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Jonas Valanciunas placed on the Lithuanian preliminary squad

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play internationally again, according to TalkBasket.net.Valanciunas, the Lithuanian native, has spent previous years playing for his national team and was named a member of Lithuania's 25-man, preliminary roster this week. Other recognizable names on the list include Domantas Sabonis (Arvydas' son), Linas Kleiza and Donatas Motiejunas, though...
Via Fox Sports
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Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Enjoys Some Fishing

A very happy looking Jonas Valanciunas enjoyed a little fishing in Lake Huron before heading home to Lithuania and unlike his fishing trip during the All-Star break, this time he caught his share of fish. In February the Toronto Raptors center had made a return trip to the frozen expanse of Lake Simcoe just North of Toronto where a cold stay in a hut on the lake was not nearly as rewarding.
Via Pro Bball Report
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week in Review 05/03/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Paul Pierce it, Ujiri’ behavior, MoPete, Lowry hurting, Raptors evaluate and plan, Hawks vs Cavaliers, Celtics, Tyler Hansbrough starts, demands on Patrick Patterson, Sixth Man Lou Williams, Fans need to know, Lucas Nogueira plans, Bulls, Wizards, team awards and more.
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Things The Toronto Raptors Should Do This Summer

The end of the Toronto Raptors season was in a word – deflating. After a promising 24-8 start, Toronto went 25-25 the rest of the way and played like a .500 team in the playoffs, falling four straight to the Wizards. So what should the Raptors do this summer?
Via Pro Bball Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Opted For Player Evaluation Over Playoff Success

“I feel good about (standing pat at the trade deadline), Ujiri said. "Not doing anything gave us the opportunity to know our players. To really really know and study them – what they can do, what we feel maybe what they may be able to do and stop guessing really because at the end of the day we have to make really good decisions on them."
Via Pro Bball Report
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

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

Toronto Raptors Win The 2014-15 Brian McIntyre Media Relations Award

The media relations staff of the Toronto Raptors has won the 2014-15 Brian McIntyre Media Relations Award, which is presented each season to an NBA media relations staff that best exemplifies the standards of professionalism and excellence worthy of acclaim, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today.
Via Pro Bball Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: 3 Reasons They Should Keep Dwane Casey

(Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… With a second straight first round series defeat and the Toronto Raptors are thought of as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, there is a seemingly strong chance that they fire head coach Dwayne Casey. I wouldn’t have said that if they had a strong series against the...
Via HoopStuff
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Evaluating Future Of Dwane Casey

The Toronto Raptors are evaluating everyone after their first-round sweep against the Washington Wizards, including Dwane Casey. “Everything is going to be evaluated and we go from there," Masai Ujiri said. "There is no doomsday here. We want to win here, we want to keep building." Casey signed a contract extension last offseason.
Via RealGM
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

The Toronto Raptors are trying to recover from a stunningly swift exit from the playoffs, and point guard Kyle Lowry voiced some frustrations at his exit interview with the media Monday. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division with a 49-33 record during the regular season and were seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference. Still, they...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors disappoint again in playoffs

TORONTO (AP) For the sixth time in seven playoff appearances, the Raptors are finished after the first round. In Toronto, with expectations on the rise, early playoff exits aren't going to be good enough anymore. ''That's got to be our goal, to get out of the first round,'' coach Dwane Casey said Monday as the Raptors cleaned out their lockers. ''Next year, getting to the playoffs...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Patterson Wears “Kentucky Against the World” Shirt to Raptors Press Conference

Former Wildcat Patrick Patterson had an interesting choice of attire that Kentucky fans will appreciate during the Toronto Raptors’ season-ending press conference on Monday. Safe to say that Patterson’s shirt game is strong to quite strong. If you’re into spending money, the shirt appears to have come from 2Nostalgik and will run you about $45. […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto’s “What If” Game

It’s always fun to play the “what if” game in life, right? The Toronto Raptors had their rollercoaster season ended Sunday night in the first round of the playoffs as the Washington Wizards got out their brooms and swept them away into the offseason abyss. For the Raptors, everything seemed to collapse into a sinkhole after game one. There were a number of factors that played...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
9 days ago  |  Discuss

