Raptors Rumors & News

  • ESPN to blame for clock malfunction

    Sportsnet.ca "American sports broadcaster ESPN caused the much maligned shot clock malfunction in the Toronto Raptors’ opening game of the playoffs. The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot..." April 20

  • Raptors say malfunctioning shot clocks will be fixed in time for Game 2 vs. Nets

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was an odd scene at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday for Game 1 between the Raptors and the Nets, and an embarrassing one for a franchise that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2008. The shot clocks in the arena all failed midway through the third quarter, and attempts to place backup..." April 20

  • Nets rally to top Raptors in Game 1

    New York Post "The talk heading into this series was about how the Nets’ experience would overwhelm the Raptors’ youth. At least in Game 1, that turned out to be the case, as the Nets came away with a 94-87 win in Game 1 thanks to a late run inspired almost entirely by Paul Pierce, who was brought from Boston..." April 20

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    cathalkelly @cathalkelly

    Paul Pierce, on if he'd ever played w/out a shot clock: 'I don't remember. Because I'm a dinosaur.'

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    Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

    Masai Ujiri: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri screams ‘F— Brooklyn’ to crowd at rally before Game 1 vs. Nets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Raptors GM Masai Ujiri went above and beyond to hype up the crowd assembled outside before Toronto’s first home playoff game since 2008. But he may have let the excitement get the best of him. Yep — a spirited “F— Brooklyn!” was how Ujiri ended his remarks, and predictably, the crowd went..." April 19

  • Raptors' Amir Johnson will be a key player in series against Nets

    Toronto Sun "Want to know if Toronto has a shot in this series? Check out how Amir Johnson is playing. It’s quite likely that Johnson’s health determines whether or not the Raptors can upend the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson, one of the NBA’s most under-appreciated impact players, makes everything work for..." April 19

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 NBA Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    Here we are in April, where we as fans get to see some familiar and not so familiar faces showcase what they’ve been working towards for 82 games. Big names will strive to add to their legacy, while rising stars will be looking to make their first big splash. April 19

  • Knicks triumph over Raptors in finale

    New York Post "The Knicks finished out their disappointing campaign with a four straight victories as they rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit Wednesday night to beat the Raptors 95-92 in their season finale at the Garden. The Knicks finished 37-45 to miss the playoffs for the first time in four..." April 17

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    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    Heat shut down to get No. 2 seed & now Nets putting No. 6 in play by maybe sitting 6 rotation players. Talk about respect for the Raptors

  • Raptors set franchise record with 48th victory

    Toronto Star "Coaches worry about everything because it’s in their DNA — and sometimes part of their charm — and while Dwane Casey was quite fine with the Raptors unfurling a banner to commemorate their Atlantic Division title on Monday night, he was a bit concerned, too. After all, he reasoned, it might..." April 15

  • Raptors bounce Pistons, match franchise win mark

    Toronto Star "All DeMar DeRozan’s ever really wanted to do in Toronto is win and earn respect for himself and his team, and he made sure there would be a chance at a significant celebration at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night. DeRozan’s fourth-quarter explosion here Sunday afternoon — a quarter that..." April 14

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Fields did not make the trip to Detroit, still fighting an upper respiratory illness. Everyone else is available

  • Knicks muscle past Raptors to keep playoff hopes alive

    New York Post "There was little joy in the Knicks locker room when it was over. They live one more day, but it may be only one after getting no help from their rivals in Brooklyn. With four days to rehab his right shoulder and mind, Carmelo Anthony reeled off 30 points and Amar’e Stoudemire added 24 points..." April 12

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry warned for flop against Sixers

    SI.com "The NBA issued Raptors guard Kyle Lowry a warning for flopping on Thursday. Lowry’s flop occurred in the second quarter of Toronto’s 125-114 home victory over Philadelphia on April 9. With a little under six minutes remaining before halftime and Toronto leading 50-45, Lowry fell backwards to..." April 11

  • Raptors play no defence in win over 76ers

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors keep on rolling, even though their play is not exactly conducive to post-season success. One of these days, greater attention on defence must be paid, better starts must be forged and more looks down low must be initiated. Until then, the Raptors can find ways against..." April 10

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry will dress but Amir Johnson (sore right ankle) will not tonight vs. Philadelphia. #RTZ #Raptors

  • Raptors' Valanciunas apologizes for DUI

    Toronto Sun "Jonas Valanciunas spent the day apologizing. He apologized to his teammates. He apologized to his general manager. He apologized to the president of the parent corporation. He even apologized to the chairman of the board of directors. What he didn’t do was address the media. That will come..." April 09

  • Raptor Jonas Valanciunas charged with drunk driving

    Toronto Star "Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was arrested early Monday morning in Wasaga Beach and charged with drunk driving. According to an OPP release, open beer bottles were spotted in Valanciunas’ vehicle as he went through a drive-thru at 2:30 a.m. Police tracked the vehicle. After investigation,..." April 08

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    NEWSTALK1010 @newstalk1010

    BREAKING: @Raptors player Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with driving under the influence in Wasaga Beach.

