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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 »

Scouting Report: Boston Celtics

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What you need to know about the Boston Celtics… The Celtics have a ‘revamped’ look of sorts since the last time the Raptors played them. Of course, Rajon Rondo’s 10 assists per game now reside in Dallas; but most recently the Celts’ shipped off Jeff Green to Memphis and Brandan Wright to Phoenix in exchange for draft picks with the ... Read More »

Pregame Notepad: Raptors vs Hornets

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It’s good to be home… Unfortunately the return of DeMar DeRozan will be delayed for another week, which in the long run is probably for the best. After a grueling West Coast road trip the Raptors have passed their toughest stretch for a while, and now their schedule takes a turn for the better. They should survive another week without ... Read More »

Kyle Lowry slays point-guards for a living

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Jeff Teague, Mike Conley, Kyrive Irving, Goran Dragic, Ty Lawson, Deron Williams, Chris Paul. All of these point guards have one thing in common (apart from being pretty good) – they’ve all been defeated by Kyle Lowry and his boisterous Raptors squad. Like a fine wine, Lowry just gets better with age. As the seasons go by, he gets better. ... Read More »

The Raptors don’t lose often, but when they do, they hate it

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Having had the opportunity to be in the locker-room following the loss to the Bulls on November 13th, all I could conclude in my thoughts was ‘Damn, the Raptors really hate losing, maybe more than anyone in the entire league’. Everyone hates losing, but if you were there to witness the gloomy vibe and razed looks on the players’ faces, ... Read More »

Pre-game notepad: Prevent rebounds, foul Drummond / Smith

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What you need to know about the Pistons.. The Detroit Pistons are a bad team that can rebound the ball really well. The Pistons sit dead last in the Central division (third last in the East) with a 5-21 record…. That’s Knicks and borderline 76ers territory. The Pistons score 93.8 ppg (tied for second worst in the league) Despite all ... Read More »

Raptors don’t need any extra motivation on Drake night

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Sometimes, when you play a team that is clearly inferior to you, it might cause a psychological lapse and dip in performance. Not that that’s been an issue for the Toronto Raptors though, who are 11-1 against sub. 500 teams. I mean, you might see a slow start (see: vs Orlando Magic), but in the end, the outcome is a ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors vs Nuggets

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What you need to know about the Nuggets.. Denver struggles offensively in a way the Raptors can take advantage. The Nuggets score 103.4 ppg which is pretty good in itself, but the problem lies mostly with their offensive efficiency, as they shoot just 44% from the field which is eighth worst in the league. These struggles are despite being led ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors vs Cavs

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Tim Lewieke and Masai Ujiri have successfully planted a buzz in this city – a buzz that has previously been dormant since the start of the 21st century. Nights like tonight take that buzz to a whole new level. No, tonight is not Drake night, nor is there a tribute to Vince Carter or former Raptor and ESPN analyst Jalen ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors @ Jazz

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What you need to know about the Jazz.. Since their last meeting at the Air Canada Center against the Raptors, the Jazz have not fared well. Utah rides a six-game losing streak, have lost eight of their last ten, and lie 13th in the West with a 5-13 record. Against the Raptors, Gordon Hayward had a pretty bad game by ... Read More »

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