RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cavs Blast Raptors 116-78; Game 6 Goes Friday at the ACC

The Cavs romped all over the Raptors in a laugher of a game in Cleveland tonight. The Q just ain't kind to the Raps. Once again the Cavs absolutely smacked the Raptors around on their home floor in a 38 point win, vanquishing any of the questions raised in their two losses. Kevin Love reappeared as himself and finished with 25 points on 8-10 from the floor and 6-6 at the free throw...
Via Raptors HQ
4 hours ago

For Raptors, there’s good news and bad news after Game 5 blowout: Arthur

Toronto was lambasted by Cleveland in Game 5, but at least they return to home court Friday night in Game 6.
Via Toronto Star
4 hours ago

Quick Reaction: Raptors 78, Cavaliers 116; Cavs Lead Series 3-2

*Recap generator on the fritz again, and we checked out of this game before half-time. This was excruciating to sit through and have to publish at the buzzer. Here goes. DeMarre Carroll: F Continues to shoot the ball very poorly. He was blown-by by Richard Jefferson. DeMar DeRozan: F Scored 14 points and somehow led the team in scoring. He couldn’t generate any offense – and...
Via Raptors Republic
5 hours ago

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
5 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
13 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
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: Bismack Biyombo - May 25, 2016

Bismack Biyombo speaks with members of the media following Wednesday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors fever sweeps Toronto for Game 5

It’s game day, Cleveland vs. Toronto. It’s almost hard to believe the Raptors have clawed back into the Eastern Conference series. Follow our coverage today as we take a look around Toronto as excitement builds for Game 5.
Via Toronto Star
15 hours ago

WATCH: Raptors Shootaround: Jonas Valanciunas - May 25, 2016

Jonas Valanciunas speaks with members of the media following Wednesday's shootaround.
Via YouTube
15 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 days 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
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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