No fan base brings more enthusiasm and passion than fans of the Toronto Raptors. They’ve got plenty to cheer for, too—with consecutive playoff appearances, a proven coach in Dwane Casey, and one of the NBA’s top scorers in DeMar DeRozan, every night at Air Canada Centre is full of excitement. Breakout guard Kyle Lowry returns to man the point this year, and he’ll have plenty of help with the additions of Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola to the ranks. Do the Raps have what it takes to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2000? In a balanced Eastern Conference, postseason success is up for grabs in the 2015-16 season. Razorgator is your source for great prices on Toronto Raptors tickets—get yours today!
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Toronto Raptors 2015-2016 News and Updates
11/20/15 - The Toronto Raptors were unable to keep their winning momentum when they played the Kings on November 15. The Raptors were ahead by eight points in the final four minutes, but the Kings rallied and outscored them 16-2. Despite solid shooting during the third quarter and first part of the fourth, the Kings were not making any shots towards the final moments of the game, missing seven key shots that could have changed the game. DeMar ReRozan was the leading scorer for the team with 24 points. The Raptors play the Golden State Warriors on November 17 in Oakland and then head to Utah to play the Jazz on the 18. Tickets remain available, with prices starting at $48.
11/13/15 - On November 11th, the Toronto Raptors had one of their best games of the season so far. When they travelled to take on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Raptors earned an impressive 119 points, while keeping the 76ers at 103 points. On the heels of this impressive victory, they hosted the New Orleans Pelicans and managed to finish ahead by 19 with a total score of 100. It seems that the Raptors have built up a little momentum for themselves, which will come in handy as they start a series of away games. After facing the Los Angeles Kings, they will be travelling to face the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors have some tough challenges ahead.
11/6/15 - The Toronto Raptors continue their winning streak, which means they have yet to see a loss in the 2015-16 season. Their latest victory was against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were down by eight with six minutes to play and were able to rally and take the win in a back and forth play. The Raptors played solid defense to hold the Thunder to just 5 for 20 in the fourth quarter. Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry each had 17 points to help the team to victory. The Raptors will look to continue their winning streak when they head to Florida to play the Magic on the 6th and the Heat on the 8th. Tickets remain available, with prices starting at $17.
10/30/15 - The much anticipated NBA season has just begun and the Toronto Raptors started their season off in the right direction. On October 28, they stormed the court to take on the Indiana Pacers and their star, Paul George. Last year the Raptors were a successful team, but seemed to lose steam as the season went on, which is something the team is working on. Their game against the Pacers proved to Raptor fans that they are in it for the long haul. They successfully held off the Pacers in each quarter, resulting in a 106-99 win. See if they can keep up the good work when they compete against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 1. Tickets are still available so purchase them today.
10/23/15 - The Toronto Raptors are not newbies to the NBA, even though they haven’t seen a ton of success in the 20 years they have been part of the organization. Last year was one of the best years in their franchise history, finishing up their season in fourth place in the Eastern conference. The Raptors totaled 49 wins during regular season play, which beat their winning record of 48 by just one game. They were able to make it to the playoffs with predictions that they might make it to the second round. However, they surprised the nation by getting swept by the Washington Wizards. Get your tickets today to see what they can do as the new season begins.
10/16/15 - The Toronto Raptors have a preseason record of 3-2. They have beat the Clippers, Lakers, and Timberwolves in their first, third, and fourth games respectively. However, they lost against the Warriors and Timberwolves in their second and fifth games. Kyle Lowry has stood out, being the top scorer in the fist, third, and fourth games. In the first game against the Timberwolves, Lowry had a total of 40 points to help the team defeat them 112-105. DeMarre Carroll and James Johnson were the top scorers for the second and fifth game. The Raptors next host the Cavaliers at home on October 18. You can still get tickets for that game, as well as the rest of the preseason and the regular season games. Tickets start at just $18.
8/14/15 - The Toronto Raptors and their fans had an incredible 2014-2015 season. Not only did they finish first in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors also earned a record of 49-33. With the release of the official NBA schedule for the 2015-2016 season this week, the Raptors will now be looking ahead to what’s next. According to the new schedule, Toronto will play their first game at home against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, October 28. From there, they will hit the road to take on the Boston Celtics before returning home to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Don’t miss any of the home opener action when it kicks off on October 28 at Air Canada Centre. Tickets are selling quickly but are currently still available for as little as $46.
