence

Tyler Hansbrough

What is a vice in an opponent is a virtue in a teammate.

Take power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a free agent signee unveiled by the Raptors on Monday.

The six-foot-nine, 27-year-old Hansbrough is already famous in Toronto, albeit for the wrong reason. His over-the-top throwdown of rookie Jonas Valanciunas last season was a YouTube staple.

Over four years in Indiana, Hansbrough distinguished himself largely on the number of bodies he could bring to the ground and the number of the times someone else did likewise. Last season he averaged about 17 minutes for […]

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Raptors Win Fifth Straight. Questions Start Now.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

Four and 19.

No matter how you look at, the Raptors disappointing 34-48 season turned on the club’s first 23 games and their inability to win more than four of them.

But there are other numbers as well.

Start with 18-17. That’s the club’s record since they acquired Rudy Gay on January 30.

How about 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Those are Gay’s numbers as a Raptor.

There are more. Amir Johnson’s career best 10 points […]

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Raptors Ready To Push Forward Largely Unchanged

What you see is what you get.

With just a minor tweak at back-up point guard, the Toronto Raptors are moving ahead with a pat hand.

Yesterday in the shadow of the NBA trade deadline the club added 27-year-old Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a conditional second-rounder and centre Hamed Haddadi.

Haddadi is a holdover from the deal that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto from Memphis.

Telfair is on an expiring contract but nicely fills a need for a pass-inclined point guard behind starter Kyle Lowry and shot-happy John Lucas […]

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Raptors Mid-Season Report Cards

Forty-one games gone.

Forty-one games to go.

The Raptors are 15-26 and likely will be until they play game number 42 in Miami, Wednesday.

Time for the mid-season report card.

Quincy Acy: 3.1 PPG, 2.10 RPG: Has delighted coaching staff with recent play and provided valuable minutes as team struggles without bigs Bargnani and Valanciunas. Has showed ability to hit 15 footers. Won’t ever rebound like his doppelganger Reggie Evans but will score more. Still miles to go. +C.

Alan Anderson: 12.3 PPG, 2.30 RPG: Excellent defender who can handle guards and forwards. Vocal leader.  […]

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Of Kipling, Casey And Some Guy Who Goes To Knicks Games

This guy knew something about something very applicable to basketball.

This guy knew something about something very applicable to basketball.

Dwane Casey doesn’t quote Rudyard Kipling so I will.

The great poet wrote that happiness awaits the person “who can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.”

Which brings us nicely to your Toronto Raptors, who went on 9-1 tear before desultory games against Sacramento and Oklahoma City and then Wednesday’s win over Philly.

If the Raptors are to climb back into the playoff picture, they will need plenty of wins. The hitch: young teams that put […]

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DeRozan Hitting His Stride And Pounding The Boards

DeMar DeRozan has become more aggressive all over the court in the early season.

DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.

In the star-laden universe that is the NBA, real prominence means that people plug the player first, and the team second.

Perhaps in no other game does the personality of the team’s best player dictate how that team is perceived.

So the question is: is it DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors or the other way around?

“As long as my name is mentioned, I don’t care,” DeRozan said. “As long as I’m with […]

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Wayne Embry’s Invention Keeps Rolling On

Wayne Embry is a member of an NBA championship team, a Hall of Famer and an advisor to Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo.

But his greatest legacy is being played out today in NBA interview rooms, posh restaurants and limo rides to and from airports.

The pre-draft interview is Embry’s baby. Every time a prospect breaks bread with a potential employer, whenever  an agent reminds a young player to look a GM in the eye, Wayne Embry is there.

In the late 1980’s, Embry was frustrated by the poor draft record of the Cleveland […]

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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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