Ryan Wolstat

Two directives from Coach Casey the Raptors met: Hit first. Hawks praised them for being more physical. Attack the rack: 33-17 edge at line.

Josh Lewenberg

From last night: With the backcourt struggling, the Raptors lean on their reloaded bench and familiarity in debut win tsn.ca/lewenberg-rapt…

Ryan Wolstat

The Points Per Game blog returns with more on Amir, chatty Greivis Vasquez, JV, the Hawks and more: blogs.canoe.ca/courtside/bask…

Ryan Wolstat

Yep, this is true RT @kleizassic: @Ryan Wolstat I was shocked to see that number. I feel like several of them had to be attempted tip-ins.

Ryan Wolstat

Amir Johnson, arguably Toronto’s best player Wednesday, took 15 shots. He only attempted that many four times last season.

Ryan Wolstat

What a prop bet @Tyler Ennis getting a block in NBA debut and @Andrew Wiggins not getting one would have been.

Ryan Wolstat

Fittingly, Andrew Wiggins faced Vince Carter in his debut, though both had tough nights: torontosun.com/2014/10/29/and…

Ryan Wolstat

“We can start for anybody else” Greivis Vasquez and the best bench in Raptors history + more from opening night: torontosun.com/2014/10/30/rap…

Eric Koreen

From the Raptors' season opener — on the bench: sports.nationalpost.com/2014/10/29/tor…

Michael Grange

Raptors high points become low points quickly, my column on the start of something different -- bit.ly/1xEBVhh

Doug Smith

#raptors blog: Raptors may not have thrived but they survived Opening Night just fine on.thestar.com/1DBGQkX

Josh Lewenberg

With their star backcourt struggling, the Raptors lean on depth and familiarity in opening-night victory: tsn.ca/lewenberg-rapt…

Eric Smith

There are many great voices out there...but I'm not sure there is a better pro than @miketirico. From #MNF to OKC-POR; always solid.

Greivis Vasquez

Pablo Sandoval Es un super caballo.. Congrats for winning the whole thing.. El banco te espera... THE MVP!!

Ryan Wolstat

Sun headline: “Royal pain in the Bum"

Ryan Wolstat

Most excited the media room has been in a long time at a Raptors game. Giants win, but nearly blow it.

Josh Lewenberg

Greivis on Amir's big game: "Its a contract year so he gotta do what he gotta do. I hope he gets all double-doubles, I hope he gets the max"

Josh Lewenberg

Vasquez: "Sometimes you want to do more, but you've got to understand the situation. It takes a lot of cojones to understand & be a man"

Payal Doshi

You got that right! RT @AnishESPN: This is why sports is the best reality TV... ever.

Josh Lewenberg

Greivis Vasquez: "We've got the best crowd, the best fans, the best reporters"… Flattery will get you everywhere

Payal Doshi

If miracles do happen I am really hoping the @royals can tie game 7 up in the bottom of the 9th!

Josh Lewenberg

Lowry: "That first win is the toughest one to get, I believe. It was good to get the first one at home, in front of our fans"

Greivis Vasquez

Great start.. Let's continue to get better.. Thanks for the love champagnepapi instagram.com/p/uws_QqJA3i/

Ryan Wolstat

Greivis has to go into politics post-career. "We've got the best crowd in the NBA, the best fans, the best reporters."

Josh Lewenberg

JV on fans: "It felt good. Crowd was good. It reminded me of playoffs. All the white jerseys, standing and cheering for us."

Michael Grange

The Raptors have tucked into a table set just for them, here's hoping they make it to dessert. Just this once -- bit.ly/1xEBVhh

Ryan Wolstat

"We can start for anybody else. I say that in a humble way but we're just happy here. I'm just here to do my job, whatever it takes” Vasquez

Eric Koreen

Greivis said Raptors have best reporters in the league. Mid-season form.

Josh Lewenberg

Casey said Amir, a slow starter, came up big w/ the "popcorn popping". "He put butter on it & salt & everything else. He was ready to roll"

Ryan Wolstat

The Points Per Game blog returns tomorrow everyone. Feel the excitement #catchthetaste

Ryan Wolstat

Asked Patrick Patterson if the bench has a nickname yet. “No. The fans better work on that."

