Raptors Rumors & News

  • Powell helps Raptors take 3-2 lead over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Raptors coach Dwane Casey calls Norman Powell an "X factor" in Toronto's series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Powell filled in that X with a solid number, 25 points, Monday night when the Raptors defeated the Bucks 118-93 to take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round..." April 24

  • Lowry will play Game 5 vs. Bucks despite back trouble

    Toronto Sun "Talk about bad timing. After getting some treatment from the team's medical staff, Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry was sent home before shootaround on Monday morning due to back stiffness. Head coach Dwane Casey said Lowry is expected to be in the lineup later tonight for Game 5 against the..." April 24

  • Tucker: 'I don't know if anybody in the league can stop' Giannis

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Raptors guard P.J. Tucker is an elite defender and is spending plenty of time trying to slow down Antetokounmpo. The Raptors had success on Saturday while holding Antetokounmpo to 14 points, including 0-of-7 shooting in the second half. "We just tried to beat him to spots and not give him..." April 24

  • Lowry battling back stiffness, expects to play in Game 5

    Sportsnet "After tying their first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks at two games apiece over the weekend, the Toronto Raptors are looking to take the series lead tonight at the Air Canada Centre. But they may have to do so while, arguably, their most important player battles injury. Kyle Lowry did..." April 24

  • DeRozan, Raptors rebound from tough outing, jolt Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan was not going to be shut out again. Held to eight free throws while missing all eight of his shots from the field two nights earlier, DeRozan proved that performance was merely an aberration Saturday afternoon. DeRozan scored 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting to..." April 22

  • If Raptors have first-round playoff exit, major changes may come

    The Sports Daily "The NBA’s Eastern Conference might have a major shakeup soon. The Toronto Raptors have been a major staple of the conference for years thanks to stars such as Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. They are a team capable of at least giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money over a seven-game..." April 22

  • Bucks blow out Raptors for 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- There was no easy way to sum up how badly things went Thursday night for the Toronto Raptors, but Kyle Lowry sure came close. "We got our (butts) bust," Lowry said after his Raptors' squad was blown out 104-77 by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of their first-round Eastern..." April 21

  • Kyle Lowry sums up Raptors’ Game 3 performance: ‘We got our ass busted’

    Yardbarker "The Toronto Raptors were very, very, very bad in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. After the first quarter, the Raptors had 12 points. At halftime, they had 30 points. And after the third quarter, they had 46 points. 46 TOTAL POINTS AFTER THREE..." April 21

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Raptors even series behind DeRozan, Lowry

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry was held to four points in the Toronto Raptors' Game 1 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Raptors coach Dwane Casey knew that his All-Star point guard would be out to make amends Tuesday night in Game 2. "It's just his competitive edge," Casey said. "I've seen him in..." April 18

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Raptors’ Ibaka a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. Bucks

    Sportsnet "Toronto head coach Dwane Casey says power forward Serge Ibaka‘s availability for tonight’s Game 2 of the Raptors’ playoff series with Milwaukee will be a game-time decision. Ibaka sprained his ankle in the series opener Saturday. He rolled his ankle after coming down on the foot of Bucks..." April 18

  • Kyle Lowry, Casey unsure how to fix point guard’s playoff blues

    Sportsnet "It would all be so much easier if Kyle Lowry would just make some shots. If he would play harder. If he would play with the kind of energy his teammates love to feed from, and which ignites the crowd at Air Canada Centre on so many cold winter nights. If he would play better. It would solve..." April 17

  • Seriously, what is the deal with the Raptors in the playoffs?

