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At The Hive Jan 20, 2017
Hornets crush Raptors in 113-78 blowout

Hornets crush Raptors in 113-78 blowout

The Hornets won their second game in a row Friday night in commanding fashion behind 32 points from Kemba Walker and stellar team defense. What a game. The Charlotte Hornets limited the Toronto Raptors to 30 total points in the second half and came away with a massive 113-78 victory Friday night. Kemba Walker led the team with 32 points on 16 shots. And he didn’t play in the fourth quarter. He didn’t need to. To any astute observer, this game was over shortly after it started. It’s true that the Raptors managed to keep it relatively close until the half, but they weren’t all there...
Raptors HQ Jan 20, 2017
Raptors get Kemba’d, lose 113-78 to Hornets

Raptors get Kemba’d, lose 113-78 to Hornets

A pitiful effort on both ends sunk the Raptors. Blame the schedule, injuries, or whatever you want — the Raptors aren’t playing to their capability at this juncture of the season. In the last eight games, they’ve been able to scrounge out wins thanks to their two superstars in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Tonight, against Charlotte, those two were not enough to overcome the almighty Kemba Walker. Toronto got demolished by Walker and the Hornets, 113-78. Walker had 32 points in 29 minutes in this one, shooting 11-for-16 and often making defenders Cory Joseph and Norman Powell look...
Raptors HQ Jan 20, 2017
Updating the Raptors Win Total Projections for 2016-17: 40 Games Left

Updating the Raptors Win Total Projections for 2016-17: 40 Games Left

How great are the Raptors really playing? And if they keep it up, how many wins are they likely to end up with? This is a quick update to the attempt at a Raptors’ season win total projection outlined here. The most recent update is here. We’ll have a similar update every ten games from here to the end of the season. Ten games ago, the projection had the Raptors pegged for a 6.6-3.4 record in this recent stretch. In reality, the team went 6-4. Not bad. Here are the full performances for each game (see linked original article above for explanations if needed). Those...
Raptors HQ Jan 20, 2017
Dinos & Digits: DeMar DeRozan, All-Star Starter

Dinos & Digits: DeMar DeRozan, All-Star Starter

This week, we look at DeMar DeRozan’s All-Star selection, the best backcourt duos in the NBA, Raptors comebacks, and more. Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section. OK, let's get down to...
Raptors HQ Jan 20, 2017
Raptors take on vaunted foe, the Charlotte Hornets: Preview, Game Time and More

Raptors take on vaunted foe, the Charlotte Hornets: Preview, Game Time and More

The banged up Raptors take to the road to visit the struggling Hornets. The Raptors first meeting with the Charlotte Hornets on November 11th was a straight up slug fest. Led by DeRozan’s 34 point performance, the Raptors were just able to hold on for the 113-111 victory, despite a third quarter invasion from the Hornets that saw them outscore the Raps 38-21. Now fast-forward two months and the Raptors have remained near the top of the Eastern Conference and are looking to respond after arguably their toughest loss of the season. It was going to happen eventually and four years to the...
Raptors HQ Jan 19, 2017
DeRozan Named to NBA All-Star Game as a Starter

DeRozan Named to NBA All-Star Game as a Starter

And we back, and we back and we back. It’s official. DeMar DeRozan has been voted into the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 19. Get fired up. DeRozan was chosen to represent the Eastern Conference All-Stars as a starter, with Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo joining him. Besides James, none of the four players have been All-Star starters before. In the Western Conference, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis all got voted in as starters. The noticeable absence there is MVP frontrunner Russell...
Raptors HQ Jan 19, 2017
Bringing Up Bebe Week 13: Try not to get hurt

Bringing Up Bebe Week 13: Try not to get hurt

Despite a couple of wins, and some solid play, we are concerned about Lucas Nogueira’s current status. One of the overriding concerns on everyone’s mind in a rec league basketball game, beyond even the thought of winning, is simple: do not get injured. It’s a notion slightly outside the bounds of pure competition, but one that never strays far from my mind given the amount of reckless (and supremely uncoordinated) play that is often involved. Turns out random people playing a sport for “fun” can be... clumsy. In any case, while I don’t want to get all Roy Batty on you here,...
Raptors HQ Jan 18, 2017
The Sixers Sully the Raptors’ Perfect Divisional Record, Win 94-89

The Sixers Sully the Raptors’ Perfect Divisional Record, Win 94-89

The Sixers end a 14-game losing streak to the Raptors by beating them 94-89 on Wednesday night. The Toronto Raptors just lost a game to the Philadelphia 76ers. The sky isn’t falling by any means, but this one still stings. With the 94-89 victory, the Sixers finally have a win over the Raptors for the first time in exactly four years, ending a 14-game losing streak against Toronto, with their last win coming on January 18th, 2013. Meanwhile, the loss was Toronto’s first to an Atlantic Division opponent this season, as they move to 28-14 on the year and 9-1 within the division. That also...
Raptors HQ Jan 18, 2017
Are the Raptors the new lovable throwback team of the NBA?

