Chemistry Major Key For Raptors Resurgence

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Since the mid-December trade that gifted the Toronto Raptors with a bench, the team has been preaching a 15-deep mentality. More than that, they speak about being a family. This sort of talk isn’t out of the ordinary for professional sports teams, but when truthful, the positive effect that crosses over onto the court is undeniable.

When there’s total trust in a locker room, the common goal they are reaching for suddenly appears closer.

“I think these guys have been through so much together,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “I think ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 2

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It was louder in Air Canada Centre than Game 1. Maple Leaf Square was busier than Game 1. The Raptors put on a different show than Game 1 to even out the series. Toss in some record-breaking and Toronto went crazy. #WeTheNorth #VictoryBaby

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DeRozan Bounces Back To Help Raptors Level Series With Nets

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After two days of talking, thinking about and replaying a Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors were ready to tie the series on Tuesday night.

With DeMar DeRozan taking a page out of Paul Pierce’s crunch-time playbook, the Raptors held off the Nets 100-95. Toronto will head to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4 with the series even.

“We weren’t going down 0-2,” Amir Johnson said. “We were the desperate team. We had to play desperate. There was no ...

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Raptors Even Out Series Against Nets

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TORONTO (CP) – DeMar DeRozan poured in 30 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 100-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday, showing none of the post-season jitters that had plagued him in Game 1.

The best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is tied at one game apiece.

Amir Johnson had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 boards for his second double-double of the series, while Kyle Lowry had 14 points, nine ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets

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Series: Nets 1-0

Game 1 between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors had it all: An incredible home crowd, a rough playoff debut for Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and late-game heroics from future Hall-of-Famer Paul Pierce.

Let’s not forget the pregame pump up talk from general manager Masai Ujiri that sent shockwaves around the NBA, or the crowd of greater than 5,000 that stood outside of the arena to watch the game at Maple Leaf Square.

With DeRozan, Terence Ross and Amir Johnson ...

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Surging Vasquez Finds Fit With Raptors

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After a loss, it’s crucial to focus on what needs improving.

Two days later, after plenty of time to review film and discuss adjustments, it’s okay to also look at the things that did go well.

In a tough 94-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors received a huge game from sophomore Jonas Valanciunas. With 17 points and 18 rebounds in his playoff debut, he was incredible facing off against Kevin Garnett. He wasn’t the only Toronto Raptor to come up big under pressure, ...

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Valanciunas Aims To Build On Impressive Playoff Debut

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During Sunday night’s Game 1 thriller between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, TNT analyst Chris Webber drew from his playing experience.

“Your first playoff game, you are too excited,” Webber said. “Your adrenaline is too high.”

Webber was talking about sophomore point guard Damian Lillard, making his postseason debut. Lillard was incredible, finishing with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Most first-timers are not nearly as successful as Lillard.

In the Toronto Raptors’ Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, there were plenty of nerves. All-Star DeMar DeRozan is glad ...

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DeRozan Seeks Balance In Game Two Versus Nets

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The 24 hours after DeMar DeRozan’s first playoff game, a loss, were quiet ones.

“I sat in my room the rest of the day,” DeRozan said. “I didn’t leave the room. I didn’t turn the TV on. I didn’t watch no game. I just cleared my mind. Just understand it was my first playoff game.”

Shooting 3-for-13 against the Brooklyn Nets in a 14-point postseason debut, DeRozan had plenty of possessions to replay in his mind. The game irked him so much, he almost returned to the Toronto Raptors practice court for ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 1

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It was game 1 on home turf, north of the border, an entire country supporting one team. The fans, the flow, the force of the north was out of control, gaining attention from the entire league and it’s followers. It’s only game 1. #WeTheNorth

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Raucous Raptors Fans Make Presence Felt In Game One

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The energy was there, even though the late-game execution wasn’t.

After Toronto spent the better part of this week downplaying talk of the Brooklyn Nets deliberately trying to drop into the sixth spot to face them, they weren’t without confidence on Saturday afternoon.

Losing a close 94-87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Game 1 of the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was asked if ...

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