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Defiant Raptors aimed at ... playoffs?

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07:34 AM ET 12.23 | Particularly in Canada, there is a perception among fans that finishing last is the goal to this NBA season, but that sentiment isn't shared in the Toronto locker room. [The Raptors are] not listening to me or you or anyone else who wants to talk about Andrew Wiggins. The Raptors, post-Rudy Gay, are a together (and stubborn) bunch. They know all of us NBA jokesters on Twitter assumed that the exile of Gay to the Sacramento Kings earlier this month, on the heels of Toronto's summer shedding of Andrea Bargnani, was a move made to clinch a top-five slot in the lottery. ... [As] DeMar DeRozan defiantly put it Friday night when we spoke after the big comeback in Dallas: "We ain't out of nothin'." DeRozan was obviously referring to the playoffs. And that's really how the Raptors' players think. "Most definitely."

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December 23, 2013  08:08 AM ET

The way things are going for Andrew & Kansas, he just might still be on the board when they pick. Not sure anyone could live up to that much hype.

December 23, 2013  08:09 AM ET

You can't hold the mighty, mightys down .....
You can only hope to contain them

December 23, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Of course they won't tank. And, they will take their nondescript lineup and reward fans that have been spoiled by nondescript basketball for a generation. The rafters of the ACC are littered with all-timers like Popeye Jones, Junkyard Dog, Alvin Williams, Rafael Arraujo, Matt Bonner etc???

What great memories from such a great organization.

We are lucky.

December 23, 2013  08:29 AM ET

This Raptors are world beaters right now. They continue to attack and are not letting down. They'll make the playoffs. They just beat OKC in their HC and Mavs the other night.

December 23, 2013  09:03 AM ET

I hope they can keep it up through the grind.

December 23, 2013  09:32 AM ET

I think it goes w/o saying that the removal of Rudy Gay, as I stated it would, to this team has only helped them.......

December 23, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Bucks seem to be a lock for the No.1 draft.

December 23, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bucks seem to be a lock for the No.1 draft.

Nah.....they're only "a lock" for the worse record.....

......and then, just barely.

December 23, 2013  10:06 AM ET

The RAPTORS sure are a suprise all right...

December 23, 2013  10:34 AM ET

GM wants lottery pick. Players are doing whatever they can to make sure it doesn't happen. It's like no matter who you trade we'll still win to piss you off.. Great motivation. I wish my Knicks had something like that in them...

December 23, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This Raptors are world beaters right now. They continue to attack and are not letting down. They'll make the playoffs. They just beat OKC in their HC and Mavs the other night.

Yeah, a stunner in OKC. That certainly says something about Toronto.

December 23, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah, a stunner in OKC. That certainly says something about Toronto.

Yup, they're not bottom feeders anymore. Wrong year for it but that's the Raptors.

December 23, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah, a stunner in OKC. That certainly says something about Toronto.

1 game. Like the Lakers beating the Clippers on opening night. Plus, a few other wins the Lakers had.

I think their start without Gay will fade, especially if they trade Lowry.

December 23, 2013  11:07 AM ET

Off all week.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all (whichever applies)....!!!!

December 23, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Off all week. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all (whichever applies)....!!!!

Reported

December 23, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Reported

???

December 23, 2013  11:15 AM ET

They won 6 of 8 w/ 1 loss at the last seconds...

December 23, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

???

[/Sarcasm]

December 23, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

???

Smh

 
December 23, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

???

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