Raptors Grounded By Hawks In Atlanta

The Raptors continue to battle shorthanded, but they just didn’t have the offensive punch needed to top the Hawks in a 93-84 loss on Monday afternoon.  Here’s Akil Augustine from NBA TV Canada and Raptors.com with his rapid reaction from the couch after a 93-84 loss to the Hawks.

… and of course, here’s your reaction during and following the Raptors fifth loss in a row. Thanks as always for taking part and we’ll see you Wednesday for the first regular-season meeting against the Celtics.

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Raptors Aim To Get Back On Track In Atlanta

The Raptors continue their three-game road trip with a Martin Luther King Jr., Day matchup with the Hawks in Atlanta at a special time of 4 p.m. this afternoon (Sportsnet, FAN590). Here’s what to keep an eye on as the Raptors try and stop their current four-game slide.

To those celebrating, enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Head coach Dwane Casey stopped by the NBA TV studios in Atlanta on Sunday to share his own personal thoughts on the significance of coaching today.

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Talking Valanciunas With Dzikic

It is past midnight in Lithuania but Alex Dzikic is still up.

The coach of Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius (metropolitan population 850,000) is happy to accommodate a reporter’s call from North America.

“Anytime,” he says. “Call anytime.”

Dzikic is a 40-year-old Serb and a key figure in the aspirations of the Toronto Raptors. He is not on the Raps’ payroll. That doesn’t mean his work won’t benefit the NBA team.

Dzikic is nursing 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas through the  season that includes play in the Lithuanian league, the VTB United League as well as Eurocup ...

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Carlisle With Some Early Praise For Raptors

Another hard fought, but uneven performance for the Raptors in Dallas on Friday and the score isn’t really indicative of the level of play in a 99-86 defeat.

The veteran Mavs used a run late in the third quarter (led by Vince Carter no less) to erase the Raptors’ 68-61 lead and Toronto was never really the same after that. The Raptors struggled on the glass and with second-chance points early, while major differentials in turnovers (-7 for Toronto) and trips to the line (-20) were simply too much to overcome.

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Raptors Prepare For A Season Unlike Any Other

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Leandro Barbosa touches his head. Then he taps a spot on his chest directly above his heart.

“It’s going to take both,” he says.

Media Day brought the first public viewing of the 2011-2012 Raptors and it will be a regular season like no other.

The Raptors will play 66 games in an astonishing 113 days. What begins Boxing Day in Cleveland will end four months later at home against the New Jersey Nets.

“Man, it’s insane,” said centre Aaron Gray, a seven-footer who played last season with the New Orleans Hornets.

“We’re doing two-a-days ...

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