Roaring Raptors Subdue the Bucks, DeRozan Breaks Franchise Record

DeRozan Breaks Franchise Record

DeMar DeRozan scores 52 points, carries the Raptors to a win against the Bucks.

The Toronto Raptors is steady at the second place of the standing just behind the Boston Celtics but they could be creeping up to the top of the standing after yet again another scintillating win against a tough opponent in Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Greek Freak Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe contributed 29 points but it wasn’t enough as DeMar DeRozan was having the best night of his game scoring at will and breaking the franchise record with a total of 52 points.
It was a high scoring affair as both teams never scored below 25 points per quarter. The Bucks shot at 47.3% but the Raptors did better at 49.5% field goal. Kyle Lowry was also amazing last night contributing 26 points. The Raptors have the best record in home games with 14 wins and only 1 loss.
Side note: Vince Carter and Terrence Ross are the only other players to score more than 50 points as a Raptor with 51 each. 
Game Leaders.
Toronto Raptors
DeMar DeRozan SG
52 pts (5-9 3pt), 8 ast
Kyle Lowry PG
26 pts (5-9 3pt), 7 ast
Serge Ibaka PF
11 pts (5-19 FG), 8 reb
Milwaukee Bucks 
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF
26 pts (9-18 FG), 9 reb
Eric Bledsoe PG
29 pts (5-7 3pt), 7 reb
Khris Middleton SF
18 pts (7-19 FG), 3 reb

Bucks vs Raptors Highlights

Scrutinizing Cavs: The Chances of Snatching the Eastern Top Spot

The Cavs has been doing well at this stage of the season despite losing against rival Golden State Warriors recently. The big question is, are they doing enough to boost up from number 3 all the way to the top spot?
Cavaliers run a 12th straight home win when they beat the Chicago Bulls short handed without point guard Isaiah Thomas.
LeBron James is as dominant as ever, averaging 28.1 PPG plus a 9.1 APG almost let his season performance be a double double.
It is a good thing that LeBron James stayed as threatening as he is given that Cavs are saturated with superstars from different teams before. But is it only LeBron doing well for the Cavs?
We could not deny the fact that the Cavs weren’t as explosive as expected. Almost everybody expect them to stay undefeated for a relatively long period of time but that’s not what happened obviously. Cavs experience terrible losses and downfalls against various teams like the Rockets and Warriors.
One good thing the Cavs has done to give them hope to earn the top spot is they have beaten the Boston Celtics in the season opener. It was a really good start that they’ve beaten the currently reigning team.

What does this mean?

It may make or break the Boston Celtics. It may make them extremely hungry for redemption or may scare them if they face Cavs once again anytime soon. Well, in fact Celtics has done well after opening the season with two straight losses against Cavs and Bucks. It was really breath-taking when they unleashed a 16 – 0 win streak.
On the other hand, the Cavs didn’t do well early, but sizzled in the mid phase of the season climbing from number 8 to number 2 and now in number 3.

Would Cavs have a chance to snatch the top spot?

We could not know for certain but if they would win in a match over the Raptors at some point, Celtics would surely be under ultimate pressure. It’s the Cavs, Raptors and Celtics now trying to snatch the top spot.
On what Cavs is currently doing, they’ll have a great chance of being the number one team. Their superstar chemistry is starting to work and be maximized. Point contribution is spreading and a single lose to Warriors is not the end for LeBron and the Cavs.

Balls-Eye: Boston Celtics in a ‘Must Win’ Situation

Kyrie Irving

Are the Boston Celtics running out of steam? Or is the Cavs on a doubled pace to chase them down?
Still hanging on the eastern top spot at 26-7, the Boston Celtics’ reign is currently in a critical condition. Seeded on the number two spot is their biggest rival Cleveland Cavaliers with 23 – 8.
One more loss and they dug their own grave. It would be very difficult to hold on if Celtics and Cavs would have the equal number of defeats for it means, the first team to lose a game equals a guaranteed fall off the peak of the standings.
Another thing is it’s not just the Cavs but also Toronto Raptors on number three waiting for their bitter 8th downfall.

Celtics’ next opponent is a must beat. Why? Aside from the facts mentioned earlier. Their opponent isn’t just any team. It was the squad who ceased their historical winning streak — the Miami Heat.

