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2014 in retrospect: The best Raptors year yet

Unless you’ve been completely off the grid for the past 12 months, there’s no excuse for you not to have noticed the Toronto Raptors having their best year ever. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but still— the sudden surge of success in 2014 caught many of us off guard. In a good way. Even some … Read more

Patman Unmasked: A Patrick Patterson story, as told by the main woman in his life

A year after the trade that sent Patrick Patterson to the Toronto Raptors, we caught up with his mother. It was 1994, in a YMCA gym in Huntington, West Virginia. “Pat, put your hands up! Defense!” Tywanna Patterson yelled. “What’s defense?” her five-year old son replied. “Put your hands up! Block his shot! Don’t let … Read more

Examining the Raptors Trade For Sweet Lou, Brazilian Prospect

Al Bello/Getty Images North America To recap Sunday’s trade with the Atlanta Hawks: John Salmons’ expiring contract was successfully dealt, the Toronto Raptors acquired additional scoring firepower in the form of Lou Williams and also snagged a Brazilian shot-blocking prospect nicknamed “Bebe.” Oh, and this trade doesn’t in any way signal the departure of either … Read more

Raptors Deal Salmons for Lou Williams, Lucas Nogueira

The Toronto Raptors have made their first offseason move, and swingman John Salmons is heading to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for combo guard Lou Williams and center prospect Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira.  Salmons would have likely been waived by the Raptors, as he is only guaranteed $1 out of $7 million of his 2014-15 contract. Thus, the Hawks are likely going to dump him and … Read more

Raps Pursuing Memphis’ 1st Round Pick?

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting some interesting news. Hearing: Toronto in hunt to acquire Memphis' No. 22 pick tonight's draft but would have to take back Tayshaun Prince via trade to do so — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 26, 2014 Update to potential Raps/Grizz trade: Deal would more likely send No. 37 with John Salmons to Memphis … Read more

Post Game Report Card: Raps Fail to Close it Out, Headed to TO for Game 7

I had to watch the end of the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs game before I could bring myself to write this thing. I wanted to take a break from Raptor-reality, which is this: the Toronto Raptors blew it big time and got beaten up by the Brooklyn Nets  97-83 in game 6. Game 7 is set up for Sunday, and to … Read more

What Is The Raptors’ Recipe For Success In The Playoffs?

Atlantic Division Champions, an NBA All-Star, home-court advantage in the playoffs, and a new franchise season record. The Toronto Raptors have completed milestones in a season where they were generally thought of as a low-ball playoff team that was good enough just to get there. However, since December 8th, where the Sacramento Kings and the Raptors pulled … Read more

Raptors vs Nets Playoffs Series Preview

This is exciting. After an incredible regular season, the Atlantic-champion Toronto Raptors are gearing up for a series against the Brooklyn Nets (the supposed Atlantic champs according to ESPN) in a 3rd vs 6th seed match-up. This series just feels like it was meant to happen. The heated rivalry, trash talk, and epic regular season games makes this … Read more

Ujiri: Raptors are Open to Bringing Back Carter

  The Toronto Raptors are ready to welcome the best player in franchise history back home. In a recent interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri described the team’s interest in bringing back Vince Carter (at the 33:40 mark of this video): “Vince, for me, is different. He’s one of the symbols of the Toronto Raptors whether we like it or … Read more

Post Game: DeMar DeRozan helps the Toronto Raptors survive against the Houston Rockets

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young In game two of the Toronto Raptors three game stretch against the NBA elite, the Raptors were able to hold on against the Houston Rockets 107-103. What makes this win even more impressive was that Kyle Lowry was out for this contest, and Amir Johnson was lost in the first quarter … Read more