Josh Lewenberg

More on late-game lineup, Casey said its not set in stone, JV will get his chance, depending on matchup but its something we could see again

Josh Lewenberg

Casey son his decision to go with Pat over JV down the stretch: "I thought we needed more speed & quickness. Nothing that Jonas did wrong"

Ryan Wolstat

Vasquez on whether it's nice to have the real Amir back? "Oh yeah. It's a contract year. I hope he drops double-doubles all year."

Ryan Wolstat

"What's your Halloween costume JV?" (points to beard): "My face."

Eric Smith

Casey: "we've got to do a better job of keeping our foot on the peddle at the end of the game." #rtz #raptors

Eric Smith

Casey: "(JV) used his length to his advantage...He let the game come to him..." #rtz #raptors

Eric Smith

Casey: "Tyler brought the energy...the rebounding...mixing it up." #rtz #raptors

Eric Smith

Casey: "I really liked the way Amir approached the game. " #rtz #raptors

Eric Smith

Casey: "DeMar didn't have a great night but he found other ways to contribute." #rtz #raptors

Eric Smith

Sloppy final 5 min. But a win is a win. Balanced attack for the #raptors. TOR beats atlanta109-102. #rtz D gave up 50% FG & 59.1% 3PT FG.

Josh Lewenberg

Your 2014-15 Raptors: 1-0. 109-102 the final over ATL in their season debut.

Ryan Wolstat

Raptors win 109-102 with 26 assists, 10 turnovers. Amir and Valanciunas dominate all-stars Horford and Millsap.

Eric Koreen

'Topes win! 109-102

Eric Koreen

The Raptors might need a Madison Bumgarner type.

Eric Smith

On a night he struggled to score (4/16 fg) derozan has notched career highs in rebounds & steals. #rtz #raptors :32.4 sec left, 107-101 TOR

Josh Lewenberg

Bizarre game for DeRozan: 14 points (4/16 FG), 11 rebounds (career-high), 6 steals (career-high), 5 turnovers. Good, bad and ugly

Josh Lewenberg

DeRozan misses a pair of free throws but follows the second for his 11th rebound of the night (career high). He's headed back to the line

Eric Smith

4:46 to go... #raptors were up 101-84. With 35.9 seconds to go, Atlanta is down by only 4. It's 105-101. #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Greivis waves towel around over his head in front of bench to get crowd going, accidentally hits himself in the face. Oops.

Eric Smith

15-2 run. Check that.

Payal Doshi

I second that! @Ryan Wolstat: Impressive crowd. Playoff quality. Strong work, Toronto

Ryan Wolstat

Budenholzer losing his mind about refs waiting to see if a shot goes in multiple times late before making a call.

Eric Koreen

Kyle Lowry: damned fearless.

Josh Lewenberg

Oh, Raptors. 11-1 Hawks run. Toronto lead is down to 4. 50 seconds left.

Ryan Wolstat

Impressive crowd. Playoff quality. Strong work, Toronto

Eric Smith

13-2 atl run. Raps up only 4. Under a minute to go

Ryan Wolstat

Budenholzer is not happy about the fouls being called now. Refs let a lot go throughout year, now giving DeRozan/Lowry those missing calls.

Josh Lewenberg

Patterson back in for JV out of the timeout.

Josh Lewenberg

Hawks from beyond the arc: 12/21 (57%), inside the arc: 25/55 (45%). Raps lead is down to 8, 2:27 left.

Eric Smith

Atlanta making a late run. 102-94, #raptors lead. 8-1 ATL run. 2:27 left. #rtz

Eric Koreen

Raps' lead down to 8. DeRozan frustrated by a no-call, leads to open 3 at other end.