If you were Celtics, you cannot lose ‘twice’ especially if that defeat means more than just defeat. At first, it cost their streak to be turned down. If they’ll be crushed again, it’s the top spot that would be put at an extreme risk.
If Celtics would loosen up its grip that easily on the season’s early phase. It’s like they already lost their path to finish strong and win the title. They must not show the Cavs even a bit of weakness. They must be in a very threatening form once they cross paths. 
If there’ll be a team to stop them, it must not be anyone but the Cavs and that way their defeat would somehow mean something valuable. But if they lose into a team out of the battle map, it would just seem like a wasted spark they’ve shown this season. Everything they’ve built with the new Celtics would end up in vain.

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Behind Rockets’ Downfall Against Raptors

James Harden’s 38 point, 11 assist double-double explosion ended up in vain after a 16 point loss against the Toronto Raptors earlier. 

James Harden and Jonas Valanciunas
Harden Flies High for a lay up against Valanciunas

Shocking right? A single man contributed near 40 points yet still ended up as the loser? What’s worse is that Rockets all of a sudden fell of their place on the top spot. What could be the reason for this shocking loss?

1 – Starter Imbalance

Well, at some point, one player exploding too much in scoring can also be a negative factor. Of course anyone could not score such a huge number without holding the ball much of the time. Individual and team rhythm would fail to establish if the leather isn’t moving around well. Harden scored 38 but a co-starter Ryan Anderson who played 31 minutes finished with only 9, imbalance is completely obvious.

2 – Wright, Miles played huge off the bench

Backing up the huge 27 point game by Demar Derozan, Raptors had two huge guns off the bench, CJ Miles and Delon Wright both with double figures. Miles dominated the rainbow country with 6 triples finishing with 19 big points whilst Wright with 14 points finished with a flawless 100% field goal shooting. In contrary, the Rockets bench only scored a combined 23 points which is very insignificant to match Raptors bench production of 50.

3 – Too Much Hustle for the No. 1 Spot

Rockets are in the race to the top spot while Raptors ain’t in that much. This is the root of the Rockets collapse, Harden won’t hustle that much if it weren’t for the pressure. Harden held the ball too much and took almost a third of the total team attempts 25/79 but hit only 8. Thus it can be concluded that there is an excessive aggression on Harden’s part which resulted in a sorrowful defeat instead of carrying his team to victory.

By the Numbers: Irving-Less Celtics beat Toronto for Win #12

Al Horford returns as Boston wins 12 straight

Al Horford returned and helped the Celtics keep their streak going. 

Kyrie Irving is out.
Gordon Hayward is out for the season.
Another win for the hottest team in the league right now.
Just when we all thought that the Toronto Raptors would end the 11-game winning streak of Boston, Jayson Tatum scored on an acrobatic with under 2 minutes to play in the 4th quarter to give the Celtics, a 5-point cushion, en route to a 95-94 victory for the Boston Celtics- their 12th consecutive win and the first win without superstar guard Kyrie Irving who was elbowed in the face in their previous game.
So how did the Celtics come out victorious this time around? 
Below are the numbers:

Defense Won it All

  • DeMar DeRozan: 8 of 22 (including 1 of 4 from the three-point line)
  • Kyle Lowry: 5 of 10
If the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is defended well, you beat Toronto. Simple. Why? DeRozan, for one, is never a great shooter, to begin with, and if you put clamps on him, the more shots he will clank. In fact, he had two chances to beat Boston. Two chances. Two misses. Two clanks! Typical DeMar, isn’t it?

The Horford Effect

With the Celtics missing both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, having Al Horford back after missing 2 games due to a concussion, was a welcome development for Boston and Horford didn’t disappoint either. He top-scored with 21 points, making 8 of 9 field goal attempts including 1 three-pointer. Just the kind of offensive output Boston needed from one of its veterans.  

Another Balanced Effort from the Starters

  • Al Horford: 21 points
  • Jaylen Brown: 18 points
  • Marcus Smart: 14 points 
  • Jayson Tatum: 13 points
  • Aron Baynes: 8 rebounds
One of the reasons why the Celtics have been so successful even without their stars is the mere fact that whoever starts for them, he can produce good numbers one way or another. Sure, DeRozan and Lowry had 24 and 19 respectively but they were the only Toronto starters in double figures. And that’s the reason why they lost.
Boston had 4 starters in double figures to compensate the struggles of their bench. And yes, Tatum was again, efficient- making 6 of 15 attempts and grabbing 7 rebounds- all in 33 minutes of action. 


If anything, this win proved something: the Celtics can compete even without Kyrie Irving on board. If they can keep up this level of competitiveness, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with come the playoffs.  

