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RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Toronto Raptors Window Is Open Right Now

The Toronto Raptors are on a roll. Second place in the Eastern Conference and just two games back of the first place Cleveland Cavaliers, the 36-14 Raptors are a game ahead of last season's franchise record setting win pace. The Raptors are rumored to be looking for a power forward and the window to make a move that could take them over the top in the East is now.
Via Pro Bball Report
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard gets high-flying block on Kyle Lowry lay-up

As the Portland Trail Blazers look to gain ground in the West, Damian Lillard is showing that he can be a pretty good defensive player as well. Last night, the Trail Blazers hosted the Toronto Raptors and in the second half, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry appeared to have an easy lay-up until Lillard made an amazing block: Damian Lillard, everybody! *** Lillard High-Flying Block [Portland...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto prevails in Portland! Raptors claw past Trailblazers, 110-103

Portland has not been a hospitable city for the Toronto Raptors for quite sometime. This game was different, as the Raptors managed to earn their first win against the Trailblazers in Portland for the first time since December 22, 2006. The Raptors were resilient, despite a late push by the Blazers, and won the game 110-103. The game would feature a match up of two sets of fantastic...
Via Hoops Heads North
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry Combine For 59 Points

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry brought their “best backcourt in the east” act west to Portland and finished the night with a combined 59 points in a Raptors win. “DeMar was aggressive and stayed aggressive throughout the game,” Lowry said. “His aggressiveness really helped set the tempo and set the standard for us throughout the game. “We understood it was going to be...
Via Hooped Up
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors hold off Blazers for 110-103 victory

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Kyle Lowry had 30 points, DeMar DeRozan added 29 and the Toronto Raptors snapped Portland's five-game winning streak with a 110-103 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Damian Lillard had 27 points and 11 assists, while CJ McCollum added 21 points for Portland in the matchup between two of the league's dynamic backcourts. The Raptors, who have...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

adidas Salutes Tracy McGrady with Aurora Borealis Triple White Collection

Tracy McGrady was the first superstar the Toronto Raptors ever had, but they just didn’t know it at the time. Before playing his first pro game, McGrady was already signed to adidas and today the three stripes honor T-Mac with the release of the Aurora Borealis Triple White Collection. The collection features two snow white versions of the T-Mac 3 and one of the D Lillard 2. As...
Via Hooped Up
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors are reportedly interested in Markieff Morris

The NBA trade deadline is in a few weeks, so you can expect things to get a little crazy until it passes. One popular name on the trading market is Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris. As many of you may know, Morris has wanted out of Phoenix ever since the team trade his brother Marcus to the Detroit Pistons. Morris has a lot of interest around the league and now has the attention...
Via No Guts, No Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors reportedly interested in Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri appears to be circling the dire basketball situation in Phoenix like a hungry vulture. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Wednesday, Toronto is expressing trade interest in a pair of Suns ahead of the mid-February deadline: forwards Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker. ESPN sources say Toronto is among the teams expressing trade interest...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors-Trail Blazers Preview

The Toronto Raptors made some history over the weekend, completing the franchise's first perfect seven-game homestand. The Portland Trail Blazers have a chance to finish their seven-game homestand with six wins when they face the Raptors on Thursday night in a matchup between two of the league's hottest teams. A victory over Detroit on Saturday capped the homestand for the Toronto...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lowry and DeRozan named Eastern Conference Co-Players of the Month

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino) Follow @romyaquino Lowry and DeRozan named Eastern Conference Co-Players of the Month The chemistry on and off the court with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan has been quite apparent this season. After leading the Raptors on a franchise 11-game win streak, the duo were named the Eastern Conference Co-Players of the Month on Tuesday.Via Raptors...
Via Hip Hoop Junkies
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lowry, Raptors hold off Suns, spoil Watson's coaching debut

PHOENIX (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, DeMar DeRozan added 22 points and the Toronto Raptors held off Phoenix 102-97 Tuesday night, spoiling the debut of Suns interim coach Earl Watson. The Raptors, whose franchise-record 11-game losing streak ended Monday night in Denver, led the entire second half but had to hold on at the finish. Markieff Morris...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Win Player And Coach Of The Month Honors In January

Toronto Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been selected as co-winners for Eastern Conference Player of the Month. This award follows on the heels of Raptors head coach Dwane Casey being named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. Toronto finished January with a 12-2 (.857) record, which included a franchise-best 11 consecutive wins to finish the month (Jan. 6-30).
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trades that will push Clippers, Raptors into contention

