Shorthanded Raptors Crush Nets

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You can count Sunday’s convincing road win against the Nets as a high point in a season that’s bound to filled with more than a few peaks and valleys.

Whether it was winning without Andrea Bargnani and Leandro Barbosa, the reconfigured starting five, a possible breakout game for DeMar DeRozan or finishing a lengthy trip with a winning record, you had plenty to say about it in our nightly #RTZ chat on Twitter.

Top 10 #RTZ tweets – Raptors @ Nets

@jonathansunio: I’m liking the smaller lineup for the #Raptors. They are quicker and ...

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Raptors Grounded By Hawks In Atlanta

The Raptors continue to battle shorthanded, but they just didn’t have the offensive punch needed to top the Hawks in a 93-84 loss on Monday afternoon.  Here’s Akil Augustine from NBA TV Canada and Raptors.com with his rapid reaction from the couch after a 93-84 loss to the Hawks.

… and of course, here’s your reaction during and following the Raptors fifth loss in a row. Thanks as always for taking part and we’ll see you Wednesday for the first regular-season meeting against the Celtics.

Top 10 #RTZ tweets: Raptors @ Hawks

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Raptors Aim To Get Back On Track In Atlanta

The Raptors continue their three-game road trip with a Martin Luther King Jr., Day matchup with the Hawks in Atlanta at a special time of 4 p.m. this afternoon (Sportsnet, FAN590). Here’s what to keep an eye on as the Raptors try and stop their current four-game slide.

To those celebrating, enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Head coach Dwane Casey stopped by the NBA TV studios in Atlanta on Sunday to share his own personal thoughts on the significance of coaching today.

For more wonderful perspective on the importance of ...

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Talking Valanciunas With Dzikic

It is past midnight in Lithuania but Alex Dzikic is still up.

The coach of Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius (metropolitan population 850,000) is happy to accommodate a reporter’s call from North America.

“Anytime,” he says. “Call anytime.”

Dzikic is a 40-year-old Serb and a key figure in the aspirations of the Toronto Raptors. He is not on the Raps’ payroll. That doesn’t mean his work won’t benefit the NBA team.

Dzikic is nursing 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas through the  season that includes play in the Lithuanian league, the VTB United League as well as Eurocup ...

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Five things I’m interested to see this year from the Raptors

Hello!!

Thrilled to be back for a 14th season broadcasting Raptors Basketball.  How time flies when you’re having fun.

Look forward to giving you my weekly perspective during the season. And away we go!!

Briefly, here are Five things I’m looking for this season in Raptor-Land.

1. DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT: The Raptors last year left much to be desired in this category and must improve in every technical aspect as well as the day to day attention to detail and obviously the “effort plays” that winning teams make. I’m confident that Dwane Casey and ...

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Welcome to Matt Devlin’s Blog

We’re just getting started here so visit back for upcoming posts from Matt Devlin on the Toronto Raptors.

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The Rabbit Dilemma

Read Bargnani’s Official Statement

The basketball guy prefers ornate answers and gentle language. The hockey man speaks in six-word sentences and swears a lot.

Now that Bryan Colangelo has signed a multi-year-extension, he and Brian Burke have something in common past the letterhead on their cheques. Both will be charged with making a soufflé out of a donut.

It’s a simple truth that spans the sports: no centre, little chance of a playoff.

The Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk reported that Andrea Bargnani told Italy’s Sky Sports that IF he were to leave Toronto he ...

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