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Why Warriors Got Ahead of Raptors for Season Victory #3

The Warriors would always be one step ahead at the end of a tight game. This is the advantage of a team that’s very good on outside shooting.

It was a very intense match between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. The game was as close as it can get. But how did the Warriors took a step ahead in the end? Well, there are a lot of reasons behind the victory but here are the three main reasons why the dubs hanged by a thread and kept hold of it ‘til the very end.

1 – Main Gunners on top of their game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were just on fire. Of course, the aces of the team were aces not just for scoring huge and having vast numbers in terms of averages. Aces are known as the clutch shooter. Anyone can make shots but only the best can deliver crucial shots under extreme pressure. Steph Curry and Durant managed to hit crucial threes in the late phase of the game, thus scoring a bit bigger against the Raptors.

2 – Old school warriors basketball

This is the Warriors’ main play in any game, not all the time it works but against the Raptors, this is the main reason why they ousted them. The Warriors scored 33 fast break points while Raptors only had 15. An 18 point difference is huge, especially when scoring with a relatively lesser time that’s why they are called fast break points.

3 – Transition Defense

With the Warriors committing 17 turnovers while the Raptors with  18, the difference is insignificant. But looking at the fast break points and points off turnovers, the Warriors successfully ceased and neutralized the transition basket of the Raptors. Thus, allowing them to dominate the field that they are at their best whilst limiting the foe’s production at their weak spot and somehow keeping up – the paint. The Warriors is more of a shooting team than with slow inside plays yet they do not let themselves be left behind, scoring 54-48 in the paint.

Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Full Game Highlights Oct 25, 2017-18 NBA season 

War From Under the Rim: Raptors Destroys Pistons

Toronto Raptors ravaged the Detroit Pistons 116 to 94 to bag 2nd victor.

 Kyle Lowry (7) attacking Reggie Jackson’s (1) Defense
After an all-out inside domination of the Detroit Pistons, their supremacy in the shaded area came to a very early end as they tasted defeat against the Toronto Raptors which conquered the inside all throughout.
Raptors took full control with impeccable team play that allowed them to score from the inside. They delivered 30 assists that thwarted Pistons with just 19. As a result, they established a humongous advantage inside, scoring 52 total points in the paint whilst Pistons only with 36.
Pistons, seeing that the inside worked well for them the last time against the Orlando Magic, their pace slowed down dramatically which also let the Raptors breakaway in the transition basket segments, scoring 17 compared to Detroit with just 4.

Nothing just seemed to work well for Detroit from the inside, outside or in the slow or fast pace of the game all throughout. They only delivered 5 long balls in contrast to Raptors with 13 triples.

The two teams are tied up 2-2 in their preseason standings.

Jasper’s Forecast

From the game statistics of Raptors, facing the Orlando Magic will be pretty interesting. Raptors and Orlando are teams with a great balance of their inside and beyond the arc efficiency. This will be one of the good matchups to watch in the east. Another team that will surely clump with this clash is the Dallas Mavericks which destroyed Orlando Magic’s reign inside.
Raptors 116 – Valanciunas 18, Ibaka 14, DeRozan 13, Lowry 7, Powell 6, Bench – 58
Pistons 94 – Drummond 14, Harris 9, Johnson 6, Jackson 6, Kennard 2, Bench – 57

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Rumor: Raptors May Want Amir Johnson Back

The 30 year old second round pick in 2005 by the Detroit Pistons did not have the best performance in Boston as he was relegated to the bench most of the time. Averaging 20 minutes on the floor and scoring an average of 6.5 points every game, the former Raptor may have a lot more to offer. 
The Raptors think so and it is rumored that the long time former Raptor is wanted by his former team. Johnson spent 6 years in Toronto and had the best stats of his career where he averages as high as 10.4 points in the 2013-14 season. 
With Raptors needing another big man, Amir Johnson maybe a good target for them. 

Highlights: James, Another Sweep Win for Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers did it again. This time a second round sweep to Toronto Raptors in today’s second round ending.
LeBron James lead today’s second round sweep scoring a total of 35 points, 6 assits and 9 rebounds. Together with other cavaliers, Kyrie Irving who scored 27 and Kyle Korver with 18 points. Cavaliers shoot 39 out of 82 in the field today, 16 out 41 in the three point line and 15 in free throw line. James, Irving, Thompson, Frye, Love and Smith powered up the starting quarter with points from power shots, lay up and free throws. Derron Williams continued scoring for Cavaliers in second quarter together with Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James shooting in the three point line and the free throw line.
Raptors tried to step it up in 3rd quarter scoring 31 points more than Cavaliers. Serge Ibaka lead Toronto Raptors today scoring a total of 23 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds. Although Raptors caught up to the percentage scored by the Cavaliers in the field in the three point line and in the free throw line , they still fell short to erase the point deficit of the game. James continued scoring until the last quarter with Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver. 
Final score 109-102.
See the game highlights below.
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Highlights: James, Cavaliers is Just One Win Away into Sweeping Raptors, 3-0 Lead

