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What a night at the Arena Tuesday.

The tribute to Kobe Bryant, the return of former Raptor Vince Carter, and Kyle Lowry’s all-time record-breaking ascension in the franchise’s  history.

All that in the Raptors 130-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Lowry became the all-time franchise assists leader surpassing ex-Raptor Iose Calderon.

Carter received a warm welcome in his last appearance in Toronto (he will retire at the end of this season).

The Raptors are currently on an eight-game winning streak.

Highlights

Bryant tribute:

Lowry!




Game highlights:
https://www.nba.com/raptors/video/teams/raptors/2020/01/29/3041121/1580268247805-200128-postup-torvsatl-highlightsdigital
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The Raptors (33-14), on an eight-game winning streak, occupy second spot in the Eastern Conference  one full game above third-place Miami Heat, and 8.0 GBL Milwaukee Bucks.

They’re also the league’s second-best defensive squad:


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I somehow fell into tickets to the game last night and was happy to cheer on our boy VC one last time.
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Obviously roster moves may happen between now and then but the Hawks will play in Toronto one more time before the season ends on April 10th so last night being Vince's "last" game in Toronto is emphatically not a sure thing.
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Cue the comeback!

Add in a franchise record 12th consecutive win and the Toronto Raptors, ladies and gentlemen, are gaining full steam ahead.  They sit firmly in second place 5.0 GBL Milwaukee Bucks and 2.5 up on third place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.  Second-best defence in the league and a 37-14 w/l record.

The Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers 119-118 in Toronto, led by Serge Ibaka’s 30 points and Lowry’s 32.  Siakam with 25 and 3 steals.

Highlights

Lowry!

Terrence Davis

Siakam:

Ibaka!

Game highlights:
https://www.nba.com/video/2020/02/05/0021900758-toronto-raptors-vs-indiana-pacers-game-highlights
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The Knicks are apparently hiring Leon Rose as their new President, which means the long rumoured "Masai to Knicks for a dumptruck of money" thing probably isn't happening. It'd be nice if the Raps would announce a nice long extension at this point but...?
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The Raptors keep going, showing resiliency and mental toughness.


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The friendship between Raptors GM Bobby Webster and the Leafs Kyle Dubas:  How they both share similar philosophies, similar ideals.  Webster achieved his goal (Raptors Championship win) while Dubas is still awaiting his.

Dubas on Webster:
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“One of the things that stood out to me was how incredibly calm he is… about everything. Not in a laid back, chill sense. Just a calm confidence,” Dubas says. “He was somewhat of an outsider as well. He didn’t grow up having a long-playing history.”

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Neither of them really listens to the outside noise. The Raptors faced years of criticism after falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the postseason three years in a row, leading to the firing of Casey and the trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard.
“I care because we’re disappointed. I don’t care because other people are upset,” Webster says. “I care because the team’s disappointed. We all put an incredible amount of work into it. And to have seasons end like that, it’s tough to take.”

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Early this season Dubas read something he found interesting and passed it along to Webster. They had a discussion about the topic, but Webster won’t divulge what it was. Dubas is still quick to pass on ideas that he thinks might interest his counterpart.
Webster says he’s not as good about reciprocating but is grateful to have benefitted from his friend’s inquisitive mind — even if he still doesn’t listen to hockey podcasts, as Dubas does with basketball. On the other side, Dubas says he’s particularly benefitted from the experience and example set by Webster and the Raptors.


https://theathletic.com/1557158/2020/01/29/how-kyle-dubas-friendship-with-raptors-gm-bobby-webster-offers-the-leafs-a-championship-roadmap/

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The Raptors have done some pretty amazing things on their way to a 14 consecutive win streak...and counting.

They sit second in the overall East, 6.5 GBL Milwaukee Bucks.  They own the third-best w/l record in the league (after the L.A. Lakers).  They are first in their Atlantic Division.  Now here’s where everything veers off on a different course...

...they have the best  — yes, Kawhi — the best defence in the NBA forcing 22+ turnovers avg./game.  This includes 10 steals per as well.

During this streak, they have been tops in the league with the 3-pt. shot @ 39%+.

