The #RTZ Lookahead: Game 5


Kat and Jay with more on staying dry in the Square for Game 5 of #Raptors – Nets on Wednesday and how to get tickets (if necessary) for Game 7.

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Focused Raptors Feeding Off Fan Support Heading Into Game Five


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Going into Game 5 against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors are convinced they remain the underdogs.

While their fan base has proven their passion to basketball fans worldwide — and impressed TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who has been on the Raptors bandwagon since the postseason started — players aren’t acting like they have arrived.

“People doubt us and think we can’t do it, that’s what gets us energized,” Amir Johnson said. “That’s when we prove ‘em wrong.”

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Raptors Weigh In Before League Bans Sterling


Shortly before NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine — the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution — to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, DeMar DeRozan spoke to Toronto media about the situation.

A Los Angeles native, DeRozan told media on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn that he didn’t think he would ever be able to play for Sterling after hearing the comments attributed to him in a recording sent to TMZ Sports.

On Tuesday, having had time to mull over the situation, DeRozan’s stance was much ...

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Casey Conference Call As Raptors Prepare For Game 5


After a crucial Game 4 win over the Nets on Sunday, the Raptors elected to forego a formal practice on Monday and took the day to get treatment and study film. That also meant no formal media availability in arena, but head coach Dwane Casey spoke with media via conference call.

Listen to audio of the conference call in two parts below.

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Inspired Fourth Quarter Helps Raptors Pull Even With Nets


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When the Toronto Raptors arrived in Brooklyn, the goal was simple: Take back homecourt advantage. Winning both games at Barclays Center would have been great, but the most important thing was to return to Toronto with their homecourt advantaged reclaimed.

Thanks to a gutsy and inspired fourth quarter, the Raptors pulled out an 87-79 victory over the Nets on Sunday night. It helped to ease the sting of a close loss in Game 3.

“We’re on a mission,” Toronto head ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Nets – Game 4

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Series: Nets Lead 2-1

Heading into Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets, there are no more excuses. The Toronto Raptors understand that they need to hit first on Sunday. With the Nets owning a 2-1 series lead, the Raptors want to establish themselves early and play the way they have all season.

The first time a young team makes it to the postseason, the bright lights provide a built-in excuse. For the Raptors, there ...

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Raptors Can’t Seize Late Opportunity In Game Three Loss To Nets


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DeMar DeRozan came up big for the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop the Raptors from falling 102-98 at Barclays Center on Friday night.

While DeRozan became the first Raptors player in franchise history to score 30 points in consecutive postseason games, the loss means the Nets take a 2-1 series lead.

The Raptors had a lot of things go wrong. They racked up 19 turnovers and were unable to stop Joe ...

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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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Throwback Thursday: Playoffs Presence – Raptors vs. Nets, Then vs. Now


You know that saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?

As the current season proceeded game by game, there were many similarities noted between the 2006/2007 Raptors season and the one we are excitedly immersed in now. And they both ended with fans wearing the Atlantic title splashed across their chests.

Then came the first round of playoffs. We know the numbers, but what about the in-arena effect? The sights and sounds? After splitting the season series (both seasons) it was the Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6). Adjust ...

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