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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors

The Spurs take on the second of six straight Eastern Conference foes. After a sloppy win against the rebuilding Chicago Bulls on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs return home to face a team on the other end of the Eastern Conference’s spectrum: the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have become a somewhat forgotten contender in the East thanks to the recent rise of the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, but they are still a dark horse candidate if things go right. They still have the dynamic guard duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and forward Serge Ibaka has been a thorn in the Spurs’...
Sun Herald Oct 21, 2017

DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors rout 76ers 128-94

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 10th straight home game over Philadelphia, routing the 76ers 128-94 on Saturday night. Kyle Lowry …
Liberty Ballers Oct 21, 2017
Sixers vs. Raptors Game Thread

Sixers vs. Raptors Game Thread

It’s the first back-to-back for the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and Amir Johnson will get the start at the 5 spot. Game Info Start time: 7:30 PM ET TV Coverage: NBC Sports Philadelphia (Marc, Alaa, Molly) The Bad Guys: Raptors HQ Projected Starters: Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas 76ers: Jerryd Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons, Amir Johnson Game Preview: We've got your game preview right here. Refs: Aubrey Graham, Daniel Daley, Paul Jefferies
Raptors HQ Oct 20, 2017
The Raptors didn’t need a reset, their culture is just fine

The Raptors didn’t need a reset, their culture is just fine

Last night’s bench mobbing was the latest in a long line of events proving that the Raptors know exactly who they are. If you’re like most Raptors fans these six seconds from April 2, 2016 are burned into your brain: “I think you’re getting to the finals. I swear to God. No bullshit.” At the time it caused something of a stir here, and why not? Gregg Popovich, arguably the greatest living basketball coach, thought that the Toronto Raptors were the best team in the Eastern Conference. The reason? The Raps had done their very best Spurs imitation, resting DeMar DeRozan and Kyle...
Raptors HQ Oct 20, 2017
Watch: The Raptors talk about their first game of the 2017-18 season

Watch: The Raptors talk about their first game of the 2017-18 season

Have a look and listen as everyone from DeMar DeRozan to OG Anunoby weigh in on the Raptors’ home opener win. The Raptors won their 2017-18 season opener 117-100 against the Chicago Bulls last night and the mood was jubilant afterwards. There are many reasons for this: as the score implies, it was an easy win, there are a lot of fun moments found therein, the Bulls Curse has apparently been lifted, etc. Sure it’s just one game of 82, but it sets a nice tone. Here’s what the Raptors had to say post-game about the win and the start of the season. Dwane Casey is impressed. Jonas...
Raptors HQ Oct 19, 2017
Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: It’s the season opener!

Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: It’s the season opener!

The Raptors start their 2017-18 season at home against the Chicago Bulls. Are we fired up? We are fired up. The 2017-18 Raptors are finally — finally — ready to take the court. It’s October 19th, we’re three days into the NBA season, and basketball is back in Toronto. Are you fired up? Folks, I am fired up. (And it’s not because of the coffee I just drank. I mean, not entirely.) This Raptors season promises to be a tad familiar, with most of the team’s core — namely DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas — returning. Toronto added veteran sharpshooter...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2017
Player Preview 2017-18: How High Can DeRozan Take the Raptors?

Player Preview 2017-18: How High Can DeRozan Take the Raptors?

An All-Star without a 3-point shot: can DeMar DeRozan keep pushing his, and the Raptors’, ceiling? Let’s start with an opinion that I feel confident presenting as a fact: DeMar DeRozan doesn’t get enough respect. His 2016-17 season resume includes: All-Star starter, fifth leading scorer in the league at 27.3 points per game, and All-NBA Third Team. In their annual player rankings, ESPN and Sports Illustrated ranked DeRozan at 39 and 36 respectively. Find me the General Manager that would rather have Jae Crowder or Khris Middleton instead of DeMar, and I’ll predict which front office...
Raptors HQ Oct 13, 2017
Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: Fight the Curse

Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: Fight the Curse

It’s Friday the 13th, it’s the Raptors on the road, it’s the Bulls, it’s the preseason. It’s a perfect storm. The last time the Raptors and Bulls faced each other, it was a bit nuts. There were injuries, there was a massive comeback by Toronto, there were startling plays from DeMar DeRozan, there was even a fight. You should remember all these details, even today, because it was indeed a particularly memorable game — and it semi-officially ended a long running curse. I say “semi” there because, well, as is often the case with curses: I’m not so sure it’s really gone. The...
Raptors HQ Oct 6, 2017
Raptors fall to Blazers in third preseason game, 106-101

Raptors fall to Blazers in third preseason game, 106-101

A couple guys down, the youngsters struggled to defend the Blazers’ outside shooting. Returning to the lower 48 on Thursday night, the Toronto Raptors continued their preseason schedule against the Blazers. Hoping to have a better defensive outing after giving up 121 points to the Clippers, Toronto struggled against Portland’s shooting, ultimately losing 106-101. The team was without DeMar DeRozan, which certainly factored into this one. C.J. Miles also sat the game out, giving more opportunity for the youngsters on the back end of the training camp roster to show their stuff. In their...
Raptors HQ Oct 5, 2017
Raptors vs. Trail Blazers Game Thread: Let’s get back on track, shall we?

