Gay Shines In Debut As Raptors Rout Clippers At ACC

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TORONTO (CP) — It took all of couple of minutes for Rudy Gay to breathe new hope into Toronto Raptors fans.

Two minutes after the team’s newest player checked in to the Raptors’ 98-73 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, the explosive small forward took flight for a huge alley-oop dunk from DeMar DeRozan. Twenty seconds later, DeRozan found a sprinting Gay again.

Another big dunk, another roar of approval from the capacity crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre.

“DeMar is a great player, he’s by far the best […]

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Raptors Collapse Against Cavs Capped By Irving’s Triple

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Related: Devlin & Thompson Pre-Game | Garbajosa At ACC
Top Plays: Fields Finds Davis | Big Acy Block | Amir’s Late Slam| More Highlights
Post Game: Game Highlights| Dwane Casey | Jose Calderon | Amir Johnson

TORONTO (CP) —  The Raptors had their hands full with Kyrie Irving all game long, but it was the almost lackadaisical three he drained in the blink of an eye that completely ruined Toronto’s night.

Cleveland’s all-star point guard hit a three with 0.9 seconds left as part of a 32-point performance, and the Cavaliers edged […]

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DeRozan Hits Game-Winner To Lift Raptors Over Magic

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Top Plays: DeRozan’s Game Winner  | DeMar With Authority | Big Amir Block | More Highlights
Post Game: Game Highlights| Dwane Casey | DeRozan | Anderson | Johnson

ORLANDO, Fla. (CP) — Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey believes the next step for his team is to work on developing its identity, preferably one seeded in toughness.

He’s hoping a four-game season sweep of the Magic can serve as the first step in that mission.

After watching one of their best […]

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Ross Pre-Game In Orlando

Terrence Ross is coming off a solid 16-point performance against the Heat and I sit down with him to talk about his rookie season pre-game in Orlando.

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Raptors Can’t Put Away Heat On The Road In OT

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Devlin & Fields Pre-Game | Jack’s Back!
Top Plays: Monster Ross Slam | Amir To The Rack | DeRozan With Two Hands | More Highlights
Post Game: Game Highlights| Dwane Casey| Lowry | DeRozan

MIAMI, Fla. (CP) — After sitting around for nearly a week, the Miami Heat expected to be a little less than razor-sharp.

It took an extra session, but the reigning NBA champions eventually found their groove.

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double and the Heat rallied from […]

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Raptors Mid-Season Report Cards

Forty-one games gone.

Forty-one games to go.

The Raptors are 15-26 and likely will be until they play game number 42 in Miami, Wednesday.

Time for the mid-season report card.

Quincy Acy: 3.1 PPG, 2.10 RPG: Has delighted coaching staff with recent play and provided valuable minutes as team struggles without bigs Bargnani and Valanciunas. Has showed ability to hit 15 footers. Won’t ever rebound like his doppelganger Reggie Evans but will score more. Still miles to go. +C.

Alan Anderson: 12.3 PPG, 2.30 RPG: Excellent defender who can handle guards and forwards. Vocal leader.  […]

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Raptors Can’t Hold Big Lead In OT Loss To Sixers

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Devlin & Anderson Pre-Game | Jack Under The Weather
Top Plays: Fields Putback Slam |  Lowry Big Banker | Acy The Energizer | More Highlights
Post Game: Game Highlights| Dwane Casey | Lowry | DeRozan | Johnson

PHILADELPHIA (CP) — After sending the game to overtime, Jrue Holiday single-handedly took over during the extra session.

In the process, the fourth-year point guard continued to make a strong case for his first career All-Star berth next month in Houston. The reserves will be announced on Thursday night.

Holiday […]

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Turnovers Prove Costly In Raptors Road Loss To Nets

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Top Plays: Ross Potent Putback | Acy Loses A Contact  | Gray Monster Slam | More Highlights
Post Game: Game Highlights | Dwane Casey | Lowry | Calderon | DeRozan

NEW YORK (CP) — P.J. Carlesimo put his head in his hand, sighed and brushed back his hair, hardly looking like a guy with a 9-1 record.

“I’m really struggling,” he started, adding that the Brooklyn Nets faced a “major, major concern.”

It’s a good one, though. They simply have so many guys playing well that it’s tough for […]

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Ross Helps Raptors Bounce Blazers At ACC

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Devlin & Fields Pre-Game
Top Plays: Ross Catches Fire | Ross Buzzer Beater |  Lowry Dishes To Johnson | Amir Putback
Post Game: Game Highlights | Dwane Casey | Ross | Calderon

TORONTO – It was only 23 days ago that the Toronto Raptors hit what the team called the low point in its season _ a humiliating 18-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers that ended a winless road trip and prompted the suggestion that jobs were in jeopardy.

The Raptors turned the tables […]

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My Head Says Yes… Well, Among Other Things

The emergence of Terrence Ross and the continued maturation of Ed Davis are essentials if the Raptors are to play meaningful late-season games.

The emergence of Terrence Ross and the continued maturation of Ed Davis are essentials if the Raptors are to play meaningful late-season games.

This is poison in a basketball column.

Naturally, I am going to do it anyway.

Would you, as a fellow from that other sport once posited, want to make the playoffs only to risk being manhandled by another team?

Hell, yes.

I think the Raptors can make the playoffs.

I say this in the wake of the iceberg, the 4-19 start.

Logic, of course, dictates that the majority of teams that begin by […]

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