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Morning Coffee: January 2nd Edition

Toronto Raptors face plenty of questions, challenges in new year | National Post

The Raptors need to create a blueprint for sustained success that goes beyond trying to fight for one of the last playoff spots. It is on ownership to entrust Colangelo or someone new with that task, fully and completely.

Raptors have changed since embarrassing loss to Trail Blazers | Toronto Sun

“That was probably our lowest moment of the season and a turning point. We kind of found our mojo after that and decided that we were tired of getting our butts kicked.”

Portland at Toronto | CBSSports

“We don’t have any Kobes or LeBrons who just go out and win games for us, we’ve got to do it as a team,” Calderon said. “When we do that, we’re pretty good.”

Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors game preview | Oregon Live

Portland’s victory last month was its eighth in a row over Toronto. The Blazers leads all-time 23-9, and has an 11-5 edge in Toronto, where they’ve won four in a row.

Blazers Look to Bring Down Short-Handed, Hot-Streaking Raptors | Blazer’s Edge

The Toronto Raptors are on a 7 of 8 roll as the Portland Trail Blazers come to visit them tonight in a game beginning at 4:00 p.m. locally and televised on CSNNW. Then again, you and I would be on a 7 of 8 roll if our opponent list included Cleveland, Detroit, two Orlandos, and New Orleans. The Raptors played a much, much tougher schedule prior to the onset of their winning streak and they registered a 4-19 record while doing so.

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