Weekly Report: Toronto Raptors 6 game home stand


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The Toronto Raptors returns home for 6 straight games after a brutal 6 game road trip, 5 of which are against the Western teams.

After losing 3 straight on the Road, the Raptors find themselves at the number two spot from being at the top for most of the season

The Chicago Bulls fell to number 3 after losing to Utah Jazz last night, while the Atlanta Hawks are rolling — winning 6 straight — holding the top spot in the East.

Demar Derozan set to Play next Thursday according to Yahoo Sports!


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Good News Raptors Fans!

Yahoo Sports! — According to Marc J. Spears (NBA writer for Yahoo Sports), Demar Derozan is set to play against the Charlotte Hornets next Thursday.

Demar Derozan suffered a torn left adductor longus tendon (severe groin strain) back in November and since then he missed a total of 17 games.

Related Article   — Toronto Raptors Demar Derozan participated in full Practice since the Injury —

The Toronto Raptors lost 2 games in a row for the first time this season, Losing to Portland (97-102) Tuesday in Overtime and losing big to the Warriors (105-126). They will face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday..

The Raptors are now 24-9 dropping to the number two spot in the Easter Conference behind the Atlanta Hawks who took the number 1 spot in the East.

Toronto Raptors Win Prediction (BREAKDOWN) against the West on the Road – Dec 27 – Jan 10


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The Toronto Raptors are off to a good start winning 2 of 5 games on the road against top tier teams in the West. They faced the Clippers last Saturday that was lead by Kyle Lowry who scored 25 points of a 110-98 victory and snapped the Clipers 8-game home winning streak.

They also faced the Denver Nuggets, Kyle Lowry had 30 points and 11 assist, a double-double for the Villanova kid. Lou Williams also contributed with 31 points off the bench in a victory over the Nuggets. The Raptors first win in Pepsi Center since 2003-2004.

The Raptors have 3 more games before they go back home. They will face Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

ROAD TRIP “Statistics Prediction”  (Click Image for Larger View)

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Portland Trail Blazers(25-7)

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The Category that stands out the most in this Match up is Turnovers. The Blazers turn it over 15.1 times per game against the Raptors 11.6. The Toronto Raptors takes care of the ball better and also the Extra scoring chances per game TOR (4.0) vs. POR (-1.6) . If we base it on these statistics alone,The Toronto Raptors should be able to Win this matchup.

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Golden State Warriors(24-5)
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The Golden State Warriors shoots the ball at 47.90%. They are an elite shooting team that is why they are at the top of the Western Conference right now. The only edge that the Raptors have is that the Warriors doesn’t rebound the ball well, only 10 rebounds per game and also 16 turnovers per game. This will be an exciting game because both teams likes to run the floor.

The team that could hold the Opposition under 100 will win the game.

Pheonix Suns(18-14)

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The Pheonix Suns wins 2 of 9 categories against the Raptors. They only edged the Raptors in Steals and Blocks by a small margin. Again, the Raptors takes care of the ball better than Pheonix, they turn the ball over 15.1 times a game against 11.6 by the Raptors.

This should be a WIN for the Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors should be able to win 4 games out of 5 after the road trip.

The Toronto Raptors facing the Best of the West, an opportunity to prove that they are legit


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The Toronto Raptors has won 7 of their 9 games so far against the Western Conference, but they have yet to face the top teams. Their next five game stretch will be on the road against Blake Griffin and the Clippers on December 27th, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on the 30th, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on January 2nd, and Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns. They are also facing the Denver Nuggets after they face the Clippers.

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The upcoming road trip will be the real test for the Toronto Raptors. In the absence of their All-Star team-mate Demar Derozan, Kyle Lowry’s decision making will be tested as the leader of their team.

Lowry has always been the key to their success and especially now that Demar is out, Lowry will have to step up his game until Derozan comes back.