Cavaliers may only need the Game 4 win to sweep the Toronto Raptors out of the second round series of the Eastern Semifinals.
LeBron James lead today’s win for Cleveland Cavaliers leaving Toronto Raptors grasping for a win in Game 4 or else they will going to be the second next to Pacers who has been swept by Cavaliers earlier in the season. James who scored 35 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds carried the team together with Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver. They powered it up in every quarter shooting 51 percent in the field and 56 percent in the three point line.
DeMar Derozan may have scored 37 points today together with Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell to lead the Raptors but it didn’t keep up to the points of Cavaliers because of missed shots in every quarter and shooting low percentages in the field and in the three point line. 
Final score 115-94, Cavaliers lead the series with 3-0. Game 4 will be on Monday May 8.
See the game highlights below.

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Highlights: James, No. 2 Highest Scoring Player After Winning Game 2 with Raptors

LeBron James has just passed Kareem Abdul-Jabar in the NBA scoring list with his points from today’s victory against Toronto Raptors.
James lead the Game 2 win of Cleveland Cavaliers scoring a total of 39 points, 4 assits and 6 rebounds added to his total career points to surpass the 5,762 of Jabar. Now James will just need to earn more points to catch up to Michael Jordan’s 5,987. Cavaliers almost dominated every quarter of the game except for the fourth quarter where Raptors tried to step it up before concluding the game, 125-103.
Together with James scoring double digits today are Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. Cleveland had a great play getting 54 percent in both field goal percentage and three point shots. Jonas Valanciunas took the lead for Raptors today scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds with teammates Cory Joseph scoring 22, Kyle Lowry 20 and Serge Ibaka chipping in 16 but still not enough to win Game 2 against Cavaliers.
Game 3 set on Saturday, May 6 at Toronto Air Canada Centre.

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LeBron James: Toronto is Dangerous

By now we already know that the defending champion Cavaliers will be facing the Raptors in the second round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.
The match-ups will be harder and harder and LeBron James realizes the situation and stated that any team who advances in the playoffs are dangerous. The Toronto Raptors and The Cleveland Cavaliers have played against each other many times and the King recognizes that both teams are familiar with each other. He is aware that focus and getting better in every game is important in order to advance to the next level.
Listen to what LeBron James had to say.

Highlights: Raptors Now Advances to Eastern Semi-Finals After Victory Against the Bucks

Raptors struggled in fourth quarter before winning, 89-92.
Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo having a great game today, the Bucks still failed to bring the series into Game 7. DeMar DeRozan scored a total of 32 points leading Raptors to win against Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Lowry chipped in some double figures with 13 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Serge Ibaka gave 7 points, 11 rebounds Patrick Patterson scored 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and Cory Joseph giving in 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
With Toronto Raptors dominating the first and second quarter of the game, they struggled in the latter part of third up to the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Jason Terry, and Matthew Dellavedova played it hard in fourth quarter before giving Raptors a win. With Middleton, Terry, Antetokounmpo hitting free throws, three point shots and dunks the Bucks managed to erase some point disadvantages against Toronto Raptors ending the quarter with final score, 89-92.
Raptors now advances to the second round series with Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Brandon Knight and Dee Brown will visit PH for NBA Fit

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight and Boston Celtics former guard Dee Brown will visit the Philippines for the NBA Fit Week starting July 19.

Knight and Brown will lead the training of elite Filipino athletes and coaches in this year’s Gatorade NBA Training Center.

“I’m looking forward to participating in NBA FIT Week and teaching talented young players in the Philippines the importance of fitness and nutrition both on and off the court,” Knight said. “Being a great player is the product of maintaining good workout, eating and sleeping habits.”

Brandon Knight averaged 19.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists last season for the Suns.

“I’m excited to visit the Philippines for the first time and experience the passion that Filipino fans have for basketball.” Brown said. “Having had the opportunity to work in the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League, I look forward to sharing my coaching knowledge and providing valuable insights on fitness and conditioning to help athletes and coaches elevate their games to the next level.”

