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Glendale Raptors kick off 2015 season on the road

The Glendale Raptors will kick off their 2015 campaign on the road against Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) on Jan. 31. The weekend match will mark the start of the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) season, but the home side enters the contest having already been match tested, coming off of a 42-34 win over the Old Aztecs in SoCal DI action, where the team played nearly a full...
Via Mile High Sports
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Valanciunas Posterized Kings Cousins In 119-102 Win

The Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas ripped the ball away from the Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins and powered up through his opponent’s arms to slam the ball home and tie the game. The referee called the contract leaving the earth-bound Cousins frustrated and posterized. Valanciunas completed the three-point play, Cousins went to the bench with his fourth personal foul and...
Via Pro Bball Report
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Terrence Ross Isn’t Trade Bait

Since Head Coach Dwane Casey dropped third year wing Terrence Ross from the starting lineup, the Toronto Raptors have four wins, just one loss and are holding opponents to 93.6 points per game, however, that doesn't mean the organization has given up on the soon-to-be 24-year-old.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Won't Trade Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors have struggled of late, which has led to Dwane Casey to move Terrence Ross to the bench with DeMar DeRozan sliding to small forward and Greivis Vasquez starting at shooting guard. Ross is not on the trading block, however, according to league sources. “Absolutely not,” one rival executive told Sporting News. “They still have a lot of belief in him and there...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kings-Raptors Preview

Comfortably atop the Atlantic Division and already with a franchise record for wins before the All-Star break, the Toronto Raptors would like to see some consistency from DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan will try to capitalize on one of the NBA's worst defensive teams as the Raptors go for a fourth straight win Wednesday night against the struggling Sacramento Kings. Toronto (30-15) is the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Best Bench In The NBA Belongs To The Toronto Raptors

Where would the Toronto Raptors be without the NBA’s best bench this season? Probably not leading the Atlantic Division by double-digits in games (+11) and in a three-way fight for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors bench averages 39.7 points and has an NBA best +3.5 points differential thanks in part to Lou Williams 14.9 points per game.
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DeRozan scores 25 to lead Raptors past Pistons 114-110

TORONTO (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors held on down the stretch to beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 114-110 on Sunday night. Amir Johnson scored 17, Greivis Vasquez had 13 and Lou Williams 12 as the Raptors won for the third time in four games and snapped a two-game losing streak at home. The Pistons...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Short-handed Pistons fall on road to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) -- Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors held on down the stretch to beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 114-110 on Sunday night. Amir Johnson scored 17, Greivis Vasquez had 13 and Lou Williams 12 as the Raptors won for the third time in four games and snapped a two-game losing streak at home. The Pistons...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry’s midair flop is glorious

Not only is Raptors’ Kyle Lowry an All-Star, he also is a flop-star. But what makes this flop so wonderful is that Kyle flops in midair against the 76’ers. Lowry was driving to the rim when his defender barely touches him and he flopped so hard in midair and of course he gets the call. The post Kyle Lowry’s midair flop is glorious appeared first on Crossover Chronicles.
Via Crossover Chronicles
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lowry's big 4th quarter leads Raptors to win over 76ers

  Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 91-86 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Patrick Patterson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit with 5 1/2 minutes left. Lowry, named Thursday as a starter for the All-Star game, entered the final period with four...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Bieber helped Kyle Lowry become All-Star starter?

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game, and — Belieb it or not — he may have Justin Bieber to thank. At the beginning of the week, Lowry trailed Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade by more than 100,000 votes. The margin seemed...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Contender Or Pretender?

(Source: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… My most recent article was sorting the NBA contenders and in a group of 13 excellent NBA teams this season, I had to put the Toronto Raptors with the pretenders. I don’t have anything against the Raptors and if I am being honest I like the team. I may be a Chicago Bulls guy, but I...
Via HoopStuff
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch the Raptors James Johnson Show Off His Hops with a Back Flip

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino) Follow @romyaquino Watch the Raptors James Johnson Show Off His Hops We all know that James Johnson has freakish leaping ability and has been known to throw down dunks on defenders, so it doesn't surprise me that he can pull off a standing back flip. Check out James Johnson's back flip at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.(Via Landry Fields...
Via Hip Hoop Junkies
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Past unnecessarily haunting fans of Toronto Raptors

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports For longtime fans of the Toronto Raptors that had become accustomed to leaving basketball behind at the end of the regular season, it’s hard to believe that Canada’s lone NBA franchise has now been a respected playoff contender for a little more than a year. But that doesn’t mean that things have been perfect in Raptor-land. And with just...
Via Sports-Glory
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Louis Williams For Sixth Man of the Year?

(Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… The Toronto Raptors are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, have a chance to win the Eastern Conference; although small and because of the excellent work by management they are set to be players in the Eastern Conference for the next half decade. This team is carried...
Via HoopStuff
10 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan Returned Wednesday, Raptors Route 76ers

DeMar DeRozan returned to the Toronto Raptors after missing 21 games. Toronto Raptors all star DeMar DeRozan returned to the lineup on Wednesday night to face the Philadelphia 76ers. DeRozan missed 21 games due to a torn tendon in his left groin. Despite the longest layoff of his NBA career, DeRozan had a great return with 20 points (9 of 14 shooting from the field), 4 rebounds...
Via Basketball Bicker
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Outgunned By Raptors 109-96 Despite Kelly Olynyk’s 23 Points

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, James Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors won their fourth straight meeting with the Boston Celtics 109-96 Saturday night, snapping a season-high four-game losing streak. Lou Williams scored 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson each had 15 to help...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics fall to Raptors in Toronto 109-96

TORONTO -- For the second game in a row the Celtics go into battle without Jeff Green, this time against Toronto. Despite a highly competitive game that was a lot more entertaining than the final score would have you believe, the Celtics lost to the Raptors 109 to 96.Offensively, the Celtics played well, but had trouble containing Toronto on the other side of the ball. It also...
Via Celtics Life
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson is an Unsung Hero

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA. We all knew they were going to be good, but not this good. As expected, much attention is being lavished on players who have been carrying their offense. Kyle Lowry is having an All-Star season, newly-acquired Lou Williams has been a lethal weapon off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas has been a decent scoring...
Via The Sideline
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwane Casey Wants to Fight Other NBA Head Coaches

Move over, Jon “Bones” Jones. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is looking to take up the fighting mantle — except with other...
Via Athlon Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Rising – Highlighting 2014 in Toronto’s 2014-15 NBA season

2014 was a memorable year for the Toronto Raptors highlighted by their 2014 NBA Playoff appearance & 7 game First round battle vs. the Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors took both the sweet taste of success & bitter taste of defeat built on it for the 2014-15 NBA campaign. Toronto proceeded to rise to the top of the Eastern Conference standings and held that position for 60 straight...
Via Hoops Heads North
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

The rebranding of the Toronto Raptors is continuing, and we’ve come a long way from the purple raptor days. This is reportedly their new logo, which was seen briefly in a hype video released by the team today. Can confirm that is the new logo. Expect uniforms and a full colour scheme in the new year. pic.twitter.com/G7H9pvZGl1 — Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) December 19, 2014...
Via Crossover Chronicles
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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