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Quick Reaction: Raptors 131, Magic 112

Player grades shortly, comment away. Quick Reaction: Raptors 131, Magic 112 originated on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
Via Raptors Republic
28 minutes ago

Serge Ibaka says he wanted to play more center in Orlando

The Orlando Magic’s frontcourt experiment seemed doomed to fail from the very beginning, and Serge Ibaka has his theory as to why it did.In an interview with Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that ran on Monday, Ibaka said that he wanted to play as a small-ball center more often and even spoke with head coach Frank Vogel about the possibility of doing so.“At some point, I...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Raptors DeMar DeRozan Named 4-Time Player Of The Week

Press Release: The National Basketball Association announced Monday that DeMar DeRozan has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 20-26. He earns the honor for a franchise record-setting fourth time this season – November 7-13, December 12-18, January 9-15 and March 20-26. Prior to this season, DeRozan had won the award once during his eight...
Via Pro Bball Report
3 hours ago

Pre-game news & notes: Ross returns, Lowry non-update, Carroll sits again

He’s back. Mr. 51 Point Game. The two-time Slam Dunk Contest Champion. The Stealer of Key Game 7 Possessions. The Slayer of Farieds. Terrence Ross makes his not-so-long-awaited but highly anticipated return to the Air Canada Centre tonight, a little over a month since the Toronto Raptors sent him out with a first-round pick to acquire Serge Ibaka. During his five seasons with...
Via Raptors Republic
4 hours ago

Orlando coach says Raptors ‘absolutely’ a threat to win East

Frank Vogel believes the team’s true strength is yet to be realized with Kyle Lowry sidelined by an injury.
Via Toronto Star
4 hours ago

Toronto tough

This is a guest post from Katie Heindl. The Toronto Raptors are not a team that has, in recent memory, enjoyed the qualifier of being called ‘tough.’ They’re scrappy. There isn’t a team comfortable with getting as consistently gritty in their games as the Raptors have over the last three years. The mix in rotations, in players shifted around on the court or whose contracts...
Via Raptors Republic
7 hours ago

Power Ranking Poll Week 23: The Boys Are Back in Town

The Raptors are riding a five-game win streak and are suddenly a defensive powerhouse. Whoa. At this point, imagining what the Raptors would, could, or will be with a healthy Kyle Lowry is its own part-time job. I know I’ve lost many man hours to it over the past three weeks. Updates are scarce, but as the Raptors scale up the defensive rankings — long their weakness — while...
Via Raptors HQ
7 hours ago

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: Serge Ibaka - March 27, 2017

Serge Ibaka speaks with members of the media following Monday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: Patrick Patterson - March 27, 2017

Patrick Patterson meets with the media following Monday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Now Have Best Defense In The East

In a season that seemed to be slipping away from the Toronto Raptors at the All-Star break, things changed in a hurry after President Masai Ujiri brought Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker on board. Prior to the break Toronto had the NBA’s 16th defensive rating, 8th in the Eastern Conference, at 106 points allowed per 100 possessions. Their hold on 4th place was tenuous and the mood in...
Via Pro Bball Report
10 hours ago

Watch: Kyle Lowry talks about team, wrist injury

It’s perhaps not much of an update from Lowry, but it’s something. Bold statement alert: despite being 11-5 over this recent Kyle Lowry-less stretch, the Raptors are at their best with their All-Star healthy and in the lineup. Lowry’s been out since he injured his wrist against the Hornets on February 15th. He underwent surgery to remove “loose bodies” on February 28th...
Via Raptors HQ
10 hours ago

Meaningful games down the stretch can only help the Raptors stay sharp

Via Doug Smith's Blog
13 hours ago

Robin Lopez has funny quote about his suspension

Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Robin Lopez didn’t know what he was doing because he knew exactly what he was doing.On Friday, the Chicago Bulls center dropped this funny line when asked about his suspension for a fight with Raptors big man Serge Ibaka in Tuesday’s loss to Toronto, per Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. Well that’s certainly a far cry from...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Punches thrown during Raptors-Bulls game

The Toronto Raptors are battling for playoff seeding. The Chicago Bulls are battling for their playoff lives. These two teams came together Tuesday in Canada for an important late-season game, and the contest morphed from a battle for playoff positioning to one with fisticuffs. Yes, that’s a pretty impressive melee right there.It took place with Toronto up double-digits in the...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwane Casey goes off on Raptors’ ‘unacceptable’ play after loss

The Toronto Raptors are now losers of five of their last eight games, and head coach Dwane Casey is done sugarcoating it.After the Raptors fell at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the final of 123-102 on Thursday, Casey went all the way off on his team.“That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable,” Casey said, according to Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail. “I want...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Westbrook threads needle with insane halfcourt nutmeg bounce pass

Russell Westbrook, you are ridiculous. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard made the ludicrous look inhumanly easy Thursday night.On the road as the Thunder took on the Toronto Raptors, Westbrook threaded the needle with an insane nutmeg bounce pass between the legs of Cory Joseph from halfway across the court. Victor Oladipo caught it in stride to finish of the magnificent play with two...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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