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Raptors Top Reserve Patrick Patterson Carries A Heavy Load

Toronto Raptors Patrick Patterson 2,057 minutes off the bench is second best in the NBA, 420 rebounds off the bench is third best and his 105 three-pointers (99 off the bench) is seventh best. “(Patterson’s) energy is contagious,” Coach Casey said. “He plays at a different level that is an NBA skill.”
Via Pro Bball Report
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Raptors seeking to win 7-game series for first time

TORONTO (AP) They won a second straight Atlantic Division title and set a franchise record with 49 victories. Both reasons to be proud, for sure. But it's what the Raptors do next, now the playoffs have arrived, that will determine whether this season is a success. The Raptors, who lost a Game 7 heartbreaker to Brooklyn in the first round last year, will try to advance for just...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Victory is the Raptors’ only option in franchise’s most important playoff series

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Just two years removed from their fifth consecutive losing campaign, the Toronto Raptors stumbled across the finish line with a 92-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday’s regular season finale to set a new franchise record with their 49th win of the season. But after last season’s legendary turnaround resulted in another early...
Via Sports-Glory
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

We The North: The Toronto Raptors’ 2015 NBA Playoffs journey begins!

The 2015 NBA Playoffs are almost upon us!! Hoop Heads North & Hip Hoop Junkies will be back at it with a postgame ‘RAPSTALK’ podcast on Saturday afternoon/evening, discussing the much anticipated Game 1 match up between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards which tips off on Saturday April 18th at 12:30pm ET. In celebration of the NBA Playoffs and a franchise setting...
Via Hoops Heads North
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Toronto’s James Johnson teaches his kid how to beat box

When we watch NBA games sometimes we forget that these great players are just as human as we are. Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson posted this video to his instagram today and it is a good reminder that these guys aren’t just super heroes on TV but do a lot of the same stuff we do every day. Even though Johnson has had his family issues it’s always nice to see some quality...
Via Crossover Chronicles
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors first round preview

The NBA regular season has officially come to a close, and it’s playoff time once again for the Toronto Raptors.  Despite struggling through most of the second half of the season, the Raptors secured the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, guaranteeing them home court advantage for at least the first round.  Their first opponent will be the Washington Wizards, a team that...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top Key Things Raptors Fans Need To Know When Heading To A Playoff Game

Last season, Raptors Nation made a name for themselves as NBA fans from around the world witnessed how die-hard, crazy, passionate Raptors fans were inside the Air Canada Centre as well as outside the ACC (a.k.a. Jurassic Park). Rain or shine, Raptors fans were in abundance and wild.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors To Face Wizards As Hawks Punt Game To Bulls

The Toronto Raptors easily defeated the Hornets 92-87 to claim a franchise record 49th win and the Atlanta Hawks punted an 18 point lead in the third quarter to lose to the Bulls 91-85. The gift from the visitors gave Chicago third place in the Eastern Conference, so the Hawks will get the winner between the fourth place Raptors and the fifth place Wizards in the second round.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joey Crawford trips, falls during Hornets-Raptors game (Video)

NBA referee Joey Crawford tripped and fell down on the court during the opening minute of Wednesday night's game in Toronto between the Raptors and the visiting Charlotte Hornets.Crawford got right back up and seemed to be OK, although likely a bit embarrassed. He's lucky he didn't get seriously hurt there. Pablo Prigioni knows a little something about that.H/T NIS. This post...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry leads Raptors to record 49th win

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors wrapped up the regular season with their franchise record 49th victory, beating the Charlotte Hornets 92-87 on Wednesday night. Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Terrence Ross 13 for the Raptors. They will open the playoffs at home on Saturday. Depending on the outcome of the Chicago-Atlanta...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

James Johnson puts down reverse slam dunk against Celtics

So I think there’s this new player on the Toronto Raptors with fiery red hair. And he just did a sweet reverse jam against the Boston Celtics. Wait. It’s not a new player. It’s really James Johnson with his new hair: He is the NEW BIG RED MACHINE. I’ll shut up now. *** James Johnson pic from Getty Images.
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics, Raptors Clash For Playoff Positioning, Tickets Starting at $29

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are set to reprise their growing rivalry stemming from the classic battle they waged earlier this month, except this time, there will be a lot more on the line. The visiting Celtics stunned the Raptors 117-116 in overtime April 4, on Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beating layup, propelling them on a streak that has seen them win four in a row and six...
Via Hoops Heads North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Push Miami Heat To Brink With 107-104 Win

