6:40 AM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
8 hours ago
Raptors Use Strong 2nd Half to Power Past Trail Blazers, 112-106

Raptors Use Strong 2nd Half to Power Past Trail Blazers, 112-106

The new look, Lowry-less Raptors improve to 2-0 out of the All-Star break. As the bell of the Oscar’s called for Slammin Danny G, I tagged in at the last second to bring you this recap (shocking I know). I was at the ACC for this one so without the luxury of notes, here’s some general musings on the play of the Raps tonight by position group. Guards DeMar DeRozan was once again the game’s top scorer, finishing with 33 points on an efficient 9-16 from the field, and making 15 of 16 attempts at the free throw line. The Blazers were blitzing and trapping him hard whenever he was trying...
16 hours ago
Q&A with Patrick Patterson on the Oscars and Films of 2017

Q&A with Patrick Patterson on the Oscars and Films of 2017

The Raptors’ movie expert shared some picks and who he’d like to win in the 89th Academy Awards. The 89th annual Academy Awards are tonight at 8pm. This means they’re set to begin just as the fourth quarter of Raptors vs. Blazers gets underway. To me, this is unfortunate since I enjoy watching the Oscars every year (yes, even though they’re kind of dumb and not particularly indicative of the actual quality of films in a given year. I understand all of that.). For Patrick Patterson, the Raptors’ resident movie buff, it has to be a bummer too. Nevertheless, Patterson had some...
19 hours ago
Raptors Welcome Blazers’ Dynamic Duo: Preview, Start Time and More

Raptors Welcome Blazers’ Dynamic Duo: Preview, Start Time and More

Two teams looking to gain ground face off at the Air Canada Centre. After a huge win Friday over Boston, Dwane Casey was clearly holding in a bit of pleasure at his team’s defensive intensity. He praised the intensity his new additions, Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker, had brought to the team — but kept bringing it back to the need for continued effort from the entire team. Three games back of Boston for second place, there’s obviously no time for the Raptors to be pleased with themselves. There’s 24 games left and they have to make some hay. That’s a feeling the Portland Trail Blazers...
21 hours ago
The Week That Was: P.J. Tucker Will Be Your New Favorite Raptor

The Week That Was: P.J. Tucker Will Be Your New Favorite Raptor

The Raptors came out of All-Star break with a key matchup at home on Friday against the division-leading Celtics, and came out with a crucial 107-97 win as they try to chase down either Boston or Washington to avoid a potential 1-4 matchup against the Cavaliers in the second round. Sean Woodley has all the details from Friday’s game, and I have to say, while Serge Ibaka is the more marquee acquisition, P.J. Tucker will definitely become everyone’s favorite Raptor heading into the playoffs, especially if he continues to rip basketballs out of Isaiah Thomas’s hands late in the fourth...
Feb 25, 2017
Friday’s game a win for the Raptors, and qualitative analysis

Friday’s game a win for the Raptors, and qualitative analysis

Those Grit ‘n Grind Grizzlies teams might have been on to something. Before Thursday’s trade deadline, DeMarre Carroll held the mantle as the toughest dude in the Raptors locker room. This is the guy who defended LeBron James on one working leg in the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals; the guy who has overcome personal tragedy, a rare liver disease and life as an NBA journeyman; the guy whose reputation for tenacity earned him $60 million from the Raptors in the summer of 2015. If Friday’s 107-97 win over Boston is any indication, Carroll has challengers now. Toronto’s two deadline...
Feb 25, 2017
Watch: Lowry talks about his wrist injury

Watch: Lowry talks about his wrist injury

An update last night directly from Kyle Lowry. After last night’s game against the Celtics, Raptors star Kyle Lowry talked about the sore right wrist that kept him from playing. Here’s his take on the injury. To my mind, it doesn’t sound super serious, but the diagnosis remains a mystery. Watch: The Raptors play again tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers at 6pm. We’ll update you as it happens.
Feb 24, 2017
DeRozan drops 43 as Raptors down Celtics, 107-97

DeRozan drops 43 as Raptors down Celtics, 107-97

The Raptors dig themselves out of a huge hole without Kyle Lowry, and beat the Celtics (again). It was the casual way coach Dwane Casey said it. Before the Raptors game against their natural rivals, the Boston Celtics, he was talking up the team’s newest acquisitions Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker. After the squad’s recent slide, the long wait to see them retake the court with their new look only heightened the excitement. Fans across Toronto were turned up. And then Casey dropped it: Kyle Lowry, three time All-Star and the team’s undisputed leader, would sit out against the Celtics...
Feb 24, 2017
Kyle Lowry out tonight, possibly longer with wrist injury

