Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors force OT at buzzer, but Heat pull out Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his club's mental toughness Tuesday night. After Toronto guard Kyle Lowry forced overtime by hitting a half-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Miami opened the extra period on a 8-0 run and hung on for a 102-96 victory over the..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo given after-the-fact Flagrant 2 for elbow to Pacers’ Turner, no suspension

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bismack Biyombo is going to be key for Toronto in their second round series against Miami. The Raptors will need his rim protection when Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade start to drive. Which is why the Raptors are lucky he did not get suspended for this blow from Game 7 vs. the Pacers (watch..." May 03

  • Magic Johnson says Lakers should pursue LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan, probably tampers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Magic Johnson is terrible on Twitter. His tweets are simplistic nonsense. He obviously knows a lot about basketball, but instead of sharing that expertise, he sounds like a cross between a lowest-common-denominator fan and low-rent news service. He spouts ideas like the Lakers trying to sign..." May 02

  • NBA report admits referees missed Raptors’ DeRozan’s foul on Pacers’ Mahinmi

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was one of the most discussed plays in the final minutes of Toronto’s thrilling if sloppy Game 7 win against Indiana. The Pacers were down three with less than 20 seconds left (after Frank Vogel had taken a poor timeout messing up a four-on-two transition chance) and ran a play for a quick two..." May 02

  • Players may have been too tired to whoop it up, but not Ujiri

    Toronto Sun "The words came out of Masai Ujiri’s mouth in the hallway just outside the Raptors dressing room, loudly and proudly and with a sense of basketball satisfaction. “Where’s that f---ing monkey?” he said, wide smile across his face. Then he repeated it a second time, his own personal piece of..." May 02

  • DeRozan, Raptors shoot past Pacers in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Dwane Casey read the reviews of the Toronto Raptors' decisive Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers. They were not good, and the Toronto coach feels many of the critics dismissed his team heading into Game 7 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. "I think..." May 01

  • Game 7 result could determine Raptors’ future direction

    Sportsnet "Two years have passed and in some ways not much has changed. The Toronto Raptors are playing Game 7 at home on a Sunday, a chance to advance to second round for the… Yes, you know all that. Vince Carter, 2001 blah, blah, blah. And yes, there’s a marathon slated to fill the streets of the..." May 01

  • DeRozan: Season a failure if Raptors don't get out of 1st round

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors are facing yet another moment of truth, and one of the faces of a franchise that has never been able to put it all together at the right time is offering an honest assessment about Sunday's Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers. "(The) season would be a failure if we don't make..." April 30

  • Raptors have no choice now but to face all their past ghosts in Game 7

    Sportsnet "If you’ve come this far, you might as well go all the way. If your season is a seven-month exorcism of past sins, and an effort to quiet ghosts, why stop short? Might as well stare it all down at once. Can the Toronto Raptors ever win a playoff series? Can they ever win a Game 7? So far..." April 30

  • Pacers ride 32-5 run to force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul George's prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat. George had a game-best 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday, but the Pacers used smothering defense, solid rebounding and a dominating second half to defeat..." April 29

  • Flag-bearer honour caps long Olympic career for Scola

    Toronto Star "One of the great delights of this season for me has been getting to know Luis Scola, who could easily replace that guy who pitched beer and was known as The Most Interesting Man In The World. I’ve written more than a few times about Scola and around him, his maturity and worldview are anathema to..." April 28

  • Pacers' Hill critical of Raptors' style of play: 'It's not really basketball out there'

    The Score "The back-and-forth between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. After seeing his team blow a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Pacers' Solomon Hill ripped the Raptors for their style of play, claiming Toronto's players rely too heavily on..." April 27

  • Raptors top Pacers to take series lead

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Dwane Casey's decision to go with a mixed-bag group on the floor in the fourth quarter paid off Tuesday night as the Toronto Raptors erased a 13-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers 102-99. With the win, the Raptors take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round..." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Raptors' Lowry upset with recent shooting struggles

    The Score "Determined to shake his playoff demons, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry entered his team's first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers ready to prove his doubters wrong. Four games in and Lowry has done little to silence any criticism, shooting a ghastly 32.2 percent from the floor..." April 24

  • DeMar DeRozan on Raptors' backcourt: 'We stink right now'

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are not pleased with their production in the playoffs -- and both know they have to pick it up. In the first four games of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, the All-Stars are shooting a combined 30.8 percent from the..." April 24

