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Caboclo Debuts in Raptors 124-83 Blowout Of The Bucks

The Toronto Raptors first round draft pick Bruno Caboclo had yet to see the court in a regular season game before tonight as Head Coach Dwane Casey has been focusing on piling up the wins for the 10-2 NBA Eastern Conference leader. It took injuries to both Tyler Hansbrough and James Johnson for Caboclo and fellow rookie from Brazil Lucas Nogueira to be activated, but the timing couldn’t have been better as the Milwaukee Bucks folded like a cheap suit under an avalanche of three point shots from Toronto.

The blowout started in the first quarter as the Raptors scored 37 points and only a pair of late three-pointers from Ersan Ilyasova kept Milwaukee within 10 points, but it was only going to get worse for the Bucks from there. Toronto scored 34 more points in the second quarter to take a 71-45 lead into the half and if the Raptors could keep up the pressure, Caboclo and Nogueira’s NBA debuts were assured.

The rookies had nothing to worry about as the Raptors were not about to let up in the third quarter, expanding their lead to an all-time franchise high of 45 points by the time the period ended. Caboclo started the fourth quarter and helped the Raptors set a new high water mark of 52 points as he hit his second three-pointer to make the score 116-64.

Caboclo finished with 8 points on 3-6 from the field including 2-3 from three-point range, a block and a rebound in 12 minutes. Who says this kid is two years away from being two years away?

The final score of 124-83 was 1 point shy of the franchise’s biggest winning margin set in 2008 against the HEAT.

ESPN Recap: Raptors Obliterate Bucks noted:

When Williams hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the third quarter, it gave Toronto a 101-56 lead. At the time, the 45-point margin represented the biggest lead in franchise history.

Toronto narrowly missed matching its largest margin of victory in franchise history, set in a 96-54 victory over Miami on March 19, 2008.

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Raptors 124, Bucks 83 by Garrett Hinchey summed it up:

Yes, this is just an early-season blowout against an expected non-playoff team, but enjoy this one, Raptor fans. A huge win, a 6-1 homestand, the best record in the conference, 8 points from Bruno, and Cleveland coming up tomorrow night. This, friends, is as close to basketball nirvana as it’s gotten here in a long, long time.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 22 points off the bench in just 19 minutes, shooting 5-7 from three-point range including buzzer-beaters at the end of the first and second quarters. Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas notched a quick double-double of 18 points and 12 boards. DeMar DeRozan was held to 1-8 from the field as the Bucks packed the paint, but he did collect 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Nogueira had 2 points, 5 rebounds and a steal in his debut.

The Raptors shot 60% from deep for 15 three-pointers as the Bucks perimeter defense was hard to find. Amir Johnson was left alone at the top of the three-point line for so long that he eventually caved to the pressure and drained the most uncontested three-pointer of the NBA season. Johnson may as well have been standing in the gym by himself.

Toronto shot 52.3 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Bucks 57-30. This game was a total beat down in every aspect.

The rookie Jabari Parker led the Bucks in scoring with 15 points.

It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. The Bucks were on a 3 game winning streak and had a 7-5 record coming into the game. Their record is still better than either the HEAT or Cavaliers.

The Raptors travel to Cleveland for a Saturday night game against a Cavaliers team that just lost 91-78 to the Wizards and has a record of 5 wins and 6 loses. Toronto dismantled the Wizards 103-84 two weeks ago, but no one believes any game against LeBron James will be easy.

 

 

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

Caboclo getting ready to shootRaptors Bruno Caboclo: Put Me In Coach

“I want an opportunity to improve my game,” Caboclo told Pro Bball Report. “I’ve worked a lot to get one chance, but I know it’s hard. We have 13 players, but I keep working.”

 

 

Valanciunas and Kanter

Raptors Set A Franchise Record With 111-93 Win Over Jazz

The Raptors set a new franchise record for the most wins in the first 10 games of the season in Toronto on Saturday night against the Utah Jazz by pouring in 35 fourth quarter points on their way to a 111-93 victory.

Over their 20 NBA seasons the Raptors haven’t exactly become known as a team that gets off to a good start each year. This season’s 8-2 start is just the third time in franchise history that the team has managed to win more than half of their first 10 games. Far too often the Raptors season has been over before it barely began.