4/29/15 - April 26th was officially the last day of the 2015 season for the Toronto Raptors. They were in trouble when they failed to win either of their home games which kicked the postseason off. From there, the Raptors simply could not stand up to the Washington Wizards on their own court. While their season may be over, they played very well in the playoffs, even in their losses. The Raptors always managed to score around 90 points, even breaking 100 once, and with the exception of the final game, they were always less than 10 points behind. Outside the playoffs, the Raptors managed to come out on top of their division, which is an incredible feat in and of itself. The Raptors will return next year, better than ever.
4/24/15 - The Toronto Raptors might be in trouble. They outranked their first opponents in the playoffs, the Washington Wizards, as well as having more victories and a better streak immediately before the postseason started. That is why fans are so shocked that the Raptors are struggling against the Wizards in the first two games. First they lost by seven points, but Toronto fell 11 points short in the most recent matchup. From this point, the Raptors are going to have to play on the Wizards’ home court, so the odds are against them. If they can manage to win just one of the two upcoming away games, they will have the chance to play on their own court again before getting knocked out. That might be their best chance to make a comeback.
4/17/15 - The Toronto Raptors managed to end their season on a high note, taking one last win against the Charlotte Hornets. This is their fourth victory in five games. Now that the playoffs are getting started, Toronto is sitting in the number four seed for the Eastern Conference, which means they will kick the postseason off by playing the Washington Wizards. Besides outranking the Wizards by three wins, Toronto also has the home court advantage. Additionally, the Wizards lost three of the four games leading up to the end of the regular season. You can still get your tickets, which start at $113. It all starts on April 19th. Come out to cheer your team to victory and see if they have what it takes to advance to the conference semifinals.
4/8/15 - With just a few games left in the regular season of play, the Toronto Raptors are holding onto their first place position in the Atlantic Division, despite two recent losses. On April 4, the Raptors lost by one point in overtime against the Celtics. The nail-biting game went down to the wire, with a basket by the Celtics in the final seconds of play. The Raptors ended the first period ahead, but the Celtics came back strong in the second and third periods to get ahead. The Raptors evened out the game in the fourth period, sending the game into overtime. DeMar DeRozan had 38 points during the game, and Lou Williams had 27. The Raptors next play the Hornets on April 7, with tickets still available. Prices start at $11.
4/1/15 - The Toronto Raptors emerged victorious in a back and forth game against the Houston Rockets with a final score of 99-96. The final quarter was a true nail biter, with 11 lead changes between the Rockets and Raptors until the Raptors finally secured their victory in the last minute of the game. DeMar DeRozan was the team's stand out MVP, scoring a career-high 42 points in the game, as well as grabbing 11 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points to the board, and Lou Williams scored 13 more for the team. Kyle Lowry once again was on the injured list due to a sore back, and there is no word on when he may return. The Raptors next face the Timberwolves on April 1, with tickets still available with prices as low as $5.
3/27/15 - The Toronto Raptors remain the top of the Atlantic Division despite losing against the Pistons on Tuesday the 24th. Kyle Lowry once again had to leave the game during the second quarter due to back spasms. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and snagged 10 rebounds. The Raptors played a strong game, and were able to pull ahead with just under 6 minutes left in the game. However, the Pistons went on a seven point run, which was quickly answered by the Raptors who once again secured the lead wtih just over two minutes left. However, the Pistons drew ahead by three with less than a minute, and the Raptors missed their chance to tie the game. The Raptors next face the Bulls at home on the 25th, with tickets starting at $19.
3/20/15 - Currently the third team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors were struggling with four consecutive losses last week. After returning to their home court, they seem to have their edge again, winning three of their last four games. The latest was against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Raptors were able to carve out a small five-point lead after being tied at the half. Hopefully Toronto is able to maintain this energy when they go out on the road again. They have a single home game against the New York Knicks on March 22nd, but they will have a three home game stand starting on the 25th. That may be your best chance to see them in action. Tickets for the Raptors-Knicks game start $36.
3/12/15 - Kyle Lowry scored 32 points, and Amir Johnson added 16 plus 14 rebounds for the Toronto Raptors, but it wasn’t enough to topple the resurgent San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. The loss kept the Raps in their current funk, as they have dropped nine of their last 10 games as the season begins to come to a close. Dwane Casey is aware that his team is scheduled to close out the season with a very soft schedule in April, but must build momentum and confidence by scoring wins over playoff teams in March in order to assure themselves of home court advantage, at least in the first round of the postseason. Toronto will have the benefit of three nights’ rest before hosting the Miami Heat on Friday night. Grab your tickets for as low as $43!