    CBS Sports "Experience is supposed to matter, and often does, in the playoffs. You have to be settled, understand time and score, know how to anticipate rotations and when the pressure ramps up. Teams that have been there and learned how to manage that can handle it, and teams new to it can wilt under that..." April 16

  • Bucks knock off Raptors in series opener

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- There is something about the first game of the playoffs for the Toronto Raptors. They just do not play well in series openers. They were at it again Saturday, putting in a lethargic effort against the Milwaukee Bucks in the opener of a best-of-seven first-round playoff..." April 15

  • Raptors head into playoffs with new set of expectations

    Sportsnet "The eve of the playoffs is often when Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri does his best messaging. A few years ago there was his “F-Brooklyn”. In April of 2015 he visited the crowd at Jurassic Park outside the Air Canada Centre and declared “I don’t give a sh** about ‘it’” in reference to..." April 15

  • Dwane Casey confident Raptors can end Game 1 jinx vs. Bucks

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are hoping the team’s upcoming playoff run starts off on a more hopeful note than the past three years: with a win. For all the recent post-season experience this current core has had, the Raptors have not been able to come away from Game 1 with a victory on home..." April 14

  • Eight players looking to cash in during NBA playoffs

    Sportsnaut "Around this time last season, Bismack Biyombo was just a second-string center for the Toronto Raptors. Brought to Toronto for one year at $2.8 million, Biyombo was likely to decline his player option at the end of the season, but he wasn’t in line for much of a raise. After all, who would shell..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Raptors roll, assure Cavs of East's No. 2 seed

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Toronto Raptors finally won a game against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, with an eye toward four more in the playoffs. Norman Powell led all scorers with 25 points, and the Raptors pounded the Cavs 98-83 in the final game of the regular season. Cleveland,..." April 12

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • DeRozan scores 35 as Raptors rout Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- It was a day of achievement for DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. The noon start also served as reminder of what the Raptors can expect in postseason weekend games. DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points to become the second player in team history to reach 2,000 points in a season..." April 09

  • DeMar DeRozan makes Raptors history with 38-point performance vs. Heat

    CBS Sports "DeMar DeRozan has been incredible this season, averaging 27 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game, all of which are career-high marks. He went to his second-straight All-Star Game, and his third overall, set a new career-high with 43 points against the Celtics back on Feb. 24, and now, he..." April 08

  • Kobe on DeRozan Inspiring Next Generation

    Black Sports Online "DeMar DeRozan is tough, but can the Compton born shooting guard and Raptors star really carry on Kobe Bryant’s legacy by wearing his shoes? DeRozan was inspired by and became Bryant’s biggest fan while watching Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals when a young Kobe infamously..." April 08

  • Whiteside labels Valanciunas award-winning actor: 'They like to flop'

    Palm Beach Post "In one of the biggest games of the season the Heat’s $98 million man was a non-factor for most of the night. Whiteside got into early foul trouble and for the second consecutive game took just one shot in the first half. But unlike the Charlotte game, in which Whiteside woke up and had a solid..." April 08

  • DeRozan scores 38 in Raptors' win over Heat

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Miami Heat dug a hole against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and could only pull even before losing 96-94 with DeMar DeRozan leading all scorers with 38 points. Now Miami finds itself in a hole in the Eastern Conference standings, where a playoff spot is still available..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Lance Stephenson calls out Raptors for breaking the same unwritten rule he did

    Fox Sports "Unwritten rules aren’t just in baseball. We got a reminder of that Tuesday, when Lance Stephenson upset the Raptors at the end of the Pacers’ 108-90 win. With the game all but decided and the shot clock turned off, Stephenson took an outlet pass from Paul George and nonchalantly finished a..." April 06

  • George, Pacers put brakes on four-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- As if Indiana standout Paul George needs added incentive, he seems to be receiving it since good friend and fiery former Pacers teammate Lance Stephenson re-signed with the team last week. George had 35 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday night, and Indiana snapped a four-game..." April 05

  • Lowry returns to lead Raptors past Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kyle Lowry sat in front of his locker with both knees wrapped in ice, another ice-encased bandage covering his lower right arm and his feet in a cold tub. About the only thing that wasn't aching and sore was Lowry's spirit. Lowry erupted for 27 points and 10..." April 05

  • Kyle Lowry back in Raptors lineup against Pistons

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors are whole. Kyle Lowry, who missed a quarter of the NBA regular season due to surgery on his right wrist, returned to active duty Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, giving the Raptors a complete roster to use for the first time in more than a month. Lowry missed 21..." April 05

