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Stuart Scott calls Kobe Bryant’s 81 point highlight

ESPN posted this cool piece of nostalgia earlier today – one of the great individual sporting performances of our lifetime as called by the late Stuart Scott. That performance is of course Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors on January 22nd, 2006 and is noteworthy today because of Bryant announcing his retirement on The Players’ Tribune. The box score...
Via Awful Announcing
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

4 reasons the Raptors are a different defensive team in 2015-16

DeMarre Carroll is a big part of Toronto's defensive improvement. Nick Turchiaro USA TODAY SportsLast year's Toronto Raptors scorched opponents, winning a pile of games thanks to an offense that could hardly be stopped. But when the Raptors faced crunch time in the postseason, their inability to get stops was their undoing. In part because of their playoff failing, then, Dwane Casey...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

When it comes to 3s, Raptors are behind last season's pace

Kyle Lowry is well on his way to becoming the franchise leader in made 3s, but things have slowed down of late. Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY SportsThe modern NBA is largely about spacing the floor and knocking down 3s, at least on the offensive end. Yet as the Toronto Raptors have focused on solidifying their defense, a funny thing has happened on the other side of the ball.For the...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan grew up emulating Kobe

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan was 16 when he was invited to Kobe Bryant's camp for the top 25 American high school shooting guards. A friendship grew between the youngster who would become an All-Star for the Toronto Raptors and the player who would become the third-leading scorer in NBA history. DeRozan talked at length Sunday night about Bryant, who announced on The Players' Tribune...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Delon Wright Near Triple-Double With Raptors 905

Toronto Raptors rookie point guard Delon Wright just missed the triple-double in his second game with the 905 as he scored 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the field and 2-3 from three-point range to go with 8 dimes, 8 boards, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 37 minutes of action.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can Raptors Terrence Ross Find His Focus Off The Bench?

While his minutes are down, Toronto Raptors Terrence Ross' efficiency has actually improved. He's been shooting 50 percent from three since his return from injury. "It's fun," Ross insisted. "You get to see what the game needs and you can step in and provide it.
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Bismack Biyombo Knows He Can Score Too

There is more to Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo than just defense. "I've just been working day-in and day-out, staying after practice, coming early before practice," Biyombo said about his free throws. "I think at the end of the day it's just repetition, getting comfortable. It has been one of the weakest parts of my game in the past and I am trying to get better at it."
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron James, James Jones lead players-only meeting after loss

    LeBron James and James Jones led a players-only meeting after their Cleveland Cavaliers lost 103-99 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. James and Jones were dissatisfied with the team’s effort. The Cavs were up by two with under eight minutes left and faded down the stretch, falling behind by nine points and eventually losing by four. “It’s all mindset,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Assign Delon Wright To D-League

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have assigned guard Delon Wright to Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Raptors. Wright is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday when Raptors 905 hosts the Idaho Stampede at Hershey Centre at 7:30 p.m.Wright has appeared in four games with the Raptors this season, totaling four rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Wright...
Via RealGM
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jonas Valanciunas to miss six weeks with fractured hand

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a fractured left hand against the Lakers on Friday, and now he might not see the floor again until the 2016 calendar year. According to a report by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, Valanciunas is expected to miss about six weeks with the injury. The 23-year-old Lithuanian center has elected to not undergo surgery on the hand, his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Moments: Toronto goes 0 for 2 in Oakland and Salt Lake City

The Toronto Raptors are coming face to face with a fundamental truth about life, sports, and NBA road back-to-backs: none of them are even remotely fair. Lurking behind that up-front reality is a more specific truth about competition: You can acquit yourself well and have nothing to show for it; good process doesn’t guarantee good results. * It is the exquisitely and eternally...
Via Crossover Chronicles
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: DeMar DeRozan destroys Rudy Gobert with powerful dunk