Currently Gasol (hamstring) and Lowry (whiplash) are out with day-to-day injuries, while Norm Powell is out indefinitely with a fractured finger.  However, at one point, Toronto had one of each of their seven starters/regulars in the lineup out for a brief period at any one time during the streak. 

Can the Raptors keep on winning?  Judging by the above, why not.

T-Wolves vs Raptors in T.O. Monday.

GO RAPTORS GO!


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The future of Masai:  What can transpire going into Ujiri’s final years of his contract, his relationship within the ranks of MLSE, and what MLSE would need to further do to retain his future status should he elect to remain in Toronto.


https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/stress-masai-ujiris-future-raptors-just-beginning/

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Remember that altercation Masai had with the Almaeda PD officer when the Raptors won the Championship.  Turns out he is totally disabled and 100% not a racist.

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The suit claims Strickland suffered serious injuries to his body and nervous system that will result in a “permanent disability.”

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The suit claims Ujiri’s actions were “foreseeable” based on what it cites as Ujiri’s “previous altercations involving similar circumstances.” The Raptors, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the NBA were also named in the suit. They’re all accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of Ujiri’s “violent predisposition” and “propensity for physical violence prior to his assault on (Strickland).”

The suit, which seeks medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, also accuses the defendants of failing to “provide adequate safety and security to the public” and “failing to post signs warning of danger, including the danger of Masai Ujiri.”

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Remember that altercation Masai had with the Almaeda PD officer when the Raptors won the Championship.  Turns out he is totally disabled and 100% not a racist.

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The suit claims Strickland suffered serious injuries to his body and nervous system that will result in a “permanent disability.”

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The suit claims Ujiri’s actions were “foreseeable” based on what it cites as Ujiri’s “previous altercations involving similar circumstances.” The Raptors, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the NBA were also named in the suit. They’re all accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of Ujiri’s “violent predisposition” and “propensity for physical violence prior to his assault on (Strickland).”

The suit, which seeks medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, also accuses the defendants of failing to “provide adequate safety and security to the public” and “failing to post signs warning of danger, including the danger of Masai Ujiri.”
Who's the lawyer, Lionel freaking Hutz??
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In reference to LK’s posted article:  MLSE response:

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Jennifer Quinn, a spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, said in an email on Monday that the lawsuit is disappointing.

"We are disappointed but not at all surprised Mr. Strickland has elected to take this path. His claims are baseless and entirely without merit. They should and will be viewed appropriately for what they are." Quinn said.

"The Toronto Raptors and Masai have jointly retained very able counsel who will be handling this matter on our behalf and consequently, we do not intend to make any further statement about it."

$75,000+ (Which includes the mentioned med. expenses & lost wages) is the amount Strickland is suing for.  Either he was never fit to be a police officer or he needs early retirement money.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/masai-ujiri-sued-by-california-officer-1.5458416
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Speaking of the Raptors, last night they beat the Minnesota T-Wolves 137-126 for their 15th consecutive win...a Canadian sports streak record!

Game Highlights:
https://www.nba.com/raptors/video/teams/raptors/2020/02/11/3069923/1581394576261-200210-postup-torvsmin-highlightsdigital

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Then and now:  Some comparables from this season (without Kawhi) to last season (with Kawhi):  The Raptors are better.

                    2018-19            NBA Rank            2019-20           NBA Rank
Record          43-16 (.729)    No. 2 in East          40-14 (.741)   No. 2 in East
Home Record 24-5   (.828)   -                            21-7 (.750)
PPG                         114.3            6th                   113.4                 9th
OPP PPG                  108.7            10th                  106.7                 5th
ORTG                      112.5             5th                   111.7                 11th
DRTG                      107.3             8th                   105.1                 2nd
3PM/G                    11.5              13th                   13.7                   5th
3P%                       34.6              22nd                  37.8                   3rd


The only blip here appears to be their ORTG.  What is that?
(Pretty obvious the Kawhi played an effective role in that stat).

What is Offensive Rating - ORtg?A metric that estimates how many points an individual player produces per 100 team possessions. This concept is also used to rate a team's offensive production per 100 possessions.

Source:    SportingCharts


https://ca.nba.com/news/no-kawhi-no-problem-the-toronto-raptors-are-ahead-of-where-they-were-at-last-years-nba-all-star-break/15ucxt1tmz2x013f3l7vurf182
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