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Raptors HQ 9 hours ago

Recap: DeRozan sets career highs, leads Raptors to win over Rockets 99-96

With the Raptors looking for a win over a quality opponent, DeMar DeRozan took off for career highs in points and rebounds to down the Rockets 99-96. Maybe it's because Mad Men returns this weekend, but I've been feeling nostalgic as of late. In a basketball context, the notion is easy to explain: the Raptors of November and December feel like a different team than the one we've seen in February and March. That earlier squad looked able to beat anyone, and later, perhaps inevitably, they looked capable of losing to anyone. When your team appears to do as well as it has for such a stretch,...
Raptors HQ 13 hours ago

Casey: "Even If It Was A Playoff Game, Lowry Probably Wouldn't Be Able To Go."

There's still time, but this certainly provides perspective on the severity of Lowry's injury So, an interesting tidbit before tonight's game, depending on how you define interesting, maybe worrisome is the right word: Casey on Lowry: "He's hurt. Not just sore... Even if it was a playoff game, he probably wouldn't be able to go." — Daniel Reynolds (@aka_Reynolds) March 30, 2015 Lowry has been out with back spasms and the Raptors have eight games left on the schedule after tonight's game against the Rockets. In terms of number of days, the last regular season game is on April 15th,...
Raptors HQ 17 hours ago

Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 22: Let's do the Broken Record Blues

In response to the weekly Power Rankings, each week we'll decide: Are the Raptors being ranked fairly or unfairly? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, here's what we know: the Raptors have locked up a playoff spot and the Atlantic Division title. Surprisingly, this has been the most dispiriting division title win in franchise history. I would also wager this to be the most disappointing playoff "success" the Raptors have ever had (though that 41-41 season in 2007-08 comes in at a close second). Yes, Toronto is in the playoffs, but oof, it does not exactly feel great. Toronto has...
Raptors HQ Mar 29, 2015

Weekend Poll: What will be the Raptors' regular season win total?

With the end of the season coming up, we wonder: how many games will the Raptors win for the season? As of today, the Toronto Raptors are 43-30, good for fourth in the Eastern Conference. They've clinched a playoff berth and locked up the Atlantic Division title. And if you do the math, you'll notice the Raptors have nine regular season games left. This means the absolute best record they can finish with is 52-30--a record, by the way, which I had pegged Toronto for at the beginning of the season. But a 9-0 run to end the season seems, at this juncture, a bit impossible. Not with the team...
Raptors HQ Mar 28, 2015

Recap: Raptors Pull Away 94-83 vs. Lakers, Win the Atlantic Division

After a lacklustre first half, the Raptors won at home against the Lakers, 94-83. Looking to get things on track in the home stretch before the playoffs, the Raptors welcomed the Lakers in need of a win. Although Toronto ultimately pulled out the victory 94-83, the first half was not pretty. The opening frame of the game can best be described as a classic example of the more talented team versus the harder working team. After starting the game off with multiple Jonas Valanciunas post-ups, the Raptors kept settling for tough, out of flow shots, while the Lakers consistently created...
Silver Screen and Roll Mar 27, 2015

Lakers vs. Raptors Final Score: Lakers fade in second half and lose 94-83

The Lakers energy faded after the first half, blowing an early lead to lose by double digits. The Lakers headed North for the third stop on their five game road trip, facing off with the Toronto Drakes Raptors. After leading for most of the first half, the Lakers had one of their trademark third quarter let downs and lost 94-83. Jeremy Lin hit two early three pointers en route to 10 first quarter points, Tarik Black owned the boards early (5 in the first quarter, four offensive), and the Lakers played some shockingly average defense to earn a 24-17 lead over the Raptors after one. The...
Raptors HQ Mar 27, 2015

