With An Eye On Continuity, Raptors Target Offseason Priorities

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For DeMar DeRozan, locker room clean-out day has always been unpleasant. In addition to having to remove your workout gear from the locker that has been the home away from home, it means standing in front of media members to detail what went wrong. It means talking about failures and shortcomings and trying to explain why goals were not accomplished while trying to deal with the disappointment of the season ending.

This year, it was different.

Losing out on advancing to the conference semifinals by a single point, Sunday’s game was fresh […]

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Behind The Scenes Of A Raptors Return To The Playoffs

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The Raptors 7 Game Series through my Blackberry Z30. Great memories, fun times and tremendous fans….Enjoy!

 

It’s like this Tonight @Raptors #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/v1ZRvO6u7f — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 22, 2014

 

@Raptors prep for Game 3 v @BrooklynNets in Barclays practice court, which could double as Night Club #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/slfIt2BxsL — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 24, 2014

 

Yes, we are here for Game 3 @Raptors vs @Brooklynnets 7pm on @TSN_sports #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/6KcwqrFTSb — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 25, 2014

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Ujiri Makes Make Impassioned Plea For Abducted Girls In Nigeria

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Related: Ujiri in Globe & Mail – Nigeria’s missing daughters need the world’s help

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is a powerful speaker. When he talks, people listen. Usually, Ujiri is holding court to discuss basketball and, at first, Tuesday morning wasn’t any different. In front of Toronto media members on hand to hear from Ujiri and Dwane Casey about the head coach’s new three-year deal, the GM took a moment to talk about what is happening in his native Nigeria.

Unprompted, Ujiri closed his news conference by speaking out against […]

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Casey Earns New Deal After Raptors Make Strides

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Watch Ujiri & Casey News Conference | Players Interviews | “Thank You” To Fans

It took less than 48 hours after the end of the Toronto Raptors season for the team to lock up head coach Dwane Casey to a three-year deal. If general manager Masai Ujiri had his way, it could have happened sooner.

“I’ll be honest with you guys,” Ujiri said. “The first time I went to coach Casey with this and we talked about this… coach Casey was the first one to say, ‘let’s do it after the season.’

“I […]

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Greivis Vasquez Drops An All-Time Classic Exit Interview

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Related: Watch All Raptors Exit Interviews  | More From MacKenzie

From the second he touched down in Toronto after being traded to the Raptors from the Sacramento Kings, Greivis Vasquez has been happy to be here. During his exit interview with members of the Toronto media on Monday afternoon, Vasquez, a self-described emotional guy, didn’t shy back from sharing his love and appreciation of a city he says, “changed his life and recuperated his career.”

Here is the full transcript of Vasquez’ year end interview, what made him fall in love with […]

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 7

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Raptors gave them something to talk about. Fans gave them something to talk about. That’s a wrap on the incredible season that was but the power of #WeTheNorth isn’t going anywhere. #RTZ

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Raptors Disappointed In Game 7 Loss, But Encouraged By Journey

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Recap | More From MacKenzie: Heartbreak To End Season | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

The scene in the Toronto Raptors locker room after their 104-103 series-ending loss to the Brooklyn Nets was a reflection of a team that had taken everyone by surprise.

As the media horde waited inside an adjacent room for the okay to enter, there were wives, girlfriends and fiancees, mothers, fathers and children streaming through the hallway into the family room until their husband/boyfriend/son/father finished with his media obligations.

When the media were finally allowed in, the […]

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Heartbreak In Game Seven Ends Unexpected Raptors Season

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As the final buzzer sounded and the Brooklyn Nets celebrated a 104-103 Game 7 victory and series win, DeMar DeRozan immediately went to Kyle Lowry, still lying on the floor after missing what would have been the game-winning shot. The Toronto Raptors point guard had the ball with 6.2 seconds remaining to extend their season.

While Nets head coach Jason Kidd ran to hug Deron Williams and former Raptor Alan Anderson raised both arms above his head, Lowry covered his face […]

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Raptors End Season With Heartbreaking Loss In Game 7

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Box Score | Photos | Video Highlights & Post-Game Reaction

TORONTO (CP) _ Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, but was blocked on a shot at the buzzer as the Toronto Raptors lost Game 7 of their playoff series 104-103 against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, ending their season.

Lowry got possession of the ball in the dying seconds of the game an drove to the rim as three Nets players clogged the lane, preventing him from scoring.

“The play was to get me the ball, but they did a good job of trapping […]

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 7

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MacKenzie: Move On Or Stay Home | Raptors Game Notes | Nets Game Notes | Latest Video

REMINDER: Plan ahead for #Toronto road closures if you're coming down to Game 7 http://t.co/3NeYhNovM0 Arrive early! #WeTheNorth #RTZ

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 4, 2014

Series: Tied 3-3

After 82 regular-season games and six postseason contests against the Brooklyn Nets, everything the Toronto Raptors have worked for comes down Game 7.

With a victory, the Raptors will move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face the Miami Heat. With a loss, they will clean out their lockers, […]

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