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Raptors HQ 3 hours ago

Friday's FanDuel Tournament: A Guide for Toronto Raptors Fans

FanDuel and SB Nation are having another exclusive tournament for SB readers and writers on Friday night! Use the promo code SBNRAPTORS to get a 100% deposit bonus. It's Friday night and we've got ten NBA games on the slate, including your Toronto Raptors looking for their fifth win in a row as they visit the Detroit Pistons. How about we celebrate the occasion with your weekly FanDuel tournament for Raptors HQ and SB Nation readers and writers? Those of us from our community who have been playing lately have been pretty successful with the lineups we've built together. If you want to get...
Raptors HQ 22 hours ago

Views From Section 305: Enjoying the Experience of Drake Night II

It was hot up in the 6ix last night as the ACC was buzzing. Here's one fan's take on the second annual edition of Drake Night. Having been lucky enough to attend every home game so far this season, I know the ACC has been consistently full of people and a great atmosphere. Still, only a few games could be classified as "events". Certainly opening night, the TNT Thursday night affair against the Bulls and Masai Ujiri's night of tribute to Nelson Mandela against LBJ and the Cavs all classify as event games. But none reached the hype level of Drake Night II in terms of the fan base wondering...
Raptors HQ Dec 18, 2014

The XX-Files: A Look Back at 20 Years of Raptors Memories

In celebration of the Toronto Raptors' 20th season, we'll be taking a look at some key moments in the team's history. What was the context of the moment? What was its significance? And what song were you listening to as it happened? Welcome to the XX-Files. In celebration of the Toronto Raptors' 20th season, we'll be taking a look at some key moments in the team's history. What was the context of the moment? What was its significance? And what song were you listening to as it happened? Welcome to the XX-Files. The Event March 24, 1996: The Toronto Raptors play the Chicago Bulls in the...
Raptors HQ Dec 18, 2014

My 20 Favorite Moments From Drake Night II

I wasn't even there. One. Drake revealing before the game that the Raptors were getting a full rebrand next season. As long as they don't take down the inaugural season banner, I'm down with whatever he has up his sleeves. Two. Drake referencing Drake lyrics. Asked how quickly the Raptors will go from 0 to 100, Drake responded, "Dare I say, real quick." — Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) December 18, 2014 Three. Mark Jones of ESPN referencing Drake lyrics and getting them right, kind of. "First name greatest, last name ever" - Mark Jones butchering Drake's gawd flow smh — alex...
Raptors HQ Dec 17, 2014

Recap: Raptors go 0 to 105 in Win Over Nets on Drake Night

For Drake Night II the Raptors pulled out all the stops, both of the showy and defensive variety, to win 105-89 over the Brooklyn Nets. The Toronto Raptors have hit 20 wins faster than any other team in franchise history. For a franchise that's gone through years of turmoil, the headline is obvious: started from the bottom, now we're here. But where is here? After the Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets in May, the team and the city have been smarting. Heading into tonight's game against the Nets, with the buzz of Drake Night II, the expectation was revenge. "I would say they...
NetsDaily Dec 17, 2014

Ugly Fourth Quarter Dooms Nets in Toronto, 105-89

It was 'Drake night' up in Toronto for Wednesday night's Nets vs. Raptors matchup, no lint brushes included. The last time the teams played was Game 7 of the playoffs last season, when Paul Pierce came up with a game-winning block on Kyle Lowry to silence to Toronto crowd and clinch a second round series with the Miami Heat. But things are a bit different now. The Raptors stand atop the Eastern Conference, averaging 107.2 points per game, which is second in the NBA, while the inconsistent Nets are still looking to discover their offensive game. The rivalry of the two teams continues to...
NetsDaily Dec 17, 2014

2nd Half Game Thread: Nets at Raptors

The score at the half: Raptors 53, Nets 52. Kyle Lowry leads all scorers with 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting. For more on the Toronto Raptors, check them out at Raptors HQ. Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors, 8:00 PM - NetsDaily Nets at Raptors Boxscore - NBA.com Lowry From Three (Video) - NBA.com
Raptors HQ Dec 17, 2014

