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Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 6 hours ago

Video Breakdown: Hawks turnover problems against Raptors

We take a closer look at the Hawks' turnovers problem in their season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors. We previously took a look at the rebounding issues that plagued the Atlanta Hawks, particularly down the stretch in Wednesday's season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors. Another issue from that game was turnovers. Atlanta turned the ball over 19 times which Toronto turned into 23 points. There are essentially two types of turnovers. Both are bad but one is worse than the other. Dead ball turnovers at least allow teams the opportunity to set their defense at the other end of the...
Raptors HQ 6 hours ago

Views From The 6: Bench Mob Nicknames, The Valanciunas Project and More

Early thoughts on the season so far, as in we're just one game in. Throughout the season, I'll be dropping by with these "Views From The 6" posts with random thoughts on the Raptors and other things, but mostly about this team. 1. Before we start, you should all check out the work Daniel Reynolds -- my co-editor on this site -- has been doing. He was a little late to the Mike Scott party, but did great stuff on the opening night recap, and a follow-up piece about the game. By the way, I had to resort to the Drake reference as a title of this series because I went and solicited ideas for...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 9 hours ago

Video Breakdown: A closer look at the Hawks' rebounding issues against Toronto

The Atlanta Hawks gave up 16 offensive rebounds to the Toronto Raptors but Atlanta's undersized frontcourt didn't play as big a part in that as you might think. At first glance, rebounding played a big part in Wednesday's loss by the Atlanta Hawks to the Toronto Raptors. Atlanta actually held their own from a numbers standpoint as Toronto ended the game with a slight 48-42 edge. A deeper examination reveals 16 offensive rebounds for the Raptors which led to 26 second-chance points. That is a huge number particularly for a team that is trying to win on the road. However, it was the timing...
Raptors HQ 9 hours ago
Recap: Toronto Star's Doug Smith Answers Raptor Fan Questions

Recap: Toronto Star's Doug Smith Answers Raptor Fan Questions

The highly-acclaimed Raptors beat writer recently took part in a Q&A session with some readers for the Star. Everything from who the team may target on the open market to the greatest players in franchise history was discussed. It's always fun to get Smith's perspective on all things Toronto Raptors. He's a respected journalist with a wealth of knowledge on a team he's been covering since the very beginning. With that being said, you know I have to throw my two cents in on some of the juicier questions he answered. That's just the kind of guy I am, folks. Q: With a number of expiring...
Raptors HQ Oct 30, 2014

What's In A Name? Open Call For Raptors Nicknames

With support for the Raptors taking off, it's time to start doubling down on some roster nicknames. Mighty Mouse. Junkyard Dog. Vinsanity. The Toronto Raptors have had some well-thought out and famously nicknamed players in their history. But with the team rolling into its 20th season, there seems to be a dearth of definition as to the current nickname situation. Over on Reddit, the suggestions have been flying around as to the definitive nickname role call for the Raptors. It feels like it is time for us to work together as a community to nail some down here (and develop some new...
Raptors HQ Oct 30, 2014

Excitement is the Word of the Day After Raptors Home Opener

With the first game of their season completed, the Raptors sit at 1-0. But the story of the game against the Atlanta Hawks was everyone's excitement. The buzz is real. It's a thing that exists just slightly beyond the usual noise of an arena - the blaring music, the PA announcer, the traffic outside. You walk into the Air Canada Centre and you can hear it: that buzz of excitement. "Can you feel it?" Amir Johnson chuckled. "Definitely, there's definitely a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz around the city." For the city of Toronto and Raptors fans, its the excitement that comes from...

Hawks vs Raptors: Free Throw shooting, Turnovers prove costly in loss for Atlanta

More thoughts from Atlanta's 109-102 loss in the season opener against the Toronto Raptors. The Atlanta Hawks opened the regular season on the road with a 109-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The final score is a bit deceiving after Atlanta made a furious comeback attempt in the fourth. The late rally was commendable and a reminder that no team should relax against these Hawks but, Atlanta was outplayed over the second and third quarters and that ultimately was the deciding factor in the game. Here are some more thoughts from the season opener: Hawks become own worst enemy Not many NBA...
Raptors HQ Oct 29, 2014

Recap: Raptors Survive 4th Quarter Barrage from Hawks, Regional Manager Mike Scott

After the excitement of the opening night ceremonies, the Raptors settled in for a up-and-down battle with the Atlanta Hawks. Despite letting up in the 4th quarter, the Raptors hung on to win 109-102. We made it. Game 1 of 82. And the Raptors won 109-102 against the Atlanta Hawks. The highlights: - Any worries about the health of Amir Johnson have been at least temporarily put to rest. He came out ready to work, shooting 7-15 for 16 points, adding 10 rebounds, and, why not, four blocks. - The bench unit of Greivis Vasquez, James Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough (the first man off the bench,...

