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DeMarcus Cousins, Lou Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

Lou Williams and DeMarcus Cousins have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Williams helped the Toronto Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg.

Cousins led the Sacramento Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Honor Vince Carter With Tribute Video

The Toronto Raptors recognized Vince Carter during a first quarter timeout of Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Carter requested a trade from the Raptors in 2004 and has largely been booed in his return visits ever since.

“Amazing,” Carter said. “It’s just an amazing feeling to see it, to relive it, to see all the people react as each play was happening. It was an honest reaction. It was in the moment, the feel of the moment.”

“I think when we were all growing up we all got to witness what he was doing here in Toronto,” Quincy Pondexter said. “He was Air Canada. He was the man. A big piece of him is still in the city and he loves it. I knew there was something (special) about it from the time we got on the plane. I usually sit next to him and he was really focused on this day. It means a lot to him.”

Via Richard Griffin/Toronto Star

James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

James Johnson is out indefinitely with a severe right ankle sprain.

Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season.

Johnson suffered the injury in Saturday's game.

Via NBA.com

Vasquez: Raptors Need 'Craziness, Energy' Of James Johnson

James Johnson had his most impactful game for the Toronto Raptors in their 104-100 win over the Orlando Magic.

Johnson played strong on-ball and off-ball defense and had 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes.

“Everyone knows he’s a little crazy,” Greivis Vasquez said of Johnson. “Personally I love his craziness. Ten rebounds in (21) minutes? That’s energy. You can’t teach that.”

Vasquez also compared Johnson to Tony Allen, who was a teammate of both players with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“You need someone crazy in your locker room,” Vasquez said. “Someone who is not afraid to fight for you or anything like that. He would die for the whole team.”

Via Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

Week 2 NBA Efficiency Diff. Rankings: Raptors, Rockets, Warriors In Top 3

The Toronto Raptors lead the NBA in efficiency differential with a +12.6 mark, while the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are second and third at +11.6 and +10.2.

The Raptors rank second in offense (113.7 points per 100 possessions) and are sixth in defense (101.4 points per 100 possessions allowed).

1. Toronto: 12.2
2. Houston: 11.6
3. Golden State: 10.2
4. Portland: 8.5
5. Brooklyn: 6.9
6. Memphis: 5.9
7. Chicago: 5.2
8. Miami: 4.7
9. Dallas: 3.1
10. Sacramento: 2.6
11. New Orleans: 2.1
12. Washington: 1.7
13. Atlanta: 1.0
14. Phoenix: 0.4
15. Boston: 0.3
16. L.A. Clippers: -0.5
17. Milwaukee: -0.9
18. Minnesota: -1.9
19. Cleveland: -2.4
20. Charlotte: -2.5
21. Indiana: -3.7
22. Detroit: -4.2
23. San Antonio: -4.3
24. Utah: -4.4
25. Orlando: -6.2
26. Oklahoma City: -7.2
27. New York: -8.4
28. Denver: -9.0
29. L.A. Lakers: -10.2
30. Philadelphia: -13.2

Via RealGM Staff Report

Casey: Kyle Lowry Has Grown From Reputation As Bad Teammate

Kyle Lowry has become one of the NBA's best point guards and also one of the best players in the game who hasn't made an All-Star Game.

"At the end of the day, I can't worry about what other people do," said Lowry. "I have to go out there and do my job. If people make all-stars, and I'm winning, I'm happy with that. I'm not caring about anything but winning."

Lowry has matured and become more of a leader during his time with the Toronto Raptors.

"He's gotten away from the reputation of being a bad teammate or whatever the perception was," Dwane Casey said. "So he's grown from that."

Via Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Raptors Hope Continuity, Chemistry Results In Fast Start

The Toronto Raptors had 42-22 run leading to the playoffs last season and they hope the continuity of keeping their roster will allow them to start the new season fast.

