RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

DeMar DeRozan invaluable to Raptors’ hopes and dreams: Feschuk

DeRozan has been a big part of the reason why the Raptors will arrive in Cleveland for Wednesday’s Game 5 just two wins away from playing for the NBA championship.
Via Toronto Star
1 hour ago

Don’t look now, but what if Raptors can actually do this? Arthur

What if LeBron reaching the NBA Finals every year isn’t written in stone? What if the Raptors have figured something out, and Cleveland’s seams are showing, and even widening?
Via Toronto Star
1 hour ago

Dikembe Mutombo didn’t give Bismark Biyombo permission for finger wag

Bismark Biyombo has been dominating the glass and blocking shots the past couple games like Dikembe Mutombo used to do on the regular. He’s also adopted Mutombo’s finger wag after blocks and said he had Mutombo’s permission and blessing to use it. Bismack Biyombo on his 'big brother' Dikembe Mutombo, and getting permission to do the 'finger wag' #Raptors pic.twitter.com...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The spectacular nonsense of Cavs, Raptors

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving shot a combined 4-for-28 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Irving, who had been torching the Toronto Raptors from midrange through the first two contests of the series, lost the drumbeat on his rhythm jumper. Love clanked a handful of open threes and couldn't do much in the post beyond heaving a few awkward turnarounds that only grazed the rim...
Via RealGM - NBA
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors’ playoff run has had its fair share of colourful moments

From making unintentional fun of opponents on the scoreboard, to interesting free t-shirts, to players being stopped by security, Toronto’s post-season run has been anything but boring.
Via Toronto Star
4 hours ago

NBA Playoffs 2016: Fans sarcastically cheer after the Raptors FINALLY get a foul call

This was a power move by Toronto. Early on, the Raptors were battling not only the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the refs. When the Raptors FINALLY got a foul call to go their way, the fans in the arena let the referees know how they felt. Bold move, Toronto. (h/t reddit)
Via Raptors HQ
5 hours ago

Toronto's stars brought the Raptors to their ceiling in Game 4

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan brought the Raptors to their presupposed ceiling Game 4. And they might not be done. "Yeah if they make it there, they'll probably lose to the Cavs in five, they might get swept ... maybe they can take two games off of them." In the dead of winter, if you were hypothesizing the absolute limit of the Raptors' success this season, that's probably the...
Via Raptors HQ
5 hours ago

Valanciunas ‘hopefully’ involved in Game 5, maintaining a rhythm, and other off-day notes

With the Toronto Raptors headed back to Cleveland locked at 2-2 with the Cavaliers, there was no played media availability on Tuesday. Instead, as has become custom on travel days, head coach Dwane Casey was made available on a conference call. Here are your relevant notes and quotes. I apologize that I may paraphrase by a word or two in some spots – the connection on the call...
Via Raptors Republic
9 hours ago

Raptors keep on punching, keep on proving everyone wrong

The Toronto Raptors love proving people wrong. That much has been clear all season long, with head coach Dwane Casey consistently pointing to slights real, perceived, and imagined in order to motivate his team and continue to put them opposite the popular opinion. It makes sense. It fits the organization’s marketing ethos, with the Raptors branded as the other, the lone northern...
Via Raptors Republic
10 hours ago

Bismack Biyombo’s emergence is a big problem for the Raptors in free agency

Before the Toronto Raptors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Bismack Biyombo was simply a quality depth guy the Raptors had a borderline sure shot at bringing back. Not anymore. Biyombo has been the MVP for the Raptors in the ECF with Jonas Valanciunas injured, grabbing 26 and 14 rebounds over Toronto’s last two wins and seven total blocked shots...
Via The Sports Daily
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Raptors recall a raucous Game 4 before heading to Cleveland

It was a huge night in Toronto on Monday night. Here, the Raptors talk about the whole thing. It was hard not to notice in the ACC last night that the t-shirt layout and design was a bit plain. The Raptors' shirts had featured snow balls and angry beavers and all forms of bizarre fonts. They'd been arranged into 6IX and YYZ formations. Last night for Game 4, the night when many...
Via Raptors HQ
12 hours ago

Drake trolls Kyrie Irving, Cavs after Raptors win Game 4

The Toronto Raptors took care of business in a crucial Game 4 Monday night, and their most recognizable fan wasted no time rubbing rubbing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ noses in it. Drake, who was sitting courtside at the Air Canada Centre after missing Game 3, shared several photos on Instagram. He specifically took aim at Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye. 2 gave us 2...we...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tyronn Lue: Kevin Love benching not due to injury

As the Cleveland Cavaliers made a big comeback in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday before falling to the Toronto Raptors 105-99, Kevin Love was nowhere to be found. The Cavaliers forward did not play any minutes in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes. Was Love benched because of an injury? Because he wasn't playing well...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Highlights: Lowry Time - May 23, 2016

Kyle Lowry seals the deal against Cleveland in Game 4 at Air Canada Centre.
Via YouTube
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bismack Biyombo blocks both LeBron and Kevin Love

Bismack Biyombo has long been recognized as a rebounding and defensive stalwart in the league, but that recognition is reaching a new level during the playoffs. During Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Biyombo showed his defensive prowess by blocking a LeBron James alley-oop attempt, and then a Kevin Love dunk attempt. Here was the block on LeBron...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: Kyle Lowry - May 23, 2016

Kyle Lowry speaks with the media following Monday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Bismack Biyombo has turned into a playoff monster

“Who?” At the beginning of this season, this was probably the most common response to the mention of the name “Bismack Biyombo.” A first round selection (seventh overall) by Sacramento in 2011, Biyombo never played for the Kings, instead beginning his career with the Charlotte Bobcats.  Although his play was acceptable, it certainly was not deserving of the seventh...
Via The Sports Quotient
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas considered ‘doubtful’ for Game 4

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is still significantly hampered by the ankle injury that has kept him out of the last seven games and isn’t likely to play in Game 4. His official status for the upcoming contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers is “doubtful,” as reported by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. Raptors say Jonas Valanciunas' status is now considered "doubtful...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Security at Raptors' arena did not recognize DeMar DeRozan

Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan wasn’t recognized by a security guard Sunday at Air Canada Centre, and the staffer called for backup after failing to be convinced of the shooting guard's true identity. DeRozan was there for an interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke when he was stopped and questioned. DeMar DeRozan arrives at ACC for interview w/ Doris Burke. Upon entering,...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Raptors exhibited meaningful desperation in Game 3

Whenever a best-of-seven NBA series begins with two wins by the home team, Game 3 invariably becomes a do-or-die occasion for the trailing team, even though it’s not technically an elimination contest. Students of sports history are well aware that no NBA team has successfully overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven battle. Three teams have forged a 3-3 tie, but none have won...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Kyle Lowry & Demar Derozan - May 21, 2016

Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan speak with the media following Saturday's Game 3 win over the Cavs.
Via YouTube
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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