3/6/15 - With just over 20 games remaining in the regular season, the Toronto Raptors are looking to break out of their current slump in a hurry. Their five-game losing skid was snapped on Monday, as they defeated the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, 114-103. Two nights later, however, they came up short versus LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who took over down the stretch to come away with the victory, 120-112. The Raptors will embark on a three-game road trip beginning with the Charlotte Hornets on Friday evening before heading west for showdowns with the Oklahoma City Thunder and defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Tickets for all three venues are available starting from $24, but supplies are limited—make sure you claim your seats before they’re sold out!
2/27/15 - Although they picked up after All Star weekend with a victory over the East-leading Hawks, the Toronto Raptors have lost two straight to Western Conference foes since. After coming up short versus Houston, the Raps lost a heartbreaker in New Orleans, 100-97, with Kyle Lowry’s attempt to tie with a three at the buzzer just off the mark. Toronto still has the benefit of a game-and-a-half lead over the Chicago Bulls in the East, and although it will be a tall order for any team to catch up to Atlanta, the Raptors are still in position for home court advantage to open the playoffs. The Raptors’ next home game will come Friday versus the Golden State Warriors, and you can get in the game for as low as $83.
2/18/15 - The city of Toronto will play host for the 2016 All Star events, but the great white north didn’t have to wait that long to be a part of the NBA’s flagship entertainment weekend. Kyle Lowry participated in the point guards’ Skills Challenge on Saturday night (just the second Raptors player to do so) before going on to post 10 points and a team-high eight assists on Sunday as a starter in the All Star Game. Lowry and his Toronto Raptors will return to action on Friday night in Atlanta, where they will try to close the gap on the first-place Hawks as the final trimester of the season begins. A select number of tickets are still available for Philips Arena, starting at just $33!
2/12/15 - Following a pair of uncharacteristic losses to mid-level Eastern Conference teams, the Toronto Raptors have started to get back into rhythm, knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs two nights apart. Power forward James Johnson returned from a hamstring injury, scoring 20 points for Toronto on 8-10 shooting. Jonas Valanciunas controlled the boards, snatching 16 rebounds for the Raps while blocking four shots in 34 minutes of action. The win kept Toronto’s cushion over the Wizards at 2.5 games, as the top five teams in the East continue to jockey for playoff position. The Raptors will have an opportunity to pad their lead over Washington, as the Wizards visit the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. Limited seats are still available starting at $40, but they won’t be around long!
2/4/15 - The Toronto Raptors had their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night, as they fell 82-75 to the surging Milwaukee Bucks. The Raps have lifted themselves back into second place in the Eastern Conference, knocking off the Brooklyn Nets and rival Washington on back-to-back nights, both games running into overtime. However, a slow start doomed them against the Bucks on Monday, as Toronto managed only 14 points in the opening quarter en route to a 32 percent shooting night as a team. The Raptors continue a five-game home stand on Wednesday night versus the Nets before hosting the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday evening, and you can get in to the Air Canada Centre to be a part of the action for as low as $48!
1/27/15 - Even without their star player, Brandon Jennings, the Detroit Pistons put up an incredible fight on Jan. 25th. However, the Raptors slowly gained a lead over the Pistons through the whole game and, going into the final quarter 10 points ahead, were just able to hold their lead long enough to end the game 110-114. Because some of the tops teams in the Atlantic Division were facing off, this was a key game for both the Pistons and the Raptors. In the end, Toronto kept their number one rank and the Pistons moved down the board. This also brings the Raptors to 29-15. They are playing the Indiana Pacers next in an away game, but will return on Jan. 28th to take on the Sacramento Kings. Tickets start at $19.
1/22/15 - January has not been kind to the Toronto Raptors, who have failed to win consecutive games since the calendar turned to 2015. Their three wins this month have come against struggling teams (Boston, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee), and their recent play has dropped them out of first place in the Eastern Conference. The return of high-scoring guard DeMar DeRozan should be a welcome boost for Toronto, who currently lead the Chicago Bulls by one game for third place in the East. The Raptors continue their current three-game road trip on Wednesday night, when they will square off with Zach Randolph and the rugged Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Great seats are still available for this showdown of top teams in the NBA, with prices as low as just $6 per ticket!
