Game Day: Raptors vs. Celtics

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Key questions as the Raptors return to Air Canada Centre for their first preseason home game against their divisional foes from Boston (7:30 PM ET, NBA TV Canada, Sportsnet FAN590 The FAN).

Can The Defence Get Back On Track?

Yes it’s just preseason, but two straight sub par defensive performances haven’t sat well with Dwane Casey. The Raptors head coach said on Thursday his team’s defensive intensity “wasn’t anywhere near where it needed to be,” during Tuesday’s 113-106 road loss to the Kings.

The Raptors put the Kings at the free throw line 50 […]

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Raptors 2014 Season Preview: Point Guards

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The most important moment in the Toronto Raptors’ offseason came late into the night on July 2. That, of course, was when Kyle Lowry made the decision to re-sign with the Raptors.

While DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ sole All-Star last season, there wasn’t a player more integral to the team’s success than its starting point guard. Coming off his strongest season in the league, with the memory of a postseason that ended too soon still fresh in his mind, the 27-year-old Lowry has spent his summer training in hopes of advancing […]

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Caboclo’s Busy First Offseason Nears An End

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Related: Raptors Weekly Roundup | Tracking DeRozan Since Day 1 | USAB Team Talks DeRozan

The first offseason of Bruno Caboclo’s professional career has been a busy one. Back in Toronto after stints in Vancouver and Las Vegas for workouts and basketball camps, Caboclo is serving as a guest counselor at the Americas Team Camp being held at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Center.

Hosting the best young basketball players from Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada, the camp counted Caboclo as a participant only a year ago. The rookie isn’t the only representative present […]

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Mermuys On An Offseason Of Work With The Raptors

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Assistant coaches usually live in the background. Putting in hours around the clock to help players improve, their work doesn’t make headlines and is rarely mentioned beneath them. Looking around a Las Vegas gym full of NBA stars representing their country at USA Basketball training camp, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jesse Mermuys blends into the background. After spending the offseason training with him, DeMar DeRozan wanted to give Mermuys some shine, sending a reporter to him for the lowdown on their summer sessions.

Talking to Mermuys meant tracking his journey to […]

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Growth Of DeMar DeRozan Recognized By His Peers

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From the moment the Toronto Raptors drafted DeMar DeRozan, coaches and teammates raved about his work ethic. Through four frustrating years of team struggles and scrutiny, DeRozan attacked every offseason, kept working and believed it would pay off.

After inking a four-year, $38 million contract extension in 2012 he heard the critics. People questioned the team’s decision to reward a young player who, up to that point, hadn’t been able to elevate his team to the postseason. Opting to keep his focus on the things he could control, the contract brought […]

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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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