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RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Raptors-Wizards: The taming of Valanciunas, by Gortat, Nene

The Washington Wizards have done a lot of things right during their two-game obliteration of the Toronto Raptors. John Wall has been a monster in transition, picking apart Toronto’s defense en route to averaging 12.5 assists per game. With some beefy minutes totals, Otto Porter has emerged as a legitimate NBA player. Bradley Beal shook off a rough Game 1 outing in Game 2 ...
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Don’t write off the Toronto Raptors just yet

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Following last year’s brief brush with success, the re-signing of Kyle Lowry, and an extremely promising start to the current campaign, the Toronto Raptors were expected to cruise into the post-season and past the point of previous playoff-failures in 2015. It’s not that anybody was expecting Toronto to win an NBA championship just yet, but...
Via Sports-Glory
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards Betting Odds

Betting odds for the Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards.
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Wizards’ Beal has some choice words for Kyle Lowry

Well Wizards’ Bradley Beal really is about getting he best of Raptors’ Kyle Lowry isn’t he? In the recent Wizards-Raptors playoff game, Beal totally made Lowry’s defense look silly as he hit the paint and make the bucket. Of course that got Beal charged up and directly challenged Lowry by dropping f-bombs as he talked some major trash after the go-ahead bucket. http://cdn...
Via Crossover Chronicles
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Toronto Raptors face a must win game 3

Outmatched.  Outworked.  Outplayed. Paul Pierce Things couldn’t be going much worse for the Toronto Raptors right now.  In a series that was supposed to be an evenly matched, hard fought battle, the Washington Wizards have completely taken control, going up 2-0, both wins on the road in Toronto.  It appears that the entire Wizards team has adopted Paul Pierce’s mentality...
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Watch: Bradley Beal Tells Kyle Lowry: ‘Don’t F— with Me’

A huge part of playoff basketball in the NBA is attitude. At this point in the season everyone is good, so who is mentally tougher proves to win out in each series. And what that said, the Wizards appear to be displaying an attitude yet to be matched by the Raptors. Hence, their 2-0 series lead after two games in Toronto. The main Wizards catalyst may be its youngest in Bradley Beal...
Via KCM Sports
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Paul Pierce wants to sweep Raptors to avoid customs

Paul Pierce has plenty of motivation to close out the Toronto Raptors. Pierce and the Washington Wizards took a 2-0 series lead with a Game 2 win Tuesday night, and the two teams now head to D.C. to continue the series. Pierce is hoping the Wizards can wrap things up, not only to advance to the next round but also to ensure he doesn’t have to return to Toronto. We don’t know...
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John Wall Breaks Amir Johnson’s Ankles with Ball Fake

John Wall can change speeds and direction in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately for Raptors forward Amir Johnson, he found that out the hard way. Wall came off the pick-and-roll set by teammate Marcin Gortat, but as he noticed Gortat peeling off he pumped the brakes, causing Johnson to hesitate in his thinking for a second. His mind thought one thing and his body thought another. All...
Via KCM Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Hansbrough Starts Again For The Raptors

Head coach Dwane Casey is sticking with what has been working for the Toronto Raptors at the start of games and has Tyler Hansbrough back in the starting unit versus Washington in game two at the Air Canada Centre.
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Wizards unlikely to have to face major minutes from 'Bloodsport'

James Johnson could very well be one of the keys to the series between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, but we may never find out just how impactful Johnson could be.Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters after Game 1 that while Johnson represents a matchup advantage in some respects, Casey is having difficulty finding minutes for the man known as "Bloodsport," as reported...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors look to prove ‘The Truth’ wrong in Game 2

We’re back for Episode 77 of RAPS TALK! The Toronto Raptors are back in the NBA Playoffs for the second season in a row, and the Raps dropped a 93-86 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards in the opening game of the series. On this playoffs Game 1 recap podcast, we talk about Paul Pierce, Masai Ujiri’s pregame antics, the struggles of Kyle Lowry and what we expect for Game 2...
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Lou Williams gets his due

It feels like he should be an old man by now. After all, Lou Williams, named the 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year yesterday, has been lacing up his..... The post Sweet Lou Gets His Due appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams earns sixth man of the year award

Anybody who has dabbled in MyTeam or has lackadaisically finished off a fantasy draft in NBA 2k understands this struggle. You’re playing your first game of the season and the first quarter is going swimmingly. With about a minute left in the first quarter, your starters are getting tired. Oh no. Here comes your bench. Your bench is weak. The scrubs enter and it’s downhill from...
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Raptors’ Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man Award

Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced Monday. The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor. Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, had 78 first-place votes and 502 total...
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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri Issues Apology For Saying A Bad Word

So that's two years in a row Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has slipped up by using an inappropriate 'bad' word during a playoffs pregame rally with Raptors fans outside of the Air Canada Centre. The League might be unhappy with him (doubtful, they love publicity), but the thousands of screaming fans were loving it. Ujiri apologized to those...
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Lou Williams named NBA's Sixth Man of the Year

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has been named the 2015 Sixth Man of the Year. The @Raptors' @TeamLou23 named 2015 @Kia Sixth Man of the Year! #KiaSixth pic.twitter.com/B1lsDEh52a — NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2015   Williams, who the Atlanta Hawks traded to the Toronto Raptors last summer alongside Lucas Nogueria in exchange for John...
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Raptors GM fined $35K for comment about Paul Pierce

NEW YORK — Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $35,000 and the team docked $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for his expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors’ playoff opener. “People want me to say something about Paul Pierce, but we don’t give a (expletive) about ‘it,’ ” Ujiri told a cheering...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Toronto Raptors struggled against small ball

Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman played Paul Pierce at power forward a lot in Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors. Pierce had a big advantage over Toronto’s power forwards. At age of 37, he’s slow. I even made a joke that Greivis Vasquez must feel so fast for the first time in his life with Pierce guarding... The post Why the Toronto Raptors struggled against small ball...
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WATCH: Masai Ujiri fires up Raptors fans with expletive

In Masai We Trust #WeTheNorth #Toronto #Raptors A video posted by Mishiko (@mishiko_a) on Apr 18, 2015 at 9:25am PDT Prior to last year’s first round series against the Nets, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri sent fans outside of Air Canada Centre into a frenzy by yelling “F**k Brooklyn!” during a rally. Ujiri was at...Read More
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WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

It’s safe to assume that Paul Pierce will not be spending much time in Toronto during the final years of his career and during retirement. The Wizards guard appears to be viciously hated by Raptors fans after taking a couple shots at the team and the message was quite clear during Saturday’s Game 1 in Toronto. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
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We The North: The Toronto Raptors’ 2015 NBA Playoffs journey begins!

The 2015 NBA Playoffs are almost upon us!! Hoop Heads North & Hip Hoop Junkies will be back at it with a postgame ‘RAPSTALK’ podcast on Saturday afternoon/evening, discussing the much anticipated Game 1 match up between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards which tips off on Saturday April 18th at 12:30pm ET. In celebration of the NBA Playoffs and a franchise setting...
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Watch: Toronto’s James Johnson teaches his kid how to beat box

When we watch NBA games sometimes we forget that these great players are just as human as we are. Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson posted this video to his instagram today and it is a good reminder that these guys aren’t just super heroes on TV but do a lot of the same stuff we do every day. Even though Johnson has had his family issues it’s always nice to see some quality...
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Toronto Raptors first round preview

The NBA regular season has officially come to a close, and it’s playoff time once again for the Toronto Raptors.  Despite struggling through most of the second half of the season, the Raptors secured the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, guaranteeing them home court advantage for at least the first round.  Their first opponent will be the Washington Wizards, a team that...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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