Dee Brown  averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists over his entire career. He is the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion and also known as for his famous dunk called “The Dab Dunk”. He also played for the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.

The Gatorade NBA Training Center will be held at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw.

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DeRozan Agreed to a Five-Year Deal to Re-Sign with the Raptors

DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139 million deal to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.

Derozan and the Raptors had a successful year last season after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals only to bow down against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games.

Derozan had his best season in his entire seven year career after averaging a career best 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in 35.9 minutes of action per game. He is now considered one of the best shooting guard in the league.

Jamario Moon’s Top 10 career dunks

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

Jamario Moon started in Toronto Raptors on July 10, 2007 and ended his two-year contract on 
July 17, 2009. He was a highlight reel back in 2008 with his emphatic slams. 
He competed in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, was a contender and was just behind by 
Dwight Howard and Gerald Green who were the slam dunk contest champions last 2007 and 2008.

Let’s look back on his top 10 dunks during his career in NBA way back 2008 

Bismack Biyombo opts-out of his contract, enters free agency

Bismack Biyombo has opted out of his 2 yr(s)-5.8 million dollar contract with the Toronto Raptors and will become a Unrestricted Free Agent, After declining the $2.9 million-option for the 2016-2017 season.

When Jonas Valanciunas was injured with a sprained ankle earlier in the playoffs,He made his bigger
stint at the playoffs averaging 6.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19 games including his 26-rebound game against Cleveland Cavaliers.

He is expected to begin taking offers starting at $15 million on the market.

Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (2) Toronto Raptors

Cleveland Cavaliers in 6

The Toronto Raptors reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time and it might end sooner than they expected. The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks without dropping any single game against both of those teams, while the Toronto Raptors’ series against the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat both went to a game 7, but luckily for the Raptors, both game 7 from those series were on their homecourt. 
The Toronto Raptors won their regular season bouts 2-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that does not mean that their chances to win this series will increase because the Cavaliers have been superb all throughout the playoffs having played only 8 games in almost 5 weeks, and with Jonas Valanciunas on the sideline, the Raptors should step up big every game, but most importantly, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan needs to consistent for them to be able to go toe to toe against the Cavs. 

Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84, advance to second round of NBA playoffs

Toronto guard/forward DeMar Derozan slashes to the basket while being defended by Indiana forward Paul George PHOTO CREDITS: Frank Gunn
The Toronto Raptors delivered something many doubted they would, overcoming the noise that reverberated about their failings in the past two postseasons. They won the team’s first playoff series since 2001, defeating the Indiana Pacers 89-84 in Sunday’s tense Game 7, earning a second-round meeting with the Miami Heat.
Powell finished the night with 13 points, Patterson had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 along with 15 rebounds. DeRozan’s 30 points came on 10-of-32 shooting. “I don’t care if he shot 40 times,” Lowry said. “He emptied the clip and we won. The winner of the turnover battle had thrived so far in the series, and that trend remained in Game 7. Toronto, had nine on this occasion that cost them nine points. Indiana had 15 for 18 points.
After that emotional win, the Raptors will have a quick turnaround. They open the Eastern Conference semi-finals at home, welcoming the Heat on Tuesday.
“It was great, the energy, the moment – a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to play in a Game 7 with everything on the line,” DeRozan said. “Everything this team has been through, it’s tough to get that moment duplicated. So you want to live it and enjoy every minute of it.”

OUR 2016 NBA Rookie of the YEAR! Karl Anthony Towns against the Raptors! A Monster INDEED!

I don’t think anyone would disagree with me on this one. KAT has been phenomenal from the get go. Towns has been awarded as the Rookie of the month for 4 months straight now and he has even upped his performance from 19.7 points with 9 rebs last January to an even better 20+ ppg and 12 rebs per game. 

Join me as we review this monstrous performance that led Towns to win the Skill Challenge right before the break for NBA All Stars.

Karl Anthony Towns in this game scored 35 points grabbed 11 rebounds and 3 blocks! This guy is simply insane. I wonder what impact KG had on him if any. I wish we could get that interview 🙂

Here is the insane performance by KAT:

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AMAZING! NBA dunk contest 2016 highlights and some ideas.

The Dunk contest these year was too good these two guys had to do 5 completed dunks to win the competition. Will Barton from Denver Nuggets got a great entrance but the nerves got into him and never really got his groove. Andre Drummond made both of his dunks but that wasn’t impressive enough. So it was between Gordon and Lavine, Honestly both are great dunkers and all but I would have given it to Gordon. I know that any given day Lavine can pull off a dunk from the free throw and just add something to the mix. Gordon’s dunk on the other hand was just on another level.