This Week In Social: The Greivis Vasquez Promotional Tour

Your weekly look inside the lives of the Toronto Raptors. Did you hear Greivis Vasquez has a new shoe? The Toronto Raptors have been somewhat restless on social media the past couple weeks, but as a few players get their seasons turned around, their feeds have followed suit. Greivis Vasquez's season didn't start strong, but it's come around (on the offensive end, at least) in February and March. With his shot peaking at the right time, he's also been active off the court - releasing his first shoe with Under Armour, The North Six. He really really wants you to know about it too, as he's...
Silver Screen and Roll Mar 27, 2015

Lakers vs. Raptors preview: Must-lose in T Dot

The Lakers are facing a bona fide playoff team. On the road. In their third game in four nights. All is well, right? In the midst of a brutally easy schedule pitting them against several fellow occupants of the NBA's basement, the Los Angeles Lakers will square off against the middling Toronto Raptors Friday night as they look to pick up their third victory in four attempts. After a Wednesday night overtime win in Minnesota that was a thriller by virtue of length and score only, LA takes its merry band of unheralded rookies, benched veterans and journeymen up North against a Raptors team...
Raptors HQ Mar 27, 2015

Friday Night's FanDuel Tournament and Roster Advice for Raptors Fans

The NBA has a full 13-game slate tonight, including the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town to take on your Toronto Raptors. Play along in a one-day fantasy basketball tournament, presented by FanDuel and SB Nation, and you could win some money while you're at it! The days are growing dark in Raptorland, as the losses pile up and we struggle to remember if this team could ever really defend anyone to begin with. Looking for a pick-me-up? Something to distract you from your troubles? How about a one-day fantasy basketball tournament, presented by FanDuel, SB Nation, and Raptors HQ? Tonight's...
Raptors HQ Mar 27, 2015

ESPN Ranks Dwane Casey 13th Best Coach in the NBA

Dwane Casey's reputation remains high around league circles, but how will the front office evaluate the 3 month long slump. It was so rosy at 24-8. The Cavaliers were still figuring themselves out, the Hawks hadn't become a juggernaut yet, and the Wizards were good at losing to the Raptors. The Raptors have gone 18-22 since that flying start, and there have been growing sounds of discontent among the fan base. However, in ESPN's annual (I think) coach ranking, they have Dwane Casey ranked 13th in the NBA. It isn't a case of just rewarding teams with winning records either, as Randy...
Blog a Bull Mar 26, 2015

Second Chance Points: Bring on the North, and four other observations

The Bulls own the Raptors. The Chicago Bulls own the Toronto Raptors. Last night's 116-103 drubbing solidified as much. From match-ups to schemes to player ability, the Bulls are simply the better basketball team between the two. The Raptors -- truly a darling bunch -- have hit what I like to call the 82-game threshold. Well, they actually hit it back in January of this season. See it all started when they traded away Rudy Gay in December of 2013. The aftermath of that trade saw the Raptors go on the best 82-game stretch of basketball that the franchise has ever seen. From January of 2014...
Raptors HQ Mar 26, 2015

Raptors draft targets to watch in the NCAA Tournament

March Madness is a time for NBA prospects to solidify their draft positions. As it turns out, many of the players making an impact in this year's tournament could also be on the Raptors radar in June. This year has been relatively mum when it comes to hyping the upcoming NBA draft. Compared to last season, when Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and company were touted as best the group of incoming draftees since 2003, there has been very little talk of potential superstars in the 2015 class. That's not to say those players aren't there. Karl-Anthony Towns looks to be an absolute...
Raptors HQ Mar 26, 2015

In Case You Missed It, The Raptors Clinched A Playoff Spot. No Parades Planned.

Anyone want to celebrate. We clinched a playoff spot! Somehow, it doesn't feel as nice, not after another discouraging loss to the Chicago Bulls at home last night. Anyways, losses by Boston and Charlotte put Toronto into the playoffs, but we knew that many months ago when the team opened a double digit lead in the standings over every other team in the Atlantic Division. So: this is the second consecutive season the Raptors will have made the playoffs, and the seventh time the franchise will have made the postseason. Anyone feel like celebrating?
Raptors HQ Mar 26, 2015

Discuss: Is There Anything This Team Can Do To Fix The Defense?

