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Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

Raptors Waive Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton, Roster Set At 15 Players

The final roster spot goes to Greg Stiemsma as the Raptors get set to start the season on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors announced today that they've waived guard Will Cherry and swingman Jordan Hamilton. So, Greg Stiemsma wins the battle for the 15th spot. In the preseason, Cherry averaged 3.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.9 minutes of play. Hamilton played in five games and averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Not a surprise that the Raptors would go with Stiemsma, considering they have more than enough options at the moment at the guard and wing position....
Raptors HQ 23 hours ago

The Raptors Top the Knicks 83-80 in Final Preseason Tuneup in Montreal

We move to 7-1 in the preseason with the win. Next up: real, meaningful basketball games. In front of 20,738 spectators at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC, the Toronto Raptors finished with a franchise record 7-1 in the preseason (key word: preseason, not franchise record) by beating the New York Knicks 83-80. Kyle Lowry flirted with a triple-double in the win, posting 12 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, while DeMar DeRozan led all Raptors with 15 points. Lou Williams contributed 12 points off the bench, including four points in the final two minutes, once again showing off his...
Raptors HQ Oct 24, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Miami Heat

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Miami Heat. "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Darryl Lee Sang of Hot Hot Hoops. 1. How do you feel about LeBron James right...
Raptors HQ Oct 24, 2014

Yakkin' About the Raptors: Getting Ready for Game Time

Here's the continuation of an occasionally regular series: Daniel is joined by Dan Grant of Same Page Team to discuss pertinent Raptors topics and grapple with their irrational homer-ism. Occasionally throughout the season, we'll be engaging in conversation about the Raptors with other writers and bloggers. On this instalment, Dan Grant from Same Page Team and I reflect on the good times of the summer, speculate wildly about roster moves, and try to make predictions as to how the Raptors will do this season. Enjoy. (PS. this entire series is inspired by the Yakkin' posts over at The...
Raptors HQ Oct 23, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The New York Knicks

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the New York Knicks "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Matthew Weiss of Posting & Toasting. 1. What would constitute a successful...
Raptors HQ Oct 23, 2014

The 2014-15 GM Survey, and Whether The Raptors Showed Up In It

The annual GM survey was released yesterday. Find out if our team got mentioned at all. Every year, the 30 general managers in the league answer a bunch of questions including predictions, best offseason moves, best coaches and more. You can check out the entire survey here. Below we look at where the Raptors showed up, or where we think they should have showed up. Which team will win the Eastern Conference finals? 1. Cleveland -- 70.4% 2. Chicago -- 25.9% 3. Washington -- 3.7% Last year: Miami -- 86.2% Our comment: Not a surprise considering the Cavs and Bulls are definitely in their own...
Raptors HQ Oct 22, 2014

Game Recap: The Legend of Bebe Begins Against Maccabi Haifa

In what began as a ho-hum Raptors preseason game against a visiting Maccabi Haifa team became a furious comeback victory and the beginning of the legend of Bebe. In the locker room before the game tonight against Maccabi Haifa, James Johnson was pumping up Lucas Nogueira with words of encouragement. This may be a preseason game, and it may be against a non-NBA team, but you still want to win. Well, the Raptors did win 92-85 against a cagey Haifa team that refused to be put away. After a sloppy first quarter that ended in a 19-19 tie, the Raptors started to assert their NBA credentials and...
Raptors HQ Oct 22, 2014

Game Thread: Raptors Return Home to Host Maccabi Haifa

After a successful three game road trip (for preseason standards, anyway), the Raptors are back at the ACC tonight to host the visiting Maccabi Haifa. Preseason Record: TOR, 5-1 Game Time: 7:30, watch it on NBA TV Canada After a positive 3-0 road trip that included stops in Kansas to play OKC and Maine to play the Celtics, the Raptors are back on their home floor. They welcome Maccabi Haifa, the Israeli Super League runner-up from last year, to the ACC tonight. For the international squad, this exhibition gives them a chance to show off the Super League's talent and playing style. And for...
Raptors HQ Oct 22, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Cleveland Cavaliers

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Cleveland Cavaliers "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to David Zavac of Fear The Sword. 1. What would constitute a successful...
Raptors HQ Oct 22, 2014

Bad Ideas: Jordan Hamilton Throws Shade At LeBron James On Instagram

LEAVE. THE. KING. ALONE. WHY, JORDAN HAMILTON, WHY???? Twins! A photo posted by Jordan Hamilton (@jordanhamilton1) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:55pm PDT Have we not learned to not upset LeBron in any way possible? Remember last time?????????
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2014

