Category Archives: Team Talk

The Definitive All-Time Raptor-Killers Team

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The following is a collaboration that we here at Raptors Watch put together to create the definitive all-time Raptor-killers team. It is important to note that some of these players are playing positions on this team that they don’t normally play in reality. This happened because 1) the absolute best Raptor-kilers need to have a spot as a starter 2) ... Read More »

Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania’s Proud Basketball History

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There comes a time in every man’s life when guys younger than yourself begin getting drafted to North American professional sport leagues. It’s happened to most of us, and is oftentimes paired with the realization that maybe playing professional sports one day just isn’t in the cards. With the NHL’s draft eligibility system in place, this harsh reality usually sets ... Read More »

Half Way Point – Are The Raptors Legit?

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40 games into the season, the Raptors are on a historical path to become the best team in franchise history. It’s a difficult path to predict though. After blitzing through the first stretch of the season with a 24-8 record and sitting highly on top of the Eastern Conference throne, the Raptors are now in uncharted territory since the Rudy ... Read More »

Pregame: Raptors vs. Hawks, Jan. 16

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So, just who are we up against? The Raptors are currently 2-0 versus their Georgia counterparts this season, but that number means next to nothing now. The Hawks are 24-2 since Toronto beat them 126-115 on November 26th and have placed themselves amongst the top teams in the entire Association. Their movement-heavy offense and stifling defense have rightfully earned them ... Read More »

Pregame notepad: Still no word on DeMar

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DeMar DeReturn? DeDunno “It could be (against the 76ers) or the next game,” Casey said. “It’ll depend on what the doctors let him know.” … And that’s the last we’ve heard. There was no shootaround today for either team, so a quiet day on the media front equates to zero updates on the situation. My guess – which is meaningless ... Read More »

Tyler Hansbrough’s Underrated Role on the Toronto Raptors

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If you search the name Tyler Hansbrough on YouTube, the majority of videos that immediately appear will not be highlight mixes featuring posterizing putbacks or finesse finishes around the rim. Alternatively, the search results will be populated with on-court altercations involving the 6’9” power forward throughout his five-plus seasons in the NBA. You will see clips titled Tyler Hansbrough stands ... Read More »

The Raptors passed the mental test in Golden State last night

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Mid-way through the third quarter of last night’s shellacking in Golden State, this happened: The dunk was, all-in-all, just a simple one-handed slam on a breakaway. In no shape or form did the trailing ‘Lowry’ get dunked on. De facto had he just stood back and watched Curry do his thing, Lowry would’ve been just as efficient. Of course, Lowry ... Read More »

#WeTheNorth – An Industry Best Practice in the Canadian Sport Marketing Landscape

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Television commercials celebrating the city’s gritty basketball folklore. Presence on virtually all content from the team’s social media channels. A giant black-and-white banner passed around the lower bowl of the Air Canada Centre during home games. These are just some of the several elements that encompass “We The North”. It is the flagship mass marketing campaign that has resonated with Toronto ... Read More »

Recap: Raptors lose OT thriller at hands of Portland

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Top Performers: K. Lowry – 25 PTS, 5 AST, 7 REB J. Valanciunas – 14 PTS, 8 REB, 7/15 FG J. Johnson – 14 PTS, 11 REB D. Lillard – 26 PTS, 9 AST, 9/24 FG L. Aldridge – 23 PTS, 13 REB The Raptors started the game the way they usually do: feeding JV down low. He was extra ... Read More »

Recap: Raptors roll through Auburn Hills, win 5th straight

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The “We The North” movement was in full effect Friday night at the Palace. From a TV standpoint, it sounded like just another contest at the ACC, and that’s exactly how Jonas classified it in his post-game interview. Kyle was the recipient of loud “MVP” chants every trip to the free throw line, much to the dismay of the local ... Read More »

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