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Morning Coffee: December 5th Edition

Western road trip could shed light on Raptors’ identity | National Post

Whether it is positively or negatively, long road trips have a way of exposing basketball teams for what they really are.

RaptorBlog Radio: Go West | RaptorBlog

Topics discussed include the trip itself, Mickael Pietrus, Terrence Ross, Andrea Bargnani’s trade value, the Raptors’ most effective lineup combinations and much more.

Raptors learning from heartbreak | Toronto Sun

“The thing with Kyle is a happy medium between trying to do too much, it’s all admirable, it’s not because he’s selfish — he’s trying to win — and so if you over-do it, the defence starts loading up on you, but he’ll find it. Being off 2 1/2 weeks, I think he’s kind of getting his sea legs a little bit more, his rhythm and he found it last night in the second half.”

Jonas Valanciunas fights through high altitude | Toronto Sun

“It’s pretty hard to play there,” Valanciunas said. “They told me I would get tired after the first couple of minutes, but then I need to break that wall. The second time I went in I broke it and after that it was good.”

Toronto at Sacramento | CBSSports

The Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors have scuffled in recent years as two of the NBA’s worst teams. This season looks no different. Both will look for improved defense as they try to snap slumps Wednesday night, with the Kings hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss while handing the Raptors an eighth in a row on the road.

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