Drake: Raptors Are Getting A Full Rebrand Next Season

According to the ambassador, people are going to really like it. A bit of news from Drake's pre-game presser tonight: Drake says the Raptors rebrand is going well. Says people will like it. "It's definitely a full rebrand." — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 18, 2014 More Drake on redesign: "I think people are going to be floored with what we have in store for next season … — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 18, 2014 Discuss.
Raptors HQ Dec 17, 2014

Kyle Lowry Joins the Season of Giving with His "Holiday Assist"

Lowry played the role of Santa for a group of Kids from Our Lady of Victory Elementary School on Tuesday. Kyle Lowry is known for giving a lot of things on the basketball court; whether it be assists to his teammates, attitude to officials or one hundred percent effort on every play. On Tuesday though, Lowry's giving happened off the court as he treated a group of school kids aged 6-13 to a wish they could only ever ask for: an unlimited seven minute shopping spree at Toys R Us. This is what it's really about!! #lowryholidayassist#lowrylovefoundation #ireallyhadfunwiththosekids...
Raptors HQ Dec 17, 2014

It's Officially Bruno Caboclo Forever

This is better than having a 19-6 record. Watched this 20 times, now you can too. Everybody say aBebê @nogueira92oficial A video posted by Bruno Fernandes (@brunofive) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:40pm PST
Raptors HQ Dec 17, 2014

Masai Ujiri up for CBC's "Most Influential Figure in Canadian Sports"

He took down social media. He overcame Eugenie Bouchard. Now Masai Ujiri is up against Gilmore Junio for CBC Sports' most influential figure in Canadian sports. HQ readers, assemble! For the last couple weeks, CBC Sports has opened the polls for the public to decide who the most influential figure in Canadian sport was in 2014. Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, never the underdog, took down the concept of social media (which isn't really a person, but okay). Then in the second round, he topped women's tennis phenomenon Eugenie Bouchard. Now Ujiri is in the final, and he's up...
NetsDaily Dec 17, 2014

Nets head to north to play the Raptors

So much for that. Playing at home against an injury riddled Miami Heat team, the Brooklyn Nets were unable to take advantage and lost 95-90. Making matters worse, the roof started leaking during the game. For a team that needs every break it can get, a loss like this is unacceptable. Waiting for the Nets will be the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors. The Raps have built upon their successful 2013-2014 campaign and are the favorites to win the division again. They won their last game against the Orlando Magic on Monday night and have a comfortable lead in the...
Raptors HQ Dec 16, 2014

Q&A with Patrick Patterson: on his three-point shooting, shot charts and the perfect environment

We had a chance to catch-up with the Raptors reserve forward this past Sunday for a brief chat about the season so far, how teams are adjusting to him lately, and more. Prior to Sunday's overtime victory over the New York Knicks, I had a chance to chat briefly with Patrick Patterson about the season so far. You’re shooting 46.4 percent from beyond the arc this year. Has your role in the offense changed compared to your time in Houston and Sacramento? Since I’ve been here, I would say it’s been pretty much the same. My role on offense is still to space out the floor. The one thing...
Raptors HQ Dec 15, 2014

Raptors Shake Off Back-to-Back Daze, Repel Magic in the Second Half for 95-82 Win

After a sleepy first half that saw the Raptors down by eight, Toronto rallied in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 95-82. It was a strange night. Hey, just between you and me, let's admit this was a weird game. The Raptors ultimately beat Orlando 95-82, but for most of the game it felt like a bizarre run of circumstances were all working at the same time. To wit: Landry Fields got the start again for the Raptors. In the first half, he set up Amir Johnson on a fast break with an unexpected (to say the least) behind-the-back pass. Patrick Patterson, still shooting well with a...

