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Nerlens Noel blocks Jonas Valanciunas’ dunk attempt

Nerlens Noel has been showing his defensive prowess as of late. He’s been that rim protector and shotblocker the Sixers envisioned in the last few weeks. Here’s another block. This time around, he swats Jonas Valanciunas’ dunk attempt: Once the Sixers get it together, Noel will definitely be that defensive anchor. I mean, let’s hope they get it together at some point. ...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nerlens Noel stuffs Jonas Valanciunas at the rim

Nerlens Noel is proving to be a formidable defender even as a rookie. As the best defensive player on a team with a D ranked in the top half of the league, he's the backline help in any given scenario. Noel made a name for himself at the University of Kentucky blocking shots. He's done the same in the NBA, victimizing 1.9 opponents per game with blocks.  Jonas Valanciunas, you're...
Via Fox Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry's hand is totally messed up, might keep him out a few games

The Toronto Raptors have to get their best player back in shape for playoff time.  Kyle Lowry has been dealing with a variety of ailments and thus, it made sense for him to rest against the New York Knicks over the weekend and the Philadelphia 76ers last evening. Now though, it appears possible he could miss more than just those two. From the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat before the...
Via Fox Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan Scores a Season-High 35

The sputtering Toronto Raptors got back on track with a 114-103 win in Philly, led by DeMar DeRozan and his season-high 35 points. “It didn’t matter who we got this win again, we understood we just needed to get this win,” DeRozan said. “We had to get that confidence back.” The win snaps a five-games losing streak for the Raptors. H/N National Post The post DeMar DeRozan...
Via Hooped Up
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nerlens Noel Rejects Jonas Valanciunas’ Weak Dunk Attempt

This embed is invalid" />   Unless you’re a fan of Toronto basketball or tanking, there’s absolutely no reason to forego watching The Bachelor for Raptors-76ers. But those poor souls who opted to tune in were at least treated to Philly’s main attraction: The Nerlens Noel block party. As you can see in the above Vine, Monday’s victim was seven-footer...
Via Busted Coverage
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 straight losses for the Toronto Raptors; must regain their identity.

This failed 360 dunk attempt by DeMar DeRozan last night could very well be viewed as a microcosm of the Raptors most recent, yet uncharacteristic, woes.After Friday night’s 113-89 home loss to the Golden State Warriors, a game in which they were losing by as many as 41, and in a game they never once held a lead of their own, it seemed as though that would’ve been the wake up...
Via Hoops Heads North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors’ DeRozan comes up a wee bit short on 360 dunk attempt

Let this be a lesson for you kids, showboating can be fun so long as you don’t fall right on your face in front of thousands of fans in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan found himself alone on the fast break when he went for a 360 dunk versus the Knicks. The result can be summed up in one word… FAIL! The post Raptors’ DeRozan comes up a wee...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Amir Johnson Posterizes 3 Knicks (Video)

This nightmare of season can’t end fast enough. Amir Johnson is a pretty good athlete, but this was ridiculous. In the first quarter of Saturday night’s matchup between the Knicks and Raptors, Johnson dropped a one-handed dunk on several Knicks defenders. h.t Bleacher Report
Via Thacover2
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors give struggling Lowry night off against Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Raptors gave struggling All-Star guard Kyle Lowry the night off Saturday against the New York Knicks. Lowry had just four points on 1-for-7 shooting Friday night in the Raptors' 113-89 home loss to Golden State, going without an assist for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009, and the first time ever as starter. The point guard is shooting under 30 percent...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Hansbrough and Festus Ezeli Ejected After Mini Fight in Raptors-Warriors Game

It was a brutal night for the Toronto Raptors on Friday, with the Warriors laying down the hammer in a blowout victory. Aside from Golden State’s offensive onslaught, it was a relatively uneventful game but did feature a mini scuffle between Tyler Hansbrough and Festus Ezeli. The two big men began battling inside the paint Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected after scrap (Video)

Toronto Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough and Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli were ejected after getting into a scrap during the final seconds of the third quarter in Friday night's game at the Air Canada Centre.It started with Hansbrough and Ezeli were jockeying for position during a Warriors offensive position. After the Warriors scored, the trash talk continued up the...
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

Tyler Hansbrough and Festus Ezeli were ejected from Friday’s Raptors-Warriors game after getting into a scrap towards the end of the third quarter when Golden State was winning by a blowout. Ezeli and Hansbrough were fighting down low for position, and their physical play continued as they went up the court, with Ezeli going at...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Hansbrough and Festus Ezeli Get Ejected For Fighting (Video)

Tyler Hansbrough has always been down for a good scuffle and it seems the Warriors Festus Ezeli enjoys throwing his hands as well. After a made bucket, Ezeli and Hansbrough got tangled up around the top of the key. WHansbrough got up in Ezeli’s face and the Warriors forward then pushed Hansbrough away around the neck area, which prompted a scuffle from there. Video: Raptors...
Via Thacover2
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Inconsistency Hurts The Toronto Raptors

If you want to get into Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey's doghouse, not being ready to play when its time to start the game will do it. “When you don’t come out in this league ready to play mentally and physically, I don’t care who you are, you are going to get your behind handed to you,” Casey said.
Via Pro Bball Report
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mad Ants Give Raptors Bruno Caboclo A Few Minutes

Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo didn’t disappoint in 10.5 minutes with the Mad Ants. In the first half he blocked Thanasis Antetokoupnmpo (older brother of the Bucks Giannis, ‘The Greek Freak’) and grabbed the board. At least he got to play a bit in this game. Canadian Jordan Bachynski played backup center for the Knicks, and in just 14.9 minutes, he led his team in scoring.
Via Pro Bball Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Bruno Caboclo Gets Chilly Reception In Fort Wayne

For the second time this season the Toronto Raptors have assigned rookie forward Bruno Caboclo to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League and for the second time he got a chilly reception from the team that was supposed to be giving him some badly needed playing time.
Via Pro Bball Report
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Expect To Keep Terrence Ross Through Deadline

Masai Ujiri anticipates the Toronto Raptors keeping Terrence Ross through the deadline. “I would be shocked if we did something with Terrence,” Ujiri said Tuesday night. “Trust me. I can’t tell you more how I totally don’t think that would happen before Thursday.” Ross has been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Raptors. Ross was removed from the Raptors' starting...
Via RealGM
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce shoves Drake after rapper crowds him on inbounds play (video)

Paul Pierce had no time or patience for the inappropriate front row antics of Drake during the tense, waning moments of a tight basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. But given the annoyingly foolish conduct of the Toronto-based rapper, it wouldn’t have mattered if Drake’s...Read More The post Paul Pierce shoves...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rusty start to the season for the Raptors

The Glendale Raptors fell to Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) 24-13 in San Diego during week one of the 2015 Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) season. The January 31st opener never saw the Raptors find their feet while OMBAC was able to capitalize on penalties. “It was obviously a bit of first game jitters and we were a bit rusty.” Raptors head coach Andre Snyman said of...
Via Mile High Sports
29 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
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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