  • Paul George: Jonas Valanciunas grabbed my throat, sparking tussle

    ESPN "Pacers forward Paul George took exception to Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas getting too physical with him down low during the fourth quarter of Indiana's 100-83 win in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. With 5:03 remaining in the game, George and Valanciunas jostled in the paint as Pacers..." April 24

  • Raptors stymie Pacers, take 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- The Toronto Raptors have a reputation for being one of the NBA's best defensive teams and it is that defense that has allowed the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed to regain control of its first-round series against No. 7 seed Indiana. Toronto forced 17 Pacers' turnovers in..." April 21

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Anthony Bennett could reportedly sign with Australian team

    Larry Brown Sports "Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett could be heading to play professionally in Australia next season. Bennett, who last played for the Toronto Raptors’ D-League team, could join the Sydney Kings, according to a report that was passed along by Real GM. The team’s general manager, Jeff Van..." April 20

  • Raptors' Ross questionable for Game 3

    TSN "Terrence Ross is questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Ross is feeling better as doctors haven't found any signs of a concussion. Ross threw up some shots with teammates following practice on Wednesday, but will still be..." April 20

  • Valanciunas the centre of attention as Raptors even series with Pacers

    Toronto Star "The immediacy of the times, the impatience of people, the desire everyone has for instant gratification irks Dwane Casey like little else — and never more when the subject is Jonas Valanciunas. Be patient, Casey demands. Don’t expect greatness before it’s time. Cut the kid some slack because he..." April 19

  • Steph Curry says that he played basketball at Drake’s house

    USA Today "Drake is a huge basketball fan — and even the Global Brand Ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. But that doesn’t mean he’s just a Raptors fan. If your team is winning, odds are that Drake is a fan. No basketball team wins more than the Golden State Warriors, so it makes perfect sense that he had..." April 19

  • Valanciunas helps Raptors tie series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors are best known for their All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. A major player in the first two games of their first-round series playoff series with the Indiana Pacers, however, has been center Jonas Valanciunas, who has been a work in progress in..." April 18

  • All eyes are on the Raptors after losing Game 1 at home

    ESPN "The Raptors were defiant and relaxed at practice on Sunday: Everything is totally fine! It was only one game! They should be confident. The free throws that were supposedly going to vanish in the postseason hothouse flowed in abundance, only the Raptors missed 12 of them -- including a random..." April 18

  • DeRozan: Raptors aren't drowning, 'We're in a puddle'

    The Score "Toronto Raptors' fans have every reason to be anxious after watching their team drop yet another Game 1 on Saturday, 100-90 to the Indiana Pacers at the Air Canada Centre. It may appear to some the world is coming to an end north of the border, but in the mind of All-Star shooting guard DeMar..." April 17

  • George leads Pacers over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors came out tight in the opening game of their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers and it played right into the hands of Paul George. The Pacers forward played footloose and fancy free in the second half, scoring 17 points in the third quarter..." April 16

  • Raptors' Casey fires back at Vogel for 'trying to set the officials up'

    The Score "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey didn't take too kindly to the embellishment accusations leveled against his team Friday by Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I thought he was trying to set the officials up, the NBA office to let them know to watch for that I guess," Casey told..." April 16

  • Pacers' Vogel accuses Raptors of embellishing contact

    Toronto Star "The ball hasn’t gone up for tipoff yet but the gamesmanship between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors had already started by Friday. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel told Indianapolis media on Thursday that the Raptors excel at selling contact on the drive. “We’ve got to be disciplined..." April 16

  • Powell scores career high to carry Raptors past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Down 17 in the first quarter and with stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at home, the Toronto Raptors could have conceded. Norman Powell would not let it happen. Powell continued his recent emergence and capped his rookie season by scoring a career-high 30 points as the..." April 13

  • Masai Ujiri Wants Dwane Casey Back Next Season Regardless Of Playoff Success

    Real GM Basketball "Masai Ujiri gave Dwane Casey a public statement of support as head coach of the Toronto Raptors ahead of the playoffs. Ujiri would like Casey to continue as head coach of the Raptors even if they don't get past the first round. The Raptors were eliminated in the first round in 2014 by the Nets..." April 13

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Not with team for tonight's game at Brooklyn: DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. #rtz