Raptors smother Magic in the second half, rally to win 95-82

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors were too much in the second half for the Magic. Following their dramatic win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, the Orlando Magic took a trip over the boarder to take on the Eastern conference leading Toronto Raptors. The Magic, after a solid first half, struggled mightily in the second half, falling to the Raptors for the third time this season, 95-82. For much of the first quarter, the Magic struggled on both ends. Toronto was able to get into their sets and get good shots on most of their early possessions, while forcing the Magic into lower...
Raptors HQ Dec 15, 2014

Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 7: Livin' Large with Lowry

In response to ESPN's Power Rankings, each week we'll decide: Are the Raptors being ranked fairly or unfairly? Chatter for the NBA All-Star has been picking up lately (whaddup #NBABallot) and with it, a renewed belief that this will be the year Kyle Lowry makes the team. And why not? With the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan still injured, leadership of the Raps has fallen solely to Lowry and his relentless efforts. With a Player of the Week award under his belt, and averages of 19.7 points and 7.6 assists through 24 games, Lowry's got the chops. Still, the NBA fan is one of habit and name...
Raptors HQ Dec 15, 2014

Tidbit: DeMar DeRozan Is Participating In Coaches Meetings

Dwane Casey spoke about DeMar's role with the team while he recovers from a groin injury. DeMar DeRozan missed his eighth straight game on Sunday. But he was at Madison Square Garden to watch the Raptors beat the Knicks 95-90 in overtime. Before the game, coach Dwane Casey talked a bit about DeRozan's role with the team while he recovers from his groin injury. "He's been in our coaches meetings," Casey explained. "He's heard some of the criticism we have of our players. I think it's helpful for players to come in. I remember in Seattle, Nate McMillan would come to meetings with (head coach)...
Raptors HQ Dec 14, 2014

Raptors Win Ugly Over Knicks, 95-90 in Overtime

The Toronto Raptors turn it on in extra time, hold off the Knicks to stay atop the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t as easy as it could have been. A win is a win, though, and the Toronto Raptors pulled it out Sunday night against the New York Knicks, 95-90 in overtime. After holding Indiana to 94 points on Friday, the Raptors defense was solid again, holding the Knickerbockers to 90, with 34 of those coming from Carmelo Anthony. Toronto is now 10-0 when holding teams below 100 points, a great sign for this team when the offense is, well, less than spectacular. This was one of those nights....
Raptors HQ Dec 13, 2014

A Reminder: NBA All-Star Balloting Has Started, Get Kyle Lowry (And Others) There!

Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote. Remember how Kyle Lowry didn't make the All-Star team last year? Well, on merit alone, he looks well on his way to getting the recognition he deserves this season. But of course, we can also help him get there with our voting. The All-Star balloting for this year's game started earlier this week. You can click here to vote, and also do so by using the hashtag #NBABallot on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I generally hate hashtags so you know how much this means to me if I'm advocating that you use them. All the ways you can cast your ballot can be...
Raptors HQ Dec 12, 2014

Raptors Get Defence Back on Track, Down Pacers 106-94

Raptors start off an important stretch of six straight games against teams with sub-.500 records with a 106-94 win against the Pacers at the ACC. They got there with bench scoring, tenacious work on the glass, and a revitalized defence. The Raptors got back in the win column on Friday night, beating the Indiana Pacers 106-94 at the ACC. The big keys to the victory were: Defence: This was the first time the Raptors held an opponent under 100 points in the last 10 games. Rebounding: The Raptors outshone the league's second-best rebounding team on the boards, winning the battle 52-39 in...

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    Kyle Lowry

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    DeMar DeRozan

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  • Lou Williams

    Lou Williams

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  • Jonas Valanciunas

    Jonas Valanciunas

    Brooklyn Nets falter in 105-89 loss to Toronto Raptors

  • James Johnson

    James Johnson

    Drake Night another success thanks to Lowry; Dunks a sruggle for Patterson but threes no problem; JV chairman of the boards; That’s what James Johnson’s here for

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