Eric Smith

Toronto doing a brutal job covering the perimeter. Casey can't be happy. Atlanta is 7/11 from distance. Korver alone: 4/5 (game high 12 pts)

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors' NBA rank in fouls committed over last 3 years: 2nd, 1st, 1st. They've been whistled for 10 midway through the 2ndQ tonight

Ryan Wolstat

Borderline offensive Spanish lessons with Greivis Vasquez on scoreboard now.

Payal Doshi

Safe to say we may not see another Korver block but maybe another three. He’s beginning to feel it for ATL.

Ryan Wolstat

Ross gives Korver some payback by drilling a three on him,. Korver was late getting to him, just as Ross had been on Korver earlier.

Michael Grange

Casey was MAD about Jonas picking up his third there. You know Milsap's pump fakes were on the scouting report.

Eric Smith

6:04 til half Valanciunas picks up foul no. 3. #rtz #raptors up 43-35. JV 7 pts, 4 reb

Eric Koreen

So much shooting on the floor for Atlanta: Millsap, Scott, Carroll, Korver. Not fair.

Eric Smith

6:45 to go in Q2 and atlanta is already in the penalty. Free throws galore for the raps...if they stay aggressive. Toronto up 9.

Josh Lewenberg

Casey, asked if there's a better 3pt shooter in the NBA than Korver pre-game: "If there is, I haven't met him". He's made 2 of 3 so far

Payal Doshi

The whispers of “Lou” ring through the entire building every time he touches the ball! #WeTheNorth #The6

Eric Smith

The #raptors have their largest lead of the night. 38-28.

Michael Grange

15 minutes in and Casey has found at least 5 minutes for 10 guys ... keeping everyone happy playing 10 won't be easy.

Eric Koreen

Vasquez just worked his ass off to stick with Korver off a series of screens. Nice.

Doug Smith

Sure, they pay homage to Drake at @Toronto Raptors games but who's got the banner? Bon Jovi has the banner, that's who has the banner!

Tim Chisholm

I’ve never been a fan of five-man bench units but this is probably the best version of that the Raps have ever had.

Ryan Wolstat

Raptor fans are going to like Lou Williams. You could tell the Hawks were kind of bummed he was given away for nothing.

Josh Lewenberg

Vasquez struggled with his shot in pre-season, said he never plays well in exhibition. He's hit his first two treys tonight.

Payal Doshi

Vasquez is on fire off the bench with an easy 6 points all from beyond the arc! #WeTheNorth

Josh Lewenberg

Herbie's pronunciation of "Schröder" is in mid-season form

Eric Koreen

#gameops just played Jock Jams during an offensive possession. Rusty.

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors up on the Hawks 24-22 after 1Q. Out-rebounding ATL 15-10, which will please Casey. Amir/DeRozan lead all scorers w/ 6 apiece

Ryan Wolstat

Raptors lead 24-22 after a quarter. Neither team shooting well. Raptors listening to wishes of Casey, doing fine work on boards.

Eric Smith

#raptors lead at the end of 1 QRT 24-22. #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

All subs on the floor to close out 1stQ. Vasquez/Lou/JJ/Pat/Hans. Interested to see how this unit fairs. Talented but inexperience together

Payal Doshi

Providing @Mike Scott with some awesome socks from #YoSox is definitely igniting his physical demeanour on the court. #SockSaturday

Josh Lewenberg

James Johnson checks in, draws the Thabo assignment. Patterson in as well. They're with Lowry/DeRozan/Hansbrough. 19-16 Raps, 3:13 1stQ

Eric Smith

Toronto responds to Atlanta's 7-2 run with a 6-0 run of their own. #rtz #raptors up 19-13. Q1. 3:45

Eric Koreen

Amir Johnson stay Amirin'

Eric Smith

7-2 Atlanta run. Tied at 13. #rtz #raptors

Ryan Wolstat

This will likely be a game where Raptors will need big games from Ross/Valanciunas/Lowry. DeRozan struggles against these defenders.