Are the Raptors the new lovable throwback team of the NBA?

They may not be the best, but the Raptors could be number one in everyone’s heart. NBA teams, like those in all professional sports leagues, will always — theoretically, if not in practice — head to where the wins are. If success is found in three-point shooting and positional flexibility, well then every team will gradually drift in that direction. It’s not an exact science, but as we watch more and more teams employ players with specific skill sets, while discarding those without, a pattern emerges. But then there’s always a team that finds unlikely success going in the other...
Raptors HQ Jan 18, 2017
Raptors Look to Resume Atlantic Perfection vs. 76ers: Preview, Start Time, and More

Raptors Look to Resume Atlantic Perfection vs. 76ers: Preview, Start Time, and More

The Toronto Raptors are running over their Atlantic ‘rivals’ lately. They’ll look to continue that trend in Philly. Aside from the Toronto Raptors, the Atlantic Division has been a mess for quite some time. With the Brooklyn Nets deciding to mortgage the future and go all-in on the likes of an aging Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Co. in 2013, they’ve been irrelevant for years, and likely will be for seasons to come. The New York Knicks are a dysfunctional crew in their own right, as witnessed at the Air Canada Centre over the weekend. The Boston Celtics have been grooming a...
Raptors HQ Jan 17, 2017
Shorthanded Raptors bury Brooklyn, 119-109

Shorthanded Raptors bury Brooklyn, 119-109

DeRozan and a career night from Cory Joseph led the Lowry-less Raptors. With the voting period almost up, the talk of the NBA is on All-Star Game selections. While some are praising a piping hot DeMar DeRozan, the consensus is the correct one: the Toronto Raptors go as far as Kyle Lowry allows them. Lowry anchors the team’s best units, he’s sensational on both ends, and he’s Toronto’s beating heart (to use a cliché). That’s why, even against the eight win Brooklyn Nets, there was naturally some doubt about the Raptors as Dwane Casey made the decision to rest Lowry on the front...
NetsDaily Jan 17, 2017
Woes: Raptors hand Nets 11th straight loss, 119-109

Woes: Raptors hand Nets 11th straight loss, 119-109

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Nets are running through the season with their woes. The Nets had a chance to redeem themselves after a 132-112 blowout in Toronto this past Friday. They also had a chance to end their 10-game skid. It never happened. And really, will it ever? With Kyle Lowry sitting out, the Toronto Raptors (28-13) defeated the Brooklyn Nets (8-33), 119-109, Tuesday night at Barclays Center. The Nets and its fans watched DeMar DeRozan and Corey Joseph singlehandedly dominate the Nets with the duo combining for 69 of Toronto’s points. The Nets have lost 11 straight game...
Raptors HQ Jan 17, 2017
Numbers Game: The Bounce Back from Carroll and Valanciunas

Numbers Game: The Bounce Back from Carroll and Valanciunas

After a rough stretch, a couple of key players have helped return the Raptors to their winning ways. After last week’s column on the difficult schedule and injury situation the Raptors faced, how that was a big part of why the team was struggling, and how that was about to ease up in a big way, along came the past three games. After a statement comeback win against Boston and two blowout wins against less impressive Atlantic division teams, the Raptors are back. There are also a couple of players turning their seasons around at the same time. Let’s take a look. DeMarre Carroll Carroll...
Raptors HQ Jan 17, 2017
Raptors Hit the Big Apple for a Date with the Nets: Preview, Start Time and More

Raptors Hit the Big Apple for a Date with the Nets: Preview, Start Time and More

Is this the Luis Scola revenge game we’ve all been waiting for? Four days after picking up a 132-113 roller coaster win over the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors will once again face off against the Eastern Conference cellar-dwellers. While the final score looks lopsided, the game was surprisingly close. Toronto held a slim 90-89 lead after three quarters before exploding for 42 points in the final frame. DeMar DeRozan paved the way for the Raps in a 28-point performance. We knew the Nets were going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this year, and their 8-32 record is proof that...
Raptors HQ Jan 16, 2017
Raptors Power Rankings Week 12: Bounce back time