The last time Toronto had a winning record after 10 games was over a decade ago in 2001-2002 when they started 6-4 and their best start previously was in 1999-2000 when they got out of the gate with a 7-3 mark. In all the Raptors failed to reach a 5-5 mark in 12 of their seasons and have broken even after 10 games 5 times.

If the fans north of the border seem a little more excited about NBA basketball than usual this year it’s with good reason.

In their eighth win of the season Toronto seemed to be taking things easy in the first half, happy to be playing a causal up and down game with the Jazz where buckets came easily and physicality was at a minimum. The 49-46 Jazz lead and near 50 percent shooting from the field by both teams happened in less than an hour as turnovers and personal fouls were few and the game was played as soft as a marshmallow. The Raptors only went to the free throw line twice in the half because they didn’t do anything to get there.

In the third quarter DeMar DeRozan made a concerted effort to create contact and shot 6 free throws as a result as his team went 11-13 from the line and scored 30 points to open up a small lead. The Raptors still weren’t playing hard, but they were starting to do enough to win this game.

The Jazz tied the game at 76 early in the fourth quarter just before Lou Williams hit another improbable three-point shot while creating contact for the and-one opportunity. Toronto went on to score 35 points in the quarter and won this game going away.

DeRozan led all scorers with 27 points on 10-17 shooting, but this was Jonas Valanciunas’ night as the big man battled for 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Patrick Patterson and Lou Williams were huge off the bench scoring 16 and 13 points respectively.

James Johnson played another strong game but had to leave midway through the fourth quarter because he tweaked an ankle. It’s a good thing the Raptors don’t play again until Wednesday.

All five Jazz starters scored in double figures with Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors leading the way with 18 points each. Both players found ways to get baskets, but neither player was particularly effective on the boards. The battle to watch was between Kanter and Valanciunas as both players know each other well.

“(Kanter) is a good player, I know him (well),” Valanciunas said. “I know him since we were 16-years-old, so I know what he does, I know how he plays and maybe it’s easier for me to play against him.”

With Valanciunas on the court, Kanter found himself on the perimeter on offense for much of the game.
 

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Raptors 111 – Jazz 93 by Tamberlyn Richardson noted:

Raptors are now 5-1 at home and 4-1 in their current home stand. Of note: last season Toronto got their eighth win on December 13th.

Utah Jazz have a young athletic team who is playing with a great deal of confidence. If they played in the Eastern Conference they would likely be a playoff team.

 
The Raptors were expected to get off to a fast start this season based on how last year ended, however, this team has a long history of disappointing their fans. It is something special to see this organization finally starting to get things right.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

Amir Johnson - closeupCan the Raptors Become An Unstoppable Force?

“Once we all get on the same page, I think we’ll be unstoppable,” Johnson said. “Right now we got guys that are lifting other guys and that is definitely helping us out.”

 

 

Raptor MascotToronto Raptors Are Number One

Argue all you want about strength of schedule, teams can only play the opponents scheduled in front of them and the Raptors have taken care of business through their first 7 games. First place overall is theirs to enjoy – for now – and when fans are used to seeing their team fighting for position in the NBA Draft Lottery, it would be just plain wrong to not let them celebrate when things are looking this good.

 

 

 

Chuck Hayes by Paul Saini cropped (Fylmm.com)Raptors Are Winning The Grind Early This Season

“Some nights you are going to be in rhythm and some nights you’re not,” Hayes said. “It’s a marathon. It’s game four out of 82. Me or anybody else, you can’t dwell on it. You move on, we have another game tomorrow.”

 

 

 

James Johnson and Pau Gasol

Gasol Torches Valanciunas And Raptors In 100-93 Bulls Win

It was the 34-year-old veteran big man Pau Gasol torching the Raptors young center Jonas Valanciunas in a very physical contest at the Air Canada Center in a previously unheard of TNT Thursday night game in Toronto. The Bulls used a 35 point third quarter to build a lead the fourth quarter specialist Raptors couldn’t overcome.

