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Raptors beat Lakers, clinch second straight division title

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors clinched their second straight Atlantic Division title, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 94-83 on Friday night behind 18 points from Lou Williams and 19 from Jonas Valanciunas. James Johnson had 17 points, Amir Johnson 11 and Terrence Ross 10 as the Raptors snapped a two-game skid and beat the Lakers for the first time since Dec. 8, 2013. Jeremy Lin...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

October’s Very Own x Toronto Raptors x Mitchell & Ness Collection

Drake and his October’s Very Own (OVO) apparel line have teamed up with the Toronto Raptors to release a spring collection in collaboration with Mitchell & Ness. Utilizing the OVO trademark black and gold colors all the way through. The collection is comprised of tees, hoodies, crewnecks and snapbacks incorporating the Raptors and OVO logo together. The collection drops today...
Via Hooped Up
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

James Johnson puts down one-handed alley-oop dunk against Bulls

It wasn’t all bad for the Toronto Raptors against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls ultimately took the victory but the Raptors did have a few highlights. One of them? James Johnson soaring for the alley-oop dunk: Nice lob by Lou Williams, too. *** James Johnson pic from Getty Images. Vine from the Toronto Raptors.
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Greivis Vasquez x Under Armour ‘North Six’ ClutchFit PE

Today Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez made an appearance on BNN to discuss his Under Armour ‘North Six’ ClutchFit PE shoe dropping this weekend. His first player edition shoe since entering the league represents the city a Raptors home colorway and his GV logo on the tongue. Look for the Under Armour ‘North Six’ ClutchFit PE at the Toronto Yonge-Dundas Square Foot...
Via Hooped Up
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors limping into the playoffs

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry The second half of the season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Toronto Raptors.  Their star point guard, Kyle Lowry, has been battling injury after injury, and is currently out again, this time with back spasms.  They’re losing games to lesser opponents.  They’ve gone from a title contender to Shaqtin’ a Fool champions. The Toronto...
Via isportsweb.com
4 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
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Louis Williams Hero Ball is Not the Recipe for Success

If you look at the box score — and only the box score — of tonight’s Raptors-Pistons game, it looks like Raptors sixth man Louis Williams had himself a solid night. 19 points on 11 shots, plus three three-pointers is about right for him. However, if you actually watched the game, you witnessed Raptors coach Dwane Casey fail to use his final timeout, and allow Williams to jack...
Via Busted Coverage
5 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Coach Casey Says Terrence Ross Has His Focus Back

It would be polite to suggest the Toronto Raptors third year wing Terrence Ross had regressed this season. Expectations were high that Ross would take the next step in becoming an effective ‘three-and-D’ player. Objectively Ross has played better lately, but it was somewhat surprising to hear the level of praise coming from his head coach.
Via Pro Bball Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry videobombs coach's halftime interview

Kyle Lowry might be out with a bad back, but that doesn't mean he can't entertain himself while sitting on the Raptors' bench. Videobombing is all the rage with NBA players nowadays (attribute credit to the LeBron James/Chris Bosh/Dwyane Wade Miami Heat for that). Now, Lowry is getting in on the fun. Tyler Hansbrough was not having any of this. That's Raptors assistant coach Tom...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Amir Johnson Says Lucas Nogueira Will Do Damage

The Toronto Raptors rookie center Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira hasn’t seen much time in the NBA, but with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League recently, the 22-year-old from Brazil has been showing off his natural abilities and the results have been impressive. Amir Johnson has been watching and practicing with Nogueira all season and sees a lot of potential in the seven-footer.
Via Pro Bball Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach LaVine Goes Coast-to-Coast to Dunk on Terrence Ross

What’s with these former UCLA players who can effortlessly unload nasty in-game slam dunks almost every night? We’ve seen Russell Westbrook do it for years, and now we have another walking highlight machine in Zach LaVine. The Raptors’ Terrence Ross was LaVine’s victim tonight, as the Slam Dunk champion straight up blew by him before unloading a nasty dunk in transition...
Via Busted Coverage
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Future of Toronto Raptors hinges on playoff-positioning in the present

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports With the benefits of their impressive start no longer visible in the standings, the Toronto Raptors haven’t resembled a team that’s supposed to be taking the next step in their progression towards becoming a perennial playoff-participant in quite awhile. It’s been over a month since Toronto halted a two-game skid with four straight wins against...
Via Sports-Glory
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors Game Recap: Too Little, Too Late

(Toronto, ON) – With a golden opportunity at their hands to knock off a struggling team, the Miami Heat (29-36) fell to the Toronto Raptors (39-26) by a score of 102-92 on Friday night at Air Canada Centre. The victory was the first over Miami in more than five years, which snapped a 16-game losing streak in the series. In a game they desperately needed to win on the road, the...
Via Heat Nation
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors-Blazers Matchup Marks Most Expensive Ticket for Toronto in March

The Toronto Raptors have continued their road struggles through the beginning of March. The Raptors dropped five in a row at the end of February, losing to the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks. Four of those five came on the road. After snapping the streak by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto continued to struggle...
Via Hoops Heads North
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kawhi Leonard throws down slam dunk on Jonas Valanciunas

San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard threw down a huge two-handed slam on Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas during Tuesday night's game at the AT&T Center.Leonard dribbled along the baseline and finished with the strong dunk: At the end of three quarters, Leonard had 18 points and 9 rebounds, helping to give the Spurs a 14-point lead. The Raptors seem to be falling apart...
Via Holdout Sports
19 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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors need Lowry to bounce back

Kyle Lowry It’s been a tale of two halves this season for Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Going into the All-Star break, the Raptors were 36-17: good for first in the Atlantic Division, and second in the Eastern Conference.  Kyle Lowry was named the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, his first career appearance.  He beat out some of the league’s...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors’ Unsung Hero

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA. We all knew they were going to be good, but not this good. As expected, much attention is being lavished on players who have been carrying their offense. Kyle Lowry is having an All-Star season, newly-acquired Lou Williams has been a lethal weapon off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas has been a decent scoring...
Via The Garbage Time
February 28, 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

Paul Pierce shoves Drake after rapper crowds him on inbounds play (video)

Paul Pierce had no time or patience for the inappropriate front row antics of Drake during the tense, waning moments of a tight basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. But given the annoyingly foolish conduct of the Toronto-based rapper, it wouldn’t have mattered if Drake’s...Read More The post Paul Pierce shoves...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Bieber helped Kyle Lowry become All-Star starter?

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game, and — Belieb it or not — he may have Justin Bieber to thank. At the beginning of the week, Lowry trailed Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade by more than 100,000 votes. The margin seemed...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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