Kyle Lowry mostly to blame for Toronto Raptors’ playoff woes

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Going into the playoffs, the general perception was that the Toronto Raptors would be able to take on the Washington Wizards and if not win outright, at least keep the series close and take it to six or seven games. However, just like last year, it appears the Raptors might be out in just the first round after earning the No. 4 seed in the East. So...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t write off the Toronto Raptors just yet

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Following last year’s brief brush with success, the re-signing of Kyle Lowry, and an extremely promising start to the current campaign, the Toronto Raptors were expected to cruise into the post-season and past the point of previous playoff-failures in 2015. It’s not that anybody was expecting Toronto to win an NBA championship just yet, but...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Lou Williams gets his due

It feels like he should be an old man by now. After all, Lou Williams, named the 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year yesterday, has been lacing up his..... The post Sweet Lou Gets His Due appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Lou Williams named NBA's Sixth Man of the Year

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has been named the 2015 Sixth Man of the Year. The @Raptors' @TeamLou23 named 2015 @Kia Sixth Man of the Year! #KiaSixth pic.twitter.com/B1lsDEh52a — NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2015   Williams, who the Atlanta Hawks traded to the Toronto Raptors last summer alongside Lucas Nogueria in exchange for John...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Victory is the Raptors’ only option in franchise’s most important playoff series

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Just two years removed from their fifth consecutive losing campaign, the Toronto Raptors stumbled across the finish line with a 92-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday’s regular season finale to set a new franchise record with their 49th win of the season. But after last season’s legendary turnaround resulted in another early...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at Orlando’s Final Defensive Play Against Toronto

The Orlando Magic had a lot of high and low moments in their loss to the Toronto Raptors, but obviously the final stinging bullet was this drive and kick out by DeMar DeRozan to Louis Williams for the corner 3-pointer. Let’s take a look. So the Magic were up 1 after Victor Oladipo drained a ballsy 3-pointer to put the pinstriped patrol ahead. 13.8 seconds is a lot of time. Greivis...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Magic Lose Heartbreaker Late to Raptors in Seesaw Finish

AP Photo/John Raoux The Orlando Magic are now 25-54 as they lost 101-99 in a crazy finish to their contest against the Toronto Raptors. An outrageously calm pull-up crunch-time 3-pointer by Victor Oladipo put Orlando up 99-98 with 13.8 seconds remaining on Friday night. Onions. But then Louis Williams went into Magic Killer mode and drained a triple with 9.3 seconds left. Orlando...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

FanDuel NBA lineup for April 10

It’s FanDuel NBA Friday with $125k up for grabs.  The entry fee for the $125k NBA Shot is $2 with $10,000 going to first place. NBA Shot 2 dollar entry There are 12 games being played Friday in the NBA. FanDuel NBA lineup for April 10 Always double check before the games start that players are not “game-time decisions,” taking a day off for rest or got hurt...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Defeat Toronto Raptors 117-116 On Buzzer-Beater

Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas scores on Toronto Raptors’ Tyler Hansbrough, left, and Lou Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Toronto. The Celtics won 117-116 in overtime. ( Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Chris Young) With the help of an improbable Marcus Smart buzzer beater in overtime, the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FanDuel NBA lineup for April 4

It’s FanDuel NBA Saturday with $175k up for grabs.  The entry fee for the $175k NBA Shot is $2 with $15,000 going to first place. NBA Shot 2 dollar entry There are 10 games being played Saturday in the NBA. AWAY HOME TIME Philadelphia Charlotte 7:00 pm Brooklyn Atlanta 7:30 pm Miami Detroit 7:30 pm Boston Toronto 7:30 pm Washington Memphis 8:00 pm Orlando Milwaukee 8:30 pm...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMar Derozan Accidentally Dishes to Joakim Noah … Who is on the Bulls Bench

Things were looking so promising for Drake’s Toronto Raptors after three quarters against the Chicago Bulls — then the fourth quarter happened. The Bulls straight up railroaded the Raptors in the final period, erasing a five point deficit by scoring 39 points while limiting the Lowry-less club to 21. At one point, things got so out of sorts for the Raptors that DeMar Derozan...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Louis Williams Hero Ball is Not the Recipe for Success

