Close…. Again…

Our winning #RTZ Tweet from Monday courtesy of @TTOTambz is right. To see JJ Redick join a growing rogues gallery of Raptors heartbreakers this season seems like a less than deserving fate for a team that’s been outgunned for much of the season, but rarely outworked for over a month now.

But as head coach Dwane Casey pointed out post-game, the fight should be commended but it’s the slip — not the fall — that’s doing the Raptors in. In Monday’s 92-88 loss to the visiting Magic for example, it came ...

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Pre-Game With Ed Davis

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Second-Half Turnaround Powers Raptors Past Warriors

The Raptors received what’s hopefully a lasting lesson in how solid, energetic defence can keep you afloat with an 83-75 win over the Warriors at ACC.

“We found a a way and we did it with our defence,” said Dwane Casey post-game. “There are going to be nights where you can’t buy a bucket, but that is when you have to dig in and trust your defence and we did.”

It certainly wasn’t consistent, as the Raptors came out flat and hit the break trailing 47-38. But Casey proceeded to challenge his ...

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Sitting Down With Leandro Barbosa

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Raptors Ramp It Up In Fourth To Drop Hornets

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Not exactly a textbook win for the Raptors, but they’ll take it as they split a back-to-back on the road with a 95-84 victory over the Hornets.

The focus was undoubtedly on DeMar DeRozan after a fourth-quarter benching in Houston on Tuesday was followed by a post-game social media faux pas that was quickly deleted. After an internal discussion with head coach Dwane Casey before Wednesday’s game, DeRozan proceeded to deliver a balanced performance with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists.

But after an brutal third-quarter offensive drought saw the Raptors ...

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Pre-Game With Aaron Gray

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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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Looking Ahead To The Rockets

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C).
HOU– Kyle Lowry (G), Kevin Martin (G), Chandler Parsons (F), Luis Scola (F), Samuel Dalembert (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out,  Solomon Alabi (viral infection) – out, Linas Kleiza (sore left ankle) – probable
HOU – Jordan Hill (sprained MCL in right knee)

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Raptors End First Half On Right Note

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Wednesday’s win over the Pistons at ACC brought the Raptors brought a little validation after days of prep time and with the presence of an unexpected restricted free agent, might have hinted at some change on the horizon for the 10-23 club.

On the floor, the Raptors looked every bit the more rested, focused team. Their willingness to share the ball (30 assists on 40 made field goals), ability to execute offensively (52.6% shooting from the floor) and a renewed commitment to defence helped them build a big lead before hanging ...

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Sitting Down With DeMar DeRozan Pre-Game

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