No ‘D’ Against D.C.: Raptors Can’t Stop Wizards

​ It seems so obvious in hindsight. Of course the Washington Wizards, owners of the league’s fifth-best defense, would sweep the Toronto Raptors, coming in with just the 25th-best defense in the league (on a per-possession basis), in the slow, brutal grind of playoff basketball. That wasn’t so obvious before the series, though, when predictions were split more or less...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wale, Wizards Troll Drake Following Sweep of Raptors

Following the Wizards four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, Wizards creative liaison Wale took the time to do some trash talking to Toronto native and Raptors ambassador Drake. If u readin this you've been swept @champagnepapi …."u knowHowdishhgo" #stillmyWoe but #runninTHRUthedueceWitMyWall The post Wale, Wizards Troll Drake Following Sweep of Raptors appeared first on KCM Sports.
Via KCM Sports
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Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Paul Pierce is enemy No. 1 right now among Toronto Raptors fans — and he’s loving every minute of it. A few hours after his Washington Wizards eviscerated the higher-seeded Raptors in a four-game sweep of their first-round playoff series, Pierce kept the punches coming on his Facebook page.     Paul! Don’t hurt ’em! Pierce scored a game-high 20 points to lead the...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sweep the North! Wizards destroy the Raptors

Ran thru the 6 wit my woes pic.twitter.com/OpkgrAkFBk — HBW (@DwavY) April 27, 2015 The Washington Wizards got the first 7-game playoff series sweep in franchise history tonight, demolishing the visiting Toronto Raptors 125-94 in front of a delirious sellout crowd at the Phone Booth. It’s the first time in more than 30 years that the franchise has won a playoff series in back...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors get swept by Wizards

“I don’t want to go through customs no more!” Well Paul, you got your wish. The Toronto Raptors playoff run has come to an end, an end that came much quicker than anyone expected.  The Raptors, who entered the postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, were swept by the Washington Wizards in beat down fashion.  The 4/5 matchup is usually one of the closer, harder...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

For a team that won 49 games during the regular season, the Toronto Raptors were nowhere to be found during their humiliating four-game series against the Washington Wizards. Washington defeated Toronto by 31 points on Sunday evening, completing a ridiculous four-game sweep that saw John Wall and company outscore the over-matched Raptors by a total of 56 points. Washington moves...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Admitted or Not, The Raptors Kyle Lowry Is Hurting

The toughest player on the Toronto Raptors is Kyle Lowry and he might still be their toughest player even though he obviously hasn't felt up to that label since the middle of March.
Via Pro Bball Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors: Win Game 4 or go home (for the season!)

It’s just been a frustrating first round performance from the Toronto Raptors as they dropped their third straight loss to the Washington Wizards 106-99. Paul Pierce was the Raptor killer again, hitting clutch shots in crunch time taking the Wizards to a 3-0 series lead. On Episode 79 of RAPS TALK , our latest playoffs recap podcast, we talk about Kyle Lowry’s disappearance...
Via Hoops Heads North
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Lou Williams Deserves His 6th Man Award

(Source: Getty Images) By Ciaran Mills: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff… In one of my earlier articles for Hoopstuff, I wrote a trade grade for Lou Williams moving to Toronto. I gave the deal a “B” rating, saying that Williams would give them some stability, during a period when it was uncertain as to whether Kyle Lowry was staying with the team. Looking back, I should have given...
Via HoopStuff
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Loyal to a Tee ‘Squad Up’ Tee

The Toronto Raptors bench was a big part of them repeating as Atlantic champs this season. Led by Greivis Vasquez (The General), Lou Williams (Sweet Lou), Patrick Patterson (Patman) and James Johnson (JJ). You can Squad Up and show your support for the guys on the second shift in the 6ix with this tee from the folks at Loyal to a Tee. Cop yours today at loyaltoatee.com. The post...
Via Hooped Up
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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