Raptors Preview: We Have Answers

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2013-2014 as a story in search of an ending.

They have an intriguing list of characters and plenty of impending plot twists all of which will result in what?

The team’s first post-season appearance after a five-year hiatus built on the maturation of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as well as an uptick from Rudy Gay?

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An exciting playoff race entices new general manager Masai Ujiri to stand pat?

A stumble from the gate that prompts Ujiri to dismantle the roster?

A season of short-term ...

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Updates Before The Raptors’ Final Preseason Game

The Raptors were ready for a physical battle against the Grizzlies on Wednesday and they delivered with a lopsided 108-72 preseason win at ACC on Wednesday. But there’s been a toll to pay on the injury front, with a mixed bag of results.

First is Kyle Lowry. The point guard was already having his best game of the preseason in the third quarter on Wednesday before he was forced out with an injury to his left ring finger.

 

Kyle Lowry has injured left ring finger tendon. He’ll require splint for approx. 6 ...

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Raptors Pull Away To Drop Celtics In Preseason Debut

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Some general thoughts after the Raptors open the preseason with a 97-89 win over the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston.

-  The first thing head coach Dwane Casey spoke about post-game? Turnovers. The Raptors coughed it up a whopping 25 times with the starters turning it over a total of 16 times.

“I know it’s an exhibition game, but we’ve got to get that way down,” said Casey.

– We saw both the impressive growth and the room ...

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Post-Shootaround Notes From Boston

News/notes ahead of tonight’s Raptors preseason opener against the Celtics at TD Garden (7:30 PM ET)

Familiar Five:  Head coach Dwane Casey has said he intends to use the preseason to mix and match lineups, but expect the Raptors to start with the same group that finished last season in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.

Pair Of Ex-Pacers:  That being said, Casey has always placed a greater emphasis on who finishes games for him and really feels that he’s got some  reserves at his disposal who can ...

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Hansbrough Comes To Add Teeth To Raptors’ Defence

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What is a vice in an opponent is a virtue in a teammate.

Take power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a free agent signee unveiled by the Raptors on Monday.

The six-foot-nine, 27-year-old Hansbrough is already famous in Toronto, albeit for the wrong reason. His over-the-top throwdown of rookie Jonas Valanciunas last season was a YouTube staple.

Over four years in Indiana, Hansbrough distinguished himself largely on the number of bodies he could bring to the ground and the number of the times someone else did likewise. Last season he averaged about 17 minutes for ...

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