12-7-13: It sure has been a difficult week for the Raptors, a team that faced the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. Not surprisingly, they lost all three contests. However, no one expected the Raptors to have a 27-point lead at Golden State on Tuesday. It would have been a great win for Toronto, but the Warriors scored 42 fourth-quarter points and handed the Canadian basketball franchise its fourth consecutive loss. The Raptors have a difficult “road” this December, as they are away from home for most of the month. DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay both need to continue to provide the bulk of the scoring, so that the Raptors can keep up with their tough schedule.
11-28-13: The Raptors continued their up and down play over the last week, with a big win over the recently hot Washington Wizards and a two point loss to the struggling Brooklyn Nets. Toronto is now 6-8 on the young season, which in a weak Eastern Conference has them sitting in the 4th seed. DeMar DeRozan has been playing out of his mind over the last five games, averaging 27.8 points per game and continuing to impress upon the world that Rudy Gay, and his 37% shooting, is not tremendously needed in Canada.
11-22-13: Despite just a 5-7 record, the Toronto Raptors are currently sitting in 1st place in the downtrodden, Atlantic Division. With the Nets and Knicks struggling, the Raptors are reaping the benefits of a weak division. The Raptors easily could be sitting at 7-5 instead of 5-7, after they dropped two recent games in overtime against the Rockets and Trail Blazers. DeMar DeRozan looks like he is taking the next step in his 4th year, including averaging 33 points over his last three games.
11-15-13: Rudy Gay is definitely not the most efficient scorer right now, but he’s getting it done well enough for the Raptors that they’re 4-5 through three weeks. Overall, the Raptors have looked solid getting to this point, as they have gone 2-2 in their last four. Their losses are even easier to swallow, as their two most recent losses have come to the undefeated Pacers and a very talented Rockets club.
11-8-13: Toronto is just 2-3 through their first five games, but a poor shooting star by Rudy Gay leaves the door open to better offense going forward. Young center Jonas Valanciunas is another huge bright spot for the Raptors, as their inside game could get borderline formidable if he can evolve into the dominant force his talent suggests he can. The Raptors have some upside moving forward thanks to a lot of talent, but for now their early record seems to properly fit their efforts.
10-30-13: The Raptors finished with a 6-1 record in the preseason, which tied for third-best in the NBA. While they may not be able to keep up that pace during the regular season, continuity is the key for this team. Toronto brings the same starting lineup from 2012-13 into this season as the organization hopes it will be fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Rudy Gay is ready to lead the Raptors in scoring as he was constantly getting to the free-throw line in the preseason. DeMar DeRozan has also had some success early on as he looks to contribute as a starter. The Raptors are gearing up to keep this roster intact going forward as they have exercised third-year team options on both Jonas Valanciunas on Terrance Ross.
After dealing their best player, Andrea Bargnani, to the Knicks this offseason the Raptors have retooled by adding the veteran guard Rudy Gay to help lead Toronto this season. The Raptors currently sit at 4-1 in the preseason winning their last three over the Knicks, Timberwolves and Celtics respectively. Terrence Ross had 19 points en route to their narrow 99-97 victory over the Boston. The Raptors will play the Knicks, Grizzles and then travel to Milwaukee to finish out the preseason.
10-14-13: The Toronto Raptors see no reason why they shouldn't be one of the more respective teams in the Eastern conference. With talented players such as Rudy Gay and DiMare DeRozan and Kyle Lowry the raptors can be a force to be reckoned with on any given night. The Toronto Raptors will kick off the regular season against the Boston Celtics on October 30th. Two of the raptors new acquisitions came from the Indiana Pacers in Tyler Hansbrough and point guard DJ Augustin. Earlier last month the Toronto Raptors were also awarded the 2016 NBA All-Star weekend.
8-23-13: For the first time since 2008, the 2014 Toronto Raptors are a legitimate threat to make the playoffs. With a full season of Rudy Gay and the continued development of promising young players such as Demar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross the Raptors are showing the first serious promise since Chris Bosh went south to Miami. When new GM Masai Ujiri came on board, he wasted little time in ridding the Raptors of the on-court cancer of Andrea Bargnani, with the move widely seen as addition by subtraction. Key depth was also added as the scrappy Tyler Hansbrough was signed and Steve Novak came over from the Knicks in the Bargnani trade.
The Raptors open their home season schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Boston Celtics. Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat will make two trips to Toronto, once early in the season on Tuesday, November 5th and for a second time on Friday, November 29th. Andrea Bargnani will make his first trip to Air Canada Centre on Saturday, December 28th with a second visit on Friday, April 11th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Boston Celtics
- November 15th – Chicago Bulls
- January 1st – Indiana Pacers
- January 11th – Brooklyn Nets
- January 19th – L.A. Lakers
7-31-13: The Raptors have signed Austin Daye to a two-year, $2 million deal.
7-18-13: The Raptors and free agent point guard D.J. Augustin have agreed on a one-year, $1.26 million deal.
7-10-13: The Raptors have officially traded
Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks. In return the Raptors will get Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, along with the Knicks 2016 first round draft pick and their 2014 and 2017 second round picks.
The Raptors also have agreed on a two-year deal with with free agent forward and former Indiana Pacer, Tyler Hansbrough.
6-12-13: The raptors finished tied for 9th place in the Eastern Conference winning 34 games with an ever-changing roster. A midseason trade which landed them Rudy Gay was a positive move that looks good for the upcoming season. Once Jose Calderon was traded Kyle Lowry finally got to settle in as the 1st string point guard without looking over his shoulder. The Raptors were able to win more than half their home games but struggled mightily on the road going 13-28. Toronto does not possess a first round draft pick this year, but look for them to attempt to add pieces through free agency and try to make the playoffs next year.
2-14-13: The raptors finished the first half of the season pretty strongly, going 6-2 in their last eight games including their current four game winning streak. The blockbuster trade, landing them Rudy Gay is a big reason why. Suffering from a log jam at the point guard position for most of the season, they Raptors corrected this by sending Jose Calderon to the Pistons and in return receiving Rudy Gay, one of the league’s most talented wing players. With notable wins over Denver, New York and Indiana, who are all playoff teams, the Raptors have played inspired ball since the trade. Still a longshot for the playoffs, the Raptors sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 6 games behind the eighth seed.
11-20-12: Many would question the decision to start Kyle Lowry over Jose Calderon, but since the injury to Lowry, which seems to be a consistent event from season to season, Calderon has flourished. The Raptors currently sit in last place at 3-7 but that is no surprised considering they have played 7 of 10 games against playoff teams from last year. Going forward it will be interesting to see how the team chooses to operate as a unit, and who they will start at point guard; either Calderon or Lowry when he returns from injury.