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Pro Bball Report Week in Review 05/03/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Paul Pierce it, Ujiri’ behavior, MoPete, Lowry hurting, Raptors evaluate and plan, Hawks vs Cavaliers, Celtics, Tyler Hansbrough starts, demands on Patrick Patterson, Sixth Man Lou Williams, Fans need to know, Lucas Nogueira plans, Bulls, Wizards, team awards and more.
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Six Things The Toronto Raptors Should Do This Summer

The end of the Toronto Raptors season was in a word – deflating. After a promising 24-8 start, Toronto went 25-25 the rest of the way and played like a .500 team in the playoffs, falling four straight to the Wizards. So what should the Raptors do this summer?
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Now That the Toronto Raptors’ Flaws Have Been Exposed, Prepare for the “Summer of Masai”

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this for the Toronto Raptors. When Masai Ujiri traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in late 2013 for what, at the time, seemed like spare parts, it was meant to signal the beginning of a full-scale rebuilding of the franchise. Instead, the move served as the catalyst behind 97 wins in two years. Yet, like a child conceived a decade after its...
Via Crossover Chronicles
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: 3 Reasons They Should Keep Dwane Casey

(Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… With a second straight first round series defeat and the Toronto Raptors are thought of as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, there is a seemingly strong chance that they fire head coach Dwayne Casey. I wouldn’t have said that if they had a strong series against the...
Via HoopStuff
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

The Toronto Raptors are trying to recover from a stunningly swift exit from the playoffs, and point guard Kyle Lowry voiced some frustrations at his exit interview with the media Monday. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division with a 49-33 record during the regular season and were seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference. Still, they...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors disappoint again in playoffs

TORONTO (AP) For the sixth time in seven playoff appearances, the Raptors are finished after the first round. In Toronto, with expectations on the rise, early playoff exits aren't going to be good enough anymore. ''That's got to be our goal, to get out of the first round,'' coach Dwane Casey said Monday as the Raptors cleaned out their lockers. ''Next year, getting to the playoffs...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto’s “What If” Game

It’s always fun to play the “what if” game in life, right? The Toronto Raptors had their rollercoaster season ended Sunday night in the first round of the playoffs as the Washington Wizards got out their brooms and swept them away into the offseason abyss. For the Raptors, everything seemed to collapse into a sinkhole after game one. There were a number of factors that played...

No ‘D’ Against D.C.: Raptors Can’t Stop Wizards

​ It seems so obvious in hindsight. Of course the Washington Wizards, owners of the league’s fifth-best defense, would sweep the Toronto Raptors, coming in with just the 25th-best defense in the league (on a per-possession basis), in the slow, brutal grind of playoff basketball. That wasn’t so obvious before the series, though, when predictions were split more or less...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Paul Pierce is enemy No. 1 right now among Toronto Raptors fans — and he’s loving every minute of it. A few hours after his Washington Wizards eviscerated the higher-seeded Raptors in a four-game sweep of their first-round playoff series, Pierce kept the punches coming on his Facebook page.     Paul! Don’t hurt ’em! Pierce scored a game-high 20 points to lead the...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors get swept by Wizards

“I don’t want to go through customs no more!” Well Paul, you got your wish. The Toronto Raptors playoff run has come to an end, an end that came much quicker than anyone expected.  The Raptors, who entered the postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, were swept by the Washington Wizards in beat down fashion.  The 4/5 matchup is usually one of the closer, harder...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

For a team that won 49 games during the regular season, the Toronto Raptors were nowhere to be found during their humiliating four-game series against the Washington Wizards. Washington defeated Toronto by 31 points on Sunday evening, completing a ridiculous four-game sweep that saw John Wall and company outscore the over-matched Raptors by a total of 56 points. Washington moves...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors: Win Game 4 or go home (for the season!)

It’s just been a frustrating first round performance from the Toronto Raptors as they dropped their third straight loss to the Washington Wizards 106-99. Paul Pierce was the Raptor killer again, hitting clutch shots in crunch time taking the Wizards to a 3-0 series lead. On Episode 79 of RAPS TALK , our latest playoffs recap podcast, we talk about Kyle Lowry’s disappearance...
Via Hoops Heads North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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 ...
Via Crossover Chronicles
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
11 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...
Via Hoops Heads North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal Waves Bye-Bye to Kyle Lowry

Bradley Beal did not have one of his best games in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between the Wizards and Toronto Raptors, but he may have had the highlight of the game. In the fourth quarter with Wizards clinging to a two-point lead, Beal drew Kyle Lowry’s sixth foul. Lowry got a piece of Beal as he knocked down a jumper, sending him to the floor. Beal...
Via KCM Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Hoops Heads North
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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