RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Home is where Raptors’ heart has been: Feschuk

Seems like Raptors need to get blown out to wake up throughout NBA playoffs, and they need it with season on the line Friday night at ACC.
Via Toronto Star
6 hours ago

Raptors expect more surprises in Game 6 vs. Cavaliers

Unpredictable Eastern Conference final isn’t just about getting more from DeRozan and Lowry.
Via Toronto Star
6 hours ago

Raptors play down game-day casino visit

DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph say rest isn’t a factor with late starts. Kyle Lowry makes NBA all-star third team.
Via Toronto Star
7 hours ago

Raptors players seen at casino at 2 a.m. before blowout loss

DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph were spotted at a casino near Quicken Loans Arena in the early morning hours before the Toronto Raptors suffered a humiliating 116-78 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, according to a report from the Toronto Sun. The two Raptors players reportedly were seen with a large group walking through the Jack Casino...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

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
17 hours 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
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Post-Game: Jonas Valanciunas - May 25, 2016

Jonas Valanciunas speaks with media in Cleveland following Wednesday's Game 5 loss.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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

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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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