Demar Derozan’s return is postponed for another Week


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Toronto Sun — Derozan will not play in tonight’s game against the Charlotte Hornets and according to reports, he is not in any pain but simply want to shake the rust off before he returns to the line-up.

“ill be back in the line-up sometime next week, I havent had any setbacks, I haven’t had any soreness. Everything feels good, Im not in any pain.

I just dont want to hop back out there. I think this is my third or fourth practice and I just really want to get a solid seven practices in and really get my rhythm and timing back.”

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.

Toronto Raptors Demar Derozan participated in full Practice since the Injury


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Demar Derozan suffered a torn left adductor longus tendon — a severe groin strain in the third quarter of November 28th’s loss to Dallas.

Toronto Raptors Radio Broadcaster (SN590) Eric Smith reported that Demar Derozan participated in his first full practice since the injury.

It won’t be long until we see him playing again on the floor with his team-mates, but certainly will not be playing this week against Golden State.

The Raptors has won 8 of their last 10 games and the return of Demar Derozan can help carry the load off of Kyle Lowry. Lowry has proved that he can lead the team without their best scorer by turning belief into confidence.

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.

Masai Ujiri the Genius Behind Raptors Continued Success


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There is no doubt that the acquisition of Masai Ujiri in 2013 as GM and President of Basketball operation has been the game changer for the Toronto Raptors organization.  Masai Ujiri didn’t waste his time in the office and made moves right away. He traded Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a future first round draft pick, and two future second round picks. Camby and Richardson were both waived shortly after the trade. The Raptors also added Tyler Hansbrough, D. J. Augustin, Dwight Buycks, and Austin Daye via free agency.

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On December 9, 2013, the Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings for John Salmons, Greivis Vásquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes, and waived Augustin. The Raptors started winning games after the trade and finished the season with 48 wins and 34 losses. The Raptors got to the playoffs and eventually lost in 7 games against The Brooklyn Nets. Masai Ujiri was named the Executive of the year in the 2013-2014 season.

Critics are saying that the trade of Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings was the key factor for the Raptors continued success. He would often be referred as a Black hole of the offense, mainly because the ball movement stops whenever he steps on the floor and only make shots for himself. He just simply didn’t fit in what Masai Ujiri envisioned for the Toronto Raptors.

The summer before the 2014-2015 season started, Masai Ujiri brought back James Johnson for a 2 year $5 million deal, added Louis Williams and re-signs Greivis Vásquez

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This season 2014-2015, The Toronto Raptors is off to a sizzling start and has never started a season like this in history, they already won 19 of 25 games despite they lost Demar Derozan to a groin injury, the Raptors still managed to stay at the top of the East while showing no signs of slowing down. Their bench has been the key to their success this season with Vasquez and Louis Williams leading the way.

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


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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.

Toronto Raptors pursuing Marc Gasol in Free Agency


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The Toronto Raptors is showing interest in acquiring the Memphis Grizzly Big man, Marc Gasol. His team is at the top of the Western Conference mainly because of his solid production averaging 19.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 3.8 apg. It may not come as a surprise that other NBA teams would also try to sign him once he hits Free Agency.

According to The Globe and Mail, If Marc Gasol doesn’t re-sign with the Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors will try to covet him of signing with the Raptors.

“A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol.

The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary”

The Toronto Raptors already has the younger Jonas Valanciunas at the Center position, but the Raptors front office are having doubts that he can hold the Center position deeper in the playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors are lacking in that Center position. If they successfully sign Marc Gasol, then The Raptors would be an instant Favourite to get to the finals.