Payal Doshi

DeMar DeRozan ties a career high with 10 rebounds and the chants of #LetsGoRaptors reign through the #ACC. #GoodToBeBack

Josh Lewenberg

So, on a night in which he's shot 4/15, DeRozan sets a new career-high in steals (6) and ties his career-high in rebounding (10 & counting)

Eric Smith

I'll be one of 92 media dudes and dudettes to tweet this...derozan ties career high in rebounds with 10. #rtz #raptors up 101-86

Josh Lewenberg

Ross returns for Vasquez, who has given them 17 good minutes tonight. JV also set to re-enter for Patterson. Starters to close out the game

Eric Koreen

DeRozan ties career high with 10 boards.

Ryan Wolstat

DeRozan career high for steals, tied career high for rebounds tonight.

Josh Lewenberg

JV: 17 points (4/5 FG, 9/10 FT), 8 rebounds, 1 block, 0 turnovers, +10, in 19 minutes. Hard to find much wrong with that.

Ryan Wolstat

As that dude on Trailer Park Boys says … “What in the f___?” #Ghomeshi

Eric Koreen

Oh? RT @TheSunnyDhillon: Strange section from the Star's latest on #JianGhomeshi: http://t.co/ngkPoZk071

Eric Koreen

For final stretch, Casey goes with Lowry, Vasquez, DeRozan, Patterson, Amir.

Ryan Wolstat

Best Raptor bench candidates: This one. Last year’s. 1999-2000. 2000-01. 2006-07.

Ryan Wolstat

To borrow a soccer term, good work rate by Jonas Valanciunas tonight. Lots of effort. Good bounce, like Amir.

Ryan Wolstat

Best bench in Raptors history? Talk amongst yourselves.

Josh Lewenberg

Are they saying Lou or Lou-erns?

Eric Koreen

Weird-ass Vasquez floaters back.

Tim Chisholm

And that’s a huge growth point to contribute w/o big scoring. RT @jgans2000: @Tim Chisholm but some of the best defense I’ve seen him play

Eric Koreen

Johnson loses ball when he forces a drive, but Raptors have just 8 TOs tonight.

Ryan Wolstat

Horford needs some games to get timing back, missing easy shots inside. J looks fine though. Atlanta’s a good team. Think T.O. a bit better.

Josh Lewenberg

JV gives the Raps their largest lead, 90-71, with a long jumper. A bit under the radar tonight but really solid outing for him, on both ends

Tim Chisholm

This is the perfect time opportunity to run things through Valanciunas. Lowry and DeRozan are on the bench, slows the game down.

Ryan Wolstat

Wiggins nails a three, but having a rough first night at the office.

Ryan Wolstat

Bench doing stellar job. Have put Raptors firmly in control. Now Valanciunas joins them.

Ryan Wolstat

Can’t remember Raptors having an effective, full, five-man bench unit on the floor for stretches of games.

Eric Koreen

Raps up 15 going into the fourth. Raps 17-19 from the stripe; Hawks 9-17.

Josh Lewenberg

Thing you'll hear a bunch of times this year: Lou beats the buzzer. His runner gives the Raps an 86-71 lead (their largest) going into 4th

Eric Smith

The #raptors go to q4 with an 86-71 lead over atlanta. Largest lead of the night for Toronto. #rtz

Tom Liston

#Raptors @DeMar DeRozan with 12 / 9 / 3 and 6 steals, +13. #Prove'em #RTZ

Eric Koreen

DeRozan is one rebound and four steals away from a really weird triple-double.

Josh Lewenberg

I'm told this is the most Amir Johnson has scored (16 & counting) on opening night in his 10-year career. Obscure stat, even for my taste

Eric Smith

Hustle and flow from Amir Johnson tonight. 16 and 10. #rtz #raptors up 80-67 late 3rd

Josh Lewenberg

Make that a career-best 6 steals (and counting) for DeRozan. Slow night offensively (vs great perimeter defenders), picking up slack on D

Tim Chisholm

DeMar is totally forcing his game. He’s got to take a step back and evaluate his options. He’s not getting those calls.

Eric Koreen

Worth an approximate 45 points. RT @Josh Lewenberg: Career-high 5 steals for DeMar DeRozan