Valanciunas actually looked pretty good in the first quarter as his 4 points and 6 boards briefly offset Gasol’s production and the Raptors were holding their own throughout the first half despite several phantom calls from the referees that made Derrick Rose’s stinky offensive performance look almost solid with some very undeserved free throws.

The star of the first half was the Raptors James Johnson. The former Bulls first round draft pick came off the bench to shoot 6-6 and record 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots in 9.5 minutes and almost single-handedly give Toronto a lead.

However, as The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith noted earlier in the day:

Not the most senior of NBA officiating crews, you’ll have Derrick Stafford, Nick Buchert and Michael Smith to direct your wrath at this evening.

It took some obvious “Rose-colored” glasses for Rose to finish this game with 20 points by going 9-10 from the free throw line as he shot 5-14 from the field. His shooting was worse than that.

Eventually the sold out crowd at the Air Canada Centre let the refs know what they thought of their fairly suspect calls in no uncertain terms.

However, the Raptors would have trouble blaming the referees for this loss as too much of the damage was either self-inflicted or handed to them by Gasol in the paint. The veteran big man looked like he had found the fountain of youth in this contest as he posted 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

The Raptors came out flat offensively in the third quarter, let their 7 point first half lead quickly slip away and then let the Bulls finish the period on a 10-0 run for an 80-66 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Gasol continued his dominance over Valanciunas and sent him to the bench in less than 5 minutes for all but 11 seconds the rest of the way.

For some unknown reason after Johnson carried the offense for the Raptors in the second quarter, Toronto didn’t go back to him in the third and fourth quarters and he only scored 2 more points on 3 attempts. Johnson did add 3 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks for a very solid line of 16 points on 7-9 shooting, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks in 24.3 minutes, but it looked like he could have done more if given the chance.

For the second game in a row DeMar DeRozan failed to handle defensive pressure well and shot 3-17 from the field for 10 points while his opponent, this time Jimmy Butler, went off for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. DeRozan has been making mental mistakes under pressure in the last couple of games leaving one to wonder if his summer workload with the National team isn’t catching up with him? The same question could be pondered about Valanciunas.

As expected, the Raptors went on a 16-5 fourth quarter run to close to within 5 points with just over a minute left in the game, but it wasn’t going to be enough on this night as the Raptors missed their next three shots and couldn’t close the gap.

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Bulls 100, Raptors 93 by Zarar Siddiqi summed up the result from a Toronto perspective:

A loss isn’t the end of the world. The Bulls have what the Raptors don’t: experience. That’ll come with time, and these games, if nothing else, are a learning experience for both the players and the coach. The Raptors didn’t quit in this game which is very important, they fought back and perhaps if the game was 5 minutes longer, would’ve won. What’s important now is the response. After the Miami game, it was great. Let’s do that again.

“We weren’t ready,” Jonas Valanciunas said.

From the Bulls standpoint, a win is great, but attention quickly shifts to a possible hamstring injury to Rose.
 

 

The Bulls don’t need any more setbacks for their star guard.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

James Johnson - croppedRaptors James Johnson Is Proud of His Passing

“I think the big play for me today was either the throw ahead to Patrick Patterson or when I dropped it to Greivis or when I dropped to Patterson for the three-pointers,” Johnson said. “It changed the momentum of the game.”

 

 

James Johnson closeupWhy Raptors James Johnson Isn’t The Same Guy This Year

“I am definitely not (the same guy),” Johnson said. “Going down to the D-League, developing different skills and developing my confidence and my all-around game really helped me out and knowing that you can’t take this league for granted because you can be out of it at any minute.”

 

 

 

TOR James Johnson and Williams

Raptors Teach Magic Fourth Quarter Lessons in 104-100 Win

Call it a trap game, but the Toronto Raptors clawed their way back in the fourth quarter to provide some valuable lessons to a rebuilding Orlando Magic team and secure their seventh win of the young season 104-100. Trailing 83-72 after three-quarters, the Raptors second unit used an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter and get Toronto back into this game, but the Magic refused to go quietly and the game wasn’t decided until Tobias Harris missed a jump shot in the dying seconds.

