HEAT escape Raptors, 102-97 | Hot Hot Hoops

The closing moments of the game were not without some drama, but Wade (14 points) and James both made clutch free throws and Haslem (6 points), showing the spring in his step that will be a factor in the pursuit of a championship, blocked a Lowry layup with 14 seconds left in the game with the Heat holding on to a 3-point lead.

Raptors lose, but give Heat all it can handle | Toronto Sun

After a great first three quarters, a Raptors offence that had been operating at peak efficiency for 36 minutes was stymied by the Heat’s defence. Toronto failed to score in the first four minutes of the fourth and with James looking like his unstoppable self, the momentum of the evening changed. Still, the Raptors look very much for real and the rest of the league respects the team for the first time in years.

Lewenberg: Raptors streak ends in hard-fought loss to Heat | TSN

“We played the Pacers a couple games ago and played them tough, we played the top two teams tough, there’s no moral victories at all,” said the Raptors’ point guard, who had 14 points and nine assists in the loss. “We just know we can play with anybody, we’ve been saying that for a long time. We could play with anybody.” “It says a lot,” added DeMar DeRozan after scoring a game-high 26. “It says no matter who we play we’re going to go out there and play hard. People are going to have to worry about us when we come in their building or they come in our building. We’re not no scrub team.”

Raptors throw scare into Heat in defeat | Toronto Star

Offered the chance to slip out the rhetorical back door when someone threw out the (quite reasonable) suggestion that it had been a “moral victory”, Casey screwed up his face like he’d been hit with a strong smell. “You don’t get any medals for losing.”

HEAT Steal A Game From The Red Hot Raptors 102-97 | Pro Bball Report

Even with the poor free throw shooting, Toronto still had their chances to win at the end. Amir Johnson missed a 5-footer in the lane with 24 seconds left that would have given his team the lead and then missed a hook shot 5 seconds later that would have brought the Raptors back to within 1-point. With 14 seconds left, Udonis Haslem blocked Kyle Lowry ‘s layup attempt and 9 seconds later Lowry missed the potential game-tying three-pointer.

Chris Bosh sees improvement in Raptors | Toronto Sun

Asked if the perception of the Raptors has changed with the team winning 10 of 14 and vaulting within a game of third place in the East (the Heat sits second), Bosh took the query as a broader question than it was meant to be, embarking on a thoughtful discussion about the franchise he knows so well. “I think the perception will always be the same, which is they’re a team which is North of the border,” he began.

Toronto Raptors can learn a few lessons from their post-2004 history | National Post

This year, although the specifics have changed, the broad strokes feel awfully similar. The new general manager is Masai Ujiri, not Bryan Colangelo. The coach, on the last year of his contract, is Dwane Casey, not Sam Mitchell. The Raptors’ nadir was six games below .500, and the wins came on the road against Dallas and Oklahoma City. A major in-season trade was involved, “tanking” has been a discussed path, and 50 games still remain in the regular season following the Raptors’ game in Miami on Sunday. No amount of success is guaranteed, but things are looking awfully good for the Raptors these days.

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    After last night we ve had the 3rd hardest schedule in the nba and after tuesday it ll probably be 1st or 2nd so nothing to worry about cuz after Indiana we might win like 10 in a row its all shitty teams coming up

  • Jose

    Hopefully this Raptors team can become something like Detroit Pistons 2004 squad (no big names, just team play and toughness).

    Schedule should be much easier from now on — provided they don’t overlook anybody they can win lots of games.

  • Andrey

    I’ve become so jaded lool they better dominate January games. I don’t want any upsets.

  • Zimdim

    Vasquez is total shit.

  • arsenalist

    Fuck Chris Bosh.

    • GetLicks

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • GetLicks

        I do a lot of promotional marketing, and work with a bunch of attractive women. I remember shortly after Bosh left I worked with a girl who went on a date with him when he played here. Said he was into Twilight & Harry Potter and talked about it quite a bit. Seems that whole ‘Canada doesn’t have ESPN’ thing was a bit if a front to me.

  • GetLicks

    Bosh is such a clown, I’m so glad that cancer is off my team.

  • Mike P

    i hated chris bosh when he was a raptor. i live in the states, and i love my team, fuck everyone. i try constantly to recruit people here to watch the raptors, but it gets taxing. so far, i have gotten one person that will ask me how the team is doing. they’ll come around. how can you not? wictory motherfuckers. fucking kyle lowry and shit, derozan, fucking ross. #goraptors

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