Found October 30, 2012 on Hoops Heads North:
The Raptors 18th season kicks off on Wednesday night when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. After a roughly six month hiatus since their last meaningful (and I do use that term very loosely) action, and a pre-season showing that has taken expectations up a level or two, the anticipation for opening night is as high in Raptor Nation as it has been since the VC days. Here's eight other games you need to circle on the calendar for the upcoming season. Toronto Raptors @ Oklahoma City Thunder - November 6th, 2012The Raptors will get their first peek at the newly modified Thunder team as they travel to Oklahoma City to close out the NBA's first week back. This game gives the Raptors a chance to test their mettle against one of the league's elite franchises in only their fourth game of the season, along with providing Raps fans a chance to check out two of the more entertaining players on Planet Earth in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Jonas ...

No Tricks, All Treats - Opening week of the Raptors schedule starts today on Halloween

posted by Romy AquinoIt's Halloween and Toronto Raptors basketball is back y'all.  No lockout, no shortened season, no sir...we have an 82-game season with a much improved roster from last year.  The Toronto Raptors are a young team on the rise and have a solid starting five in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas.  It doesn&...

Bargnani, Raptors quietly confidence of better '12

No bold predictions, no promises of reaching the playoffs. There is instead a quiet sense of optimism around the Toronto Raptors heading into the season. A year after general manager Bryan Colangelo preached patience with a young, building team that was all about gaining experience, the Raptors made several key moves in the offseason in hopes of significantly improving the team...

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 29 (10.29.2012) Toronto Raptors Season Preview Edition

Episode 29 of RAPS TALK (10.29.12) - It's the latest episode of our "preseason" podcast series. This week, Sean, U-E and I give our preview for this upcoming season for the Toronto Raptors, discuss our thoughts on the rookies (Valanciunas/Ross/Acy) and talk about our new segment "The Raptors Haha of the Week". We also introduce another one of our newest...

Report: Raptors reach extension with DeRozan

Forward DeMar DeRozan agreed to a contract extension with the Toronto Raptors, reported. The deal, which beat Wednesday deadline for renegotiating contracts for future free agents, was for $40 million over four years. ESPN also reported incentives could increase the contract to $46 million. Last season, DeRozan averaged 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds for Toronto.

Raptors Hope Valanciunas Covers For Bargnani On Glass

The Raptors are not expecting Andrea Bargnani to suddenly become a more productive rebounder.

All Eyes On DeRozan

This season will be a make or break year for DeRozan in Toronto. He is due for an extension and his agent will likely be looking for a large payday. If the Raptors don’t make the playoffs and DeRozan struggles, if he doesn’t find that magic chemistry with Lowry and the rest of the team, he may find himself wearing a new uniform this time next year.

Raptors Agree To $42M Extension With DeMar DeRozan

The Raptors and DeMar DeRozan have agreed upon a four-year, $42 million contract extension.

Raptors Demar DeRozan throws down massive alley-oop dunk from Randy Foye (Video)

Earlier tonight, Toronto Raptors forward Demar DeRozan decided to excite the fans at the Air Canada Centre with a nasty alley-oop dunk in the second quarter of their game against the Indiana Pacers. Watch as DeRozan flies for the dunk after receiving a pass from teammate, Randy Foye:

Pacers 90, Raptors 88

TORONTO – The Indiana Pacers ruined opening night for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The Pacers, who were down by eight points after three quarters, got the winning points on a driving hook shot with 2.1 seconds left in the game by George Hill to defeat the Raptors 90-88 before 19,800 at Air Canada Centre. David West scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the...

Pacers-Raptors Preview

After winning a playoff series for the first time in seven seasons, the Indiana Pacers want to take the next step. Preseason predictions that the Toronto Raptors will suffer through a fifth straight losing season have them motivated to prove the naysayers wrong. The Pacers won all three meetings with the Raptors in 2011-12, and they'll look to make it four straight in the series...
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