“Where we want to go as a team, we can’t be playing like that,” Head Coach Dwane Casey said. “Orlando outplayed us for three-quarters. I liked the resolve of our team and the second unit came in and did what they were supposed to do and really competed. That’s all we ask our guys to do. We can’t be annoyed when teams come in and give us their best shot, we have to bounce and fight back in those situations and I thought our second unit did that.”

DeMar DeRozan had a rough night, shooting 4-15 from the field and scoring 16 points. Kyle Lowry did his best to hold the starting unit together as he scored 19 points on 16 shots and collected 6 rebounds and 7 dimes. Terrence Ross had a nice shooting night, hitting 4 three-pointers and scoring 17 points.

However, the accolades in this game belong to the second unit. Lou Williams was huge, scoring 14 points in 15.6 minutes. Patrick Patterson played big minutes because of his defense and was 3-3 from deep and 4-5 from the field for 12 points. James Johnson was all over the place, dishing to open teammates, playing defense, grabbing 10 boards and slamming home a go ahead dunk with less than 3 minutes left in the game.

 

 

“I think you give their second unit a lot of credit for climbing back into the game,” Vaughn said. “Whether it was Lou Williams and Patterson, their ability to ignite and have some energy and climb back into the basketball game.”

The Magic had big games from a number of players. Evan Fournier led all scorers with 24 points on an efficient 9-18 from the field. Harris was huge with 23 points and 13 rebounds and nearly took over the game in the third quarter. Channing Frye was hot in the opening quarter to help stake the Magic to an early 8 point lead and finished with 19 points in just under 43 minutes. Nikola Vucevic played over 41 minutes and had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

“I think overall when we talk about getting better every day and learn to play with each other, this was a test for us,” Vaughn said. “We faced this team 10 days ago. Were we more prepared, were we a better team, were we smarter than the first time we played them? So, a good challenge for us tonight.”

The Magic were better prepared and were the better team for most of the night, but Vaughn had to play his starters big minutes and the Raptors were eventually able to use their bench to create mismatches the Magic couldn’t handle. Vaughn had no trouble putting a game they were not expected to win into perspective.

“I think we keep things in perspective,” Vaughn said. “What got us in a position to win a basketball game? (We had) 5 turnovers in the first half, sharing the basketball, sticking to the game plan, those things gave us a chance to be in the ball game.

“It was tough after this one. They don’t want to hear a thing Coach has to say. You take a tough loss like this, hopefully tomorrow you are able to understand what this game gave us – the opportunity to be in a close game and try to win it and now the ultimate professional test of trying to do it tomorrow night.”

This season is all about player development for the Magic and Vaughn couldn’t have set up a better teaching session than the game against the Raptors. Toronto, on the other hand, dressed rookie Bruno Caboclo because Landry Fields wasn’t feeling well and the rookie never got close to seeing the court. This year is all about winning games for the Raptors. Moral victories and player development is oh so two seasons ago for Toronto.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

TOR Casey and LowryRaptors Taking Advantage Of The Schedule For A Fast Start

The NBA leading Toronto Raptors haven’t looked this good at the beginning of a season in over 20 years – that is to say, ever and they have been taking advantage of a schedule designed to give them every opportunity to enjoy a fast start.

 

 

 

TOR Williams and Vasquez

76ers Give Up In Ugly 120-88 Loss To The Raptors

The Toronto Raptors dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers 120-88 in a game Head Coach Brett Brown barely recognized his own players. The short-handed and undersized 76ers were overwhelmed and Brown described the game as ugly. The Raptors, on the other hand, completed the professional win without too much effort.

“That was not us,” Brown insisted. “We came in here and got manhandled. We got jumped and didn’t have any answers.”

In the first quarter it looked like the Raptors were running practice drills offensively against the 76ers and if wasn’t for the turnovers, this game would have gotten ugly even quicker. As it was, Toronto led 33-20 after one and the first half score of 60-45 was flattering to Philadelphia and they seemed to know it.

“It got ugly quick,” Brown said. “We had a hard time guarding them. There was a spirit that got knocked out of us quick.”

Toronto’s biggest lead was 41 points and the only blemish on the Raptors performance was their 20 turnovers as players were literally trying stuff out realizing there were not going to be any consequences on this night.

