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  • Raptors’ opponents find it’s not that easy beating Green

    Toronto Star "There are all kinds of players whose unique talents make them invaluable to the Toronto Raptors, players who have some flash and some obvious contributions to make. Kyle Lowry for his heart, his shooting, his ability to dominate a game in different ways. Kawhi Leonard..." November 20

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry to be a game-time decision vs. Magic

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will not have forwards OG Anunoby, C.J. Miles and Norm Powell in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Smith. Head coach Nick Nurse also said Kyle Lowry will..." November 20

  • Raptors' Lowry misses practice, not on injury report for Magic game

    The Score "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry missed practice Monday in Orlando, but head coach Nick Nurse said he is OK, according to Sportsnet's Eric Smith. The floor general is not listed on the team's injury report for Tuesday's game against the Orlando Magic. Lowry..." November 19

  • Lowry's ankle to be re-evaluated Sunday

    TSN "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry left Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sore right ankle and did not return to action. November 18

  • Raptors resting Kawhi Leonard vs. Bulls; Miles, Anunoby out

    Sportsnet "Kawhi Leonard won’t play in Saturday night’s game between the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls. The move follows a trend of resting Leonard in one game when the Raptors play back-to-back. Leonard played more than 42 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Boston Celtics,..." November 17

  • Jazz confident they could have signed Kyle Lowry last year, but waited for Gordon Hayward instead

    Pro Basketball Talk "Entering 2017 free agency, rumors swirled Kyle Lowry would leave the Raptors. He ultimately re-signed with Toronto, but maybe that was only due to the timing of Gordon Hayward‘s decision to leave the Jazz for the Celtics. Andy Larsen and Eric Walden of The Salt Lake..." November 15

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver previews technological advances coming to help fans enjoy games

    CBS Sports "The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, but even with the talent and interest in the league at an all-time high, it's always looking at ways to improve the experience. Especially for fans. One way that could be possible is through the use of augmented and virtual..." November 15

  • Blake Griffin takes shot at Raptors in support of Dwane Casey

    Larry Brown Sports "Blake Griffin fired a shot at the Raptors in support of Dwane Casey following Detroit’s win over Toronto on Wednesday night. Griffin’s Pistons beat the Raptors 106-104 in Toronto on Wednesday on a last-second shot by Reggie Bullock on an inbounds pass. The play..." November 15

  • Dwane Casey returns to Toronto free of Raptors’ high expectations

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has settled in. He’s found a home with the Detroit Pistons. His kids are happily ensconced at one of the most prestigious private schools in the United States. It was recommended to him by none other than one of its wealthiest..." November 13

  • Pascal Siakam is making the leap at exactly the right time

    The Score "Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam was once thought to be just a versatile defender with an inexhaustible motor, but now he's starting to score - a lot. It looked to be a one-off when Siakam dropped what was then a career-high 22 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 29,..." November 12

  • DeMar DeRozan's Wake-Up Call

    Bleacher Report "These days, DeMar DeRozan is putting pen to paper more often, scribbling notes and reminders when he can. The messages are his and his alone. "This is mine. This is mine," he says. He writes them as a means of claiming ownership over things in his life, no matter how small or trivial...." November 12

  • What Jimmy Butler-to-76ers trade means for Raptors, East

    Sportsnet "The Jimmy Butler saga has finally reached its natural conclusion with reports the disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves superstar has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. It ends one of the more bizarre stand-offs between a player and management that we’ve seen in years, a drama..." November 11

  • LeBron James’ shadow too big for Kawhi Leonard

    Clutch Points "Despite the Toronto Raptors’ hot start early this season, there are still talks revolving around the possibility of Kawhi Leonard signing with the Los Angeles Lakers next year. But some people around the NBA believe that LeBron James’ shadow might be too big for the mild-mannered..." November 10

  • Kyle Lowry: It ‘took a little bit’ to make peace with Raptors changes

    Sportsnet "In the early-goings of an MVP-calibre season, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has let his play do the talking. Averaging 17.8 points on a career-best 49.7 per cent shooting while dishing out a league-leading 11.3 assists per game, Lowry has positioned his team to an excellent 11-1..." November 08

  • FAs Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent, without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then that club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 08

  • Toronto’s Improved Spacing Is The Key To Kyle Lowry’s Excellent Play So Far

    Dime Magazine "Going into the season, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Boston Celtics were destined for an NBA Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors. They’d taken the Cavs to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference championship last spring, without their two best players in the lineup, and..." November 08

  • Report: Raptors’ Norman Powell out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell is expected to be out four to six weeks with a left shoulder subluxation, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.  Powell suffered an injury to his left shoulder in Toronto’s Monday night tussle with the Utah..." November 07

