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Now That the Toronto Raptors’ Flaws Have Been Exposed, Prepare for the “Summer of Masai”

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this for the Toronto Raptors. When Masai Ujiri traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in late 2013 for what, at the time, seemed like spare parts, it was meant to signal the beginning of a full-scale rebuilding of the franchise. Instead, the move served as the catalyst behind 97 wins in two years. Yet, like a child conceived a decade after its...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Now That the Toronto Raptors’ Flaws Have Been Exposed, Prepare for the “Summer of Masai”

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this for the Toronto Raptors. When Masai Ujiri traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in late 2013 for what, at the time, seemed like spare parts, it was meant to signal the beginning of a full-scale rebuilding of the franchise. Instead, the move served as the catalyst behind 97 wins in two years. Yet, like a child conceived a decade after its...
Via Crossover Chronicles
7 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall Breaks Amir Johnson’s Ankles with Ball Fake

John Wall can change speeds and direction in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately for Raptors forward Amir Johnson, he found that out the hard way. Wall came off the pick-and-roll set by teammate Marcin Gortat, but as he noticed Gortat peeling off he pumped the brakes, causing Johnson to hesitate in his thinking for a second. His mind thought one thing and his body thought another. All...
Via KCM Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Film Study: Wizards vs. Raptors

Saturday’s Game 1 between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors was an old-fashioned, slow-paced, heavy-defensed playoff brawl. The Wizards won by the low, low score of 93–86, and that was after five minutes of overtime. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.  Something’s off about this being such a low-scoring game, though. While the Wizards were fifth...
Via The Sports Post
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Tyler Hansbrough Provide the Defense And Rebounding The Raptors Need?

There is no one on the Toronto Raptors with more postseason experience than Tyler Hansbrough, the former Pacers big man has been in 38 postseason games. Hansbrough has been the Raptors energizer and when Amir Johnson was injured, he earned a spot in the starting lineup by being his team's hardest worker on the floor.
Via Pro Bball Report
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors first round preview

The NBA regular season has officially come to a close, and it’s playoff time once again for the Toronto Raptors.  Despite struggling through most of the second half of the season, the Raptors secured the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, guaranteeing them home court advantage for at least the first round.  Their first opponent will be the Washington Wizards, a team that...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week in Review 04/12/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Amir Johnson wants to re-sign, Raptors need Hansbrough’s toughness, DeRozan back in All-Star form, Ross in focus, new Dad Jonas Valanciunas, Clyde Frazier on Knicks woes, Caboclo in the D-League, Raptors winning, Psycho T, playoff seeding games, who wins NBA Sixth Man and more.
Via Pro Bball Report
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lou Williams helps balanced Raptors past Timberwolves

  Lou Williams scored 18 points to lead a balanced Toronto offense as the Raptors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-99 on Wednesday. Six players scored at least 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 55.3 percent from the field. DeMar DeRozan had 17 points, Terrance Ross 16, Jonas Valanciunas 15, Greivis Vasquez 14 and James Johnson chipped in 13 for Toronto. Andrew Wiggins scored...
Via AP on Fox
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson Wants To Re-Sign With The Toronto Raptors

In his sixth season in Toronto, Amir Johnson is about to become an unrestricted free agent for the second time in his NBA career and he has strong personal reasons for wanting to re-sign with the Raptors. “I would love to come back,” Johnson said.
Via Pro Bball Report
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors beat Lakers, clinch second straight division title

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors clinched their second straight Atlantic Division title, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 94-83 on Friday night behind 18 points from Lou Williams and 19 from Jonas Valanciunas. James Johnson had 17 points, Amir Johnson 11 and Terrence Ross 10 as the Raptors snapped a two-game skid and beat the Lakers for the first time since Dec. 8, 2013. Jeremy Lin...
Via AP on Fox
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Masai Ujiri’s Plan to Beat the Atlanta Hawks

The Toronto Raptors have definitely been in a funk lately, going an unsavory 6–11 since the All-Star break, giving up their long-held second seed in the Eastern Conference to the Cleveland Cavaliers along the way. Now tied with the Chicago Bulls and just 2.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards, the Raptors could easily end up as the fourth or fifth seed in the East—unless...
Via The Sports Post
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors Amir Johnson Says Lucas Nogueira Will Do Damage

