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Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas reacts during first half NBA action against the Hawks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Raps ground and pound Hawks

Pound the rock has morphed into pound opponents. Dwane Casey's catch-phrase used to be all about working hard, chipping away, and one day breaking through.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry smiles as he takes the court after greeting members of the Nuggets during NBA action in Denver on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

Raptors hold on for OT win

At the beginning of a five game trip, most of which will occur on West Coast time where the Raptors routinely struggle, this was a nice way to get things started off.

Mark Wanzel/Postmedia Network Marlee Sanderson of the Orillia Nighthawks attempts to drive past the St Joan of Arc Knight defense during Tuesday's semifinal held at St Joan of Arc.

Nighthawks top perfect season

The Orillia Secondary School (OSS) junior girls' basketball team capped their perfect season with two dominant, impressive victories in Barrie Tuesday to win the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) title, putting an exclamation mark on a memorable year on the hardcourt.

Thunder forward Kyle Singler (15) defends as Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket during first half NBA action in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (Alonzo Adams/AP Photo)

DeRozan sinks 37 in win

Almost one calendar year ago, the Raptors came here and knocked off the mighty Thunder, a victory that most would argue gave the team the nudge and confidence it needed to emerge as one of the class squads in the NBA.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan sits on the bench against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 6, 2016. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

'It's a mockery, it's a joke': Raps on Trump

Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan listens on the bench ion the dying moments of the game as a defensive play is set against the Denver Nuggets in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2016. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

DeRozan proving doubters wrong

If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.

New Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman (centre), seen here with head coach Dwane Casey (left) and team president Masai Ujiri last year, is embracing his new role with the team. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Files)

Raps GM unfazed by anonymity

The general manager nobody knows is standing in the hallway outside the Raptors dressing room, talking about basketball and his father and the nervous stomach he was feeling 30 minutes to tip off.

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