Eric Smith

5:28 to go in Q1 #raptors lead 13-10. #rtz

Eric Koreen

So, about lowering the fouls? Raps have picked up 6 in 6:32.

Josh Lewenberg

JV goes to the bench with two quick fouls. Hansbrough - not Patterson - in for him. Odd.

Josh Lewenberg

First 7:30 home start of the season, by the way. Noticeable difference early in the first quarter. ACC was packed for the intros

Eric Koreen

I didn't see Tyler Hansbrough as the first big coming off the bench.

Ryan Wolstat

Raptors were one of most foul-prone teams in league last year and it’s happening again so far.

Payal Doshi

It's great to be back! #WeTheNorth http://t.co/9dwGL02gaM

Josh Lewenberg

5 Raptors' FGs, all 5 starters have scored. Early 11-5 lead for Toronto.

Eric Koreen

Five baskets, five scorers for the Raps early on.

Ryan Wolstat

Maybe Amir Johnson was just taking it easy in pre-season. Seems to have more bounce tonight.

Josh Lewenberg

Couple DeMar stoppers on this Hawks team - DeMarre Carroll/Thabo Sefolosha - both excellent perimeter defenders. He'll be tested out of gate

Ryan Wolstat

The king of the mid-range game, DeMar DeRozan, scores the first bucket of the year after Raptors force a 24-second violation.

Eric Smith

"Let's go Raptors" chant...as the #WeTheNorth flag goes through the crowd seconds before tip off.… instagram.com/p/uwV0RMo2wT/

Josh Lewenberg

Re-mix to last season's We The North vid plays before tip-off - Raptors players are narrating

Eric Koreen

James Johnson starts the year as the last part of the high-five train.

Ryan Wolstat

New warmups for the Raptors. Trail Blazers meets Raptors

Ryan Wolstat

Huge roar for head coach Dwane Casey.

Ryan Wolstat

"It is challenging but for us we have to make sure we stay loose. Emotions are going to be running high” Horford on sitting through ceremony

Ryan Wolstat

Must be so weird for the Hawks playing in front of a crowd. Especially one this amped.

Eric Smith

Lowry addressing the crowd. Can't speak ....for all the noise .. For a good 10-15 seconds. #rtz #raptors

Ryan Wolstat

Killah Lowry to say a few words. Gets a standing ovation

Ryan Wolstat

Meanwhile, in Memphis, somewhat fittingly, Air Canada Jr., Andrew Wiggins, debuts against Vince Carter, formerly Air Canada.

Ryan Wolstat

Dr. J socks equipped. Let’s do this.

Eric Koreen

CJ Miles is 0-for-6 already. The year of Pacers sadness has begun.

Eric Smith

Cdn anthem...moments til tip off. #rtz #raptors http://t.co/cErfIuQbfl

Eric Koreen

It's awful. RT @iananywhere: Wiz Khalifa's 'We Dem Boyz' getting remixed here as 'We The North.' #Raptors #RTZ

Doug Smith

We're here talking Raptors-Hawks if you'd like to stop by: thestar.com/sports/raptors…

Eric Koreen

Disappointing lack of fineable offences from Drake/Ujiri's ramblings to the masses.

Ryan Wolstat

Nice to have Al Horford back. Could win Magic Johnson award as best star player with media. He’s good.

Josh Lewenberg

Uh oh, Masai and Drake share the stage in Maple Leaf Square. Someone's losing some $

Josh Lewenberg

10 Raptors opening night starting SFs in 10 years: Ross, Gay, Fields, Butler, Kleiza, Turkoglu, Moon, Kapono, Peterson, Graham

Ryan Wolstat

"I think Raptor fans are gong to be really happy with him.” - Horford on Bebe.

Ryan Wolstat

“He's very young, but he's going to be a great player I believe in him.” Al Horford on Lucas Nogueira

Josh Lewenberg

Ross = 10th different opening night starting SF in 10 years since VC was traded… to clarify

Eric Koreen

Because of the live blog, there will be fewer tweets from me tonight. Send your thanks to @npsport.