With the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaching fast, NBA fans can only pray that this year's deadline is just as impactful and entertaining as last year, where big name players, such as Michael Crater-Williams, Goran Dragic, Enes Kanter, Reggie Jackson, and Brandon Knight were all dealt. This season, there are multiple teams that are looking to add talent to their existing rosters...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Drake shows off his commentary skills

Drake can do it all. Not only can the Grammy Award-winning artist drop lines like it’s nobody’s business, but the rapper can also do some sports commentary. The Toronto native joined the broadcast booth on Saturday during the Raptors’ victory over the Detroit Pistons, and dropped a nice catchphrase after a block by Bismack Biyombo. I won’t explain it any more than I have...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors win 11 in a row, hang on to beat Pistons 111-107

The Toronto Raptors have extended their franchise best winning streak to eleven straight games, but it didn’t come easy. The Raptors built a 20 point lead in the 4th quarter, but Brandon Jennings, Stanley Johnson, Darrun Hillard, and Aron Baynes continued to grind for the Detroit Pistons and cut the lead to 4 points by the end of the fourth quarter. Luckily for the Raptors, time...
Via Hoops Heads North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Finally, the East receives a meaningful shakeup… and Toronto rises from it

The Toronto Raptors are going to enjoy hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game — not just because the midwinter spectacle comes to Canada for the first time, but because the local team has begun to emerge as the favorite for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Yes, after months of uncertainty in the still-jumbled East, one team has separated itself from the pack to gain the inside...
Via Crossover Chronicles
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Congratulations, DeMar DeRozan! Named an NBA All-Star for Toronto 2016!

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors: NBA All-Star Guard (Reserve), NBA Eastern Conference, 2016 Raptors fans were anxiously waiting for the coaches selection announcement of the NBA All-Star Reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game being hosted on home soil, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for the first time in NBA history! DeMar DeRozan was selected as an NBA All-Star for the second time in...
Via Hoops Heads North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Toronto Raptors could win the East

The Raptors are pretty good all of a sudden. They're not "fire your head coach with the best record in the conference good," but they are turning some heads. Kyle Lowry has stepped it up: he's shooting more threes at a higher percentage with his total scoring up from 17.8 to 20.7 points per game, and he's getting to the stripe more and making a higher percentage of his freebies...
Via The Sports Quotient
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Toronto Raptors True Contenders in the Eastern Conference?

Everyone seems to be talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers, after all they have (arguably) the best player in the game on their roster and despite recent turmoil the fact of the matter is that they are going to be right in the thick of things come playoff time. Currently the Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-12, but just two games back and right on their heels...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers delivers hilarious quip about Jeff Ayres signing

    The Los Angeles Clippers signed basketball journeyman Jeff Ayres to a ten-day contract on Friday. Widely seen a stopgap substitute for the final stretch of Blake Griffin’s absence or perhaps a filler for the roster spot Josh Smith just vacated, head coach Doc Rivers sees another purpose for Ayres on the roster. Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, Rivers...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors ‘possibility’ for David Lee at NBA trade deadline

The Boston Celtics are actively shopping veteran forward David Lee, with the Toronto Raptors emerging from the woodwork as a potential favorite ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Lee found himself in the trade rumblings recently when the Golden State Warriors went ahead and shipped him to Boston. Folks will recall Lee simply wasn’t getting playing time thanks to Steph Curry and others...
Via The Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers to offer DeMar DeRozan max deal?

It sounds like DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is the next star to receive serious attention from the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. DeRozan, 26, figures to do the obvious thing this offseason and opt out of his contract, hitting the open market as one of the biggest names available. Where there’s a bidding war, the rebuilding Lakers figure to get involved, of course...
Via The Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: DeMar DeRozan drops the hammer on fast break

DeMar DeRozan combines a rare amount of speed and skill on this play to throw down a monster dunk on the break…. DeMar DeRozan can FLY! https://t.co/ItSgWj5kBF — NBA (@NBA) December 29, 2015
Via Crossover Chronicles
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

How Toronto remains efficient without ball movement beauty

The Toronto Raptors' offense is not an aesthetically pleasing symphony like the Spurs or the Warriors, but they are very, very good. Powered by the offensive capabilities of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan, and the supporting pieces put together by Masai Ujiri, Toronto has the fourth most efficient offense in the league despite a lack of ball movement, ranking second to last in assists...
Via RealGM - NBA
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry, Renaissance Man: Improving with age

A great many NBA players venture into the offseason with the objective of returning to the court in the supposed best shape of their lives. Their "shape" is one of the most vital and relevant factors to their professional success. But for all the work athletes invest into achieving peak physical condition, at a certain age that work includes staving off undefeated Father Time....
Via The Sports Quotient
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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