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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Surging Vasquez Finds Fit With Raptors

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More From MacKenzie | Monday’s Practice Video

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

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BACKCOURT

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

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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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Focused Raptors Hold First Post-Season Practice

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On the afternoon after their first playoff-focused practice, the Toronto Raptors were in deflection mode. While the talk around the league was of the Brooklyn Nets purposefully losing their last game in order to face the Raptors, Toronto wanted no part of the conversation. Their focus remained on their own locker room and what they need to do to take care of home court when their first round series tips off on Saturday afternoon.

“They can do what they want, they can say what they want,” Kyle Lowry said. “We’ve got our ...

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Raptors Unexpected Turnaround Continues With Record-Setting Win Over Bucks

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With their All-Star resting, the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins in a season. While DeMar DeRozan sat on the bench — in uniform, but with the night off from playing duties — the Raptors picked up an easy 110-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks for their 48th victory of the year.

Prior to the game, DeRozan addressed the fans to thank them for their support over the season and asked them to help unveil the Atlantic Division banner that was ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Knicks

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Season Series: Raptors 2-0

Two of the Toronto Raptors’ final four games of the season are against the New York Knicks. The first will take place Friday night in Toronto, while the second will happen Wednesday night in New York on the final night of the NBA’s regular season. From there, Toronto will prepare for its first postseason after a five-year drought.

A victory on Friday would do more than give Toronto another W in the win column. It would clinch the Atlantic ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Sixers

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Season Series: Raptors 3-0

The Toronto Raptors hope to complete a 4-0 season weep against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. With five games remaining in the regular season, Dwane Casey has repeatedly mentioned the importance of taking each game as it comes. A match up with the 17-60 Philadelphia 76ers looks like an easy game on paper, but at this point in the season, no game is a given.

Thanks to a victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday ...

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Raptors Remain Focused As Regular Season Winds Down

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With just one week to go in the regular season, the Toronto Raptors are focused. Locking in on each of their five remaining games as they come, the Raptors are confident they can finish the season without distraction.

Led by Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson, the team holds a 2 ½-game lead on Brooklyn in the Atlantic Division and is hoping to earn its first division title since 2007. It can be difficult to prevent young ...

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