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Raptors HQ 12 hours ago

Raptors Interested in JaVale McGee?

Rumours are swirling about teams interested in signing JaVale McGee and the Raptors might be among them. Is it true or not true? Is it good or bad? JaVale McGee. On the surface, that's not a name you expect a team struggling to find its form heading into the playoffs to be flirting with. In the video below, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report mentions that the Raptors are among the teams interested in bringing in JaVale for the stretch run. Here's what appears on YouTube when you type in JaVale McGee: If you're an NBA player and the first video about you on YouTube is a damn blooper reel,...
Justin Rowan / Fear The Sword 13 hours ago

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors: Game preview, television info, start time

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to tie the Raptors in the standings in a clash north of the border. The Cavaliers are coming off a decisive home win over the Boston Celtics and now travel to Toronto to take on the league's third most northern team (just don't tell them). With the Cavs possessing a 2-1 season series lead, they have a chance to close out the series. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (38-24) vs. Toronto Raptors (38-22) When: 7:30 pm est. Where: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, Ontario Where on my eyeballs: Fox Sports Ohio, TSN 2 & TSN 4 for those north of the border. Enemy blog: Raptors...
Raptors HQ Mar 3, 2015

DeMar DeRozan Possibly Maybe Hints At Return To Dunk Contest Next Season?

I will turn any tweet into a story. DeMar DeRozan is answering questions on Twitter today. I came across this response: Maybe next yr in Toronto RT @_itsmeGucci: @DeMar_DeRozan will we ever see that chicken dunk you were gonna do in dunk contest?#KlipschComp10 — Klipsch Audio Canada (@KlipschAudioCAN) March 3, 2015 Now: surely this is a more entertaining answer than "never!", but DeRozan also didn't have to pick this question and answer it. So maybe he is hinting at returning to the Dunk Contest next season when the All-Star festivities will be held at the Air Canada Centre. DeRozan,...
Raptors HQ Mar 3, 2015

Here's Some Toronto Raptors Playing "Jam or Not a Jam"

In which DeMar DeRozan lays quick judgement on Taylor Swift as a person. For NBA players off the court, music is everything. It's what fires up the team after a win. It's what helps calm them down on the long trips between cities. The 82-game road is a grind, and music helps make it tolerable. This would lead you to believe that Toronto Raptors players would be experts when it comes to music - which is undoubtedly why CBC Music approached a handful for their "Jam or Not a Jam" segment. The rules are simple. The guys listen to a clip of a song, and decide whether or not it's a jam. Some...
Raptors HQ Mar 3, 2015

The XX-Files: Hedo Turkoglu Answers Jack Armstrong with "Ball"

Today we remember when the Raptors signed free agent Hedo Turkoglu and in a post-game interview later in the season, he answered a question with: "Ball". 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 January 28, 2010: The Toronto Raptors play the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Toronto wins 106-104. The Moment Five years later we can agree that the 2009-2010...
Liberty Ballers Mar 2, 2015

Raptors Sweep Season Series, Defeat Sixers 114-103

Solid bench performances and a nice night for Nerlens Noel weren't enough to put one in the win column. No Kyle Lowry? No problem for the Toronto Raptors. They snapped a six-game losing streak and continued their dominance of the 76ers, notching a 114-103 win behind a standout performance from DeMar DeRozan. Despite the best efforts of Jerami Grant, Hollis Thompson and the rest of the Sixers lineup, DeRozan poured in 35 points and did his best to make up for the absence of Kyle Lowry. The formula for Sixers games has tilted since the trade deadline, with defensive regression traded for a...
Raptors HQ Mar 2, 2015

DeRozan and the Raptors Halt Five-Game Skid With Win Over 76ers

The Toronto Raptors put February in the rearview mirror, using a dominant performance by DeMar DeRozan to start the month of March on a winning note. The Toronto Raptors must be thankful that February is over. In 11 games, they amassed a record of 4-7 for their first losing month since Nov. 2013. There was an impressive stretch in the middle with signature wins over some contending teams, but it was book-ended by disappointment and frustration. Riding a season-worst five-game losing skid, the Raptors kicked off March in Philadelphia against the lowly and banged-up 76ers. It was not always...
Liberty Ballers Mar 2, 2015

