Archive for the ‘Kyle Lowry’ Category

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With the pre-season finale (thank God) set for Friday in Milwaukee, the Raptors received some good news on Thursday, as Kyle Lowry will be able to practice and play while recovering from a left ring finger tendon injury (though he’ll be out vs. the Bucks).

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With the most hyped and eventful Media Day in franchise history now behind us, I thought I’d share some notes and quotes from various players and others from Monday.

Before we get to the players, here are a few notes from Tim Leiweke’s post-presser scrum as well as Masai Ujiri’s and Dwane Casey’s scrums. Sorry, no Drizzy

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The image above is from a 2013-14 Raptors game ticket (Raptors season ticket packages are beginning to arrive). Note the No. 7 on Kyle Lowry. And here’s a link to the Raptors’ roster on the team’s official website. Again, note the number listed for Lowry.

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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

As Tim Leiweke stressed the need for improvement for an organization that wasn’t good enough and Masai Ujiri talked about building his own small staff here in Toronto, many of us were able to foresee the organizational house cleaning around the corner. So when guys like Ed Stefanski and Jim Kelly were let go, I don’t think anyone around the team was exactly floored.

But I don’t know how many people saw this coming, as fans and media alike were surprised to hear the news on Monday that former fan-favourite Alvin Williams had been relieved of his duties as a scout. In addition, Doug Smith reports that CEO Tim Leiweke made the decision and that General Manager Masai Ujiri never spoke to Alvin.

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Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

The Raptors scored 100 points for the first time in 10 games and barely hung on against a severely shorthanded Bulls team to reach the 30-win plateau for the first time in three years.

Hooray for slightly less futile futility!

The Raps were in cruise control for the majority of the night before narrowly escaping an all too familiar fourth quarter meltdown in what was a pretty ugly finish.

Now here are some thoughts on the game…

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