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, attempts to take the ball away from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Miami. The Raptors defeated the Heat 107-104. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Wilfredo Lee) With their 107-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, the Miami Heat have all but said goodbye to the...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors win to send Heat to brink of playoff elimination

  When the playoffs open next weekend, the Toronto Raptors will be at home. And, almost certainly, so will the Miami Heat. Lou Williams scored 29 points, DeMar DeRozan added 24 and the Raptors put the Heat on the brink of playoff elimination with a 107-104 victory Saturday night. Greivis Vasquez and Kyle Lowry each scored 12 points and Patrick Patterson had 11 for the Raptors. They...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Raptors’ Valanciunas go 0-2 at the rim… of a paper cup

It just wasn’t his day from the field. Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas didn’t have his shooting stroke with him recently as the big man missed point blank two shot attempts with this mouth piece at a paper cup. Yeah, that’s right, Jonas missed the rim of a cup (which was right in his face) as he tried to slam his mouth piece into it. The funny part of this video, his teammates...
Via Crossover Chronicles
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors potential first round opponents

The NBA regular season is coming to a close, and the Toronto Raptors are preparing for their second consecutive playoff run.  While there is still a lot of dust to be settled at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the top half is a little more set. The Raptors have been going back and forth with the Chicago Bulls between the third and fourth spots, a battle that likely won’t...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors and their quest for third place in the East

The Toronto Raptors are currently a game back of the Chicago Bulls for the third seed in the hobbled Eastern Conference.  Having clinched the Atlantic Division and a playoff berth, the Raptors are in a position that many teams envy.  However, it is time for Toronto to get greedy. Kyle Lowry The Raptors need to find a way to overtake Chicago for the third seed in the final five...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors look ahead to top ranked college team

GLENDALE – Following their second loss of the season, a 23-21 loss to defending champions San Francisco Golden Gate, the Glendale Raptors enter the weekend looking forward to a much needed rest from the intensity of the Pacific Rugby Premiership. On Saturday, they will face collegiate side Lindenwood in a friendly match. “We’re using this as an opportunity to gauge the depth...
Via Mile High Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Greivis Vasquez & Under Armour launch ClutchFit Drive Low ‘North Six’ Player Edition shoe on March 28, 2015

Greivis Vasquez joined the Toronto Raptors as a part of the major 2013-14 midseason trade with the Sacramento Kings. He helped the Toronto Raptors reach the 2014 NBA Playoffs, and he continues to be a key member helping the team attain new heights again this season. He felt embraced by the fans early on and he’s openly expressed his appreciation for and to the fans and the city...
Via Hoops Heads North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

DeRozan forgot Bulls’ Noah doesn’t play for Toronto

Hey DeMar, that guys, he’s not on your team. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan found himself trapped defensively by two Bulls defenders. So what will he ever do? Obviously he needs to find an open RAPTORS TEAMMATE for himself, so who did he find? Oh just the Bulls’ Joakim Noah on the sidelines, in his shooting shirt, and a player who doesn’t play for the Raptors. http://cdn.streamable...
Via Crossover Chronicles
22 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan passes to Joakim Noah...on Bulls bench (Video)

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan had an embarrassing moment during the final minutes of Wednesday night's game in Chicago when he delivered a perfect pass to Bulls center Joakim Noah. Making matters worse, Noah wasn't even in the game at the time, as he was standing on the Bulls bench.It happened with 1:21 remaining in the game with the Raptors down 112-103. DeRozan was trapped...
Via Holdout Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Glendale Raptors Women win another Championship

GLENDALE, Colo. – No bracket bust here. The Glendale Raptors continued their sizzling start to the season with another virtuoso performance over the weekend in the state’s capital. Joanna Kitlinski moved from her normal forward position to center, and scored three tries in four games. Kelly Mullen added three tries of her own. And Rachel Ryan provided a menacing attack on both...
Via Mile High Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors women silence critics in win

Despite the ballyhooed cries from critics on their unconventional run to a national championship in the fall, and the haste departure of their coach, the Glendale Raptors appear to be unscathed in the early weeks of the spring season. In a rematch unbefitting of a tense national championship game that ended 16-15, they made short work of the Twin Cities Amazons in the not-so exciting...
Via Mile High Sports
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

Tyler Hansbrough and Festus Ezeli were ejected from Friday’s Raptors-Warriors game after getting into a scrap towards the end of the third quarter when Golden State was winning by a blowout. Ezeli and Hansbrough were fighting down low for position, and their physical play continued as they went up the court, with Ezeli going at...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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