Josh Lewenberg

Tonight Terrence Ross becomes the Raptors' 10th different opening night starting SF since Vince Carter was traded

Eric Koreen

SEND YO QUESTIONS RT @scott_stinson: In an old-school move, @Eric Koreen and I will be live-blogging the Raptors tonight. sports.nationalpost.com/2014/10/29/tor…

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors night on @TSN1050Radio. I'll be checking in to @TSNDrive at 6:45, on board for Countdown to Tip-Off @ 7pm, then its game time @ 7:30

Tom Liston

#Raptors Number 6 baby. #WeTheNorth "70 reasons to watch the NBA this year" | SI.com ow.ly/DxAxT

Amir Johnson

The Calm Before The Storm! #WeTheNorth #ProveEm #RTZ http://t.co/44CFMz4F74

Eric Smith

630pm ET on @sportsnet ... I'll tee up the home/season opener for the @Toronto Raptors with @Michael Grange & @evankaosmak. #RTZ #Raptors

Eric Smith

90 min til the #Raptors 2014/2015 campaign tips off. Enjoy it folks. #RTZ

Ryan Wolstat

Casey calls Hawks "Spurs East" (Budenholzer Effect). Says they might spread floor even better than Spurs.

Paul Jones

The Air Canada Centre as #raptors get set to take on the Hawks. Looks like the playoffs and it's only… instagram.com/p/uwIHBJyNDS/

Josh Lewenberg

Less than 2 hours to tip http://t.co/Sv6S9dCHSV

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors white out for the opener http://t.co/4g4dTuvKU7

Greivis Vasquez

Thankful for the parents I have, my family for always believing in me. Thankful because I came from… instagram.com/p/uwFEYHpA6p/

Paul Jones

Nuh muss!!! Lol "@DAV_ENT: Did @Paul Jones just say "pawwridge" I'm dying! Lmao. Classic! #timandsid"

Paul Jones

Thanks Sue "@muffie07: @ericsmith @Paul Jones @timandsid great round table! Can't wait for the Raptors game tonight"

Doug Smith

It's me and @FadooBobcat and co-host du jour at 6 p.m. on @FAN590. I presume they'll want to talk glorious pucks victory Tuesday night.

Eric Koreen

On Dallas's football culture and the Raptors — or something like that: sports.nationalpost.com/2014/10/29/tor…

Lucas Nogueira

First game tonight, my dream is finally here. Let's go Raptors! @Toronto Raptors #RTZ #WeTheNorth

Lucas Nogueira

Primeiro jogo hoje. Meu sonho se realizando. Pra cima deles Raptors!!! @NBABrasil @Toronto Raptors

Josh Lewenberg

Teeing up tonight's opener and Raptors season with @HayesTSN on @TSN1050Radio at 3:30. Listen live: www2.tsn.ca/toronto/listen/

Eric Koreen

Thanks to the hard work of @grspur, #NBAinCanadaXX will live FOREVER on our NBA page. Read it now or in March: sports.nationalpost.com/category/sport…

Tom Liston

#Analytics Sweet RT @bbstats AND basketball-reference now has built-in Statistical Plus Minus numbers via @DSMok1 ! sports-reference.com/blog/2014/10/i…

Josh Lewenberg

Context: Casey compared coaching in Dallas, a football town to coaching in Toronto, a hockey town. Said hoops is starting to share spotlight

Josh Lewenberg

Loved this from Casey today: "The Cowboys for years have been great in Texas and the Leafs have been (pause) the show here in Toronto."

Josh Lewenberg

Are the Raps better than last year? Casey: "We don't know. We've got to play the games first. Give me a couple weeks and I'll let you know"

Eric Koreen

Tonight, Dwane Casey becomes just the second Raptors head coach to be in charge for four consecutive openers. (Smitch, 5, 04-08)

Eric Koreen

Also, I asked @Holly MacKenzie, @BlakeMurphyODC, @steven_lebron and myself 10 Raps questions. I'm the downer of the group: sports.nationalpost.com/2014/10/29/tor…

Eric Koreen

One last time, my Raptors preview column on a team and fan base that can finally move past wide-eyed hope: sports.nationalpost.com/2014/10/28/tor…