Raptors Can’t Hold Big Halftime Lead In Loss To Rockets

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The Toronto Raptors put together their strongest half of their summer league session, but still dropped a 93-77 decision to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Despite leading by as many as 29 points, the Raptors were unable to hold off a furious run by the Rockets in the second half and missed out on a match up with Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday afternoon.

Thanks to a hot start from Dwight Buycks (24 points on 10-for-16 field goals), the Raptors jumped out to a quick ...

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Caboclo Earns Hard-Won Experience In Loss To Mavs

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One of the biggest goals for the Toronto Raptors for summer league is getting rookie Bruno Caboclo familiar with the NBA game. In an 88-57 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Caboclo not only got another dose of experience, but also a solid serving of frustration as well. With the entire team struggling (Toronto finished the game shooting 30 per cent from the floor while allowing Dallas to shoot better than 50 per cent), Caboclo tried his best to help bring the Raptors back, but grew frustrated by the team’s inability to ...

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Caboclo Impresses Raptors Veterans In Summer League Debut

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The Toronto Raptors kicked off their 2014 Las Vegas Summer League campaign on a high note with an 89-78 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Fridayafternoon.

While reserve John Shurna led the way with a team-high 21 points (tying Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson’s total), it was the play of rookie Bruno Caboclo that had Raptors veterans talking.

Seated courtside, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and freshly re-signed Kyle Lowry were on hand to assess the performance of their team.

“He’s good,” Johnson said. “He’s long, athletic. ...

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Raptors Upgrade Depth In Deal With Hawks

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On the eve of free agency, the Toronto Raptors made their first move. Sending John Salmons’ contract to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Lou Williams and the rights to Brazilian rookie Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira, the Raptors deepened their bench. Toronto also sent a 2015 second-round draft pick to the Hawks.

Bringing in Williams provides a scoring punch for a reserve unit that sometimes struggled to put points on the board. Williams is an undersized guard who is at his best when given the freedom to freestyle on the court. His ...

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Caboclo Begins NBA Journey With First Toronto Appearance

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Like the majority of first-round draftees, Bruno Caboclo spent Thursday night in New York City. Unlike the rest of them, though, Caboclo did not hear his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Instead, he found out the Toronto Raptors had selected him 20th overall after reading a tweet on his phone in the backseat of a taxi.

“Somebody from Brazil tweeted us and said, ‘Oh my God, Bruno at 20,’” basketball and personal advisor Eduardo Resende said at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. “The taxi driver didn’t understand what went on. We ...

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Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?

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As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today.  The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.

So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?

Toronto fans would remember three very well.

It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
Two ...

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Landry Fields On Signing His Face Off For New ABC Series

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This weekend you can turn on your television to see Landry Fields looking a little different than usual. Participating in ABC’s new summer reality competition Sing Your Face Off, Fields will be taking on a different persona each week. In a recently released clip, Fields was dressed in red pants, wig and full makeup performing as Lionel Richie. On the phone from Los Angeles awaiting the airing of the show, Raptors.com caught up with Fields to talk about his side hustle.

Holly MacKenzie: How did you being on ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: A Brief History Of Thievery After Twenty

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With a month until the 2014 Draft, speculation about the first overall pick is heating up. Predictions about how the lottery will shake out are changing daily. As we mentioned in Part 1 of our draft primer, there have been plenty of solid players selected with the 20th pick, which is where the Toronto Raptors will be drafting in the first round, barring a trade.

In the 19 years since the team’s inception, here’s a look at the best post-20th pick draft-day steals.

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Michael Finley’s 15-year career started in Phoenix when he ...

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State Farm® Shows Raptors Were Born To Assist™in 2013-14

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Early on during the 2013-14 season, the Raptors didn’t exactly appear born to assist. With an offence geared around two high-volume scorers, the Raptors ranked last in the NBA in total assists for November and stumbled out of the gate to a 6-12 record.

After a seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings on December 9th however, everything changed. Nearly instantly, the Raptors placed an increased emphasis on sharing the ball and the results were spectacular. With a reconfigured starting five and essentially a whole new bench in place, the Raptors led ...

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This Week In Raptors Off-Court Performances…

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#1 – Landry Fields: Clutch performance by Landry on the upcoming ABC series Sing Your Face Off. After you come to grips with the fact that this is actually happening, you’ll notice that Fields kills it with his performance of Lionel Richie’s classic “Dancing On The Ceiling”. It’s impressive to go from one huge stage to another singing and dancing like this, but take into account the heavy makeup, wig, mustache and shoulder pads that would be Crockett and Tubbs approved. We may possibly be looking at the new undisputed all-time Raptors off-court ...

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