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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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.

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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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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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Game Day: Raptors @ Pistons

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Season Series: Raptors 2-0

The Toronto Raptors have won their second Atlantic Division title, though the clincher didn’t come in the fashion they hoped.

Heading for their sixth playoff appearance in 19 seasons of existence, they still have a chance to enter the postseason with plenty of momentum.

They hope to bounce back and win for the eighth time in 10 games when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Toronto (46-33) squandered its chance to clinch the Atlantic on its own Friday, losing 108-100 ...

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Raptors Band Together And Roll To Season Sweep Of Sixers

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Jonas Valanciunas was looking for a distraction. On Wednesday night, for roughly two and a half hours, the Philadelphia 76ers fit the bill.

Playing in his first game since being charged with a DUI early Monday morning, Valanciunas was fantastic about the 76ers. Scoring a career-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds, he shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line as Toronto defeated Philadelphia 125-114.

“I don’t know if it had anything to do ...

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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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Game Day: Raptors @ Celtics

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Season Series: Raptors 1-1

After a string of slow starts the Toronto Raptors got burned Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clawing back from a terrible first half, they were a botched final possession away from tying or winning the game.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, showing up for anything less than 48 minutes isn’t good enough. Losing to the Cavaliers without Kyrie Irving is a good wake-up call for a team fighting to finish the season in the third spot in the Eastern ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Suns

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Season Series: Raptors 0-1

The Toronto Raptors will try to go a perfect 3-0 when they close out this three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Phoenix Suns.

In Toronto’s previous meeting against Phoenix (on Dec. 6), the Suns overwhelmed the Raptors with their speed and handed them their fifth consecutive loss. That was the team’s longest losing streak this season and moved them to 6-12.

In that loss, Markieff Morris led the way with 23 points for the Suns. Amir Johnson scored 22 points for the Raptors. ...

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Raptors Depth Helps Grind Out Key Win Over Pistons

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The Toronto Raptors notched their 36th victory of the season on Wednesday night in a 101-87 win against the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t a particularly pretty game. Neither team shot well. Each team turned the ball over 16 times.

Still, it was an important victory for Toronto because the team is in the home stretch of a playoff run with 19 games remaining. This is new territory for some of these players. They’re learning as they go with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey leading the way.

“A lot ...

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