1/15/15 - Sporting a record of 25-12, the Toronto Raptors are currently 1rst in the Atlantic Division. They took on the Detroit Pistons on January 12, 2015. They were hoping to come away with the win, but ended up losing 114-111. For Toronto, the leading scorer on the night was J. Valanciunas. He ended up with 31 points and had 12 rebounds. It seemed like he was unstoppable, but his efforts were not enough to get his team the win. The Raptors had some defensive lapses late in the game, which hurt them tremendously. They can rebound from this loss, though, against the Atlanta Hawks. This game takes place this Friday, and tickets are available now. The starting price is $64, and it should make for an exciting game for the fans.
1/6/15 - The Toronto Raptors are ready to get back in the winning column. They’re on a 3-game losing streak, but they do have some outstanding talent. Kyle Lowry was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December. This is just the second time a Raptor has won this award, the first being Chris Bosh in January, 2007. The Raptors come home for six games, starting with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, the Boston Celtics on Saturday, the 10th, the Detroit Pistons on Monday, and the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Razorgator has the best seats in the house. Tickets for the Celtics game start at just $52, and for the Pistons or the 76ers, they’re only around $20 and up. Don’t miss the Raptors and their star players while they’re in town.
1/2/15 - The Toronto Raptors are on top of the game. Not only do they sit in first place in the Atlantic Division, but they have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-7. The Raptors are on the road until January 8, when they come back to host the Charlotte Hornets at Air Canada Center. Razorgator has tickets starting at $32. The Raptors are home for six straight games. Come out and catch the only Canadian NBA team as they try to maintain their lead in the division. Kyle Lowry is shooting better than 50% from the floor in the last few games the Raptors have racked up. Raptors’ fans have a lot to cheer about because this is the best start to the season the Raptors have ever had.
12/26/14 - The Toronto Raptors had a five-game winning streak snapped on Monday night, as they were defeated 129-120 by the Chicago Bulls in a high-scoring affair. The two Eastern Conference powers combined for 86 points in a lights-out fourth quarter for both teams, but it was the Bulls who ultimately prevailed behind all-star point guard Derek Rose. The loss dropped the Raptors to 22-7 on the season, still good for first place in the East, but only by a slim margin—the streaking Atlanta Hawks sit just a half-game back for the conference lead. Toronto closes out 2014 with a series of road games, the first coming against Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers on Saturday. Razorgator is your source for great prices on tickets for the game, with seats starting at just $24!
12/19/14 - The Toronto Raptors currently lead the entire Eastern Conference of the NBA with a 20 – 6 record. They have won an impressive four in a row, after manhandling the Orlando Magic on Monday, 95 – 82, and coming back two nights later to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 105 – 89. Raptors point guard Kevin Lowry fueled the victory over the Nets with 20 points, 12 assists and 2 steals. Toronto is now an impressive 13-3 at home and ranks second in the league with just over 107 points per game. Up next is a Friday tipoff in Detroit against the 5-22 Pistons, then the Raptors return home to take on the New York Knicks on Sunday Dec. 21. Come out and cheer on your Eastern Conference leaders – tickets are available from only $52!
12/12/14 - In the wake of a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors are still looking to find a rhythm this season. Throughout most of the game, the Raptors were able to put up points and keep it competitive, but they failed to keep pace with 35 points from LeBron James, which included a three-pointer with 48 seconds to go that propelled the Cavaliers over the Raptors. In the loss, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 14 assists, which lead the team. Raptors still boast the best record in the Eastern Conference, and will try to extend that lead on Friday. Look for the Raptors to shrug off the loss and redeem themselves against the 7-15 Indiana Pacers. Tickets begin at $36 for the December 12th matchup between the Raptors and the Pacers.
12/5/14 - The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Toronto Raptors with an overtime win of 129-122 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Raptors came into the game with a 13-3 record, their best historical start of the franchise. However, they lost their best All-Star guard, DeMar DeRozan, to a groin injury in their last game against Dallas. Toronto led by six points in the fourth quarter, but then the Lakers put the game away in overtime. Now the Raptors are 13-4, and still first in the Atlantic Division. Next, the Raptors travel to Sacramento to play the Kings on December 2, 2014. The Raptors will play home games in Toronto on December 5, 2014 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and against the Denver Nuggets on December 8, 2014. Tickets are still available for those games, with prices starting at $24 per ticket.