DeMar DeRozan’s athleticism and leaping ability make him one of those players that NBA fans make a point to watch. You never know when he’ll throw down a vicious dunk and make someone on the opposing team look silly. Ruby Gobert, one of the better shot blockers in the league, was DeRozan’s latest victim in Wednesday night’s Jazz-Raptors game. DeRozan decided to drive...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings mount a late 4th quarter rally, Raptors lose 107-101

In the first of five west coast road games, the Raptors arrived in California to face their first opponent on the trip, the Sacramento Kings. This is definitely a game that the Toronto Raptors will wish they closed out. The Raptors led by 10 points in the 4th quarter, but the Kings mounted a late 4th quarter rally of their own to get past the Raptors by a final score of 107-101....
Via Hoops Heads North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bazemore, Hawks still soaring despite Carroll’s departure

BOSTON — The Atlanta Hawks took the NBA by storm last season, pacing the Eastern Conference with 60 wins after winning just 38 games during the 2013-14 season. It’s a testament to head coach Mike Budenholzer’s balanced, talented group, which included five All-Stars and a starting unit that was among the NBA’s best. But the Hawks lost a key cog to free agency this offseason...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors bounce back for a 119-103 win over 76ers

The Toronto Raptors headed in to Philadelphia having lost 3 games in a row, and the host Philadelphia 76ers were hoping to get their first win of the season. The Raptors started the game slow once again in the 1st quarter, allowing the 76ers to score 34 1st quarter points and were trailing by 5 after the 1st. The Raptors got back on track by halftime with a 63-57 lead thanks in part...
Via Hoops Heads North
18 days ago  |  Discuss

In defense of DeMar DeRozan

The continued decline of the mid-range jump shot in the NBA has been well documented here, here, and just about anywhere smart people talk about basketball. The nearly ubiquitous shift away from long two-pointers makes it even more perplexing that the Toronto Raptors, a vanguard of the analytics movement, have established a core that includes one of the most prolifically inaccurate...
Via The Sports Quotient
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

This edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors, who are currently on a three game losing streak, but remain in 1st place in the Atlantic Division. After the jump...
Via Philadunkia
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors lose 3rd straight, defeated by the Knicks; 111-109

The Toronto Raptors returned home to the Air Canada Centre to face the visiting New York Knicks, after being on the road for the past four games; winning their first 2 and lost their last 2. Already without DeMarre Carroll who was ruled out again as he battles with plantar fasciitis, tough news came for the Raptors pre-game as it was announced that Terrence Ross suffered a thumb...
Via Hoops Heads North
19 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kristaps Porzingis throws down huge dunk

The New York Knicks had a game on Tuesday night, which means Kristaps Porzingis, at some point in the game, threw down a great dunk. Knicks fans have come to expect at least one exciting play from the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft every game, and he has not disappointed. Check out what he did to the Raptors in the second quarter of the game. When Carmelo Anthony’s...
Via The Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Raptors are off to such a hot start

After just over one week of the 2015-16 season, only two teams remain undefeated: the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors' pole position is most likely expected, but the Raptors did not even win 50 games last season. However, this Raptors team is driven, and determined to improve on last year's disappointing first round playoff exit...
Via The Sports Quotient
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Them to Victory

Toronto Raptors’ Cory Joseph, DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas, fromleft, celebrate as they walk off the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Toronto won 103-98. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) The beginning of the NBA season has been highlighted by the defending...
Via The Sports Journal
25 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Russell Westbrook commits egregious flop

With NBA action back in full swing, fans have been enjoying a full dose of transition buckets, high-flying dunks and step-back jumpers. But they’ve also had to witness a few things that make the game less enjoyable: like flops, for instance. Russell Westbrook committed a flop for the ages in Wednesday night’s game against the Raptors. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas hauled...
Via The Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Stephen Curry celebrates three with bench before it goes in

The Golden State Warriors already appear to be in mid-season form. During their 95-87 win over the Toronto Raptors in the preseason opener for both squads, we were reminded that both ball movement and Stephen Curry were alive and well in Northern California. Curry giving a high five before it goes in hahaha
Via Yardbarker
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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