RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Watch: The Raptors reflect on a Game 5 drubbing in Cleveland

This one was not pretty for Toronto. Remember hope and laughter? Well, if you were watching the Raptors plummet to their deaths last not in Cleveland, you may be hard pressed to conjure up much positive emotion this morning. Game 5 was a disaster for Toronto and now, as the series moves back to the ACC, the Raps are set up for a do-or-die situation -- their third of these playoffs...
Via Raptors HQ
1 hour ago

Cavs use Justin Bieber, Drake to distract Raptors during FTs

It quickly became quite clear the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't require any outside help, sneaky tricks or scoreboard shenanigans on Wednesday night to utterly dismantle the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The game was practically over as soon as it started with the Cavs taking a 3-2 series edge courtesy of a 116-78 throttling of the Raptors. But the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Lowry had classic reaction while looking at Game 5 box score

After taking two games at home and playing their way back into the Eastern Conference Finals, the Toronto Raptors laid a complete egg against the Cavaliers in Cleveland Wednesday night. The end result was as bad as any blowout you will ever see in the playoffs. How bad? So bad that Kyle Lowry seemed legitimately stunned when glancing over the box score. When you get your...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors get demolished by Cavs in Game 5, 116-78

Box Score | Quick Reaction | Post-Game Podcast Ugly. That was it. No other word that can really summarize that game. While I knew ahead of time doing the recap of last night’s Game 5 would be pivotal, I had absolutely no idea it would be that disgusting. And so, while I was beginning to write this article, I split the narratives into quarters, and by the second quarter, decided...
Via Raptors Republic
2 hours ago

Three things we saw as the Raptors lost Game 5

Via Doug Smith's Blog
2 hours ago

Cavaliers fan gets in shouting match with Dwane Casey

Nothing went right for the Toronto Raptors in their 116-78 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Cleveland was clicking on all cylinders in the pivotal Game 5 of the series, and their Big 3 set the tone early and completely dominated the opposition. As bad as the box score looked for the Raptors, on top of that, head coach Dwane Casey had to deal with a fan seated courtside...
Via The Sports Daily
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Bismack Biyombo - May 25, 2016

Bismack Biyombo speaks with media in Cleveland following Wednesday's Game 5 loss.
Via YouTube
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

LeBron and Co. had their way with Raptors in Game 5 blowout

For anyone in a Raptors jersey on Wednesday night, Game 5 is one you want to forget. The Raptors have one chance to solve the Cavs, and it comes on Friday night back in Toronto.
Via Toronto Star
12 hours ago

Report: Losing Pacers series would have meant Casey's firing

It turns out that a lot more was riding on that first round Game 7 matchup between the Pacers and the Raptors than we may have known. According to a report by Zach Lowe of ESPN on Wednesday, Toronto would have fired head coach Dwane Casey had they failed to win their playoff series against Indiana. The Raptors lost Game 1 at home that series and needed all seven games to dispose...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

LeBron James trying to instill ‘sense of calmness’ ahead of Game 5

LeBron James says he’s doing his best to instill a “sense of calmness” in his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates ahead of a Game 5 showdown with the Toronto Raptors that has taken on incredible significance after the team lost two on the road to even up the Eastern Conference Finals. The unstoppable Cavaliers stormed out to a 2-0 series lead by throttling the Raptors at home...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: DeMar DeRozan - May 25, 2016

DeMar DeRozan meets with members of the media following Wednesday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

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

Bismack 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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors coach Dwane Casey's Game 4 antics could have cost his team

The Toronto Raptors looked like they simply wanted Game 4 more than the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, and that extra effort apparently started with their head coach.Dwane Casey lost his mind on the sidelines during Toronto's 105-99 win. He wasn't content with just leading his players from the bench; Casey jumped into the fray, acting as a sixth defender for the Raptors on...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days 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
2 days 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
3 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
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Cory Joseph nails third quarter buzzer beater

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph nailed this buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter to give his team a 10 point lead heading into the final quarter of game three against the Cleveland Cavaliers….. Cory Joseph beats the buzzer from downtown! #phantomcam #CAVSvRAPTORS https://t.co/07tFpXdN8s — NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2016 Nothin' but nylon to end the 3rd. #RTZ #WeTheNorth...
Via Crossover Chronicles
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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