11/26/14 - One of the better teams in the NBA right now is the Toronto Raptors. Currently, they are sporting a 1-0 record. Their latest win, against the Memphis Grizzlies, went their way. The final score ended up being 96-92. It was a hard-fought victory, but their offense pulled away at the end just when they needed it the most. In their win, Kyle Lowry went on to have a great game. He scored 18 points and had an incredible 7 assist. His distribution on the offensive end helped his team come together and work together in unity. They will need him to keep up his efforts if they expect to do big things this season. Up next for them is a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors are expected to win, but they will still need to keep up their A-grade efforts. Tickets for the game are available now, and they are starting out at $36.
11/21/14 - The Toronto Raptors are rolling right now. Currently, they are sporting a record of 8-2 and are first in the Atlantic division. Their latest win was over the Utah Jazz, which ended with a final score of 111-93. In their win, DeMar DeRozan went on to have a stellar game, scoring 27 points and recording 3 rebounds. He was an unstoppable force on the offensive end, and they will need the same type of performance from him again in order to keep up their winning ways. Kyle Lowry, their point guard, also had a great game, getting 19 points with 4 assists. He helped spread the ball around, which played a big part in their victory. Up next for them is a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. They are favored on paper, but they will still need to look sharp in order to keep their streak going. Tickets for the game are available now, which start out at $28.
11/14/14 - The Toronto Raptors are off to a great start to the NBA season, as they lead the Atlantic Division with a 6-1 record. They’re on a 4-game winning streak, with strong wins of more than 12 points in 3 of those games. In their last game against the Philadelphia 76ers, they took an early lead of 13 points after the 1st quarter, and never gave it up, coming out 32 points ahead with a final score of 120-88. The Raptors host their next four games on their home court, Air Canada Centre, starting on Thursday, the 13th against the Chicago Bulls. The 15th, they play the Utah Jazz, then on the 19th, it’s the Memphis Grizzlies. Get your tickets to enjoy some great basketball and keep the team spirit going!
11/7/14 - After their first loss of the season to the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors bounced back to beat the downtrodden Oklahoma City Thunder 100-89. With a record of 3-1, the NBA’s only Canadian team is off to an impressive start. The Raptors face the Boston Celtics next, who are 2-1 in the season so far. They return home to the Air Canada Centre after that for a seven-game stretch, first facing the Washington Wizards, who also have a record of 3-1. The surprising winner of the Atlantic Division last season, the Raptors currently lead their division once again and are tied with Chicago, Miami, and Washington in the Eastern Conference. Tickets are still available for Friday’s game, with prices starting as low as $28 per seat.
10/27/14 - They were the surprise winners of the Atlantic Division last season, which means the target is on the backs of the Toronto Raptors this season. But DeMar DeRozan and Co. will be looking to set a new team record for wins in a season, which they set last year with 48 – could a 50 win season be in the cards?
10/23/14 - Last year, the Toronto Raptors exceeded all expectations in winning the Atlantic Division with a team record 48 victories. Which means this year, the bar is set even higher for DeMar DeRozan and Co.
8/20/14 – The 2014-2015 Toronto Raptors schedule just released, and it is chock-full of must-see matchups! The much-improved roster figures the return of Kyle Lowry, so don’t miss the return of the Raptors that gave us our first Atlantic Division title since 2007. Score Raptors tickets to their season opener at home against the Atlanta Hawks (Oct. 29), or see Toronto's road debut at Orlando (Nov. 1). NBA fans in Toronto don’t have to wait long to see the game’s biggest stars: LeBron James and the Cavaliers (Dec. 5, Mar. 4), Derrick Rose and the Bulls (Nov. 13, Mar. 25), Kevin Durant and OKC (Nov. 4) and the champion San Antonio Spurs all visit the Air Canada Centre early in the year. Take in all the bench-gripping action during the 2014-2015 season with Toronto Raptors tickets today!
The Toronto Raptors entered last year resolute on reaching the playoffs. The Raps fulfilled this offseason goal by flipping their roster early, departing with Rudy Gay and adding the likes of Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquezz. This crucial adjustment, plus the presence of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, jettisoned Toronto to the third seed in the Eastern Conference, securing the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2007.