  • PJ Tucker rips ‘classless’ Lance Stephenson for layup

    Larry Brown Sports "Lance Stephenson’s layup with 3.3 seconds left in Indiana’s win over Toronto on Tuesday night may have made a teammate happy, but it is not going over well with an opponent. PJ Tucker ripped Stephenson for being “classless” by padding his stats. “Tasteless, classless. There’s nowhere in the..." April 05

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Raptors' Lowry says he will make the call when he will return

    Toronto Sun "It is not a stretch to suggest that given the green light by his employers, Kyle Lowry would happily never address the media again. In fact the biggest smiles from Lowry throughout his absence from the lineup have come when overzealous members of the media approached him only to be told he was..." April 04

  • Injured Raptors guard Kyle Lowry participated in practice Monday

    Sportsnet "Injured Toronto Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry was a participant in Monday’s practice at BioSteel Centre. Lowry has been sidelined since the all-star break recovering from right wrist surgery. This was the first time Lowry had been able to practise with new Raptors Serge Ibaka and P.J...." April 03

  • Raptors forward P.J. Tucker out vs. 76ers with sore knee

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward P.J. Tucker will miss Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a sore left knee. Tucker was acquired by Toronto from Phoenix on Feb. 23, and has played a key role in the Raptors’ defensive improvement since the all-star break." April 02

  • Ibaka leads Raptors past 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan does not have to be the Toronto Raptors' top scorer every night. It just seems that way. There are times when the points fall for others, like Sunday night, when Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 24 points and six rebounds in a 113-105 victory over the Philadelphia..." April 02

  • Ujiri: 'No question' Raptors will look to re-sign Lowry

    National Post "Masai Ujiri told a Kyle Lowry story recently that I hadn’t heard before. The Toronto Raptors president was on a panel at a conference in Boston, alongside the general managers of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, and the subject turned to leadership. Ujiri recalled a..." April 02

  • DeRozan's 40 carry Raptors past Pacers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan understands the importance of entering the postseason with momentum. The Raptors guard led the way Friday night with a game-high 40 points as Toronto defeated the Indiana Pacers 111-100 at Air Canada Centre. For the Raptors, the win is their seventh in eight games..." March 31

  • Belinelli boosts Hornets past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- There was bloodletting in more ways than one Tuesday night when the Charlotte Hornets were thoroughly outplayed by the Milwaukee Bucks. Late in that game, the blood flowed profusely from just above the nose of Marco Belinelli after he bumped heads with a Bucks player. He..." March 29

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013

    Real GM Basketball "The Golden State Warriors had interest in trading with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry in 2013. During the early part of Masai Ujiri's tenure with the Raptors, he shopped Lowry to the New York Knicks and other teams. Lowry was set to be a free agent that offseason. The Warriors were..." March 28

  • DeRozan leads Raptors to sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors had lost to the Orlando Magic the two previous times the teams faced each other. Things are different now, several weeks later. Despite the absence of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors are rolling toward the playoffs in good form. DeMar..." March 27

  • Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, Rockets’ James Harden earn weekly honors

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the league on Monday afternoon, Toronto Raptors’ shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has been selected as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In addition, Houston Rockets’ point guard James Harden has been named as the Western Conference Player of the..." March 27

  • Raptors jump ahead early in fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Toronto Raptors bolted out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back in taking out the Dallas Mavericks 94-86 on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Raptors (44-29) clinched a playoff spot with the victory, which was also their fifth win in a row as they head home to..." March 26

  • 9 reasons why the Raptors should sign-and-trade Kyle Lowry

    Sportsnet "Kyle Lowry is unequivocally the Toronto Raptors most valuable player. As I’ve said on the Free Association podcast, a strong case can be made that the Raptors would be better off moving on from him this summer. At the recent Sloan analytics conference, Raptors president Masai Ujiri mentioned a..." March 25

  • DeRozan, Raptors rally past Heat

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The Toronto Raptors seemed headed to another double-figure visiting loss against the Miami Heat until DeMar DeRozan had other ideas. De Rozan scored 40 points, and the Raptors rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Heat 101-84 Thursday night. DeRozan shot 14 of..." March 23

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez, Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka each suspended one game

    NBA.com "Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Raptors assistant coach..." March 22