10 games left in the season to fix something. Just going to leave these two stats here, and let you all discuss. The Raptors gave up 39 fourth-quarter points to the Bulls and managed just three stops in the game's final 8:30. — Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 26, 2015 raps since all-star break: worst team in the league at 107.5 points allowed per 100 possessions. — alex (@steven_lebron) March 26, 2015
Raptors HQ Mar 25, 2015

Recap: Raptors Crumble Again to the Bulls, Lose 116-103

Despite some hot shooting in the first half, the Raptors' defense crumbled against the Chicago Bulls on the way to a 116-103 loss. The malaise around the Raptors feels all-encompassing now. You could feel it at the beginning of the game, with the half-empty ACC and the quiet crowd. (Was it because of the 7pm start? Or the recent play of this Toronto team?) And you could see it by the end, as the Raptors let the Bulls run roughshod over their squad on their way to a 116-103 win. This game - this season - is now really taking its toll. Heading into the game, the Bulls held the season series...
Raptors HQ Mar 25, 2015

Raptors Player Power Rankings: Mar. 18th - 25th

It was an up-and-down (mostly down) week for Toronto. But as always, there were some positives to hone in on in the Raptors Player Power Rankings. The Raptors are an impossible team to figure out. The team runs the fourth-most isolation plays in the league, and ranks 26th in Assist Ratio - yet is somehow the fourth best offense in the league. It was a Top-10 defense in 2013-14. It's a bottom-third disaster a year later. James Johnson was brought in to provide oomph to the team's perimeter defense. He barely plays. All of these confusing factors have created a team that is maddening to...
Raptors HQ Mar 25, 2015

Discuss: The Final Shot By Lou Williams Last Night In Detroit

Live or die with Lou? Here's the look the Raptors got last night down two points on the road: Some post-game reactions from the players, including Lou himself: DeRozan: "I've seen him make that shot hundreds of times. That's Lou Williams shot. You've gotta live and die by it" — Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 25, 2015 Lou: "No different w/ the game was on the line. Thats a shot Im comfortable with, thats a shot that I make, thats the shot I missed tonight" — Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 25, 2015 What do you think?
Raptors HQ Mar 25, 2015

Kyle Lowry: "I'm Going To Take My Time, Make Sure I'm Completely and Fully Healthy."

An injury update. Kyle Lowry left the game with back spasms early in the second quarter of last night's loss at Detroit and did not return. Last Wednesday, Lowry suffered a back contusion against the Minnesota Timberwolves and traveled with the team to Chicago and dressed but did not play. Lowry also sat out Sunday's win over the Knicks and was back in the lineup last night, but it did not last long. This time around, it looks like he's going to be extra cautious: Lowry: "I'mma take my time. I'mma make sure I'm completely and fully healthy before I even step back on the floor" — Josh...
Raptors HQ Mar 24, 2015

Raptors Overcome Slow Start To Take Lead In The Fourth, But Fall to Pistons 108-104

The Raptors continue to sleepwalk their way to the playoffs. The Raptors had a chance to clinch a playoff spot tonight with a road win against Detroit, but came out sluggish in the first quarter, came back to take the lead in the fourth after falling behind by double digits, but ended up falling short in a 108-104 loss. The first quarter belonged to Detroit, as Anthony Tolliver, starting for an injured Greg Monroe, scored 11 points in the first 12 minutes, including hitting all three of his attempts from downtown. Overall, the Pistons were 7-for-11 from downtown in the first quarter,...
Detroit Bad Boys Mar 24, 2015

Pistons vs. Raptors final score: Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson carry Detroit to 108-104 win

Don't look now, but the Pistons have won four games against playoff teams in their last five games. The only loss was against the mighty Philadelphia 76ers. Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson provided three-fourths of the Detroit Pistons' output on Tuesday night in a 108-104 win against the Toronto Raptors. Technically, only 69 percent of it, but the young trio combined for 75 points, absolutely catapulting the team to its fourth win in the last five contests. The Pistons jumped out to a double-digit 37-27 lead after 12 minutes on blistering-hot shooting. Breaking...

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