The Wrap: Holiday Hitlist, Half Court Shots and a Very Happy Birthday

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With the team on the tail end of their west coast swing, the social capabilities of the interweb have been keeping us all in one place, many of us staying up past our bedtime, maybe addicted to the high of the back and forth battles or the fourth quarter rattles. I am. And undoubtedly because the #RTZ crew isn’t going anywhere.

It has been a rock ‘n roll, roadie. After Pops read me the latest Raptors buzz over morning coffee yesterday morning, (post script opinions included), I conquered the ...

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DeRozan Leads The Way On One Freaky Friday

The disparities between the two clubs coming into Friday’s game couldn’t have been more pronounced.

The Celtics hit Toronto as one of the hottest teams in the league with 19 wins in their last 26 games to put them back atop the Atlantic Division and in position to have home court advantage to start the upcoming post-season. The absence of sharpshooter Ray Allen was glaring but certainly mitigated by the insertion of blossoming defensive stopper Avery Bradley into the starting five and the recent incredible play of point guard Rajon ...

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Top Tweets From A Rough Night In OKC

[View the story "Top #RTZ Tweets: Raptors @ Thunder" on Storify]

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Raptors Collapse In Fourth Against Cavaliers

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With NBA D-Leaguers occupying most of the depth at the point guard position and both teams featuring some significant NBA talent on the sidelines, it’s difficult to determine just how much stock to put into the Raptors’ 84-80 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.

But the Raptors did appear to have advantages in terms of remaining talent, home court and momentum heading into Friday’s game, which makes their fourth-quarter collapse an extension of a maddening ability to remain consistently inconsistent.

“A lot of ours [mistakes] were self-inflicted,” Casey said post-game. “Cleveland came ...

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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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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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Introducing The #RTZ Tweet Of The Night…

It’s been an interesting first third (!!!) of this condensed Raptors season and one of the best parts has been discussing it all with you every game on Twitter using the #RTZ hashtag.

We feature your Top 10 for every game, now we’re going to reward the best. Starting with Tuesday’s game against the Hawks, we’ll give away a pair of lower bowl seats to the next Raptors home game for the “#RTZ Tweet Of The Night”.

All you need to do is follow @Raptors on Twitter and include #RTZ in your ...

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Shorthanded Raptors Crush Nets

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You can count Sunday’s convincing road win against the Nets as a high point in a season that’s bound to filled with more than a few peaks and valleys.

Whether it was winning without Andrea Bargnani and Leandro Barbosa, the reconfigured starting five, a possible breakout game for DeMar DeRozan or finishing a lengthy trip with a winning record, you had plenty to say about it in our nightly #RTZ chat on Twitter.

Top 10 #RTZ tweets – Raptors @ Nets

@jonathansunio: I’m liking the smaller lineup for the #Raptors. They are quicker and ...

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