RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Three keys to Raptors winning NBA playoff series against Heat

And three keys on how Miami can beat Toronto in second round of NBA playoffs.
Via Toronto Star
58 minutes ago

DeMarre Carroll: Series Showed Everyone Was Depended On

With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan having subpar performances in the first round, the Toronto Raptors needed a group effort to advance past the Indiana Pacers. "Myself and Cory (Joseph) come from teams with a tradition of depending on everyone," said DeMarre Carroll, who had just three points but spent nearly all of his 37 minutes on Paul George. "I felt like this series showed that...
Via RealGM
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Game 7 offers relief, salvation and a way forward for DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors

Through a wildly uneven set of games, the Toronto Raptors have made it to the second round. Despite an uneven set of six games, it feels fair to say we knew what to expect from both the Raptors and Pacers come Game 7. Paul George, a superstar slash supernova, would be close to transcendent; the Raptors bench would be as reliable as the Pacers bench was dubious; Kyle Lowry would hum...
Via Raptors HQ
1 hour ago

Raptors Coach Casey Reminds Doubters Don’t Poke The Bear

An ecstatic president and general manager Masai Ujiri kissed head coach Dwane Casey on the head just after his coach reminded the doubting local media they should make sure the bear is dead before they poke it as the Toronto Raptors advances to the second round of the playoffs.
Via Pro Bball Report
2 hours ago

‘Drought is over’ trends on Twitter as Raptors down Pacers

The clatter began with someone’s tweet about the jean jacket superfan Drake wore to the game and worked up to a virtual roar of tweets — 1,500 messages per minute — after Sunday night’s series win.
Via Toronto Star
2 hours ago

Post-Game 7 Breakdown: The Raptors Won!

That's all that matters. Still, always worth a closer look for any last minute observations heading into round two. The Raptors won! Who really cares how, right? We'll take just a quick look at Game 7. Patrick Patterson Struggles Starting? This one can probably be put to bed. After getting his feet wet as a starter (and holding his own while with the starters for the two games...
Via Raptors HQ
3 hours ago

Toronto avoided losing; now the Raptors can focus on winning

The city of Toronto is psychologically accustomed to losing in the playoffs. The hockey mecca doesn’t have any Canadian team to root for in the quest for the Stanley Cup, so the Raptors are the only show in town as the North American spring unfolds. Sunday night in the Air Canada Centre, as one predictably awful possession after another crowded the fourth-quarter performance of...
Via Crossover Chronicles
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Round 2 Predictions

Heat in 5 or Raptors in 6? Based on what you saw in both series, who do you got in the battle between Miami and Toronto? Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismith Round 2 Predictions originated on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
Via Raptors Republic
3 hours ago

Three things we saw when the Raptors won a series

Via Doug Smith's Blog
5 hours ago

Raptors GM kisses head coach after win

The Toronto Raptors clinched their series against the Indiana Pacers and advanced for the first time since 2001 on Sunday. Players, fans and coaches alike were pumped about it, especially general manager Masai Ujiri. He expressed his emotion in the most direct way possible: by kissing head coach Dwane Casey on the head after the win. Masai Ujiri promises that Dwayne Casey will...
Via The Sports Daily
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Kyle Lowry & DeMar DeRozan - May 1, 2016

DeMar DeRozan & Kyle Lowry speak with media following Sunday's Game 7 win over Indiana to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Via YouTube
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Dwane Casey - May 1, 2016

Head Coach Dwane Casey speaks with media following Sunday's Game 7 win over Indiana to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Via YouTube
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Norman Powell - May 1, 2016

Norman Powell speaks with media following Sunday's Game 7 win over Indiana to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Via YouTube
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers 89-84 in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series to advance to face Miami in the conference semifinals. Game 1 is Tuesday night in Toronto. Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

After 15 years, and seven games, the Raptors and their fans can breathe: Arthur

Their stars still struggled, but the Raptors’ depth helped them win their first best-of-seven series.
Via Toronto Star
15 hours ago

Raptors vs Heat – Game 1 Tuesday 8 PM EST on TNT (Full Series Schedule)

The Raptors will tip-off on Tuesday night against the Heat on TNT as they start the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Raptors won the season series 3-1, but the Heat are playing an entirely different brand of basketball since, and closed out the Hornets with two convincing wins, including a Game 7 rout of 106-73. Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @CornerSniper Raptors vs Heat...
Via Raptors Republic
15 hours ago

Quick Reaction: Pacers 84 – 89 Raptors

Phew. Give me a sec.. – @Kiyanso Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @KiyanSo Quick Reaction: Pacers 84 – 89 Raptors originated on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
Via Raptors Republic
15 hours ago

Watch: Norman Powell turns steal into highlight film dunk

The Toronto Raptors outscored the Indiana Pacers 25-9 in the final quarter as they came from behind to take game five of the series. Here’s one of the key plays of the comeback as Norman Powell makes the steal and throws down a highlight film dunk as the Raptors tied the score with the Raptors…. NORMAN!!!! Tie game on TNT! #NBARapidReplay #RAPTORSvPACERS https://t.co/LLgae13Seq...
Via Crossover Chronicles
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Drake mocks Paul George on Instagram for being ‘scared’

Rapper and Toronto Raptors ambassador Drake mocked Indiana Pacers star Paul George on Instagram for deciding to pass the ball on the final shot of Game 5 Tuesday in Toronto. The Pacers were down 102-99 and had the ball with 2.7 seconds left against Toronto. They inbounded the ball to George, their best player. George was being defended and had a chance to pop a three-pointer, but...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan says he and Kyle Lowry ‘stink right now’

The Toronto Raptors are laboring through their first-round series against Indiana, with the second seed and seventh seed tied at two games a piece. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is pinning the blame squarely on himself and his backcourt partner Kyle Lowry. The duo who paced Toronto through the regular season are shooting a combined 30.8 percent from the field through the first four...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cory Joseph's Second Unit Impact

The Toronto Raptors splurged on playoff seasoned point guard Cory Joseph last offseason and the second unit dynamo has made general manger Masai Ujiri's investment justifiable. Toronto might have had the inside track in acquiring Joseph, a native of the city, but on a four-year, $29.89 million deal, he has excelled in spurts-thrust into an important role on the team. Spelling All...
Via RealGM - NBA
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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