Raptors Power Rankings Week 12: Bounce back time

With a perfect 3-0 week, the Raptors are moving on up. There were always going to be little dips in the quality level of the Raptors season. Last week, with the defense waxing and waning on the perimeter and at the rim, some of us — including me! — were ready to tailspin into full-on (late 2014-15 season) anxiety mode. The team had lost some bad games, two in a row in fact, and it was a concern. For most of the game against the Boston Celtics, it looked like the Raptors were heading towards another loss and a period of intense introspection. But it didn’t happen that way. Toronto...
Raptors HQ Jan 16, 2017
DeRozan named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Again)

DeRozan named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Again)

Been quite a big season so far for the longest-tenured Raptor. DeMar DeRozan, the man who declared “I am Toronto” after re-signing with the Raptors this offseason, has just been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a third time this season. Here’s the press release: DeMar DeRozan has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Jan. 9-15). Third time this season DeRozan has earned POW honours. pic.twitter.com/MJ5YiX41ro— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 16, 2017 What did it take for a Player of the Week award this time? For DeRozan, it meant leading the team...
Raptors HQ Jan 16, 2017
The Weekly Rap, Jan. 16th-22nd: This is a Week of Basketball

The Weekly Rap, Jan. 16th-22nd: This is a Week of Basketball

The Raptors play some basketball games this week. The Raptors, a good basketball team, beat the Knicks, a bad (some might even say very bad) basketball team on Sunday. They looked functional, and the Knicks looked very, very dysfunctional. Also, BRUNO PLAYED... Bruno locked it DOWN in these 10.9 seconds https://t.co/pTWwgueTC4— William Lou (@william_lou) January 16, 2017 Can you tell it’s the dog days of January for writers too? Onto this week’s game. Jan. 17th @ Nets After a surprisingly close first three quarters on Friday night, the Raps went on a three point barrage to blow...
Raptors HQ Jan 15, 2017
Raptors trash the Knicks, 116-101

Raptors trash the Knicks, 116-101

The final score doesn’t really reflect how easily the Raptors won. Not all teams are created equal. After the Toronto Raptors’ 116-101 win over the New York Knicks, it’s hard to tell if the wide margin of victory was caused by Toronto or New York. The Raptors were impressive, with six players scoring in double digits, five of which did so after the second quarter. But, the Knicks were almost embarrassingly bad during stretches of the game, particularly when their starters were on the floor. If Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose are actually still really good at basketball when they...
Game Thread: Knicks at Raptors- 01/15/17

Game Thread: Knicks at Raptors- 01/15/17

Win at sports, Knicks. The New York Knicks head to the vast cornfields of Canada this afternoon to participate in the grammar rodeo take on the Toronto Raptors in a game of basketball. As expected, Kristaps Porzingis won’t play. Head coach Jeff Hornacek says Kristaps Porzingis is out today (sore left Achilles).#NYKvsTOR— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 15, 2017 Tip-off is at 3:00 PM on MSG. This is your game thread. This is Raptors HQ. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams. Please be nice. Go the Knicks.
Raptors HQ Jan 15, 2017
Raptors Welcome Knicks for Sunday Matinee: Preview, Start Time, and More

Raptors Welcome Knicks for Sunday Matinee: Preview, Start Time, and More

After dispatching the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the Raptors look to complete the New York sweep in a Sunday matinee Following a tumultuous end to 2016 and start of 2017, the Toronto Raptors have showed their fans that they can now lift their fingers off the panic button. Wins this week over a pair of divisional opponents in the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have restored order in the Atlantic and now Toronto has the opportunity to grab its third straight win with the New York Knicks in town for a Sunday matinee. If you’re not out at the theatre or visiting your grandparents, here are...

Raptors Player News

  • Kyle Lowry

    Kyle Lowry

    Kemba Walker makes All-Star bid against Toronto’s great back-court

  • DeMar DeRozan

    DeMar DeRozan

    Kemba Walker makes All-Star bid against Toronto’s great back-court

  • Patrick Patterson

    Patrick Patterson

    Lucas Nogueira (concussion), Patrick Patterson (knee) remain out Friday for Raptors

  • Jared Sullinger

    Jared Sullinger

    Lucas Nogueira (concussion), Patrick Patterson (knee) remain out Friday for Raptors

  • Lucas Nogueira

    Lucas Nogueira

    Lucas Nogueira (concussion), Patrick Patterson (knee) remain out Friday for Raptors

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