If you look at the box score — and only the box score — of tonight’s Raptors-Pistons game, it looks like Raptors sixth man Louis Williams had himself a solid night. 19 points on 11 shots, plus three three-pointers is about right for him. However, if you actually watched the game, you witnessed Raptors coach Dwane Casey fail to use his final timeout, and allow Williams to jack...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan Punches Home the Putback

DeMar DeRozan scored a team high 23 points in the Toronto Raptors win over the visiting Knicks and none of his total points were prettier than this putback slam off a Louis Williams miss. The post DeMar DeRozan Punches Home the Putback appeared first on Hooped Up.
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Future of Toronto Raptors hinges on playoff-positioning in the present

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports With the benefits of their impressive start no longer visible in the standings, the Toronto Raptors haven’t resembled a team that’s supposed to be taking the next step in their progression towards becoming a perennial playoff-participant in quite awhile. It’s been over a month since Toronto halted a two-game skid with four straight wins against...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dynamic between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan limiting Raptors

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Mired in a five-game losing streak and minus the steady hands of Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors entered Monday’s contest against the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers in desperate need of a victory and searching for the formula that led to one of the league’s hottest starts. In Lowry’s absence, DeMar DeRozan temporarily reclaimed his former...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball: Waiver Wire Fix — Week 13

Welcome to the week 13 Waiver Wire Fix. Be sure to check back here every week for the duration of the fantasy hoops season for more wire targets. I’ve begun breaking the column down according to player types. This should help you find the player that best fits your team’s specific needs. There will be different categories every week, so I hope you enjoy the new format. If you’re...
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January 27, 2015  |  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...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball: Waiver Wire Fix — Week 12

Welcome to the week 11 Waiver Wire Fix. Be sure to check back here every week for the duration of the fantasy hoops season for more wire targets. I’ve begun breaking the column down according to player types. This should help you find the player that best fits your team’s specific needs. There will be different categories every week, so I hope you enjoy the new format. If you’re...
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January 21, 2015  |  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...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The NBA Half-Season NBA-Awards (Golden State Warriors With 3)

  October 31, 2014 – Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Note: Stats as of Friday Morning MVP- Stephen Curry- Golden State Warriors 23.3 points (7th), 4.9 rebounds, 8 assists (5th) and 2.1 steals (2nd) per game… 49.9% shooting, 40.4% shooting and 91.5% free throw shooting This one is pretty simple; Curry is the...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors extend solid start despite DeMar DeRozan’s absence

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports It takes time to develop an NBA franchise from an irrelevant bottom-feeder into a perennial presence in the league’s playoff-picture, and the Toronto Raptors were no exception, struggling through years of disappointment before finally becoming a respected player in the Eastern Conference. But when a team finds that delicate balance between success...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

J.R. Smith Loves That Louis Williams Might Have Two Girlfriends

For an athlete (or anyone, really) an open relationship is pretty much the ideal situation, right? Sure the public might deem the concept as unconventional, but guess what: Athletes live unconventional lives. Toronto Raptors guard Louis Williams gets that, and instead of lying to his multiple side pieces, he’s got them all in sync with his vibe. According to tips received back...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ball Movement Problems Doom Magic in Toronto

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic lost for the third time this season to the Raptors Monday night in Toronto, 95-82. It’s just another reminder that the Magic have been struggling mightily in regards to sharing the basketball. Toronto proved why they’re first in the East as they out-scored Orlando 51-30 in the second half. Just look at the assists...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Raptors aren’t a contender with DeMar DeRozan sidelined

            Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports After taking a significant step forward with last season’s playoff appearance and generating an unprecedented wave of pride-fueled excitement throughout the city in the process, the Toronto Raptors couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the current campaign than the one that saw the...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

16 Players to Target in Fantasy Basketball

One nice thing about playing in a fantasy basketball points league, is that it is easy to see which player, overall, has been the most valuable.  Now obviously, each league has a unique scoring system, but for the most part, all rankings should look very similar.  If you play H2H, you are more concerned about category specific players, that best fit your teams needs. Below are...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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