Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors cool off Suns

    Toronto Sun "Powered by the reigning NBA player of the week and Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors soared past another team built on impressive depth and athleticism — just barely. But only the final score matters and the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors improved to 12-2. Up by 15 points entering the..." November 25

  • Lou just too sweet as Raptors come back to beat Cavs

    Toronto Sun "Dwane Casey went looking for some anger to match what the Cleveland Cavaliers brought on Saturday night. What he got instead was an energized Lou Williams, who shot the Raptors back into a game they trailed by 18 points seven minutes into the night and went on to win by a comfortable margin in..." November 23

  • NBA corrects scoring error from Raptors’ win over Bucks

    Pro Basketball Talk "Earlier this season, LeBron James had a triple-double rescinded in a way, after the NBA found that both a rebound and an assist from his stat line was credited to him incorrectly by the scorekeeper in Cleveland. The league said at the time that it reviews every game for mistakes like these,..." November 23

  • Caboclo debuts as Raptors cap off historic home stand with big win

    TSN.ca "Moments after the most memorable game of his young life came to a close, an usually large crowd gathered around the locker of Bruno Caboclo, just a few feet to the left of DeMar DeRozan's. "You play one game and you get this?," joked DeRozan, who is accustomed to seeing the media jockey for..." November 22

  • Raptors beat Grizzlies in battle of NBA conference leaders

    Toronto Sun "Chuck Hayes doesn’t draw the spotlight much these days, but in a matchup against two of the best old-school players in the NBA, he was the difference maker for the Raptors on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre. With Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph having their way with the Raptors bigs, it..." November 20

  • Toronto video tribute moves Carter to tears

    ESPN.com "It was a moment that held the potential to outshine a showdown between the NBA's top teams, with the East-leading Toronto Raptors hosting the West-leading Memphis Grizzlies. But the Raptors took the chance anyway as part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, airing a video tribute for..." November 20

  • Masai Ujiri also deserves blame for Denver's collapse

    SB Nation "This week, Kevin Arnovitz published a deep, well-reported piece looking at how the Denver Nuggets have fallen into mediocrity at ESPN.com. (He also talked about the story on Zach Lowe's podcast last week; really, that conversation is a companion piece to the story.) Two big storylines were teased..." November 20

  • Raptors plan Vince Carter tribute during Grizzlies game

    Toronto Sun "Like it or not Raptors fans (and many of you won't), the Raptors will play a video on Wednesday night looking back at Vince Carter's time in Toronto. Carter will be in town with the Memphis Grizzlies, making his only appearance in Canada this season. Throughout the year, the Raptors will be..." November 19

  • James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

    Real GM Basketball "James Johnson is out indefinitely with a severe right ankle sprain. Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season." November 18

  • Raptors put away visiting Utah Jazz

    Toronto Star "As Jonas Valanciunas helped a limping James Johnson get across the Raptors locker room, DeMar DeRozan emerged from the shower area and headed to his stall. “We’ve got to move them back,” he said to no one and everyone crowded into the room. “Damn camera people.” Instead of fully..." November 16

  • Derrick Rose exits late as Bulls hang on to beat Raptors

    CSN Chicago "Pau Gasol spent his flight to Toronto studying up on the Toronto Raptors and their tendencies. It paid off as Gasol scored a season-high 27 points for the Bulls in their 100-93 victory against the Raptors on Thursday night. Gasol’s study guide was game tape of Toronto’s recent blowout victory..." November 14

  • Joakim Noah on Scouting the Raptors vs Sixers: ‘I Wouldn’t Watch That Sh*t’

    SLAM Online "Ahead of Thursday night’s Chicago Bulls-Toronto Raptors tilt, Joakim Noah spotted teammate Pau Gasol studying the Raptors’ 120-88 beatdown of the visiting Philadelphia Sixers last Sunday. Noah candidly shared his thoughts with the media in Toronto on having to suffer through such gruesome game..." November 14

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    Toronto Raptors @Raptors

    Congrats to @DeMar_DeRozan on moving into 3rd place on the #Raptors all-time scoring list! #WeTheNorth #RTZ pic.twitter.com/yb4dnIJBuO