The Raps were eliminated from the postseason in Round 1 and ended the year as Atlantic Division winners, but this time around, the team is hungry for more. Toronto shocked all when they selected 18-year-old Bruno Caboclo with the No. 20 pick, a complete unknown to the NBA world. After a successful re-signing campaign this summer, Lowry is back to lead the core squad that includes All-Star DeRozan, Terrence Ross, and Jonas Valanciunas. Can an improved second unit help Toronto get deeper into the playoffs in 2015? Buy your Toronto Raptors tickets now and see for yourself!
4/29/14 - It’s been 13 years since they won the only postseason series in their history, and the Toronto Raptors are doing their best to advance for the second time, in their first round series with Brooklyn. The Raptors and Nets have split their games, each squad claiming a game at the other’s home, and all four games have been close – Toronto’s wins have been by five and eight point margins, while Brooklyn’s victories have been similarly close, at seven and four points. Game 4 saw the Raptors get almost all of their scoring from just three players – DeMar DeRozan (24 points), Kyle Lowry (22 points) and Amir Johnson (17 points); the only other starter to score was Jonas Valanciunas with six points, while subs Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez, each with nine points, rounded out the Raptors’ scoring.
4/18/14 - Easily the surprise team of the 2013-14 season, the Toronto Raptors claimed the Atlantic Division title and the third seed in the East behind expected powerhouses Indiana and Miami. The Raptors ended the season with a bit of a disappointment though, dropping their last game of the season to New York, who came from behind to notch a 95-92 win at Madison Square Garden. Kyle Lowry was the only starter to break double figures in scoring with 22 points; Lowry also recorded five assists, three rebounds and a steal, playing just 26 minutes. The bench saw considerable playing time against the Knicks, with Greivis Vasquez (13 points), Nando de Colo (12 points) and Tyler Hansbrough (11 points) joining starter Lowry as double-digit scorers; Hansbrough also pulled down nine rebounds, while Vasquez added five dishes and four boards, and de Colo added four assists and three rebounds.
4/7/14 - April 2 in Toronto saw the Harden vs. DeRozan show, which was won by Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, as the Raptors outgunned the visiting Houston Rockets 107-103. DeRozan went for 29 points (one more than Houston’s James Harden), six rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals; Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez each tallied 15 points for the Raptors as well, with Vasquez also handing out eight assists. Terrence Ross nearly had a double-double, scoring 14 points while clearing nine boards. Kyle Lowry, who is out with an ankle injury, was indicated by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief Tim Leiweke as likely to be re-signed by the Raptors, in an interview with the CBC.
3/28/14 - On a night when just one bench player – backup point guard Greivis Vasquez – scored points (seven, in 17 minutes of playing time), the starters got the job done, knocking off Boston at the TD Garden, 99-90, on March 26. Three Raptors – Terrence Ross (24), Kyle Lowry (23) and DeMar DeRozan (20) – broke the 20-point plateau, while Jonas Valanciunas’s 15 points and Amir Johnson’s 10 points accounted for the rest of Toronto’s scoring. Valanciunas combined his offensive output with 14 rebounds for the lone Raptor double-double on the night; while Chuck Hayes didn’t register any points scored (0-for-4 from the field), he contributed six boards and three blocks on the scoresheet.
3/21/14 - After dropping a pair of fairly close games – at home to Phoenix and on the road to Atlanta – the Toronto Raptors’ DeRosan and Lowry Show put it together for a methodical 107-100 win over New Orleans, back home in the Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan’ 31 points led all scorers, also contributing three rebounds, three steals and four assists; while Kyle Lowry chipped in 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Tyler Hansbrough led the Raptors’ rebounding with seven offensive and six defensive for a total of 13 on the night.
3/14/14 - The Toronto Raptors might be the most unheralded playoff contender in the league at the moment. Currently in third place in the Eastern Conference overall standings, the Raptors are also well back (10 games) of Indiana and Miami, the cream of the Eastern crop and the two likely Finals contenders in the East. The Raptors, who have won four of their last five, rebounded after a difficult loss to division contenders Brooklyn, defeating Detroit handily 101-87. DeMar DeRosan once again led Toronto’s scoring effort, this time hanging 25 on the Pistons, while Amir Johnson chipped in 20 and Kyle Lowry added 19. Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto’s rebounding effort with 13 boards, part of a 54-39 rebounding advantage.