Kyle Lowry out tonight, possibly longer with wrist injury

Not the best news ahead of a crucial game. Cast away those post-deadline feelings of jubilation — Kyle Lowry will miss tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics and perhaps more than that with a right wrist injury, per Dwane Casey. “He hurt his wrist in the Charlotte game, it’s still, he had X-rays today or images today, he’s gonna get more images next week. So that’s a blow,” said Casey in his pre-game availability. “That’s a huge blow for us. But it’s an opportunity for Cory and Delon to step in and play. I don’t know how long he’s gonna be out. It’s not gonna...
Feb 24, 2017
Salary Cap Update: Absorbing the P.J. Tucker Trade

Salary Cap Update: Absorbing the P.J. Tucker Trade

The Raptors look like they have a rock solid rotation after the trade deadline. But what about next year? The Raptors traded for P.J. Tucker, rounding out their rotation for their upcoming playoff run, and gave up little in return. Let’s consider the short term and long term implications of the deal. The Trade The Raptors traded P.J. Tucker for Jared Sullinger and their 2017 and 2018 2nd round draft picks. Tucker makes $5.3 million this season and is an expiring contract. He is on the final year of a three year deal, so the Raptors will have his Bird Rights this summer. Sullinger makes...
Feb 24, 2017
Dinos & Digits: Step up for the Trade Deadline Special

Dinos & Digits: Step up for the Trade Deadline Special

This week, we look at players coming in and going out at this year’s trade deadline. 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 it. Here are this week's interesting...
Feb 24, 2017
Trade Deadline Roundup: Raptors gear up, Celtics stand pat

Trade Deadline Roundup: Raptors gear up, Celtics stand pat

The P.J. Tucker acquisition looms large as the Raptors’ East competition largely stands pat. Thursday’s trade deadline ended up being less zany than we expected. From a Raptors’ perspective, though, there’s every reason to come away satisfied. Toronto satiated their need for a backup wing to replace Terrence Ross, and got a stout defensive one in P.J. Tucker. That they only had to give up two second round picks and Jared Sullinger — who was not likely to play with the Raptors anyway — is another fantastic maneuver by Masai Ujiri. What about the other teams in the Eastern...
Feb 24, 2017
Hope Springs Eternal as Raptors host Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

Hope Springs Eternal as Raptors host Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

After a rough patch before the All-Star break, the Raptors have new faces and health on their side as they take on Boston. After losing 11 of their 16 games before All-Star Weekend, the Toronto Raptors have a great opportunity to hit the reset button in the season’s home stretch. A win over Charlotte last Wednesday showed some signs of emotional life, but even more promising is the new-look team that takes the court tonight. Serge Ibaka is here, Patrick Patterson is (finally) healthy, and P.J. Tucker is on the way. The Raptors finally have a ten-man rotation void of rookies and uneven...
Feb 24, 2017
Milwaukee Bucks Sign 905 Swingman Axel Toupane

Milwaukee Bucks Sign 905 Swingman Axel Toupane

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed 905 guard Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract. Late Thursday evening, Chris Reichert from The Step Back reported the Milwaukee Bucks are signing Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract. The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract, per a league source— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) February 24, 2017 I have been saying for awhile now it was just a matter of time until Toupane returned to the NBA. With the Bucks fighting for a playoff spot, and down one Jabari Parker, the pickup makes sense. Toupane has been the...
Feb 23, 2017
Bringing Up Bebe Week 18: Turbulent Trade Talk

Bringing Up Bebe Week 18: Turbulent Trade Talk

Was Lucas Nogueira ever in trade talks? It’s a moot point now. I never believed the Raptors would actually trade Lucas Nogueira before this afternoon’s deadline. That’s the truth. Could I see the team relying on him in the playoff crunch? After the trades for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, no, probably not. If Bebe were to come into a post-season game, it would be for a modest spell, or to power those Kyle Lowry plus bench lineups the Raptors love to roll out. Down the stretch, it would be Patrick Patterson and Ibaka in the front court. We know this. That doesn’t make the trade talk...
Feb 23, 2017
Report: Raptors trade for Suns’ P.J. Tucker, fulfil destiny

Report: Raptors trade for Suns’ P.J. Tucker, fulfil destiny

In at the 3pm horn, the Raptors have made another move. Reported by the one and only Woj right at the buzzer, the Raptors have reportedly made a trade for the Phoenix Suns’ P.J. Tucker. Here’s the tweet: The Phoenix Suns are trading PJ Tucker to the Toronto Raptors, league source tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 Sources: Toronto is sending Jared Sullinger and two future second-round picks to Phoenix for PJ Tucker.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 More details as they appear (in the timeline).