Sixers-Raptors Game Thread

Down with the dinosaurs. 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season Toronto Raptors @ Philadelphia 76ers Monday, March 2, 2015 Wells Fargo Center 7:00 CSN Philly: 3M's - Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan Probable Starters Triceratops PG Aliens Iguanadon SG The rigors of nomadic living Pterodactyl SF Nuclear Winter Stegosaurus PF Volcanic Eruptions Tyrannosaurus Rex C They're actually just birds 2014/15 Numbers Of Note 6 - consecutive losses for Toronto 7 - wins in a row for Raptors vs. Philadelphia 1 - less JaVale McGee on the Sixers :( Tonight's...
Liberty Ballers Mar 2, 2015

Sixers vs. Raptors Preview: Fourth Time's the Charm?

Can the Sixers avoid a season sweep at the hands of their division rival to the north? One combatant enters tonight's game on a six-game losing streak, the last of those losses coming against a bad Eastern Conference team. For once, it's not the Sixers but the Toronto Raptors who are struggling to find their form. This isn't to say Philadelphia is setting the world on fire, fresh off a 20-point loss to Indiana, but to highlight the absurdity that is the NBA in early March. The length of an NBA season starts to become a story around the All-Star break each season, and Toronto will happily...
Raptors HQ Mar 2, 2015

Going back to the Well: Why the Raptors should re-visit their early-season line-up

The Toronto Raptors have stumbled since DeMar DeRozan's return. Re-assembling the team's original bench unit might be the formula to revive it. For a playoff team like the Toronto Raptors, a win over an Eastern Conference bottom-feeder in the first month of the season probably shouldn't register as a statement game. But that's exactly what November 11th's comeback win over the Orlando Magic was. The victory, which pushed the Raptors blistering start to 7-1, proved to be monumental in forming the identity of the team that now sits in the East's second seed. In addition to spawning the...
Raptors HQ Feb 28, 2015

Toronto Raptors Lose 103-98 To League-Worst New York Knicks

The Toronto Raptors were unable to get win in New York as the Knicks' Langston Galloway sealed the win with a dagger three-pointer. The struggling Toronto Raptors made their way to New York in hopes of breaking their recent losing streak. The Raptors, who still sit atop the Atlantic Division, haven't looked like the same first-placed team they once were at the beginning of the season. The Knicks, meanwhile, remain the NBA's worst team. They were without All-Star Carmelo Anthony (knee surgery, out for the season), Lance Thomas (strained left groin) and former Raptor, Jose Calderon who...

Final: Knicks 103, Raptors 98

Wins. Plural. Please raise your hand if you expected the Knicks to win both games of a back-to-back for the first time this season after losing both Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire? Now put your hands down, you lying scumbags! Fresh off a double-overtime triumph in Detroit, the Knicks returned to a somber MSG and honored Anthony Mason with a shockingly rugged 103-98 over the Toronto Raptors. Seriously, you guys, New York shot 10 more free throws than Toronto. Ten! Tim Hardaway rocked a protective headband like it was Batman's cowl in the first half, chipping in 18 points before the...
Raptors HQ Feb 28, 2015

In-Game Update: DeMar DeRozan Misses Breakaway 360 Dunk

Oops. DeMar DeRozan had a breakaway opportunity in the first half against the Knicks, and decided to go for a flashy 360 dunk. The result: BTW, the Raptors trail 50-47 at the half. One highlight: a large contingent of Raptors fans booed Andrea Bargnani every time he touched the ball in the first half, in his own home arena. The NBA, where anything is possible.
Raptors HQ Feb 27, 2015

Golden State Warriors Come Out and Play, Crush Raptors 113-89

The hits keep on coming for the Toronto Raptors as they get embarrassed on their home floor by the Warriors, losing 113-89. Nothing makes sense anymore. Dwane Casey called it a "woodshed butt-kicking." Kyle Lowry was surprised by the franchise record-worst 1-for-19 first quarter. Tyler Hansbrough attempted to fight Festus Ezeli. And the Raptors lost 113-89 to the Warriors at the ACC. Nothing about this team makes sense anymore (OK, except maybe that Hansbrough bit). From the opening tip, as the Warriors jumped out to a quick lead they never relinquished, the Raptors looked lost. The...
Raptors HQ Feb 27, 2015

NBA Standings Watch: Where do the Raptors Stand?

