Game Day: Raptors @ Nets – Game 3

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Series: Tied 1-1

On the road for the first time this postseason, the Toronto Raptors are hoping to steal Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Friday night.

After tying the series with a 100-95 victory on Tuesday night, the Raptors want to continue to build upon the road success they had throughout the regular season. Setting a franchise record for road wins, the Raptors posted a 22-19 road record which tied them for most among Eastern […]

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Raptors Settle In For First Road Playoff Games

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In their first road practice of the postseason, the Toronto Raptors got comfortable at Barclays Center.

After evening the series, the team is prepared to face a fired up Brooklyn Nets home crowd in Game 3 on Friday night.

“We’ve got to expect that it’s [going to be] a hostile crowd, as it should be,” DeMar DeRozan said. “It’s on their home floor. It’s like that when we play at home too. We understand that.”

Another thing the Raptors understand is how […]

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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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Game Two: 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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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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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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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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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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Game Day: Raptors @ Knicks

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Season Series: Raptors 2-1

And then there was one. After six months of basketball, we’ve reached the end of the regular season. The Toronto Raptors will take on the New York Knicks to close it out on the road. For the first time in five seasons, the team will be preparing for the postseason rather than packing up their lockers for an early spring exit.

With much to sort out in the Eastern Conference standings, Wednesday’s game could […]

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