12:10 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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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...
19 hours ago
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...
20 hours ago
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...
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...
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...
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...
Jan 13, 2017
Raptors wake up in 4th, blow out Nets 132-113

Raptors wake up in 4th, blow out Nets 132-113

On the Bruno game that almost wasn’t. Sometimes mathematical edges have limits. When it comes to the up-tempo, three-point-chucking Brooklyn Nets, a lack of roster talent puts a cap on how effective their high-variance style of offense can be. For a while on Friday night, it seemed as though the Nets just might avoid the onslaught of regression long enough to squeak out win over a Raptors team on cruise control. Late into the third quarter, Brooklyn’s collection of gunners had canned 11-of-22 threes - a rate high enough to keep them in stride with the high-powered Raptors, who...
Jan 13, 2017
Report: Jared Sullinger and Delon Wright Cleared for Team Practice

Report: Jared Sullinger and Delon Wright Cleared for Team Practice

In case you forgot, the Raptors have two other players who’ve been out of action the entire season. The good news keeps coming for the Toronto Raptors after it was announced this afternoon that Jared Sullinger and Delon Wright have been cleared for team practice. For those keeping track, Wright hasn’t played basketball since Summer League in July; Sullinger got into exactly one game in the pre-season before injuring his foot, which required surgery. Both players have been cleared by doctors to resume basketball activities. Yeehaw. The @Raptors Jared Sullinger (left foot surgery) and...
Jan 13, 2017
Raptors Welcome the Woeful Nets: Preview, Start Time, and More

Raptors Welcome the Woeful Nets: Preview, Start Time, and More

Coming off a massive win against the Boston Celtics, the Raptors welcome the homesick Nets on Friday night. After an old-fashioned dog fight with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, the Raptors have shifted their attention to the bottom of the conference, as they welcome the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night for round two of the 2016-17 campaign. Tuesday night may have marked the most significant victory of the Raptors season thus far. The first three quarters were ugly for both teams, but slightly less so for the Celtics who would build a comfortable 16-point lead in the second quarter, and...
Jan 13, 2017
Dinos & Digits: Deadly Lineups for Toronto

Dinos & Digits: Deadly Lineups for Toronto

This week, we look at the Raptors’ league-leading lineups, Jonas Valanciunas’ franchise records, Kyle Lowry’s minutes, and DeMar DeRozan’s usage. 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...
Jan 12, 2017
Bringing up Bebe Week 12: Lucas Nogueira Had a Cold

Bringing up Bebe Week 12: Lucas Nogueira Had a Cold

It’s not an excuse though, and Bebe is still doing what he can. Lucas Nogueira, holding a used towel in one hand and a jersey in the other, stood in a bright corner of the locker room between two attentive but fading sportswriters who stood waiting for him to say something. But he said nothing; he had been silent during much of the evening, except now in this locker room in Toronto he seemed even more distant, staring out through the noise and sharp lighting into a medium-sized room beyond his seat where dozens of journalists stood huddled around television cameras or shuffled across the...
Jan 12, 2017
Raptors Trade Deadline: The team needs another power forward

Raptors Trade Deadline: The team needs another power forward

There’s no mystery this year as to what position needs to be filled on the Raptors. While there are still many weeks to go before the NBA Trade Deadline on February 23rd, that won’t stop us from visualizing the needs and wants of the Toronto Raptors this season. To that end, the SB Nation braintrust has put together a little video — with some input from us here at HQ — to address the needs of the team and possible trade targets for the Raptors. Does the video name check Paul Millsap and DeMarcus Cousins, two players unlikely to be traded? I’m not not saying that. Maybe just watch...
Jan 12, 2017
Dial 905: Toupane and VanVleet keep it rolling

Dial 905: Toupane and VanVleet keep it rolling

The 905 hit the road, and looked to turn around recent struggles. The Raptors 905 hit the road for two games before returning home this past week. Here’s a summary of how things played out for our favourite D-League team. Friday Jan. 6 — vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants Final Score: 114-110 for the 905 as they improve to 13-7, ending a 4-game losing streak. Axel Toupane Dominates Once Again To the surprise of no one I’ll write it again: Toupane should be in the NBA. Against the Mad Ants, Toupane got the start and once again set to work owning the game. In this contest, no one could check...
Jan 12, 2017
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 53, brought to you by Primoz Brezec

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 53, brought to you by Primoz Brezec

No Millsap, no problem. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week Sean Woodley is joined by William Lou and Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic to chat about the Raptors most recent slate of games, consider the team's starting lineup going forward and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Primoz Brezec. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Jan 11, 2017
Are the Raptors and Celtics rivals yet?

Are the Raptors and Celtics rivals yet?

A modest investigation into the ongoing situation atop the Atlantic Division. Last night the Raptors beat the Celtics after a stirring comeback in the second half. At one point Toronto was down 16 points (in the second quarter); later they faced a nine point deficit in the fourth. There were stretches that looked mighty grim. Until, that is, a couple of Raptors — mainly DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas, with an assist from Kyle Lowry — decided to put the team on their metaphorical backs and save the day. Before the game, the word “rivalry” was tossed around — mostly by...