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Raptors Beat Lakers 105-97 in Third Preseason Outing

Everything's on the up and up, especially with Kyle Lowry. The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers met in Ontario, California tonight, a location choice I can only assume is an NBA scheduler trying to be funny. It was actually televised! Toronto won the game 105-97, thanks to another great outing from Kyle Lowry, who had 25 points and three assists. After a couple games of seeing new-look Lowry, it's obvious he's attacking quicker while getting his shooting stroke back. If this is a sign of what's to come in the regular season, we should all be really excited. Here he is knocking down a...
Raptors HQ Oct 8, 2015

Raptors continue pre-season out west, prepare for the Los Angeles Lakers tonight

After falling to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Raptors continue their pre-season tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. After a game that featured a ridiculous Steph Curry shot--seriously this is insane--the Toronto Raptors are back in action tonight to take on the Kobe-led Los Angeles Lakers. The last game didn't feature Kyle Lowry who sat out, however the new shredded bulldog is expected to suit up in this game tonight. Lowry had a dominate 20 point display against the Los Angeles Clippers earlier in the pre-season. The Lakers come into this game with some bumps and...
Raptors HQ Oct 8, 2015

5Qs: Atlanta Hawks. On DeMarre Carroll, Millsap's Contract, and Repeating a 60-Win Season

As part of our season preview, we'll be talking to other SB Nation team blogs and asking them five questions about their team. Last season, the Atlanta Hawks took a big leap. Long a member of the under-cooked middle in the Eastern Conference - there for a good time, gone in the first round - last year's Hawks won 60 games and took the #1 seed to the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, an untimely injury to DeMarre Carroll left them without their primary defender for LeBron James, and they were promptly swept by the Cavaliers. So, what does the future hold for the Hawks? Carroll has...
Raptors HQ Oct 7, 2015

Vegas bets on Raptors backslide, sets win total at 46.5

The fine folks in the Vegas bookmaking machine have the Raptors winning in and around 46 games this season. For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Raptors fate as of late, it's easy to forget that the team has generally been trending upward for awhile now. Oh sure, that playoff series last season felt like the end of days, but let's look at the numbers, take a deep breath, and try to remain objective. Over the last five years (a quarter of the franchise's existence!) the Raptors have gone from 22 wins, to 23, to 34, to 48, to 49. Plot those points on a graph--years on the...
Raptors HQ Oct 7, 2015

Raptors To Hold Open Practice at Hershey Centre On October 21st

Here's how you can get tickets The Raptors announced today they will be holding an open practice on Wednesday October 21st at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. There will be exciting giveaways, a chance to meet Raptors alumni and an intrasquad game. Doors will open at 5 pm and every fan attending will receive a free Raptors tee. If you want to get tickets, go to raptors.com/openpractice.
Raptors HQ Oct 7, 2015

The HeadQuarters: Episode 4; Brought to you by Jalen Rose

Raptors basketball is sort of back - so we sort of talked about Raptors basketball. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week, Sean Woodley is joined by John Gaudes and Harsh Dave. In addition to chatting about the merits of "the wave," they break down the Raptors pre-season opener against the Clippers, ponder whether or not Terrence Ross is a changed man, commiserate over DeMar DeRozan' shot selection and marvel at skinny Kyle Lowry. The guys also answer some Twitter questions, attack Harsh's horrendous food takes and reflect on this week's episode sponsor - former Raptors' emergency point...
Raptors HQ Oct 6, 2015

5Qs: Cleveland Cavaliers. On a Return To The Finals, Tristan Thompson, An Improved Bench

As part of our season preview, we'll be talking to other SB Nation team blogs and asking them five questions about their team. When the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead on the juggernaut Warriors in last summer's NBA Finals, nobody could quite believe it. They were, after all, still playing without Kevin Love. Kyrie Irving had hobbled through Game 1 before being shut down with a knee injury. Matthew Dellavedova (bless his soul) was playing Robin to LeBron James' Batman. It all seemed unsustainable, but it was all somehow working. That's the power of LeBron James. Recognizing that...
Raptors HQ Oct 6, 2015