  • Charles Oakley believes league has taken a turn for worse

    Boston Globe "He is one of the all-time great enforcers, so imposing that half of the current crop of NBA players probably wouldn’t dare take on a 50-year-old Charles Oakley. Oakley is brutally honest, having played during a time when a flagrant foul was one that drew blood and knocked out teeth. The NBA of..." April 07

  • Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors open to reunion

    Fansided "Might Vince Carter finish out the final years of his career where it all started, back in Toronto? Seems a bit outlandish to suggest such given the one-time bad blood between the player and the organization (not to mention the fans), but lots has happened since those days. Now the Raptors..." April 06

  • Raptors could be 'scary' good: Vasquez

    Toronto Sun "First playoff appearance in six years, poised to have home court for only the second time in franchise history, perhaps even a 50-win season — as strange as that even sounds. This Raptors group has accomplished quite a bit, but no team has ever won 21 road games, an achievement the current..." April 06

  • Raptors set franchise record for road victories with win over Bucks

    Toronto Sun "Outpacing the Pacers on one night, keeping pace with their main rivals the next night, the Raptors continue to flirt with history. With five games left, these Raptors have the chance to set a franchise record for most wins in a season. They’ve already assured themselves of one mark no Raptor..." April 06

  • Short-handed Raptors take down Pacers

    Toronto Sun "On one of the most emotional nights of the NBA season at the Air Canada Centre, an injured Kyle Lowry tried to serve as an assistant coach, barking at his teammates from the Raptors bench during each and every time out. Your thoughts, coach Dwane Casey? “Frankly, I prefer him in uniform than..." April 05

  • Raptors CEO Says Team Will Re-Sign Kyle Lowry

    Hoops Rumors "Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment group that owns the Raptors, answered affirmatively when CBC TV host George Stroumboulopoulos asked him whether the team can and will re-sign point guard Kyle Lowry (video link; scroll ahead to 5:50 mark). The point guard is..." April 05

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry (bruised left knee cap) and Amir Johnson (sore right ankle) are out tonight vs. Indiana. #RTZ #Raptors

  • Mourning, Richmond reportedly elected to Hall of Fame

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though..." April 04

  • Raptors shoot down Rockets, 107-103

    Toronto Sun "The grind of the NBA’s season eventually takes its toll on every team, no matter pedigree or market size. No one, in other words, is immune to it. For most of this improbable season in Raptorland, a season that once evoked images of tank-nation, everything has gone right when so much was..." April 03

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    Doug Smith: Raptors @SmithRaps

    Raptors just confirm no Kyle Lowry vs Houston tonight

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Amir Johnson (sore right ankle) will not return. #RTZ #Raptors

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Leaves Game with Injury

    Toronto Sun "In a season that has been a blessing in terms of dealing with injuries, Monday’s game with the Heat may go down as the one that finally got the Raptors. Kyle Lowry, the one player the Raptors cannot do without, left the game in the third quarter with a sore left knee. Lowry and LeBron James..." April 01

  • Heat down Raptors 93-83, move into first place in East

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The maintenance programs? The midseason malaise? The two losses to the Indiana Pacers? Mere bumps on the road to Monday night. The Miami Heat are in sole possession of first place in the NBA East for the first time this season. The No. 1 seed in the conference is now theirs to lose. With..." April 01

  • Raptors keep fans happy with record road win in Orlando

    Toronto Star "In the moments before tipoff, Jonas Valanciunas likes to stand directly under the basket, tipping up missed balls as his teammates take target practice. He couldn’t do that on Sunday. There were four drunken bros sitting at the baseline, shrieking at him like schoolgirls on..." March 31

  • Raptors clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors used the front door to usher their return to the playoffs on a night that was as close to post-season basketball without the stakes. It was close, dramatic, featuring late-game heroics and good coaching, the kind of elements fans will see every night when the NBA’s second season..." March 29

