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Raptors HQ 1 hour ago
Bringing Up Bebe Week 22: Old Joy James Johnson

Bringing Up Bebe Week 22: Old Joy James Johnson

A star-crossed meeting tonight, as one former Raptor ascends, and another disappears. The title of this column was not meant to be ironic. Not entirely. When the column began, the intent was to note the progress of Lucas Nogueira as he climbed his way out of basketball anonymity. (And to write about whatever random shit was on my mind, let’s be honest.) It was a worthwhile project for a couple months as Bebe settled into his role as a solid backup centre for the Raptors. We were watching someone being brought up, as it were, in real time on an NBA court. What fun. Now, however, the title...
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago
Dial 905: Clinching the Conference and Winning Awards

Dial 905: Clinching the Conference and Winning Awards

The Raptors 905 stay way, way up. The D-League’s regular season is winding down, and the 905 have clinched 1st in the East, which means bragging rights, but also: home court throughout the playoffs. Here’s a summary of what went down the past week. Saturday Mar. 18 — vs. Long Island Nets Final Score: 120-105 for the 905. Brady Heslip Keeps Cooking Heslip is the best shooter currently not in the NBA hands down. It isn’t just the shot anymore that should be scaring teams, as he can run an offense very efficiently. Heslip played in 32 minutes vs. the Nets, adding 18 points, 9...
Raptors HQ 5 hours ago
It’s Heat check time for the Raptors: Preview, Start time and more

It’s Heat check time for the Raptors: Preview, Start time and more

Down Lowry and Ibaka, the Raps are in tough against a hungry and desperate Miami team. Blame it on the Curse of the Bull, the ghost of Chuck Swirsky, the phantom of Doug McDermott or any basketball folklore narrative you’d like, but the Raptors finally beat Chicago on Tuesday and hope to carry this momentum into Miami tonight. It was only appropriate that the Raptors defeated the Bulls in such absurd fashion, battling back from a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter to finally relinquish their inner Chicago demons. DeMar DeRozan and Jimmy Butler engaged in an old-fashioned game of...
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 61, brought to you Tyler Hansbrough

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 61, brought to you Tyler Hansbrough

They did it! Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week Sean Woodley is joined by Russell Peddle and John Gaudes to examine the Raptors' curse-snapping win over the Bulls, analyze the Raptors' incredible success in fourth quarters, discuss Norman Powell's flawed game and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Tyler Hansbrough. Listen to the episode at the BlogTalk Radio link below and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Raptors HQ 22 hours ago
Serge Ibaka served with one-game suspension

Serge Ibaka served with one-game suspension

For dealing with Robin Lopez’s petty tantrum. It’s been the talk of the NBA town for most of the day, but now we finally have our answer as to how many games Serge Ibaka (and Robin Lopez) will miss for his role in the fracas during the third quarter of Toronto’s game against the Bulls. Turns out: only one game! Serge Ibaka gets a one-game suspension for his role in Robin Lopez's meltdown.— Raptors HQ (@RaptorsHQ) March 22, 2017 For context, you can re-watch the entire incident here: Since there hasn’t been any recent precedent for fights with punches thrown in an NBA game,...
Raptors HQ Mar 22, 2017
The 10 best plays of DeMar DeRozan’s Bull-beating night, ranked

The 10 best plays of DeMar DeRozan’s Bull-beating night, ranked

This was a DeMar win, through and through Toronto’s comeback win Tuesday night to end the Curse of the Bulls wasn’t the work of one man. P.J. Tucker played textbook defense on Jimmy Butler in crunch time, Patrick Patterson played Serge Ibaka-level defense at the rim. Cory Joseph hit shots when called upon. Fred VanVleet provided a youthful spark. And Rajon Rondo helped piss away the Bulls’ 15-point lead after three quarters with an array of turnovers, defensive gaffes and clanked floaters. It took six men for the Raptors to accomplish something they hadn’t since December 31,...
Raptors HQ Mar 22, 2017
Will the Raptors grab and hold the 3-seed?

