Game Preview: Raptors vs. Heat

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Fresh off ending a ten-game slide against the Bucks, the Raptors try and stop an even longer slump against the Miami Heat tonight at ACC (7 PM, TSN2, TSN 1050).

The Raptors have lost 11 straight meetings against the Heat, representing their longest active losing streak against an opponent. Coincidentally, their last win over the Heat back on Jan. 27, 2010 was actually the last time Toronto was two games over .500.

There’s temptation to see the reigning champs as vulnerable (as they can possibly be) at ACC tonight. Former ...

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The #RTZ Weekly Lookahead: Things Ramp Up For The Raptors

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Kat and Jay look at a stretch of four games in five nights for the Raptors, Steve MOvak wants your Movember support and more.

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Game Rap: Raptors 95, Hawks 102

Rough start on the road for the Raptors, who struggle at both ends of the floor in a 102-95 loss to the Hawks.

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Amir Johnson Makes Zombie Walk Return… To Dance

Amir Johnson simply participated in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk last year. This year he took it up a notch or ten with a full choreographed routine set to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, naturally. Some amazing stuff below from the NBA’s social media MVP.

You may recognize my fellow blogger Kat Stefankiewicz, Foot Locker Raptors Dance Pak coordinator Amberley Waddell and other former members of the RDP adding their talents to the routine.

It certainly beats how Amir was using staff earlier in the week…

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Throwback Thursday: The Ghoul ol’ Days

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‘Happy home opener’ and ‘Happy Halloween’ tend to do a creepy crossover at the kick-off of every Raptors season. High-fiving the Bride of Frankenstein and a Werewolf wearing Raptors gear on the subway post game did happen. I wouldn’t argue his point if a vampire licked his lips of blood and said “Vut? It’s Raptor Red.” And as I take you through some fang-tastic nostalgia, feel free to moan at my witchy wordplay but for your own good, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. (A Nightmare on Elm Street -1984)

Let’s ...

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Pre-Game With Head Coach Dwane Casey

I sat down with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey prior to the team’s season opener against the Celtics at ACC (7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590).

 

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Stripes The Mascot Gets His Chance To Shine

Stripes the Mascot has hit town.

Stripes has been called up to The Show.

After an exhaustive search that failed to turn up the Raptors’ new mascot, the club turned to an in-house solution.

In The Raptor’s house, as it turned out.

Stripes is The Raptor’s young cousin. His mom still calls him Velociraptor, especially when he is in trouble, but his unique markings led to his nickname when Stripes was just a kid about, oh, 200 million years ago.

The Raptor suffered a potentially season-ending injury early in the exhibition season. A true gamer, The Raptor has braved injuries ...

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Valanciunas Eager To Build On Rookie Season

Jonas Valanciunas, shown here defending Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic, will see plenty of contact this season.

 

The advice to Jonas Valanciunas from Rudy Gay is simple enough.

“I just tell him be himself,” Gay said. “Dominate.  Be the best big player on the court. Be the best big man on the court.

“Be the person we all know you can be and it‘ll be easy.”

Gay is wrong on one count. It won’t be easy.  Wrestling big men such as Indiana’s Roy Hibbert or the Nets’ Brook Lopez will never be easy.  Never mind that Valanciunas, a Lithuanian who did not play college ball in the U.S., has less experience ...

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Raptors Open Toronto Stock Exchange With New Partner BMO

Raptors president of basketball operations and GM Masai Ujiri along with members of his staff opened the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, which also saw the announcement of BMO as a major partner for the 2013-14 season.

The morning started as Ujiri presented BMO Chief Marketing Officer and Head Strategist Joanna Rotenberg with a signed Raptors jersey and publicly announced the Raptors’ new partnership with BMO.

But it wasn’t long before it was time for everyone to get in front of the camera and ring the bell (which ...

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The #RTZ Lookahead: Time To Get Started…

Kat and Jay tee up the Raptors season opener with everything you need to know if you’re coming down to ACC or watching from home…

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