Season Opener Chat With Matt Devlin

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Fields & The Couch That Keeps On Giving

 

It was a moving scene at the Raptors’ practice on Tuesday, where Landry Fields finally received a coveted NBA Social Media Award.

Fields was named the winner of the The Snap Shot Award back in late-July for his now legendary twitpic of the couch that then teammate Jeremy Lin temporarily slept on during their time with Knicks.

With NBA TV in Toronto to shoot an episode of Real Training Camp with the Raptors on Tuesday, Fields was able to finally get his hands on a trophy he described as “surprisingly heavy” before ...

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Positive Start For Valanciunas

Call it small first step for Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors rookie centre saw just over 13 minutes of work in his first appearance on Wednesday since suffering a calf strain and finished with two points and two blocks (I saw three) in a Raptors 101-99 loss to the Pistons.

Head coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas did an “excellent job” given the context of his first game and competition in the form of a big Detroit frontline.

“He was where he was supposed to be a lot on his offensive sets and ...

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More From Gray, Lucas…

We’ve got more Training Camp video from Day 2 in Halifax, as Matt Devlin took some time to speak with centre Aaron Gray and new point guard John Lucas III.

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Lowry, Anderson One-On-Ones

We’ve got a little more from Day One of Raptors Training Camp, as Sherman Hamilton of NBA TV Canada sat down with Kyle Lowry and Alan Anderson for some one-on-ones. More from Day Two in Halifax to come…

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Lowry, Fields Hit The Road

Landry Fields and Kyle Lowry we’re getting to know their new city on Wednesday as they hopped in some Purolator trucks and personally helped deliver tickets to some longtime Raptors season seat holders around the GTA.

See how the day unfolded from Fields’ perspective in the video above and check out some of the best tweets from the afternoon of special deliveries below…

 

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An Early Setback For Valanciunas

Breath easy Raptors fans, Jonas Valanciunas is expected to be OK.

That was the news from the team’s latest voluntary workout on Monday, after it was revealed that the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft suffered a left calf strain during a shooting drill at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

“He was here shooting Saturday morning with [assistant coach] Scott Roth, he went up to go into his shot and he felt something pop,” Dwane Casey told the media on Monday. “Your first thought is that it was his achilles ...

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Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 2

Analytics suggest that both Landry Fields (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) should be solid additions to the Raptors. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

The opportunity to sit and chat with Raptors Director of Analytics Alex Rucker is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Advanced stats isn’t a topic we’ve heard a lot about with relation to the Raptors over the years and Rucker has been a big part of its recent growth within the organization.

Part two of our recent Q & A focused some key additions to the club including ...

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Jonas Has Landed

A great photo of Jonas Valanciunas upon his arrival to Toronto, courtesy of Jeff Landicho. Raptors training camp opens in 16 days….

 

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Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 1

Alex Rucker offers quantitative analytical support to the Raptors coaching staff and front office. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

The opportunity to sit and chat with Raptors Director of Analytics Alex Rucker is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Advanced stats isn’t a topic we’ve heard a lot about with relation to the Raptors over the years and Rucker has been a big part of its recent growth within the organization.

I met him inside the Raptors front office headquarters at ACC recently to talk tweets, trends, summer transactions and a how ...

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