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The Toronto Raptors - Schedule in 2013-14

The Toronto Raptors are ready to roar this season as they take on some of the top teams in the National Basketball Association on their home court at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are looking to go in a new direction this season after hiring executive Masai Ujiri to head up basketball operations for the organization. Ujiri did an incredible job in Denver in recent years, and the Raptors have to feel excited about being able to pry him away from the Nuggets. The Raptors are in a bit of a rebuilding mode, but that doesn't mean this team is not going to win games in 2013-14. Ujiri found a way to rebuild the Denver roster without the team losing a lot of games, so Raptors fans have reason to be pumped about this season and the future of the franchise. The Raptors finished in last place in the Atlantic Division last season, but many fans are anticipating this team climbing the division standings this year. With some talented players on the roster the Raptors certainly have the potential to rise in the ranks of the Eastern Conference and contend for a playoff spot. The team has some tough games on their home schedule this season, and the players know they're going to have to play well consistently on their home court if they're going to be successful in 2013-14.

Last season the New York Knicks won the Atlantic Division title, so the Raptors will be looking to take them down when they visit the Air Canada Centre this season. The Knicks come equipped with one of the top scoring options in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a scoring machine that can put the ball in the basketball in a variety of ways and from all over the court. Slowing Anthony down will be first on Toronto's to-do list when the Knicks come to town this season, and if they're able to do so then the Raptors should be in a good position to send the Knicks back to The Big Apple with a loss. The team will be looking to see center Jonas Valanciunas match up well with New York big man Tyson Chandler, who is one of the better interior defenders in the league. If Toronto can get solid offensive production out of their backcourt, they could steal a big victory from last season's division winner.

The Raptors will also be looking to grab some big victories when the division rival Brooklyn Nets hit the court in Canada this season. The Nets look to have one of the more well-rounded rosters in the Eastern Conference this season and could be in the running for the Atlantic Division crown in 2013-14. The team made a big trade in the offseason to bring in veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics, and the Raptors will look to stop these two players from making a significant impact on any contest at the Air Canada Centre this season. 2013-14 should be a fantastic season to be a Raptors fans, as this franchise really looks ready to turn things around and be a contender in the Eastern Conference.


The Team

The Toronto Raptors are a pro basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association, the only Canadian team in the league. As a member of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, the Raptors compete with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers for the division title, which comes with an automatic berth into the postseason. The Raptors are looking to turn around the fortunes with the offseason hiring of executive Masai Ujiri. Ujiri knows how to build a winning team, and he's generally considered one of the smartest and most savvy executives in the league. The team looks to have a great centerpiece to build around in young center Jonas Valanciunas, while the remainder of the roster looks to be in a state of flux. Who else is an integral part of the future of this franchise will become clearer as the 2013-14 season progresses.


The Experience

If you've never been to an NBA game in person, then you owe it to yourself to get out to a game. The National Basketball Association is the premier basketball league in the entire world, and that means you'll find all the best players on the planet suiting up for action in the NBA. When you're there in the Air Canada Centre to see a Toronto Raptors game you'll be treated to seeing some amazing players run up and down the court, hitting deep three-pointers and throwing down thunderous dunks. Don't miss out on being a part of all the excitement.


Trivia

The Toronto Raptors are now the only Canadian team that plays in the National Basketball Association. However, that has not always been the case. What current NBA team used to play north of the border?

The answer is the Memphis Grizzlies, who originally came into the league as the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies.


The History

The Toronto Raptors were founded in 1995 as an expansion franchise of the National Basketball Association. The team quickly found success thanks to top draft picks like Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudemire. The organization found its first superstar player in Vine Carter, whom the team acquired on a draft day trade with the Golden State Warriors. Carter had many great seasons in Toronto before moving on via trade. The Raptors have only won one division title, coming in 2007, but are hoping to earn some more division crowns in the near future. This team is looking to build a foundation that can support sustained success in the best basketball league in the world, not an easy task.


The Fans

The atmosphere is one of the best parts of attending an NBA game, and that comes from the passion of the NBA fans. The crowd is always in a frenzy come tip-off, and the action on the court is simply incredible. Fans love to pack into the Air Canada Centre to see the Raptors in action, and you can join them this season.

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