  • McGrady tells Carter 'I wish I had stayed' in Toronto

    The Score "Toronto Raptors fans will never know how far the team could have gone had Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady played more than just two seasons together in the 6ix. McGrady eventually bolted to the Orlando Magic on a six-year contract, where he'd make multiple All-Star teams and win two scoring..." April 13

  • Tracy McGrady asks to borrow one of Robert Horry’s rings and is brutally denied

    USA Today "Robert Horry has enough championship rings for both hands. Tracy McGrady doesn’t have any. On The Jump, Rachel Nichols and McGrady asked Horry if he’d share — “Can I get one? Just one,” T-Mac says. Horry doesn’t give in that easily. He tells McGrady he has to earn them: “You did a lot of great..." April 13

  • After slow start, Raptors cruise past 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- For the first half of the night, the Toronto Raptors appeared focused on the weekend when they're set to host the Indiana Pacers to open the playoffs. But the Raptors turned it on in the second half and cruised to a 122-98 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night, they're 12th..." April 12

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Raptors edge Knicks, keep pressure on Cavs

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The best season in Raptors history continued with Toronto getting a win in a situation it might encounter during the playoffs, and with DeMar DeRozan reaching a significant milestone. The Raptors kept alive their slim chances of securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference..." April 10

  • Raptors won season series against every East playoff team

    The Score "Ever since the Washington Wizards swept them in the first round of the playoffs last summer, the Toronto Raptors have faced concerns about their postseason demons. For a team with just one series victory in 21 years, the questions are more than fair. But the Raptors have done everything in..." April 09

  • Raptors reserves postpone Pacers playoff party

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Indiana Pacers will have to wait at least one more night to punch their ticket to the postseason, and they have the Toronto Raptors' reserves to blame. With four of their stars resting, Toronto rookie Norman Powell poured in a career-high 27 points as the Raptors won 111-98..." April 09

  • Hawks finally solve Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks avoided a series season sweep by the Toronto Raptors and held onto first place in the Southeast Division. Jeff Teague converted a late three-point play and finished with 23 points Thursday night as the Hawks defeated the Raptors 95-87 to remain a half-game ahead..." April 07

  • Knicks eyeing Raptors’ Ujiri as Phil Jackson replacement

    Sportsnet "Given the Toronto Raptors‘ obvious success this season, and the relative off-season transformation that saw the shrewd additions of Cory Joseph, Bismack Biyombo, and Luis Scola make a sizeable impact on the club it’s no surprise that, for all the right reasons, team president/GM Masai Ujiri is..." April 07

  • MLSE sets target price for Raptors’ on-jersey ads

    TSN "Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executives have set a target price for companies interested in advertising on the jerseys of the Toronto Raptors. MLSE officials have suggested to potential advertisers that the on-jersey ads are worth between $4 million and $5 million per season, two sources..." April 06

  • Raptors defeat Hornets to tie home win record

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors continue to set new standards for themselves. They held on to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 96-90 on Tuesday to add to their club record for overall victories at 52 and they also equaled the team record of 30 home wins set in 2006-07. They did it in..." April 05

  • Gregg Popovich: 'No Bullsh*t' the Raptors Will Make the NBA Finals

    Oanow "After it seemed a forgone conclusion LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers would bludgeon their way through the East en route to a consecutive NBA Finals, one prominent figure suspects that won't be the case. Or maybe it's just some wishful thinking on Gregg Popovich's part. After his San..." April 05

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    Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

    Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming join Iverson, Izzo in 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

  • Spurs set franchise win record, remain perfect at home

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- Both the playoff-bound San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors would have been excused for playing a less-than-intense game on Saturday since, at this stage of the season, there is little, if anything on the line. Instead the two squads battled into the final seconds like the..." April 03

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    The @Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo from Raptors 905. #rtz

  • Raptors get defensive vs. Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Kyle Lowry added 22 -- offensive efforts one would expect from one of the NBA's top scoring backcourts -- but the Toronto Raptors' 51st victory of the season also got a huge defensive assist. Jonas Valanciunas blocked a career-high seven..." April 01

  • Biyombo on Carroll: We’ve won a ton of games with Raptors’ players hurt

    Sportsnet "Yesterday Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll met with the media for an update on his injured knee, which has kept him off the floor for nearly three months. He said he hopes to get some kind of game action in at the end of the regular season (the Raptors have eight games remaining), but is aiming..." April 01