No one on Toronto played 30 minutes and all 13 players got into the game. It was kind of like a night off. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 24 points in 25.7 minutes and Terrence Ross had 17 points shooting 4-7 from three-point range. Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez had nice offensive nights off the bench with 16 points and 13 points respectively. Toronto shot 56.6 percent from the field as a team and got to the line 30 times in this laugher.

Tony Wroten looked great early on and led the 76ers with 18 points on 6-16 shooting from the field and rookie K.J. McDaniels had 11 points and 4 blocked shots off the bench. The 76ers, however, shot 37.9 percent as a team and never threatened in this game.

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Sixers 88, Raptors 120 by Zarar Siddiqi summed it up:

You can’t really read much into this game, so I won’t. I’ll leave it at this: in years past the Raptors have been known to drop a stinker at home in a game they were expected to win, and it’s encouraging to see a level of professionalism in the team.

ESPN recap: DeRozan scores 24, Raptors rout 76ers 120-88 noted:

Philadelphia is off to its worst start since the 1972-73 season, when it was 0-15 on the way to setting an NBA record for futility by finishing with 73 losses.

Anyone misguided into believing the 76ers were not tanking another season should know what to expect going forward now.

“We didn’t give them no hope,” DeRozan said. “That’s how we have to play when we gain leads. I was in the same position as a lot of (the 76ers players) that are over there now. I know what it takes to really start from scratch.”

The no mercy rule was in full effect in Toronto on Sunday and as Coach Brown said, “It got ugly quick.”

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

DeRozan webThe Evolution Of The Raptors DeMar DeRozan

“Since I’ve been in the league I’ve been the type of guy that gets to the free throw line,” DeRozan said. “I take pride in getting to the free throw line and being top 10 in attempts. It’s just my style of play. It makes the game come easier if you get to the free throw line.”

 

 

Tyler Hansbrough Media DayRaptors Tyler Hansbrough Is Doing More With Less

“Last year at times I would get caught up and sometimes there is a fine line between being an energy guy and overdoing it,” Hansbrough said. “Coming off the bench and picking up fouls and stuff is something I am trying to control and work at and improve at.”

 

 

TOR DeRozan and Lowry

Raptors Set A Franchise Record With Win Over Wizards

The Toronto Raptors are 5-1 to start a season for the first time in franchise history as they took the Washington Wizards out behind the woodshed for a good old-fashioned butt-whooping.

“It was a good old-fashioned butt-whooping,” confirmed Head Coach Randy Wittman after the game.

Washington started out missing 10 of their first 11 shots and only scored 35 points in the first half as the Raptors cruised to a 24 point half-time lead that they rode to the 103-84 victory.

Terrence Ross played his best game of the young season, scoring 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had a game high 25 points, but the night belonged to Kyle Lowry. Fresh off a 35 point performance against the Celtics, Lowry recorded his first triple-double of the season with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Not one of the Wizard starters were able to score in double-digits. They shot 36 percent from the field as a team.

It was a dominant defensive performance by the Raptors, the first time Toronto has looked in sync defensively for an entire game this season.

Raptors Republic: Quick Reaction: Wizards 84, Raptors 103 by Zarar Siddiqi concluded:

The Wizards shot 30% in the first half, and it’s not because they were missing shots. The Raptors D was intact, and you could tell they’d made a concerted effort to start the game better. The intensity, for the first time all season, was there to start the game.

ESPN recap: Lowry leads Raptors past Wizards 103-84 noted:

Each of Washington’s starting five scored in single digits. Garret Temple was 0 for 6 from the field, and Nene went 2 for 11. Paul Pierce was 3 for 11 and John Wall went 3 for 13. Marcin Gortat was the most efficient, going 3 for 7.

Amir Johnson, returning from a sore foot, left the game because of his sore foot, but he suggested he would try it out in practice on Saturday as he didn’t re-injure it during the game. Jonas Valanciunas returning from a sore hand played 29 minutes and had 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The Raptors finished last season with a franchise record 48 wins and have started this season with a franchise best 5-1 record. They play six more games at home before their next road trip with what should be only be Chicago and Memphis standing between them and a clean sweep.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

Chuck Hayes by Paul Saini cropped (Fylmm.com)Raptors Are Winning The Grind Early This Season

“It’s a grind. It’s a marathon. You can’t wear your emotions on your sleeve in this profession because it will eat you up.”