Hawks vs Raptors final score: Atlanta's comeback bid falls short in Toronto

The Atlanta Hawks mounted a furious fourth quarter rally but come up short in a 109-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The regular season opens on a sour note for the Atlanta Hawks with a 109-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Atlanta mounted a furious fourth quarter rally and cut a 19 point deficit to just four with 35.9 seconds remaining behind a desperate defense and some hot shooting from Mike Scott and Jeff Teague. However, a late offensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan and two ensuing free throws proved to be the difference and denied Atlanta's comeback bid. Both teams traded punches in the...
Raptors HQ Oct 29, 2014

Introducing FanDuel, Our Daily Fantasy Hoops Provider

SBNation and FanDuel have partnered up to bring readers the opportunity to play daily fantasy basketball and compete to win cash prizes. This year, SBNation and FanDuel are teaming up to provide readers with the opportunity to play daily fantasy basketball for potential cash prizes. We here at Raptors HQ are gladly taking part in the fun, providing you with weekly fantasy-based breakdowns of your beloved Toronto Raptors all season long. Our coverage will include discussions regarding things like which matchups you should be targeting, injuries that come up and their fantasy fallout, hot...
Raptors HQ Oct 29, 2014

Raptors Finally Announce TV Broadcast Schedule

We finally have the TV details regarding where you can watch all 82 Raptors games this season. After much delay, the Raptors have released their TV broadcast schedule just in time for their home opener tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. Was there perhaps some media conglomerate controversy behind this development? I'll leave that for you to decide. The full schedule with TV listings can be found here. Some details: - TSN will be broadcasting 47 games this season, including Lebron's visits to Toronto, the first rematch against Brooklyn, Andrew Wiggins' trip to Canada, and a contest against...

Hawks vs Raptors preview: Atlanta opens regular season in Toronto

The Atlanta Hawks open the 2014-15 regular season on the road in a tough matchup against the Toronto Raptors. After an encouraging preseason slate of game, the Atlanta Hawks open the 2014-15 regular season Wednesday night with a difficult road matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Wednesday's test should be a good one against a Raptors team that has plenty of expectations and according to many, is the favorite in the Atlantic Division. The Hawks come into the game healthy which is a must after last season's injury plagued campaign. Al Horford has yet to declare himself 100 percent recovered...
Raptors HQ Oct 28, 2014

2014-15 Raptors Season Preview Roundtable

The 2014-15 NBA season kicks off tonight. The Toronto Raptors will begin their 20th season in the NBA tomorrow when they host the Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. The last time the Raptors played a meaningful game there, it was Game 7 of the first round against the Brooklyn Nets. If you're here and reading this, chances are you don't really need us to recap what happened that afternoon. Expectations are high this season for a franchise that's only been to the second round of the playoffs once in the history of their existence. After the euphoria of last year's brief playoff run,...
Raptors HQ Oct 28, 2014

Patrick Patterson Goes Undercover at Sport Chek

"Employee of the Month" Patrick Patterson does his best to shell out Raptor merchandise — preferably with his name on it — at a local Sport Chek in East York. If the whole basketball thing doesn't pan out, at least Patrick Patterson's winning smile and charming personality will land him a gig in retail somewhere. If you need the low down on which sports bras are on sale, just yell across the store and give 2Pat a shout. Same goes for spandex. Undergarments are his area of expertise. And be sure to pick up Patterson's jersey while you do your shopping as well. That's key. $18...
Raptors HQ Oct 27, 2014

Charles Barkley Can Pronounce Jonas Valanciunas, He Just Won't Do It Yet

We went to TNT's Inside The NBA media event today, and had a chance to ask Chuck about a few Raptors related topics, including Drake's jump shot. I had a chance to attend an Inside The NBA media event today. With Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson holding court, the laughs and sometimes insightful basketball analysis were flowing. You would not be surprised that Barkley thinks Anthony Davis is the next big thing, or that Cleveland and Chicago are the only two teams that can win the East. But I also asked him about a few Raptors-related questions: On...
Raptors HQ Oct 27, 2014

We Went There: Raptors-Knicks in Montreal on Friday

A live report from Friday's preseason game in Montreal. We The North in French, Reggie Evans jersey sighting, and more. In the spirit of fully embracing the #WeTheNorth campaign, the Toronto Raptors continued their trend of playing exhibition games in various spots across Canada this year. They opened the preseason against the Sacramento Kings in Vancouver and closed it out on Friday night against the New York Knicks in Montreal. I've been the definition of an NBA fanatic for more than two thirds of my 31 years on this planet. I grew up in Newfoundland, so I never got many opportunities to...
Pounding The Rock Oct 27, 2014

2014-15 NBA Preview: Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are so deep that there's no way they're going to be able to play everyone the minutes they think they should deserve. Thankfully, they signed Dwane Casey to a three-year contract extension to figure all that out. Toronto Raptors: Prediction: 4th in the Eastern Conference 2014 Record: 48-34 Coach: Dwane Casey Significant Additions: G Lou Williams (trade), F James Johnson (free agent), F Jordan Hamilton (free agent), C Lucas Nogueira (trade), F Greg Stiemsma (free agent), F Bruno Caboclo (draft) Significant Subtractions: F John Salmons (trade), F Steve Novak (trade), G Nando De...
Raptors HQ Oct 27, 2014

Dwane Casey Crunches Some Numbers

Coach Casey chats with NBA.com's statistics expert, John Schuhmann, about areas in which the Raptors stand to improve offensively and defensively, and explains how he plans on doing so. It seems crazy to think that the analytics revolution in basketball was once a contentious issue among NBA circles. The resistance to wide acceptance still remains to some degree, especially when you hear older talking heads like Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. However, looking at the names and backgrounds of front office and coaching staff members around the league, it's apparent that teams have come to...
Raptors HQ Oct 25, 2014

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 Oct 25, 2014

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...

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