The Toronto Raptors rookie center Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira hasn’t seen much time in the NBA, but with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League recently, the 22-year-old from Brazil has been showing off his natural abilities and the results have been impressive. Amir Johnson has been watching and practicing with Nogueira all season and sees a lot of potential in the seven-footer.
Via Pro Bball Report
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors’ 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 Garbage Time
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors top Spurs, deny coach Popovich 1,000th win

TORONTO -- James Johnson scored a season-high 20 points in his return to the starting lineup, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 87-82 Sunday night, denying Spurs coach Gregg Popovich his 1,00th career victory. Amir Johnson added 15 points, Kyle Lowry 12 and Jonas Valanciunas had a season-high 16 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home against Western...
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors beat Spurs, deny Popovich 1,000th win

TORONTO (AP) -- James Johnson scored a season-high 20 points in his return to the starting lineup, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 87-82 Sunday night, denying Spurs coach Gregg Popovich his 1,000th career victory. Amir Johnson added 15 points, Kyle Lowry 12 and Jonas Valanciunas had a season-high 16 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home against...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors blow big lead, get past Nets in overtime on Johnson basket

  DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night. Lou Williams finished with 25 points and Johnson had 24 for the Raptors, who led by 17 in the second half before their fifth consecutive victory turned into a difficult one. Johnson made the tying dunk...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors blow big lead, edge Nets 127-122 in overtime

NEW YORK (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night. Lou Williams finished with 25 points and Johnson had 24 for the Raptors, who led by 17 in the second half before their fifth consecutive victory turned into a difficult one. Johnson made the...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Al Horford posterizes Amir Johnson with vicious right-handed slam

The Atlanta Hawks have been killing everyone the entire season… and Al Horford basically killed Amir Johnson with this vicious jam. Sorry, Amir and the Johnson family: Not the proudest moment of Amir Johnson. And the Raptors are losing to boot, too. Al Horford and the Hawks have been dominant. *** Al Horford pic courtesy of Getty Images.
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
January 16, 2015  |  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
January 10, 2015  |  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 Garbage Time
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake takes over Raptors game, pranks players during intros

Wednesday night was "Drake Night" at the Air Canada Centre, and the rapper and Toronto Raptors ambassador had the honor of introducing the team before their matchup with their rival Brooklyn Nets. And he actually wasn't half bad. Drake got a couple of good jabs in, saying Amir Johnson "recently got a tattoo of a Swiffer WetJet" --€” Johnson is a spokesperson for Swiffer --€”...
Via Fox Sports
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Drake intros Raptors on 'Drake Night'

Apparently, Wednesday night was “Drake Night” at the Air Canada Centre, and the rapper and Toronto Raptors ambassador had the honor of introducing the team before their matchup with their rival Brooklyn Nets. And he actually wasn’t half bad. Drake got a couple of good jabs in, saying Amir Johnson “recently got a tattoo of a Swiffer WetJet” — Johnson is a spokesperson...
Via NESN.com
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

(VIDEO) Amir Johnson Videobombs Raptors Assistant Coach Tom Sterner

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino) Follow @romyaquino (VIDEO) Amir Johnson Videobombs Raptors Assistant Coach Tom Sterner Raptors Assistant Coach Tom Sterner is always a great interview after halftime but when Amir Johnson steps in for the video bomb, it's just that much better. Raptors beat the Knicks in an ugly overtime win 95-90 on Sunday night. HIP HOOP JUNKIES linkage...
Via Hip Hoop Junkies
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Raptors Become An Unstoppable Force?

The Toronto Raptors are off to the best start in franchise history and but for some minor slippage, they could be undefeated at this point. “Once we all get on the same page, I think we’ll be unstoppable,” Amir Johnson said.
Via Pro Bball Report
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bulls At Raptors: Top Two Teams In the East, Amir Johnson

The first place 7-1 Toronto Raptors are about to take on the second place 6-2 Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and the significance of the game is not lost on the players. “It’s the top two teams in the East right now,” said Amir Johnson.  “It’s a pretty big game for…
Via Pro Bball Report
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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