Will the Raptors grab and hold the 3-seed?

Our question of the week gets very serious indeed. Apologies if this recalls the infamous post-season positioning talk of the Raptors’ late 2014-15 season, but there’s just no way to avoid it. Toronto is a consistent presence in the playoffs these days, and while they’ve yet to clinch officially, the team will show up in the post-season again for the fourth straight year. It’s quite an accomplishment for a franchise whose previous playoff runs acted as mere reprieves from a seemingly unending slog of despair. What a time, and so on. But to the matter at hand: the Raptors are in...
Raptors HQ Mar 22, 2017
Watch: Serge Ibaka speaks on his altercation with Robin Lopez

Watch: Serge Ibaka speaks on his altercation with Robin Lopez

A lot of things happened last night in the Raptors’ game against the Bulls. Here’s one of them. While it was not exactly lost in the resulting outcome, the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka did engage in some fisticuffs with Robin Lopez last night in Toronto’s eventual defeat of the Bulls. Since the final 12 minutes of the game (including five minutes of overtime) were some of the more stirring in memory, it’s possible to set the fight aside. But, of course, we know it won’t be. Suspensions are coming. First, the incident: Here’s what I think happened: Ibaka gave Lopez a little shot in...
Pippen Aint Easy Mar 22, 2017

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways from the Bulls’ overtime loss in Toronto

The Chicago Bulls couldn’t extend their strange winning streak over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. After a solid game, the Bulls broke down late in the fourth, allowing Toronto to climb back into the game and get the win. The Chicago Bulls looked great for the first three and a half quarters against the […] Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways from the Bulls’ overtime loss in Toronto - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ Mar 21, 2017
Raptors break curse, finally beat Bulls in OT, 122-120

Raptors break curse, finally beat Bulls in OT, 122-120

The Raptors were in a big hole, Serge Ibaka got into a fight, and Toronto pulled it out in overtime. This was a miraculous game. After losing 11 games in a row to the Bulls, there was a strain of thought suggesting the Raptors could only break the streak in one of two ways: a massive blowout, or a nail-biter. There was no way Toronto could beat Chicago by merely modest means. Not this team, the one that has bedeviled the Raptors for the past three years, not after all that has happened. No, this Bulls team would require a literal fight, something approaching a spiritual exorcism, to defeat....
Pippen Aint Easy Mar 21, 2017

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: Analysis of the Bulls blowing their streak against the Raps

The Chicago Bulls had a chance to extend their winning streak to 12 against the Toronto Raptors, all while vying for a playoff spot. It was going great  … until it wasn’t. Here’s a breakdown of what happened on Tuesday night in Toronto. First Quarter Rajon Rondo, Rajon Rondo, and more Rajon Rondo. At one […] Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: Analysis of the Bulls blowing their streak against the Raps - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ Mar 21, 2017
The Raptors have been cursed by the Chicago Bulls: A review of history

The Raptors have been cursed by the Chicago Bulls: A review of history

Going back years, the Bulls have beaten the Raptors. Is today the day? It began innocuously on February 19, 2014 in a tightly contested game. It was an unfortunate loss for the Raptors, but after a trade brought an influx of players and talent, the season was turning around. This was just one of three losses over a 10-game stretch, an off night in a season full of modest ups and downs. Toronto was now 29-25 after losing to the Chicago Bulls, 94-92. The team shook it off and moved on. But this was no ordinary game. No, on that particular night, the Raptors were cursed. At the time, we all...
Pippen Aint Easy Mar 21, 2017

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: Game outlook for a meeting that could end a current Bulls streak

The Chicago Bulls have won 11 games in a row against the Toronto Raptors for some strange reason. Can the Bulls make it 12 in a row on Tuesday night after a solid victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday? Hey, look … I don’t know why the Chicago Bulls are the NBA’s most confusing […] Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: Game outlook for a meeting that could end a current Bulls streak - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ Mar 21, 2017
Numbers Game: More good times coming?

Numbers Game: More good times coming?