Raptors Fall To Warriors 95-87 In Second Preseason Game

The preseason continues on. There was a preseason game tonight, apparently? Although neither the Warriors or Raptors had a television broadcast for their tuneup in San Jose. So, back to the days where you flip through the papers and check the box score. Kyle Lowry sat out with a sore right groin (just taking precautions in the exhibition schedule) and Cory Joseph replaced him in the starting lineup, playing 21 minutes and scoring seven points. DeMarre Carroll led all scorers with 15 points in the 95-87 loss. Other notables: Anthony Bennett made his debut, going 1-for-6 from the floor in 16...
Golden State Of Mind Oct 6, 2015

Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Final Score 95-87: Instant Reactions

Huh? The offseason is over?! Depending on whom you ask, the shortest offseason in Golden State Warriors history has officially ended tonight! Some would argue it doesn’t end until 22 days from now, others would say it already ended last week. Regardless, this was the first time in a (seemingly) long time we’ve got legitimate on-court proceedings to report on! First and foremost: preseason basketball is all about health. News broke today of the first unfortunate injury tragedy, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — it happens every year. In this regard, both the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors...
Raptors HQ Oct 5, 2015

Discuss: Will A Change In Pick-And-Roll Schemes Help Improve The Raptors Defense?

Ice! One of the noticeable changes in last night's win over the Clippers was the Raptors icing pick-and-rolls on defense. Okay, first: the term ice was popularized by former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau who used to scream the word from the sidelines to instruct his team to defend pick-and-rolls by forcing the ball-handler towards the baseball instead of moving towards the middle of the court. This strategy helped the Bulls to a top-ten defense for most of Thibodeau's tenure there. In fact, NBA.com's John Schuhmann recently wrote a terrific piece on this whole concept, and has some interesting...
Raptors HQ Oct 5, 2015

Watch: Kyle Lowry's Highlights From Last Night's Win Over The Clippers

The new and improved. Kyle Lowry looked great last night in the Raptors 93-73 victory over the Clippers. The most impressive part about the new, slimmed-down Lowry is that he looks even quicker getting to the rim, finding the space and creating the separation he needs against big men in the paint. The video highlight compilation from GD Factory Clips offers a glimpse at that, and more. Enjoy.
Golden State Of Mind Oct 5, 2015

Warriors vs Raptors: Luke Walton makes debut as Golden State head coach versus Toronto

Interim head coach Luke Walton debuts for the Golden State Warriors taking on the Toronto Raptors at SAP Center in San Jose. Matchup Golden State Warriors0-0 (0-0 HOME) vs Toronto Raptors0-0 (0-0 ROAD) Details October 5, 2015 SAP Center, San Jose, CA 7:30pm KNBR 680 AM Blog Buddy: Raptors HQ Projected Starters Stephen Curry G Kyle Lowry Klay Thompson G DeMar DeRozan Harrison Barnes F DeMarre Carroll Draymond Green F Tyler Hansbrough Andrew Bogut C Jonas Valanciunas Key Injuries Kevon Looney - Out None ★★★ Interim...
Raptors HQ Oct 4, 2015

Raptors Down Clippers 93-73 In Preseason Opener

Everyone is buzzing about the "new" Kyle Lowry. I don't need to insult anyone's intelligence by saying that it's the first game of the preseason and we shouldn't overreact anything, so off we go. The Raptors defeated the Clippers at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (Mike Bibby got a standing ovation, if you're keeping track) 93-73 thanks to a 37-point third quarter that opened up a 15 point lead heading into the final 12 minutes. The starters -- Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas -- all played over 20 minutes. Lowry led all scorers with 26 points in...
Raptors HQ Oct 3, 2015