As we get back into real NBA games after the All Star break, we take a quick peek at the Raptors standing in the Eastern Conference. Last time we checked in on the Raptors, they sat at 33-17 and 3rd in the East on the heels of a two-game losing skid, and were facing a stretch of tough games to head into the All-Star break. The Clippers, Spurs, and Wizards seemed to be catching the Raptors at the right time, after Toronto had been beaten by Brooklyn and Milwaukee comfortably. So what's happened since? More of the roller coaster we've grown accustomed to. The Raptors impressively beat all 3...
Raptors HQ Feb 27, 2015

This Week In Social: Everyone Is Dancing and Singing

Vacations and a bunch of singing and dancing highlight your weekly look inside the lives of the Toronto Raptors. After an All-Star break spent focusing on one man, it's nice to stalk the other eleven Toronto Raptors on social media for a change. The days of winter are dragging on, and many Raptors used the week off to jet home or to a warm weather destination. Patrick Patterson and Bebe headed off on the same trip, in what I assume was the most entertaining vacation two basketball players have ever taken. Currently traveling with this wild child @nogueira92official.. Much needed few...
Raptors HQ Feb 27, 2015

Friday's FanDuel Tournament in Full Effect on 14-Game Night

The lineup possibilities are practically endless on a 14-game, 28-team NBA night, so it's a perfect time to play a one-day fantasy basketball tournament, presented by FanDuel and SB Nation! There are 28 teams in action tonight in the NBA, so you'll have the opportunity to use just about any player you want in FanDuel, as long as he doesn't play for the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks. The lineup combinations are basically endless (or at least there are too many for any reasonable human being to calculate), and that kind of variation always makes for exciting one-day fantasy basketball...
Raptors HQ Feb 27, 2015

The Raptors Are On A Three-Game Losing Streak, But I'm Not Too Worried.

I'm alright. The Raptors have lost three straight games on the road, to Houston, then New Orleans and Dallas. Because everyone else around them in the standings with the exception of Cleveland is falling apart as well, they still remain in second place, which is good. The way they've lost their last two games -- blowing fourth quarter leads against the Pelicans and Mavericks -- have been concerning. And we're at a point in the season where we know the key flaws to this team: their defense is inconsistent, their offense can get stagnant, and they often defend on perimeter oriented players who...
Raptors HQ Feb 26, 2015

So, About That White and Gold Dress, Or Is It Black and Blue? Chuck Hayes Weighs In.

The world is probably falling apart. If you were on the Internet at all today, you must have heard about the llama drama in the afternoon, and then in the evening, about the dress that captivated everyone online (sidenote: I took my dog for a walk just now and heard two separate conversations about the dress. So yes, the world is collapsing). To summarize, some saw it as white and gold, other saw it as blue and black, and others saw it as one, then another, then the original color again. No, I'm serious: Swear to God that dress looked blue and black to me, and then white and gold,...
Raptors HQ Feb 26, 2015

Let's Measure Raptor Performance by Synergy Play Type Statistics

NBA.com recently added play type statistics to their extensive statistical database. Ever wonder how the various Toronto Raptors players perform on different actions like post-ups, isolations, or pick-and-rolls? Wonder no more! Synergy's Play Type statistics measure how NBA players perform on both offence and defence in various in-game situations. By perusing these statistics, we can see how frequently different players or teams perform certain actions and how successful they are when they do. For the sake of clarity, here's NBA.com's explanation: "Play Type Statistics go beyond the...

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