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Raptors HQ Nov 15, 2017
Raptors finish first back-to-back in New Orleans: Preview, start time, and more

Raptors finish first back-to-back in New Orleans: Preview, start time, and more

Rejoice, rejoice, the Raptors have arrived! Or at least so was the feeling after last night’s cathartic 129-113 thumping of the (now formerly) Western Conference-leading Houston Rockets. It was a scene, man. DeMar DeRozan dropped five dimes in the first quarter after the Rockets sold out on trapping him, something that would have been unfathomable a couple seasons ago, when ESPN’s (nee Grantland’s) Zach Lowe wrote something along the lines of “Once he receives the ball, it’s unclear if DeRozan is aware he has teammates”. Jonas Valanciunas was effective in limited minutes...
Raptors HQ Nov 13, 2017
Power Rankings Poll Week 4: Hard times against good teams

Power Rankings Poll Week 4: Hard times against good teams

The Raptors can’t buy one against good teams. Let’s see how the experts react. It’s early, it’s early, it’s early. Being reasonable about the Toronto Raptors seems excessively difficult after yesterday’s loss to the Boston Celtics sans Kyrie Irving. Plenty of the issues on the court could’ve been avoided (or so it seems). Jonas Valanciunas coming in and wiping away his team’s momentum in the first half. A baffling rotation that’s got Fred VanVleet playing in the clutch. An offense that seems wholly centred on DeMar DeRozan taking jumpers in the fourth. That’s what we...
Raptors HQ Nov 9, 2017
Raptors vs. Pelicans Game Thread: Who wants to take on Boogie and the Brow?

Raptors vs. Pelicans Game Thread: Who wants to take on Boogie and the Brow?

The Raptors have perhaps their tallest order of the season tonight: taking on DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and the Pelicans. After much debate among the in-house media here at the ACC, it’s been determined that the Raptors and Pelicans have indeed played each other with both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in the lineup. It was a real dream of a game, in that we just barely remember it happening. For those curious: the game was in New Orleans, the Raptors won 94-87, and the leading scorers were Boogie and, wait for it, Jonas Valanciunas. Weirdly — or not so weirdly given how...
Raptors HQ Nov 7, 2017
Raptors look to rebound against the Bulls: Preview, start time, and more

Raptors look to rebound against the Bulls: Preview, start time, and more

After a bummer of a game on Sunday night against the Wiz, can the Bulls — yes, the Bulls! — be the cure for what ails the Raptors? We’re in crisis mode in Raptors-land as we head into the, uh, third week of the season. Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka are now officially statues (and not the good kind). C.J. Miles has been irradiated by some disease that has stolen his three-point shot. And worst of all, Kyle Lowry, our bulldog champion, does not appear to be himself. Kyle Lowry directed expletives at a ref, got ejected and promptly kissed his son. From @brohrbach:...
Raptors HQ Nov 1, 2017
Raptors get boom-kicked by Nuggets 129-111

Raptors get boom-kicked by Nuggets 129-111

We’re on to Utah The Raptors undid pretty much all of the good work they showed in Portland in losing 129-111 to the Denver Nuggets in the penultimate game of their west coast trip. There really isn’t much I have to say about this game; I figure if they mailed it in the way they did, I’m allowed to as well. It’s 11:30 PM EST and I am tired. The Raptors looked sluggish from the gun as the Nuggets raced out to a double digit lead within 3 minutes of the game starting. Oh yea, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas returned from injury and both looked slow as shit. Paul Millsap had 13 of...
Raptors HQ Oct 23, 2017
Missed shots, rebounds haunt Raptors in 101-97 loss to Spurs

Missed shots, rebounds haunt Raptors in 101-97 loss to Spurs

Momentum just couldn’t be found in this one, as Toronto falls to 2-1. All night, it seemed like the Raptors were a 12-0, maybe an 8-0 run away from finally snapping a ten year winless drought in San Antonio. They just couldn’t get out of their own damn way. Without their big man in Jonas Valanciunas (ankle), the Raptors got pounded on the glass. On the other end, they missed open shots that could’ve sparked timely runs. The result was a close game, one where the Spurs finally made the run that counted on their way to a 101-97 win. It’s Toronto’s first loss of the season, and a...
Raptors HQ Oct 23, 2017
Raptors vs. Spurs: A Real Game Out West

Raptors vs. Spurs: A Real Game Out West

The Raptors are without Jonas Valanciunas, and the Spurs are without Kawhi Leonard, but we may get a better look at what Toronto is capable of tonight. We’ve been harping on this all day but let us continue anyway: the Raptors’ 2-0 record is a bit Pyrrhic in nature. They played two bad teams, who played badly, and were also without their best players, which makes them even more bad. Still, the result — two Toronto wins — was good. The Spurs, even without Kawhi Leonard, will never be described as bad. They’re missing Tony Parker too, and they’re still not bad. They’re relying...
Raptors HQ Oct 23, 2017
Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 1: It’s baaaaack

Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 1: It’s baaaaack

Here’s where we collect the prominent NBA Power Rankings of the week and figure out how the Raptors are doing. The Raptors of the 2017-18 season are different, but also very much the same. It’s what drives some people crazy when they think about the team. How can those nutty Raptors fans give a shit about another year of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas? (With Serge Ibaka and C.J. Miles, true, but still.) Alternatively, how can those same Raptors fans get so invested in Norman Powell, Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, and OG Anunoby? None appear to be All-Star bound any time...
Raptors HQ Oct 22, 2017
Injury Update: Jonas Valanciunas to sit with sprained left ankle

Injury Update: Jonas Valanciunas to sit with sprained left ankle

Not the best update to get on a Sunday afternoon, but here we are. As we saw in Saturday night’s game against the Sixers, the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas sprained his left ankle after falling on Dario Saric and had to leave the game. After further tests, it’s been confirmed that JV will sit out for, at the very least, Monday’s game against the Spurs. On the bright side: it sounds like the injury isn’t super serious, as Valanciunas did make the trip out west with the Raptors. For now, I’d say we should at least to be considered a day-to-day concern. Here’s the official wording...
NBA Oct 22, 2017

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas exits with sprained left ankle

Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas suffered a left ankle sprain when he was fouled by Philadelphia's Dario Saric in the first half of the Raptors' 128-84 win over the 76ers.

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