  • Raptors do their part with win over Celtics

    Toronto Sun "By the time the Raptors returned home on Wednesday night, their playoff may have been determined. At least Toronto did its part, rebounding from a near-miss in Cleveland to knock off the host Celtics 99-90. With the win, Toronto’s magic number to earn a post-season berth was reduced to one,..." March 27

  • Raptors must live with less of Kyle Lowry as playoffs draw near

    National Post "When Kyle Lowry checked out of the Toronto Raptors’ game on Sunday five minutes into the first quarter, it seemed strange. The Raptors’ rotation had been locked for months: Lowry would play the entire first quarter, and then sit out the first six or so minutes of the second quarter. That pattern..." March 26

  • Raptors' Patterson cleared for contact in practice

    Toronto Sun "While the healing process continues to go well for Patrick Patterson, there’s no telling when Toronto’s injured veteran will be back in the lineup. On Tuesday, Patterson missed his 10th game in a row, sidelined by a right elbow injury that was once again re-evaluated by Toronto’s medical..." March 26

  • Cavaliers hold on to beat Raptors, 102-100

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It takes a strong heart -- and a strong stomach -- to be a Cavaliers fan these days. Also a Cavaliers player. Anderson Varejao felt his stomach drop when he saw his inbounds pass go sailing by Luol Deng with 7.8 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading the Toronto Raptors, 102-100, on Tuesday..." March 26

  • Hawks miss Korver in loss to Raptors

    Toronto Sun "Back spasms would keep Kyle Korver from playing Sunday, a setback that basically put the visiting Atlanta Hawks back on their heels. Credit the Raptors for overcoming an early fourth-quarter hole, for showing resiliency, but they yielded good looks from beyond the arc and the Hawks failed to..." March 24

  • Raptors grind out win against New Orleans Pelicans

    Toronto Sun "Greivis Vasquez left a big part of his heart in New Orleans when they shipped him off to Sacramento. A key member of a young and improving team, Vasquez had every reason to believe he had earned some loyalty from the Pelicans organization but it was not to be. This was his first time back in..." March 23

  • Vasquez on Durant: 'He's like Jesus in this league'

    CBSSports.com "Dropping 51 points, including a winning 3-point shot in double overtime, was an incredibly impressive effort by Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Amazingly, it's something you just start nodding your head without much disbelief when you hear that Durant has done something like this. He's..." March 23

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Terrence Ross participated in practice this afternoon after leaving last night's game with a hip contusion. He should be fine

  • Westbrook sprains knee, Kevin Durant scores 51 in Thunder win at Toronto

    The Oklahoman "This is what the Thunder was trying so hard to prevent. But nobody can control nightmares. That’s what Oklahoma City, for the second straight season, probably felt it was facing: its worst nightmare. Russell Westbrook left Friday’s game at Toronto with a knee injury, putting the Thunder’s..." March 22

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Valanciunas is active and back in the starting lineup tonight vs. OKC. #RTZ #Raptors

  • Rockets Attempted To Trade For Kyle Lowry At Deadline

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets attempted to trade for Kyle Lowry ahead of the deadline, according to sources. Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors by the Rockets in the 2012 offseason. Lowry has been one of the NBA's best point guards this season and will be a coveted free agent. "I would have..." March 20

  • Sponsor Logos "Inevitable" For NBA Jerseys

    ESPN.com "Get ready to sponsor logos on NBA jerseys. It's most likely coming in the next five years, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told an audience at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday. "It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get to get that much..." March 20

  • How Kyle Lowry transformed the Raptors and became one of the NBA's top point guards

    Yahoo! Sports "They were sitting in the 17th floor's corner office, long glass windows offering a majestic cityscape, and Kyle Lowry listened to a most mild-mannered man raise his voice louder and louder. Masai Ujiri, the Toronto Raptors president and general manager, was hired with a mandate to transform this..." March 20

  • Raptors grind out win against Pelicans, 107-100

    Toronto Sun "Greivis Vasquez left a big part of his heart in New Orleans when they shipped him off to Sacramento. A key member of a young and improving team, Vasquez had every reason to believe he had earned some loyalty from the Pelicans organization but it was not to be. This was his first time back in..." March 20

  • Raptors' Patrick Patterson out at least another week

    Toronto Sun "Patrick Patterson is back to work, but is still at least a week away from game action. Patterson, who was diagnosed with a right ulnar collateral sprain following an MRI on March 9, has missed five games since and will miss at least five more including, last night’s contest in..." March 19