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


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


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


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


Recap | MacKenzie: A Test of Composure, Patience | Photo Gallery | Video Highlights & Reaction | Raptors Playoffs Blog

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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Game One A Test Of Composure, Patience For Raptors


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On a chaotic afternoon after dropping a 94-87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets, DeMar DeRozan was straight and to the point. He missed shots.The team missed shots they usually make. There were too many turnovers. He just missed shots.

Getting his first taste of the postseason in his five-year career (shooting 3-for-13 in the series opener), DeRozan took a breath while sitting in the chair in front of his locker.

“I think we’re all glad ...

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Raptors Drop Game One To Nets


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TORONTO (CP) – For a young Toronto Raptors squad that had almost no playoff experience, Saturday’s Game 1 had a little bit of everything – from a faulty shot clock, to a GM hollering a profanity and a deliriously loud crowd dying for a post-season victory.

It was a loss. But it was also a learning experience.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift Brooklyn to a 94-87 win over the Raptors, making their first playoff appearance since ...

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Series Preview: Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6)



The backcourt combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is the single biggest reason why the Raptors are tipping off their postseason at home as a third seed. While DeRozan is the lone All-Star on the roster, both players have had career years. The Brooklyn Nets have a collection of players with All-Star history (including seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson, who beat out Lowry for a spot this year), but their franchise player is point guard Deron Williams. Although Williams isn’t the player he was at the height of his career ...

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The #RTZ Lookahead: Game 1, Round 1


Kat and Jay with what you need to know before the Raptors open their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.

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Raptors Playoffs: Round 1 Events, Giveaways & Broadcast Schedule


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