Raptors vs. Trail Blazers Game Thread: Let’s get back on track, shall we?

The Raptors are 1-1 after a rough game in Hawaii, of all places. It’s only the preseason, but let’s root for them anyway. The preseason continues in 30 minutes with the Raptors taking on the Trail Blazers in Portland. The game itself doesn’t mean a whole lot, but I have some questions. Which back up centre will we see — Lucas Nogueira or Jakob Poeltl? Who’s starting for good — C.J. Miles (presumably for now) or Norman Powell? Can the Raptors shoot over 30 percent from three? Can the Raptors look less than lost when Kyle Lowry (or to a lesser extent, DeMar DeRozan) takes a...
Raptors HQ Oct 5, 2017
Raptors head to Portland: Preview, start time, and more

Raptors head to Portland: Preview, start time, and more

The pre-season marches on as the Raptors return to the continental United States to see the Trail Blazers. The Raptors are on to the third game of their (mercifully) shortened pre-season schedule. And this time: it’s in the continental you, ess, of eyyyyy. That’s right, the Raptors are in Portland this evening to face-off against a punchy Trail Blazers team. Just as Toronto’s backcourt is an underappreciated high-water mark in the conference — with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan never quite getting their due — the combo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are often forgotten about....
Clips Nation Oct 3, 2017
Clippers vs. Raptors Preview and Gamethread: TUESDAY NIGHT

Clippers vs. Raptors Preview and Gamethread: TUESDAY NIGHT

Preseason game against the Raptors. Same thing as last time. We’re hosting the group argument in the comments area. Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu Hawaii When: 10:00 PM PT How to Watch: NBATV, Fox Sports West How to Listen: AM 570 Radio Projected Starting Lineups: Raptors— Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, C.J. Miles, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas Clippers— Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers, Danilo Gallinari, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Injuries: None for Clippers, Raptors Wing OG Anunoby is out. Things to Watch: Who wins? We know preseason isn’t about winning, but the Clippers have...
Raptors HQ Oct 3, 2017
NBA to change the All-Star Game format for 2018 in L.A.

NBA to change the All-Star Game format for 2018 in L.A.

What does this mean for the Raptors’ presumptive All-Stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan? After many years with the same format, the NBA is looking to change things up for its annual All-Star contest. The revamp won’t make any changes as to how a selected All-Star earns his spot in the game — ten players will be voted in by fans, players, and the media, while the coaches will still select the reserves — but then things get very interesting. For the 2018 game in Los Angeles, the top two vote getters will be named captains of the two competing All-Star squads. They’ll then get to...
Clips Nation Oct 1, 2017
Clippers at Raptors Preview and Gamethread: First Game of the Preseason!

Clippers at Raptors Preview and Gamethread: First Game of the Preseason!

The NBA season is finally upon us, as the Clippers play their first game of the preseason tonight. Here’s a brief look at what to watch for in this game Here’s a quick summary of the game, as well as a few quick hitters on things to look for. Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu Hawaii When: 7:00 PM PT How to Watch: NBATV, Fox Sports West How to Listen: AM 570 Radio Projected Starting Lineups: Raptors— Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, C.J. Miles, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas Clippers— Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers, Danilo Gallinari, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Injuries: None...
Raptors HQ Sep 26, 2017
SLAM Magazine gets DeMar DeRozan’s ranking right

SLAM Magazine gets DeMar DeRozan’s ranking right

Let the record show: this is the approximately correct placement of DeRozan in the league hierarchy. What did we say about NBA rankings? They never end. We’re here again today with a new one to consider, this time from the venerable outlet SLAM Magazine. In their ranking of the top 50 players in the NBA — a countdown that reach number 20 earlier today — we find two Toronto Raptors. As the headline implies, let’s reflect on what SLAM got right: DeMar DeRozan at no. 21. DeRozan’s season last year was the best of his career — all the stats, advanced or otherwise, back this up. He...

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