  • NBA owners expendable, NBPA director says

    ESPN.com "Michele Roberts, the NBA players' union executive director, on Wednesday questioned several of the principles that for decades have governed owner-player relations in the league, objecting to the concept of a salary cap while making clear she'd push for much more than a 50-50 split of..." November 13

  • Raptors second unit is pushing starters

    Toronto Sun "During the regular season, a strong bench can propel a team a long way. The play of Toronto’s strong group of reserves is part of the reason why the team is off to a franchise-best 6-1 start. Each of the primary backups have spent considerable time as starters earlier in their careers, which..." November 12

  • Raptors come back to beat Magic

    Toronto Sun "Maybe it was the sleeves. Maybe it was the fact that the Raptors had already played this particular opponent, didn’t play particularly well and still won. Whatever the reason, the Raptors made this one way tougher than it had to be before eventually escaping with a 104-100 win to improve to..." November 12

  • Raptors first in East, breeze by no-name Sixers

    Toronto Star "The dunks were nice and the acrobatic layups were fun, and everyone had a jolly old time as the highlight reels filled up in a ridiculously easy Raptors victory. Drake, the team’s global ambassador, was somewhat awestruck by one James Johnson dunk to the point his YouTube’d reaction was being..." November 10

  • 16d
    Toronto Raptors @Raptors

    Coach Casey says Amir Johnson (sore left ankle) is good to go tonight vs. the Sixers: http://t.co/jueeJ79kdk #WeTheNorth #RTZ

  • 17d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Amir (ankle) was able to practice today. Casey said he's fine & could've stuck it out last night if they needed him. Questionable for tmrw

  • Raptors roll over Wizards for franchise-best start

    Toronto Star "It is but six games into the marathon that is an 82-game NBA regular season, far too early to be putting any major significance on trends or feeling angst or joyous celebration at what’s developing. But there is no doubt the aura around the Raptors is delicious — sellout crowds on their feet..." November 08

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    Eric Koreen @ekoreen

    Jonas and Amir will be game-time decisions. "If it's even close, we're not going to risk it."

  • Raptors, comfortable and confident, taking advantage of roster cohesion

    Pro Basketball Talk "Patrick Patterson – sent to Toronto in last year’s midseason Rudy Gay trade – joined a team searching for an identity. The Raptors had missed the playoffs five straight seasons and were on track to make it a sixth. At that point, just two players had been on the roster longer than a season and a..." November 06

  • Kyle Lowry's 35 leads Raptors over Celtics

    Toronto Sun "Kyle Lowry walked purposefully to the locker room after making a key shot to beat the half-time horn. There was a little bit of swagger, a little bit of anger in his jaunt to the back. Toronto had no business only being down three points to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night after another..." November 06

  • With strong second half, Raptors beat Thunder

    Toronto Sun "In a season in which the Raptors have played down to the level of competition, last night was a little different. This time around they played down to the level of their opponent’s health. With only eight healthy bodies, a number that was further trimmed by one early in the third..." November 05

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    Toronto Raptors @Raptors

    . RT @raptorsmr: Jonas Valanciunas (right hand contusion) is out for @Raptors tonight at Boston. Bruno Caboclo moves to Active roster. #rtz

  • Heat off to a perfect start with win over Raptors

    Miami Herald "The goals haven’t changed so much, but the answers are starting to appear for the Heat. In the seemingly epic quest to both find an identity and prove it can perform without LeBron James, Miami progressed quite nicely on Sunday with a 107-102 win against Toronto at AmericanAirlines..." November 03

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    Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

    Amir Johnson out for the Raptors tonight vs Miami. Evens up the front court matchup a bit.

  • Raptors beat Magic to improve to 2-0

    Toronto Sun "Dwane Casey was rightfully worried about this one. He knows all too well the dangers of taking a team lightly and, with this already young Orlando Magic team missing the one guy it will likely build around in Victor Oladipo, the alarm bells were going off like crazy for Casey. Oladipo, who..." November 02

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Stiemsma is expected to be available tonight in Orlando after missing the opener with a sore ankle. Could come in handy vs Vucevic.

  • Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports Gambling

    ThePostGame.com "In Adam Silver's opinion, the current gambling laws aren't stopping fans from betting on sports -- they're only restricting domestic opportunities. As sports gambling in New Jersey inches closer to a reality, Silver believes now is the time to start accepting the "inevitable" future. The NBA..." October 31

  • Raptors open up season with win over Hawks

    Toronto Sun "The conversation between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan as their lockers were surrounded following a season opening win over Atlanta told the tale. DeRozan took a quick look around at the media types encircling both his own and Lowry’s lockers and looked at his neighbour, raised his eyebrows and..." October 30

  • PSD’s 2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    After a summer of endless drama highlighted by the return of a prodigal son, the Eastern Conference hierarchy looks completely different than it did in June and after a simply disastrous showing last year it appears things will be more competitive this season. October 29

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • 37d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Scheduled days of rest for Lowry and DeRozan, they didn't participate in today's open practice. Amir (ankle) sat out as a precaution

  • Bruno gets start, then gets schooled against Celtics

    Toronto Sun "The grand unveiling of Bruno Caboclo was not a rousing success, but rather a step in what will be a long road. The Raptors gave all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan the night off in Maine on Wednesday and inserted Caboclo in at small forward, with Terrence Ross moving back to guard. Caboclo..." October 16

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • Why Jose Calderon’s ex-coach keeps calling him ‘beautiful’

    New York Post "Raptors coach Dwane Casey was chatting with reporters, talking about a “great guy, one of those guys you remember as a player.” Seconds later, the object of Casey’s praise, Knicks point guard Jose Calderon (eight points, four assists), stepped up to say hello to his former coach. “Hey, I was..." October 15

  • Raptors Exercise Team Options On Valanciunas And Ross

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the fourth-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of centre Jonas Valanciunas and forward-guard Terrence Ross. The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season. In accordance with the league’s..." October 14

  • Raptors to focus on transition game

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors intend to speed things up this season. With an extremely deep team and a lot of young legs, that makes a lot of sense. “We think we can have a better transition game this year,” assistant coach Tom Sterner said after practice on Saturday. “We can do a better job off of steals..." October 13

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    Jay Satur @jaysatur

    RT @JLew1050: Stiemsma passed the league's concussion tests and is cleared to return, has been practicing in full this weekend

  • Report: Referees to focus on illegal screens, verticality this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12

  • Raptors want Jonas Valanciunas to become best defender in the league

    National Post "The first chapter of the little-known self-help book, How To Win Over Your Defensive-Minded Coach, details some quick tips for gaining said affection. A key take away: Allowing the Sacramento Kings to score 113 points on 55% shooting in the second pretend game of the season will not endear a team..." October 12

  • Raptors defence needs 'better focus'

    Toronto Sun "It has been five months since the Raptors last played at the ACC and fans might not like what they see if head coach Dwane Casey is to be believed. The Raptors will enter the 2014-15 season with big goals, which is why the team’s defensive taskmaster of a head coach is refusing to pull any..." October 10

  • Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri on Kyle Lowry: ‘I’m not trading him’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Just eight months ago, Kyle Lowry trade rumors were still popping up. In the weeks before, they were inescapable. The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Warriors were all linked to the Toronto point guard. But the Raptors held onto Lowry – wisely. He led them to the East Conference’s third-best record..." October 07

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    Paul Jones @Paul__Jones

    Casey: James Johnson was great today at the 4 spot by keeping it simple. Rebounding and defence #Raptors #rtz

  • Valanciunas focused on better protecting the rim

    Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Raptors, according to head coach Dwane Casey, were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season when it came to protecting the rim. He noted that, while Toronto did a decent job running teams off the three-point line, his club struggled too often with the opposition getting into the..." October 03

  • Updated NBA season win totals released

    Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    In the hopes of becoming an ambidextrous player, DeRozan said he wrote the alphabet with his left hand almost everyday during the summer

  • How Kyle Lowry Found Trust in Toronto

    Grantland "he biggest play of Kyle Lowry’s life was doomed from the start. He had led the Toronto Raptors into the closing seconds of Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. Lowry approached a moment that nearly every player covets. Toronto trailed by..." September 24