"We hope it does," Dwane Casey said. "I think it does help us. Continuity with terminology, continuity with schemes, continuity with play calls, continuity with the familiarity with each other. They know some things are non-negotiable offensively, some things are non-negotiable defensively. That helps. Anytime you can keep teams together."

Amir Johnson said prior to sitting out Sunday's game that "the best thing we have is chemistry, because we have players who have been together for a couple of years now."

"It goes a long way, honestly," DeMar DeRozan added. "Everybody knows everybody's game. Everybody knows where they like the ball. It's just second nature now. Sometimes chemistry can beat talent. A lot of nights. I think we have that chemistry. We've been through a lot of struggles.

"Especially last year, with a lot of us learning on the go, from playing in the playoffs. It was just a lot that we took from it, that we've grown from. And the work that we put in this summer on top of the motivation we had from all last season, it definitely gives us the hunger to want more."

Via Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Toronto Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

Cherry played in five contests, averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 assists and 13.9 minutes.

Hamilton averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in six outings.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 


Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 


Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 


Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 


Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 


Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 


Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 


Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 


Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 


Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 


Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 


Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 


Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 


Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 


Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 


Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 


Lightning Round


Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 


Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 


New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 


New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 


Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 


Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 


Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 


Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 


Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 


Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 


San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 


Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 


Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 


Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 


Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Exercise 15-16 Options On Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross.

The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Toronto Raptors Archives

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

Daniel Leroux, work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

Grunwald: Raptors Never Had Serious Discussions With Mavs On Carter For Nash

Glen Grunwald was asked to explore a trade of Vince Carter to the Mavericks for Steve Nash.

Greg Stiemsma To Sign One-Year, $1M Deal With Raptors

Greg Stiemsma most recently played for the Pelicans.

Lucas Nogueira Works Out With Hakeem Olajuwon

Lucas Nogueira recently worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon.

Tim Leiweke Leaving MLSE By June 30

Tim Leiweke told the board itís his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.

Raptors Encouraged By Bruno Caboclo's Summer Work

Bruno Caboclo has spent the summer in North America working on his game and body, along with his grasp of the English language.

NBA Offered To Rescind Fine If Raptors Cut Ties With Drake

The NBA offered to rescind a tampering fine if the Raptors cut ties with Drake, who draws no salary from the club.

Jordan Hamilton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raptors

Jordan Hamilton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors, a league source tells RealGM.

Raptors Fined $25K By NBA For Drake's Recruiting Comments To Durant

The NBA viewed the incident as a violation of anti-tampering rules.

DeAndre Daniels Signs One-Year Deal With Perth

DeAndre Daniels will start his professional basketball career in Australia.

Celtics, Mavericks Were Also Interested In Bruno Caboclo

Bruno Caboclo showed flashes of his potential during Summer League and will be on the Raptors' roster next season.

Ujiri: Luckily For Raptors Kyle Lowry To Knicks Trade Didn't Happen

The Raptors were at a crossroads in early December after trading Rudy Gay and keeping Kyle Lowry long-term seemed unlikely.

Will Cherry To Sign Two-Year Deal With Raptors

Will Cherry is expected to sign the partially guaranteed deal with the Raptors in the coming days.

Will Cherry Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Raptors

Will Cherry averaged 12.8 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field for the Cavaliers in summer league.

Diante Garrett Waived By Raptors

Diante Garrett was released by the Raptors on Saturday.

Raptors To Release Dwight Buycks

The Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

James Johnson Agrees To Two-Year, $5M Deal With Raptors

The Raptors, Grizzlies, Jazz and Rockets were interested in James Johnson.

Greivis Vasquez To Re-Sign With Raptors On Two-Year, $13M Deal

Greivis Vasquez will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors on a two-year, $13 million deal, according to sources.

Julyan Stone In Discussions With 76ers, Kings, Bucks

Julyan Stone has started strong discussions with the 76ers, Kings and Bucks on a new deal, a league source told RealGM.

Andray Blatche Meets With Raptors

Andray Blatche has been with the Nets since 2012 and turns 28 in August.
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