 Just check out the highlight of this dunk ITS FREAKING SICK!!!!!!

This is what Lavine Did

Last Dunk for both I gotta give it to Lavine but should have been something more, I know most of Gordon’s dunk was with the Mascot, While Lavine was from the Free Throw Line . I just think that there’s a lot of dunkers who could do what Zach Lavine did. I don’t know if there would be the same for Gordon’s Dunk. But this has been the most entertaining dunk contest since Vince Carter and Jason Richardson.

I hope to see Lavine’s Team mate next year my boy Andrew Wiggins.

Here is the highlight of the entire dunk contest:

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Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has broken bone in non-shooting hand

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas broke a bone in his left hand during Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors announced that Valanciunas has a fractured fourth metacarpal in his non-shooting hand. The fourth-year veteran will undergo further tests before the Raptors determine how long he will be sidelined.

Valanciunas scored three points in 18 minutes Friday before suffering the injury on a foul by Kobe Bryant under Toronto’s basket in the final minute of the first half.

Valanciunas broke the same bone in his right hand during his 2012-13 rookie season and missed 18 games.

Kyle Lowry TOP 10 in NBA Fantasy Basketball scored a pre season career high 40 points on 6-9 from 3’s

“Man On a Mission” – Kyle Lowry

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TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 40 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-105 on Monday night.Lowry, who broke the franchise record for points in a preseason game set by Vince Carter (38), hit six 3-pointers and was 13 for 18 from the field.“I’ve felt pretty comfortable every game. For me it’s about maintaining, start off well, finish well,” Lowry said. “It’s only pre-season.”Cory Joseph added 14 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and Luis Scola 12.Andrew Wiggins, the reigning NBA rookie of the year led the Wolves (0-3) with 21 points in 18 minutes. His older brother Nick, who was signed by Minnesota last month, scored four points in the final five minutes. He almost had six, but his final shot at the buzzer was waived off after originally being declared good.The game was a homecoming, not just for Wiggins, who purchased 16 courtside seats for the game, but for Joseph and Anthony Bennett – both were playing their first games in Toronto for their hometown team.“I was excited to play in front of my family, fans, friends,” Joseph said. “Thanksgiving, so happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there. We had our Thanksgiving the other night, they came out here to support me. A lot of love floating around here.”Bennett, whose defense has been impressive thus far, had five rebounds to go with three points in 19 minutes.The Raptors and Wolves meet again in Ottawa on Wednesday as part of the NBA’s Canada Series, which featured sold out games in Winnipeg and Vancouver, and then Ottawa and Montreal. The Raptors play the Washington Wizards in Montreal to cap the series on Oct. 23.

According to NBA Draft rankings Lowry could be a top 10 pick for the 2015 NBA Fantasy Basketball League. Made a clear case that he is up there with Lillard to be considered as the 2nd tier of PG behind CP3, Westbrook, Curry, Wall and Irving. Yes aside from LBJ, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant. The Draft is headed by PG’s. 

here is the highlight of his sizzling performance.

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Anthony Bennett to sign with Raptors after clearing waivers

Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett has cleared waivers and is expected to sign early next week with the Toronto Raptors. The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers were the only teams with sufficient salary-cap space to claim him, though the Cleveland Cavaliers had a trade exception big enough to absorb Bennett’s $5.8 million salary.

Bennett instead walked away from the Minnesota Timberwolves with a $3.65 million buyout and is expected to sign with the Raptors for $947,276.

The move to Toronto, after a strong summer with the Canadian national team, might be the spark Bennett needs to kick-start his career after rough stints with the Cavaliers and Timberwolves.

The top pick of the 2013 draft by the Cavaliers, Bennett was traded to Minnesota in the Kevin Love deal in the summer of 2014 but struggled in his lone season with the Timberwolves with injuries.

EuroBasket 2015 Semifinals: Lithuania defeated Serbia 67-64

Toronto Raptors Center Jonas Valanciunas led Lithuania with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 blocks to beat Serbia 67-64 on Friday to advance to the final of the European basketball championship and clinch a slot at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Lithuania will play Spain on Sunday after ending Serbia’s unbeaten run of seven games.Serbia has been the tournament’s highest scoring team so far at an average of 88 points per game, but Lithuania limited last year’s World Cup silver medalist to 33 percent shooting from the field.

International Superstar Milos Teodosic led Serbia with 16 points and 3 assist

Serbia will play France for the bronze medal.