  • NBA To Televise 2019 All-Star Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but..." November 07

  • Norman Powell suffers shoulder injury in Utah

    Raptors HQ "In Monday night’s contest with the Utah Jazz, the Raptors’ Norman Powell suffered what was initially reported as a sprain in his left shoulder. The header picture above sets the scene: arm down and straight, with a painful grimace. It did not look..." November 06

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Miss A Second Straight Game When The Raptors Face The Jazz On Monday

    Dime Magazine "The Toronto Raptors are operating with caution surrounding Kawhi Leonard in the early part of the 2018-19 season and, given the way the team is playing with or without him, that makes complete sense. However, Leonard missed Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles..." November 05

  • Lakers May Be Slipping In Battle For Kawhi Leonard

    Hoops Rumors "Playing in front of Kawhi Leonard Sunday night, the Lakers didn’t make a strong case to attract the impending free agent, writes Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Leonard sat out the game with a sore left foot, but watched his Raptors teammates take an early 41-10 lead on the way to a..." November 05

  • Raptors' Kawhi talks childhood fandom: 'I didn't like the Lakers'

    The Score "Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard may have grown up in California, but he wasn't a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers - for good reason. "I liked Allen Iverson. I was an A.I. fan. I didn't like the Lakers," Leonard said on Saturday in Los Angeles, according to Raptors..." November 04

  • Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard questionable Sunday vs. Lakers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors announced that Kawhi Leonard is questionable to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday due to a jammed left ankle. Leonard suffered the injury in Friday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. He left the game late in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors managed to cope..." November 03

  • Raptors’ Leonard Will Sit Back-To-Backs As He Suffers Jammed Foot

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors‘ prized offseason acquisition, Kawhi Leonard, left the team’s Friday night win with a jammed foot, head coach Nick Nurse told reporters, including ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “He jammed his foot,” Nurse said. “It didn’t seem to be too..." November 03

  • Raptors’ Nurse says Kawhi Leonard ‘jammed his foot’ at end of game

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard exited Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns with what appeared to be a foot injury. Leaving the game and then heading to the locker room at the 2:42 mark of the fourth quarter, Leonard did not return to the bench to see the conclusion of..." November 03

  • Anunoby returns to Raptors after leave

    TSN "Forward OG Anunoby has returned to the Toronto Raptors are missing the team's previous three games on personal leave, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports. Anunoby is aveaging 7.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in five contests this season. The small forward was..." November 01

  • Kawhi on back-to-backs: 'Important games are ... in April, May, and June'

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard has yet to be cleared to play in back-to-back games, as he slowly gears back into playing shape as the season progresses. “It’s just injury prevention,” said Leonard, according to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg. “You want to play,..." November 01

  • How NBA sparked the American sports gambling gold rush

    ESPN "On a Saturday afternoon in October, the race and sportsbook at the Borgata Hotel Casino is packed with horse racing enthusiasts cheering on the ponies. No one is paying attention to what's hanging on the wall, but it's a big deal, a sign of a monumental shift in the American..." November 01

  • Raptors To Decline Malachi Richardson’s Option

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors won’t pick up Malachi Richardson‘s fourth-year option for the 2019/20 season, reports Michael Scotto of The Athletic (via Twitter). The decision ensures that Richardson will become an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2019. Richardson,..." October 31

  • Raptors Exercise 2019/20 Options On Siakam, Anunoby

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have exercised their 2019/20 rookie scale options on forwards Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, the team has announced in a press release. We learned earlier today that the team would be passing on Malachi Richardson‘s ’19/20..." October 31

  • '107 is the new 100.' How scoring trends in the NBA are setting a new bar for what a good defense is.

    Los Angeles Times "Washington coach Scott Brooks stood outside the visiting locker room at Staples Center on Monday night, a tinge of defeatism in his voice — and this was before his team allowed the Clippers to score 136 points. The scoring this season is completely rewriting the rules of what a..." October 30

  • Report: NBA to Push Back Opening Night 1 Week for 2019-2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season will tip off Oct. 22, 2019, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday. By comparison, the 2018-19 campaign began Oct. 16, when the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road against the..." October 30

  • Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Monday’s game

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks as the team continues to give him rest on back-to-backs. The Raptors are in Milwaukee Monday for a meeting between the NBA’s remaining undefeated teams before hosting the..." October 29

  • Timely defence propels Raptors to best start in franchise history

    Sportsnet "Even in the Dwane Casey years the mantra around the Toronto Raptors was that the offence would take care of itself — as long as they could button things up defensively they would be able to score and thus compete. It was hard to argue, never more than during the..." October 27

