2013 Toronto Raptors schedule: Homecomings highlight 2013-14 season

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The Toronto Raptors welcome home Canadian Anthony Bennett in 2013-14, and the team's own Rudy Gay makes his way back to Memphis.

The Toronto Raptors couldn't build success over the last few seasons with a roster devoid of top-tier talent. They tried to end a run of underachieving last season by trading for Rudy Gay. This offseason, they're hoping a trade that sent Andrea Bargnani off to New York will amount to addition by subtraction.

For the schedule in 2013-14, that means a number of returns for former Raptors, not to mention Gay's return to Memphis. Additionally, Canada's only NBA squad will welcome back Toronto's own Anthony Bennett, the 2013 first overall draft pick, back to his home when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit.

Five games to watch

Nov. 13 at Memphis -- Rudy Gay hasn't returned to Memphis since being traded from the Grizzlies to the Raptors at the end of January. He'll finally get a chance to play in front of his old fans early this season. The memories were mostly good ones, but some will always wonder whether Gay could have been something more -- and there could still be lingering questioning about the new Memphis ownership trading Gay's contract to Toronto even though the Grizzlies did fine in the playoffs without him.

Dec. 8 at Los Angeles -- DeMar DeRozan did a good deal of damage to the Clippers and Lakers last season. The Compton, Calif., native shot 56 percent in four games against the two teams from Los Angeles and in two games in Staples Center averaged 26 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 63 percent from the floor. In short, he handled homecomings well.

Dec. 28 vs. Knicks -- Former first overall pick Andrea Bargnani returns to Air Canada Centre as a member of the Knicks. While Raptors fans might view the big man as a bust, there's a good chance he'll have an opportunity to take it to his former squad. Bargnani theoretically fits into coach Mike Woodson's plans as a stretch power forward, and he might even be starting at that spot.

Jan. 22 vs. Dallas -- Another former Raptor returns to Toronto. Point guard Jose Calderon flew under the radar during his time in Canada, but he's on deck to become a big part of what the Dallas Mavericks do under coach Rick Carlisle.

Feb. 21 vs. Cleveland -- Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett was the first Canadian to be selected first in the draft, and he will surely draw a crowd when he makes a return to Toronto in February. The forward has a tattoo of Toronto's CN Tower on his arm, so there's a lot of national pride involved in this return. Bennett's teammate, forward Tristan Thompson, is also from Toronto.

Tough tests

The Raptors hit a very difficult stretch from Dec. 14 through Jan. 11. In 14 games spanning those dates, Toronto faces Chicago, Indiana and New York twice each. There are also games against Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Brooklyn in that stretch. Only five of the games are at home, and the easiest games of that run could be either against the Pistons, Mavericks, Wizards or Bobcats, and three of those teams -- the Bobcats being the exception -- have good chances of being playoff squads.

Easiest stretches

February is a kind month to the Raptors. Around the All-Star break, only two of Toronto's 12 games come against teams that begin the 2013-14 season as a lock to make the postseason. The Raptors play on the road against the Clippers on Feb. 7 and host Chicago on Feb. 19, but otherwise they play foes such as Washington, Portland, New Orleans and Cleveland. While they aren't easy games, it's a month-long stretch of winnable ones.

Important schedule facts

Back-to-backs: 18

Season opener: Oct. 30 at home vs. Celtics

Longest road trip: Five games (Jan. 31 - Feb. 7)

Longest homestand: Four games (Nov. 22 - Dec. 1)

2013-14 schedule

OCTOBER
Boston Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:00 PM EDT coverage
NOVEMBER
@ Atlanta Friday, November 1, 2013 7:30 PM EDT coverage
@ Milwaukee Saturday, November 2, 2013 8:30 PM EDT coverage
Miami Tuesday, November 5, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Charlotte Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Indiana Friday, November 8, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Houston Monday, November 11, 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Memphis Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Chicago Friday, November 15, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00 PM EST coverage
@ Philadelphia Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Washington Friday, November 22, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Miami Friday, November 29, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
DECEMBER
Denver Sunday, December 1, 2013 1:00 PM EST coverage
@ Golden State Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
@ Phoenix Friday, December 6, 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
@ Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, December 8, 2013 9:30 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Philadelphia Friday, December 13, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Chicago Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Dallas Friday, December 20, 2013 8:30 PM EST coverage
@ Oklahoma City Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ San Antonio Monday, December 23, 2013 8:30 PM EST coverage
@ New York Friday, December 27, 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
New York Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Chicago Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
JANUARY
Indiana Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Washington Friday, January 3, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Miami Sunday, January 5, 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
@ Indiana Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Detroit Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Saturday, January 11, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Milwaukee Monday, January 13, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Boston Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Friday, January 17, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, January 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST coverage
@ Charlotte Monday, January 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Philadelphia Friday, January 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Brooklyn Monday, January 27, 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
Orlando Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Denver Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
FEBRUARY
@ Portland Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
@ Utah Monday, February 3, 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
@ Sacramento Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
@ Los Angeles Clippers Friday, February 7, 2014 10:30 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Monday, February 10, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Atlanta Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Washington Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Chicago Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Cleveland Friday, February 21, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Orlando Sunday, February 23, 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
@ Cleveland Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Washington Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
MARCH
Golden State Sunday, March 2, 2014 4:00 PM EST coverage
Sacramento Friday, March 7, 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Minnesota Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Brooklyn Monday, March 10, 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Detroit Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Memphis Friday, March 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Phoenix Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Atlanta Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
@ New Orleans Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Oklahoma City Friday, March 21, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Atlanta Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Cleveland Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Boston Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Boston Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Orlando Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Miami Monday, March 31, 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
APRIL
Houston Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Indiana Friday, April 4, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Milwaukee Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:30 PM EDT coverage
Philadelphia Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
New York Friday, April 11, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Detroit Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:30 PM EDT coverage
Milwaukee Monday, April 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ New York Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage

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