 

 

Tyler Hansbrough Media DayRaptors Tyler Hansbrough Is Doing More With Less

“Last year at times I would get caught up and sometimes there is a fine line between being an energy guy and overdoing it,” Hansbrough said.

 

 

James Johnson scrumWhy Raptors James Johnson Isn’t The Same Guy This Year

“I am definitely not (the same guy),” Johnson said. “Going down to the D-League, developing different skills and developing my confidence and my all-around game really helped me out and knowing that you can’t take this league for granted because you can be out of it at any minute.”

 

 

 

DeRozan Rondo Avery Lowry

Raptors at Celtics – The Postgame Show With Co-host James Borbath

The 3-1 Toronto Raptors play their fourth game in five nights as they travel to Boston to take on the 1-2 Celtics at 7:30pm ET Wednesday night.

The Pro Bball Report Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath will start shortly after the conclusion of the game (about 10:00pm ET). Submit questions during the Postgame Show on the Google Hangout or at anytime prior to or during the Show on twitter using the hash-tag #PBRPost

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Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

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Lowry Bosh DeRozan

Raptors at HEAT – The Postgame Show With Co-host James Borbath

The 2-0 Toronto Raptors travel to Miami to play the 2-0 HEAT after both teams won on the road Saturday night. The HEAT will be looking to former Raptors All-Star Chris Bosh to bury his old team while the Raptors are counting on depth and All-Star DeMar DeRozan to outperform Dwyane Wade and company.

The Pro Bball Report Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath will start shortly after the conclusion of the game (about 8:30pm ET).  Submit questions during the Postgame Show on the Google Hangout or at anytime prior to or during the Show on twitter using the hash-tag #PBRPost

 

 

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Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

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Vucevic DeRozan Lowry Oladipo

Raptors At Magic – The Postgame Show With Co-host James Borbath

The Toronto Raptors play their first road game of the season in Orlando on Saturday night and the match-up to watch will be between young centers Nikola Vucevic and Jonas Valanciunas.

The Magic are a young team with 3 rookies and 2 sophomores on the roster, but they also have 4 veterans with 8+ years of experiences, so taking them lightly could prove to be a huge mistake.

Dino BloggerThe Raptors have a big advantage at guard and have won their last 7 games against Orlando. There is no reason to suspect Saturday night’s game won’t be number 8.

The Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath will start shortly after the conclusion of the game (about 9:30pm ET)

 

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Conspicuous by his absence has been the Magic’s star sophomore Victor Olapido who is out with a facial fracture and not expected back this month.  Also Channing Frye missed the entire preseason and it may take some time to work his way back into game shape.

 

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Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

Anthony Lowry DeRozan

Knicks At Raptors In Montreal – The Postgame Show With Co-host James Borbath

The New York Knicks face off against the Toronto Raptors in beautiful Montreal Canada on Friday night in front of a packed house. The Knicks feature three former Raptors in Quincy Acy, Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. This is the final preseason tilt for both teams, so it’s our best indication to-date of who is really ready to go when the games start to count next week!

Dino BloggerThe Pro Bball Report Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath starts immediately following the conclusion of the game (expected at about 10 pm ET).

 

 

Also, check out the Google Hangout Event Page

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As this is the final tune-up for both teams, keep a watch on player minutes and who comes in off the bench as these are likely who will be playing next week.

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Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

Practice Court Raptors

Kings At Raptors In Vancouver Postgame Show

Dino BloggerPro Bball Report hosts their initial Raptors Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath immediately following the conclusion of the preseason game against the Kings in Vancouver. Players to watch include the Kings Canadian rookie Nik Stauskas and the Raptors rookies Bruno Caboclo and Bebe Nogueira.

 
 

 

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Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

Sim Bhullar scrum

Sim Bhullar scrum

Kings Canadians Nik Stauskas & Sim Bhullar visit the Raptors in Vancouver Sunday – Pregame Report