Raptors Win Fifth Straight. Questions Start Now.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

Four and 19.

No matter how you look at, the Raptors disappointing 34-48 season turned on the club’s first 23 games and their inability to win more than four of them.

But there are other numbers as well.

Start with 18-17. That’s the club’s record since they acquired Rudy Gay on January 30.

How about 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Those are Gay’s numbers as a Raptor.

There are more. Amir Johnson’s career best 10 points ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Celtics

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 113 Hawks 96

NOTE: Tonight’s start time against the Celtics is at 8 PM ET (Sportsnet ONE, FAN590).

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Raptors Crush Hawks For Fourth Straight Win

ATLANTA (CP) — The Atlanta Hawks want to be well-rested for the playoffs.

They certainly didn’t use up any energy Tuesday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Toronto Raptors ran all over the playoff-bound Hawks, 113-96.

The Raptors made two-thirds of their shots in the first half, sprinting to a 68-51 lead as DeRozan scored 19 points and Gay chipped in with 17. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

“I’m going to err on ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Hawks

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Nets 87 Raptors 93

NOTE: Tonight’s game against the Hawks has been changed to an 8 PM ET start and will air on TNT in addition to TSN2.

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Pre-Game With Dwane Casey At ACC

I sat down with Dwane Casey to reflect on his second season as head coach of the Raptors before the Nets visit ACC (3:30 PM ET, TSN, AM 610 CKTB)

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Pre-Game With Amir Johnson At ACC

Amir Johnson sat down with me pre-game before the Raptors host the Bulls at ACC (7 PM, TSN2, AM 610 CKTB).

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Bulls

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 101 Bulls 98

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Latest “Jam Session” Helps Acy Find His Way In April

In a final stretch that has been designated for development of the youngest Raptors, Quincy Acy is beginning to make his mark.

The rugged rookie forward out of Baylor returned from his second stint with NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam on March 26th and in April, he’s seen his numbers with the Raptors rise to season-high averages of 6.6 points and three rebounds in just under 17 minutes per game.

It’s a small sample size, but Acy’s teammates have noticed an improved player since his return.

“He’s been playing extremely hard,” noted Kyle Lowry ...

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Valanciunas Could Be Back Friday

The play of rookie Jonas Valanciunas has been a bright spot for the Raptors.

Even when he isn’t around people are talking about Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas missed practice yesterday to have his injured neck examined as the Raptors prepared for their Friday date against Chicago.

Valanciunas hurt his neck Tuesday against the Bulls but Raptors coach Dwane Casey said it’s possible the Lithuanian rookie could be back in the lineup in time for Friday’s rematch.

“It’s not as bad as we first thought,” Casey said. “Right now he’s still in the soft brace. He’ll be a game-time decision for Friday but if it’s anywhere close we won’t ...

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Making The Most Of Amir With A Camera…

Amir Johnson is guaranteed to bring maximum effort every night on the court, but we also know that we’re guaranteed to get a few great moments from Amir between the whistles and off the court.

Last night, Amir dropped a prime example, when this happened:

Even better? The NBA Photographer working in Chicago for Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel got this great shot of Amir gone shutterbug on-court…

So we took that photo, and cropped out Amir…

And put him in the situation we felt was most awesome….

The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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