Artist Redesigns NBA Team Logos, Including One For The Raptors

With a hat tip to the folks at Fear The Sword, graphic artist Addison Foote decided to embark on a project to redesign all 30 NBA team logos. The entire project can be found here. Addison's thought process behind the redesign: I wanted to do something different, but I felt like all of the good ideas had been taken with all of the Raptors primary and secondary logos. I didn't want to use a claw or show a whole raptor, so I ended up using a raptor's eye as the focal point in the "R" and then placed a maple leaf behind it to represent Canada as the Raptors are the only Canadian and...
Raptors HQ Oct 2, 2015

DeMar DeRozan on Questions About His Free Agency: "It Kind of Frustrates Me"

The Raptors shooting guard does not really want to talk about opting out next season. Another great piece from Eric Koreen of the National Post from training camp, this time focusing on DeMar DeRozan. You can read it in full here. In the article, DeRozan is asked about his potential free agency next summer when he can opt out of a $9.5 million option and get at least double that (or more likely, much more) in the open market thanks to a huge jump in the salary cap next summer. His response: “I hate that, honestly,” DeRozan said in a one-on-one interview. “I never speak about it....
Raptors HQ Oct 2, 2015

2016 All-Star Weekend Update: Zach LaVine Trying To Convince Andrew Wiggins To Join Dunk Contest

With All-Star Weekend in Toronto this season, we're keeping a close eye on potential participants in the dunk contest. You have to imagine one of the Raptors will be involved (Terrence Ross? DeMar DeRozan? Norman Powell??? Bruno????), but there's also an anticipation that we might get to see Andrew Wiggins get involved. Zach LaVine -- teammate and defending dunk contest champ -- seems to think so too: .@ZachLaVine says he’s not sure yet if he’ll defend his @NBA slam dunk title this year. Says he’s campaigning for @22wiggins to enter... — Dave Benz (@tweetdavebenz) October 2, 2015
Raptors HQ Oct 2, 2015

Spotted: New "We The North" Raptors Ad In Toronto

It looks pretty good. Via the folks at Reddit, a new Raptors ad was spotted in downtown Toronto this week. There are references to Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson, Jonas Valanciunas and Cory Joseph. Also the slogan "Us vs. Them" is visible. I say we revise and add Anthony Bennett on there. Every Canadian on this team needs representation on all promo ads.
Raptors HQ Oct 2, 2015

With Revamped Roster, The Raptors Will Continue Using Two-Guard Lineups This Season

The results weren't great last season. This year? We'll see. Over at the National Post, Eric Koreen has a terrific piece from training camp about the Raptors and their plans to deploy two point guard lineups this season. You can read it in full here. Of particular interest is Dwane Casey's reply to Eric's question of why he thinks the two point guard lineups with Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez didn't work out last year (aside from the fact that Vasquez was a liability on the defensive end any time he was on the floor, and didn't compensate for it with particularly stellar play on the other...
CelticsBlog Oct 1, 2015

The Raptors already miss Amir Johnson

Telling comments from his former coach and teammates. You can tell a lot about a guy based on the way former teammates talk about him.  It sounds like the Toronto Raptors are really missing having Amir Johnson around. DeRozan is going to miss Amir | Raptors | Sports | Toronto Sun Head coach Dwane Casey believes the Raptors may have replaced a lot of the individual skills and talents that Johnson brought to the party when you take into account what the newcomers bring, but replacing the man will be next to impossible. "You miss the continuity that Amir brought," Casey said. "You knew what...
Raptors HQ Oct 1, 2015

Dwane Casey on Anthony Bennett's Care Free Attitude, Early Impressions on Rookies

An update from training camp. Training camp is underway. Above you'll find Dwane Casey talking about Anthony Bennett playing without pressure for the Raptors, his first impressions of Delon Wright and Norman Powell, and what kind of role Wright might have with the team this season. Thoughts?

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