Respect Earned: The Raptors' ESPN NBA Rank Finale

Our final look at ESPN's NBA Rank and some comments on the placement of the Raptors' two best players: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. To be clear, the ongoing ESPN NBA Rank is not over. The countdown currently stands at no. 26 with Al Horford. But now all of the Raptors have been accounted for and, surprisingly, in places we didn't expect. 35 - DeMar DeRozan - Last Year: 104 First, let's try to wrap our head around this one. DeRozan was projected by Sports Illustrated as the 61st best player in the league. ESPN had him ranked at number 104 last year! Second, let's reflect on how far...
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Atlanta Hawks

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Atlanta Hawks. "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Kris Willis of Peachtree Hoops. 1. With Mike Budenholzer taking over Danny...
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2014

Your Fantasy Basketball Guide: Toronto Raptors Edition

Do you play fantasy hoops and have a draft coming up this week? Wondering when it's safe to select your favourite Raptors without looking like a total "homer"? We've got you covered. The NBA season is only a week away, which means that we're deep in the heart of the fantasy basketball preparation period. These next few days are when the vast majority of drafts take place or when managers put the finishing touches on their rosters through trades and waiver wire pickups. If you're a fantasy hoopster and a Toronto Raptors fan, you should be aware of the risks associated with mixing fandom...
Raptors HQ Oct 20, 2014

Dinos & Digits Countdown: A Look At Vince Carter's 2000-01 Season

We finish our countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history with a look at Vince Carter's transcendent 2000-01 season. In case you missed it, we're doing a countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history. So far, we've debated the pros and cons of win shares as a tool of measurement, taken a deep dive into Chris Bosh's 2007-08 season at number five, admired Jose Calderon's extremely efficient and often overlooked campaign from the same year at number four, given Kyle Lowry the credit he deserved for his 2013-14 season at number three, and reminisced about Vince...
Raptors HQ Oct 20, 2014

Wayne Embry Inducted Into NCAS Hall of Fame

Embry, a senior advisor for the Toronto Raptors and former interim general manager, is the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. As the first African-American team president and general manager in the history of the National Basketball Association, 77-year-old Wayne Embry's legacy is forever etched in stone. Being inducted into the NCAS Hall of Fame is just another feather in the cap of a man whose accomplishments as both a player and executive reach levels that very few could hope to achieve. The National Consortium for Academics and...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

Raptors Ride Strong First Half, Cruise to 109-90 Win Against OKC

The Raptors took this one comfortably after a 37 point burst in the 2nd quarter. Bruno Caboclo did things. What promised to at least be a competitive affair ended up being somewhat of a dud, as the Raptors never looked back after opening a double digit lead at the end of the 2nd quarter. There were a few notable occurrences this game. Firstly, Bruno Caboclo can ball. The unfortunate part about the NBA Draft coverage is that our opinions about players are often shaped by singular opinions. When Fran Fraschilla expressed that he felt Bruno was "two years away from being two years away," one...
Daily Thunder Oct 17, 2014

Preseason Thoughts: Raptors 109, Thunder 90

The Thunder did some things in Friday's game against the Raptors.
CelticsBlog Oct 17, 2014

Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Great expectations

The Raptors are coming off of the highest win total in franchise history. With Kyle Lowry and head coach Dwane Casey locked into new long-term deals, can the Raptors make some more noise in the playoffs in 2015? Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Prepare for High Expectations - Raptors HQ Where does the team go from here? It sounds greedy to ask for more, and foolhardy to jump too far ahead, but it's hard not to think on where the Raptors can go next. On the one hand, much of the team's young nucleus is signed to reasonable contracts for the next few years. On the other hand, how much...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Charlotte Hornets

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Charlotte Hornets "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Joshua Priemski of At The Hive. 1. Can the Hornets survive the Lance...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Prepare for High Expectations

As part of SB Nation's 2014-15 NBA team previews, we take a look at the Toronto Raptors and their campaign to build on the most successful season in franchise history. Toronto Raptors Last Year's Record: 48-34 Key Losses: None (unless Steve Novak and John Salmons counts) Key Additions: Lou Williams, James Johnson, tremendous optimism 1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season? The easy answer here points to the Toronto Raptors trading of John Salmons for Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira. Williams joins the team after a down year in Atlanta, but has the twin pedigree of a...

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