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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Raucous Raptors Fans Make Presence Felt In Game One

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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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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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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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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 @ 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 Fall To Knicks, But Clinch Atlantic Title

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The post-game mood was a little strange on Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

On one hand, the Raptors had just lost to the New York Knicks 108-100. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and Amar’e Stoudemire scored a season-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. On the other hand, thanks to a Brooklyn Nets loss against the Atlanta Hawks (that happened while Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was conducting his post-game press conference), Toronto clinched a division ...

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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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