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Raptors return to work for first time since March with spirited practice

With the NBA’s bubble operational, COVID-19 quarantine cleared, the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors officially went back to work on Saturday.For the first time since a win over Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz on March 9, the Raptors took the court as a team for a practice in Orlando in advance of the NBA’s season resuming with scrimmages later this month. By all accounts, despite an expected bit of rust, the team looked pretty good.“It felt good, it’s been awhile,” said starting guard Fred VanVleet. “I think you saw some rust, some excitement, and that first day of school type of thing for everybody, coaches and players,” he said.“We’ve got to flush some things out these next couple of weeks and get ready to play, but kind of take a marathon approach still, we’ve still got a...