Things are actually going really well. So let’s think on them some more. Last week, we looked at some positive things around the Raptors in spite of Kyle Lowry’s injury and some ugly losses. Well, a week later, we have one more ugly loss, and still plenty of positive stuff going on. Let’s just dive right in. Look at that Defense That’s the name of the game with a key player like Kyle Lowry out of the lineup. And they’ve been performing very well on that end of late, as the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker keep paying off. Last week we noted that the team had improved the...
Raptors HQ Mar 21, 2017
Raptors prepare to meet Bulls and destiny: Preview, Start Time, and More

Raptors prepare to meet Bulls and destiny: Preview, Start Time, and More

Is this it? Is this the day the Raptors finally beat the Bulls? If it's going to happen before the eventual heat death of the universe, its going to happen tonight. It's been 1,176 days since the Raptors last beat the goddamned Bulls. You know the routine by now - weird stuff happens, Chicago inexplicably wins. Everything is pointing towards tonight being the night that snaps the Raptors' 11-game streak of despair against the Bulls. Chicago is crumbling. Seriously, there are so many reasons why the Raptors should win this game. Dwyane Wade is out for the remainder of the season with an...
Pippen Aint Easy Mar 21, 2017

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors Game Info, How to Watch

The first of the final 12 games in this circus of a season for the Chicago Bulls tips off on Tuesday night. It couldn’t be more fitting that the Bulls push for the playoffs begins with a visit to the Toronto Raptors. Chicago has owned the Raptors for the past several seasons. It’s been a […] Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors Game Info, How to Watch - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ Mar 20, 2017
Power Ranking Poll Week 22: The Raps Are Good Again

Power Ranking Poll Week 22: The Raps Are Good Again

The Raptors go 3-1 on the week and we all wonder what we were worried about. When’s the last time you can remember an NBA team holding a players-only meeting and it turning out to be a good thing? I hesitate to even investigate. Often there’s a certain element of self-destruction about those meetings, guys so angry they can’t bite their lips anymore, or a coach called out. It takes a strong team made up of individually sound players to sit, listen and, if need be, constructively criticize. But all of that means nothing unless the team also responds. The Raptors gave up on Thursday...
Raptors HQ Mar 20, 2017
The Weekly Rap, March 20th-26th: This is March

The Weekly Rap, March 20th-26th: This is March

Taking a look at each Raptor’s best performance in the Big Dance. The Raptors were able to take the perfect backseat to March Madness last night. They did not cause me any extra stress while breezing past the Pacers without much trouble, and they forced a visibly frustrated Paul George to stop trying at both ends midway through the third quarter. While sitting in section 305 and furiously refreshing my phone for updates on the tourney, it got me thinking about the best performance each Raptor has had during March’s best event. Sadly, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira and,...
Raptors HQ Mar 19, 2017
Raptors Dominate, Win 116-91 Over Pacers

Raptors Dominate, Win 116-91 Over Pacers

Pacers have no answer for Raptors’ defense, as Toronto’s frontcourt shines. After a gritty win in Detroit, the Toronto Raptors won their second straight game, defeating the Indiana Pacers 116-91, as seven players scored in double figures. In a showdown of the top two defensive teams since the All-Star Break, the Raptors began the game looking a step slow on both ends of the floor. Indiana started the game strong, going on a small 8-0 run behind the play of Thaddeus Young and C.J. Miles. It didn’t take long for Serge Ibaka to remind us just how much he adds to this team, as he...
Raptors HQ Mar 19, 2017
The Week That Was: Players-Only Meeting!!

The Week That Was: Players-Only Meeting!!

Shouts to Drake dropping “More Life” yesterday and making sure we’re all set for Instagram captions with his new lyrics for the next 18 months. I’m trying to write the most disjointed first paragraph in the history of first paragraphs so to transition the Raptors 905 clinched a playoff spot this week for the first time in franchise history and Cole Shelton has the details. This week, the Raptors came home from a frustrating road trip and cruised to a 100-78 win over the Mavericks, then got destroyed at home by Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, had a players-only meeting...

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