3/10/14 - After dropping an epic three-overtime contest to Washington to close out February, the Toronto Raptors returned to winning to start off March on the right foot. The Raptors held off Golden State 104-98 on March 2, their first victory in eight tries against Golden State. DeMar DeRozan lit up the Golden State defense for 32 points and handed out six assists, while Kyle Lowry picked up 13 points and eight assists. Defensively, the Raptors forced Warriors point guard Stephen Curry into six turnovers, four in the fourth quarter alone; forward Amir Johnson brought down nine rebounds.
3/3/14 - Despite a 34 point effort by DeMar DeRozan and 26 points from Greivis Vasquez coming off the bench, the Toronto Raptors dropped a tough 134-129 contest to Washington on February 27. Kyle Lowry fell just one rebound short of a triple double – 18 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds – and Jonas Valanciunas collected 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who continue to hold down the third slot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, though still well behind front runners Indiana and Miami. The loss also broke a three game winning streak.
2/21/14 - Toronto was represented at the NBA’s All Star Game this past weekend by guard DeMar DeRozan, who performed admirably for the East in scoring eight points along with three rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of court time. Coming out of the break, however, the Raptors, third in the East, faltered in a narrow 94-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan, however, was the star of the game, going for 32 points to lead all scorers.
2/11/14 - After dropping a pair of contests to Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers on a brief trip to the West Coast, the Toronto Raptors returned home and returned to winning ways as well, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 108-101. The Raptors win was led by DeMar DeRosan’s 22 points, which is right at his team-leading scoring average. Kyle Lowry, who has been the subject of some recent trade deadline rumors, contributed 19 points and 12 assists to the Raptor win.
2/4/14 - Not known in their history as a team that wins on the road, this season the Toronto Raptors are aiming for new standards in competitiveness away from the Air Canada Centre. So far the Raptors have 14 road wins – two more than at home in Toronto to date – including their latest victory over Utah in Salt Lake City at the beginning of the week. They’re aiming for their high-water mark of 20 road wins, set in the 2000-01 season; along the way they have broken losing streaks of eight games against Milwaukee, nine against the Denver Nuggets, and most impressively, a 10-game skid against the once-mighty Los Angeles Lakers.
Raptors ticket prices have skyrocketed over the last year; up 144%, you’ll pay an average of $246 this season to watch Toronto at Air Canada Centre. The jump in price is the fifth largest in league, and puts the Raptors on this list of top 5 most expensive teams in the NBA. As we saw with Jonas Valanciunas at the end of last season and into the summer, this teams has a ton of potential. The lineup is full of underrated players ready to aggressively compete for a spot in the NBA Playoffs. To help build excitement, the Raptors are turning to their new global ambassador, Drake. The rapper has his hometown inspired and ready for the 2013-14 season. It always helps to have some flashy players on the court like Terrence Ross who is the reigning NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion.
After finishing four games out of the playoffs in 2012-13, the Raptors will continue the rebuilding process this season under new General Manager Masai Ujiri. After the front office shake-up and failing to make the playoffs in his first three years in Toronto, Dwane Casey may be on the coaching hot seat this season. To save his job, the Raptors will need a strong first full season from swingman Rudy Gay, consistency in guard DeMar Derozan, and a breakout season from 2013 Summer League MVP Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors open the 2013-14 season on 10/30 at the Air Canada Centre against the Celtics.
3/8/14 - The Toronto Raptors may be in last place in the Atlantic Division, but they look like a squad with a lot of potential going forward. The Raptors young lineup featuring Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Andrew Bargnani, and Jonas Valanciunas was significantly boosted by the addition of Rudy Gay who they acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies mid-season. Gay has played well for the Raptors so far, averaging 21 points and over six rebounds per game, and the future looks bright. The team is out of the NBA Playoffs right now, but look for them to finish strong and challenge for a spot in the postseason next year.
The Raptors have the cheapest away ticket of any team in the NBA, averaging $85 at the beginning of the season. The Raptors are the only Canadian team in the NBA so local road trips might include Divisional games in New York against the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks. Raptors fans will pay $13 more per ticket on average at the Air Canada Centre (also home to the Toronto Maple Leafs). In comparison, preseason Toronto Raptors tickets cost about half that of the regular season. However, the Raptors preseason roster did not include Gay. Many games in the second half of the season on the Raptors schedule have cheap Raptors tickets available with get-in prices under $20.