  • Raptors’ Delon Wright out vs. Mavericks with groin strain

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks will be far from full strength Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes as they deal with a multitude of injuries. Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Sven Baertschi and Alex Edler are all out while Chris Tanev is questionable. " October 25

  • Not tanking for Wiggins the luckiest move Raptors never made

    Sportsnet "An NBA team is a fragile ecosystem, each element dependent on the next for the whole to function optimally. When one or two elements get out of whack, things may move forward for a while, but eventually everything withers. We aren’t talking about the Toronto..." October 24

  • NBA Execs Looking Ahead To 2019 Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Front office executives around the NBA, even on probable playoff teams, are already looking ahead to 2019’s free agent period, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, who notes that next summer’s group of star free-agents-to-be is generating plenty of early..." October 24

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trades We Want to See This Season

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is underway. Teams are fighting for initial positioning, stars are asserting themselves as celestial presences and youngsters are trying to carve out larger roles in their rotations. The entertainment level is off the charts. We still want..." October 23

  • Raptors like Valanciunas, Siakam all smiles despite lack of minutes to go around

    Toronto Sun "Three games into Nick Nurse’s grand Raptors experiment, all is well. The players are happy, despite most of them seeing far fewer minutes than they are used to and team chemistry is high. Of course, winning all three contests has a lot to do with all of that, as..." October 23

  • Celtics, Raptors To Rest Hayward, Leonard

    Hoops Rumors "As we noted this morning, the Lakers plan to be cautious with LeBron James‘ minutes this season. Evidently following suit, the Celtics have announced that Gordon Hayward (link) will sit out tonight’s games against the Knicks. Additionally, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN..." October 20

  • Charles Barkley: Only one team can stop Warriors from winning another NBA title

    Sporting News "Though the Warriors are huge favorites to win the NBA title for a third consecutive season, there are several teams with talented rosters capable of overthrowing the champs. But according to analyst Charles Barkley, it won’t be the Rockets or LeBron James’ Lakers who will overthrow..." October 20

  • Kawhi on 'MVP' chants: 'It's only game 2, but I appreciate the support'

    The Score "Kawhi Leonard is undefeated during his tenure with the Toronto Raptors. Hyperbole? Sure, but through two games - both at home in an arena full of raucous Canadian fans - the fact remains that neither the quiet superstar nor the Raptors' faithful have yet to taste defeat. The times have been..." October 20

  • Clips have strong chance to land Leonard and Butler

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Clippers are apparently a hotbed for star players. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Clippers have a strong chance of landing Kawhi Leonard. Heck, not only that, they may also very well be involved in Jimmy Butler trade talks down the..." October 20

  • Raptors are the real deal ... minus the swagger

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors have the deepest roster in franchise history, a player with a chance to win the Most Valuable Player Award and a flexible style designed to handle any opponent. This has all the makings of an incredible season, especially now that archrival LeBron..." October 19

  • Raptors’ OG Anunoby to play vs. Celtics, Delon Wright remains out

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors received some encouraging news ahead of their tilt against the Boston Celtics Friday night, as OG Anunoby will return to the team’s lineup. Anunoby left the Raptors’ season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday with a right orbital..." October 19

  • Raptors' Blueprint to Re-Signing Kawhi Leonard in 2019 NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors are not beginning their relationship with Kawhi Leonard under any illusions. They acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs as a rental. They'll try to turn this partnership into something greater, something permanent. But the prevailing assumption upon..." October 19

  • Raptors’ Delon Wright out vs. Cavaliers with left adductor strain

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Delon Wright will miss his team’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday with a left adductor strain. Wright put up 8.6 points per game last season, his third in the NBA, on 45.6 per cent shooting. " October 17

  • Raptors’ Ujiri not concerned with regular-season win total

    Sportsnet "After acquiring Kawhi Leonard in a blockbuster trade for DeMar DeRozan in July, the 2018-19 season could easily be the most-anticipated campaign in Toronto Raptors franchise history. On the eve of their first game, Raptors president Masi Ujiri joined Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590..." October 16

  • NBA Rumors: 'Whispers' Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard Don't Want to Join LeBron

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers are poised to be big players in free agency next offseason, but landing a star to go alongside LeBron James could prove difficult. According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, there are "whispers" around..." October 16

  • Raptors Expected To Re-Sign Malcolm Miller

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors are expected to re-sign Malcolm Miller, a source tells Blake Murphy of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to Murphy, the deal is pending a physical. Miller, 25, spent the 2017/18 season on a two-way contract with the Raptors, appearing in 15 games for the NBA squad and..." October 13