Sitting Down With Amir Johnson

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Jonas Watch: Clowning Around…

Big thanks to @SMazalas who sent along more on the latest unique look for Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas pictured below, which he wore in support of Red Nose Day on a Lithuanian news broadcast.

“To be honest, I hadn’t heard about the Red Nose Day before, but I really liked the idea. It’s really nice to know that you can help the kids,” Valanciunas told LithuaniaBasketball.com. “It was fun. I’ll be back here in some twenty years.”

 

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Bargnani Returns To Practice With Raptors

After a lengthy absence from game action, Andrea Bargnani is almost back… for the second time.

Bargnani, who has missed the last 20 games after he aggravated a strained left calf injury in the Raptors’ double OT win in Utah on January 25th, confirmed it after Thursday’s practice at ACC. Depending on how he responds to the first practice and another on Friday, the team’s leading scorer should return either Saturday in Detroit or at ACC Sunday against the Bucks.

Bargnani’s second setback came well into a second game in as many ...

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Sitting Down With Leandro Barbosa

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Raptors Can’t Cap Comeback In Houston

 

It may have been the Raptors’ first of two matchups against a solid Rockets squad this season on Tuesday, but the script seemed to be a familiar one.

One letdown quarter — this time being the first — just proved too costly for a team with a near microscopic margin of error. To the Raptors’ credit, they battled incredibly hard down the stretch (with several starters on the bench) and had a shot to tie it down 86-83  with 11 seconds to play, but they couldn’t get a good look out ...

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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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Sitting Down With DeMar DeRozan Pre-Game

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Looking Ahead To The Bobcats

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Akil, Kat, John (aka Marcin) and I look ahead to a Fan Night matchup against the Bobcats at ACC tonight…

Probable Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G/F), James Johnson (F),  Amir Johnson (F/C), Aaron Gray (C).
CHA – Kemba Walker (G), Reggie Williams (G), Corey Maggette (F), Boris Diaw (F), Bismack Biyombo (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out, Jerryd Bayless (sore left ankle) – day-to-day
CHA –Gerald Henderson (right hamstring strain) – out

Not going to lie, I’ve been digging up old Naughty By Nature and getting ...

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Raptors Open Lengthy Homestand With First Look At Bucks

Probable Starters
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G/F), James Johnson (F),  Aaron Gray (C).
MIL– Brandon Jennings (G), Shaun Livingston (G), Carlos Delfino (F), Luc Mbah a Moute (F), Drew Gooden (C).

Key Injuries
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out
MIL – Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) – out

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Raptors Can’t Use OT To Overcome Slow Start In DC

There’s no question the Raptors have work to do when it comes to getting off to better starts. If the Raptors showed the same intensity in the first half that they displayed late or at virtually any point in Miami on Sunday, we’d likely be discussing a different result right now.

But man, what a fourth quarter.

The Raptors clawed back down the stretch against the Wizards and both teams began going back and forth right through until the end of overtime, which prompted our tweet of the night from @__NICKeloden

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