Game Day: Raptors @ Cavaliers

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From Backed by their strong play on the defensive end, the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of moving seven games over .500 for the first time in six years.

They could reach that mark against the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose offensive struggles began with Toronto ending their longest winning streak in nearly four years.

The Raptors go for their sixth win in seven games as they try to beat the short-handed Cavaliers for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night in Cleveland.

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Big Second Half Powers Raptors Past Magic


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TORONTO (CP) – It goes down as a comfortable win. But it was far from an impressive performance.

“We set basketball back 15 years in the first half,” Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey quipped after his team defeated the Orlando Magic 105-90 at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night.

“But like I told our guys, we’re going to have a lot of games where we’re going to have to grind it out,” Casey said. “For whatever reason, we struggle in the first half and then come ...

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Pregame With Jonas Valanciunas

The Raptors big man sits down with me before Sunday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic (6 PM ET, TSN2, TSN 1050).

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Streak Stoppers: Raptors Knock Down Cavs


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TORONTO (CP) – Dwane Casey saw it as a sign of maturity on the part of his young team.

After a first half in which he thought “the lid was on the basket,” the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91.

“That’s another step in our growth,” Casey said after Friday night’s win at Air Canada Centre. “Last year at this time, if we’d have missed shots like that we’d have caved ...

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Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees Honoured Tonight


Tonight’s game against the Cavaliers features two great young pros with local ties in Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, which makes it the ideal choice to also serve as the Raptors annual Canada Basketball Awareness Night.

At halftime, the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame will also honour its 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Andrea Blackwell (Kingston, ON)

Played 17 years with Team Canada (1979-96)
Two-time Olympian (1984 & 1996)

Candace Clarkson (Hamilton, ON)

Bronze Medal at World Championships (1979)
Olympian (1984)

Bill Coulthard (Tillsonburg, ON)

Gold Medal at Senior Canadian Championships (1952)
Olympian (1952)

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

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From No team in the Eastern Conference has been hotter of late than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are riding their longest winning streak in nearly four years.

They’ve also picked up some help with starting center Anderson Varejao sidelined.

The Cavaliers look to continue their strong play and extend their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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 Projected Starters

Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Patrick Patterson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (G), Jarrett ...

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Throwback Thursday: Air Canada Centre Turns 15

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There’s no place like home, so the saying goes. By the way fans have been filling up Air Canada Centre this season, they would agree. And by the way the Raptors have been playing at Air Canada Centre this season, (9-3 in 2014) they would agree too.

But on this week in 1999, the Toronto Raptors scuffed up two different so-called ‘home turfs’. Things changed.

On February 19, 1999 the Raptors played their final game at the then named SkyDome, their home since their inaugural season. They wrapped up the era outplaying ...

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Raptors Can’t Stop Rested, Charging Bulls At Home


TORONTO (CP) – In the world of professional sports, two months can feel like a lifetime. In a gritty 94-92 Chicago Bulls victory over the Raptors on Wednesday night, D.J. Augustin returned to Toronto to face the team that waived him in December and led the way.

Augustin smiled when asked about the big night, but stressed the importance of getting another victory against an Eastern Conference opponent.

“It feels good,” Augustin said. Not just with my past here, but because we’re fighting for the third spot with them so it feels good. It ...

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Pregame With Greivis Vasquez


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Game Day: Raptors vs. Bulls

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From Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls emerge from the All-Star break trying to pick up where they left off.

The Toronto Raptors already have.

Noah and the Bulls are looking for another strong defensive effort in order to continue their recent surge and beat the Raptors on the road again Wednesday night.

Chicago (27-25) has won three in a row and four of five after coasting to a 92-76 home win over Brooklyn on Thursday. That winning streak has been spurred by superb defensive play, as ...

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