The 20th overall pick of the Toronto raptors “Bruno Caboclo” played vs. Knicks, was terrified of Drake


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Bruno Caboclo the 20th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors played in the Blow out game against the New York Knicks. He came off the bench played 2 minutes in the contest and shot 3 field goals but ended up missing all 3. The Raptors went on to win it (TOR)118- (NYK)108.

This happened before Bruno entered the Game. He was terrified of Drake and that is probably why he missed all his shots. Let’s all blame it on Drake.

route905 Scores: Toronto Raptors 95 | Orlando Magic 82 Highlights 12/15/2014 (VIDEO)


??????????????????????????The Orlando Magic has lost 11 consecutive games against the Toronto Raptors. Louis Williams was leading the way with 18 points off the bench, while Kyle Lowry also putting up 17 points and 8 assist.

The Toronto Raptors is on a three-game winning streak, while the Orlando Magic is on a losing skid, they have lost their last 4 games.

The Toronto Raptors will host the Brooklyn Nets on December 17th. Their last meeting was back in May of last years playoffs that lasted for 7 games, which they lost in crunch time 104-103 in favour of the Brooklyn Nets.

Ronnie Price ejected after a dirty play against Austin Rivers


Lakers point guard Ronnie Price was ejected after an excessive foul against New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers. The Officials reviewed the play and he was later on ejected from the game. He finished with 0 points off the bench in a loss to the Pelicans, 102-109.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love’s Handshake Controversy


After a win against the New Orleans Pelicans, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love performed a Celebratory Handshake. It had a very interesting ending ,which kinda sent a wrong impression to a lot of people in the NBA community.

Here is a clip where it all started:

Chris Haynes of Cleveland Cavaliers Later explained:

At the conclusion of their choreographed handshake, each placed his right hand near the corner of his mouth with his thumb and index finger together. It was interpreted by many as symbolizing smoking a marijuana joint.The video made the rounds. On Tuesday night, the Cavaliers released a statement in an attempt to clarify what the end of that handshake represented.“To clarify, they are quickly sharpening the end of an imaginary mustache at the end of their exchange with each other. It has nothing to do with smoking a joint as some blogs (and even some mainstream folks now) are suggesting/reporting.”

Well whatever the handshake meant for them, they are certainly at a good spot. Kevin Love scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds, shooting 7-13 from the field, 6-9 from three point land. Kyrie Irving Scoring 32 points and 9 assist 11-21 from the field, 4-7 of that came from downtown. This shows that they are capable of working together, winning games, while having a little fun on the sideline.

Kyle Lowry wants to finish what he started in Toronto.


Kyle Lowry is demonstrating that his marginal All-Star 2013-14 crusade wasn’t because he was in an contract year.

Through seven games this season, the Villanova kid is averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 dimes, 4.4 boards and 1.1 steals for every game, while shooting a great 48.1 percent from the field and submitting one and only turnover every 22.8 minutes. He also ranks fourteenth in the NBA with a Player Efficiency Rating of 24.00 and positions tenth in Estimated Wins Added with 1.5.

In particular trips, Lowry has dropped 35 points on the Boston Celtics, scored his franchise – high fourth triple-double as a Toronto Raptor and gave some impressive damage to Andre Miller’s ankle.

It could have been an altogether different story had Lowry not acknowledged the Raptors’ offer of a four-year, $48-million agreement this late spring, which took on during an era when various establishments – the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, and the Miami Heat, to name a couple of – were thumping on his entryway.

Be that as it may in discussion with Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, Lowry let it be realized that his need was continually completing what he began north of the fringe.

“Obviously, I took a gander at different spots, yet toward the end of the day, I began something in Toronto and I needed to complete it in Toronto,” Lowry said. “I needed to be a piece of it, I needed to be a piece of this association and establishment. It accompanies the progression of the group, the proprietorship, administration, mentors. Everything mixes in together and you need to be a piece of an exceptional association.”

In substantial part in view of Lowry, the Raptors are headed toward an franchise best start to the season, holding a 7-1 record that has them sitting alone at the highest point of the Eastern Conference.