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Kyrie Irving Admits Toronto Crowd Made Him Discombulated

May 26, 2016 9:00 PM

Kyrie Irving acknowledged the noise in the Air Canada Centre during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a factor in the way he played, leaving him discombobulated.

"It was really, really loud," Irving said late Wednesday. "I know I probably wasn't the only guy that felt that way."

LeBron James openly says the way the Cleveland Cavaliers play starts with Irving.

"It all starts with our floor general," James said after their Game 5 win in Cleveland with Irving sitting beside him.

"I had to take a step back," Irving said.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph Spotted In Casino At 2:00 AM Before Game 5

May 26, 2016 11:24 AM

DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph were spotted at the Jack Casino near the Quicken Loans Arena at 2:00 AM on the eve of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I didn’t know that,” said Dwane Casey, when told the news. “This has nothing to do with curfew.

“This isn’t why we lost ... This is the NBA, they’re grown men. These are grown men. These things happen.”

Casey didn't indicate if either player would receive a fine.

“It was an 8:30 game. That’s the good thing I guess,” said Casey.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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DeMar DeRozan Worked Out With 1,000 Shots Until 1 AM On Eve Of Game 4

May 24, 2016 10:28 AM

DeMar DeRozan shot close to a thousand shots for about two and a half hours on the eve of Game 4 on Sunday night, not leaving the arena until 1 AM.

The session placed heavy emphasis on scoring assertively and promptly.

DeRozan had a feeling LeBron James would be defending him.

"It's nothing new for me. You can ask anybody in this organization," DeRozan told cleveland.com. "There's not a night that I don't come back in the gym and try to work on something and get better on something. It's nothing new."

DeRozan had 32 points in the Toronto Raptors' 105-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded To Gametime Decision For Game 4

May 23, 2016 11:24 AM

Jonas Valanciunas has been upgraded to a gametime decision for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Valanciunas was upgraded previously from out to doubtful. Signs are Valanciunas will play in the game.

Valanciunas hasn't played since badly spraining his ankle in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded From 'Out' To 'Doubtful' For Game 4

May 22, 2016 4:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has been upgraded from out to doubtful for Game 4 by the Toronto Raptors.

Valanciunas hasn't played since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals since suffering a sprained ankle.

Valanciunas has begun to walk with no signs of a limp and has been taking jumpers.

The Raptors trail in the series 2-1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Kyle Lowry Explains Going Into Locker Room During Game

May 20, 2016 10:49 AM

Kyle Lowry went into the locker room in the closing minutes of the first half while the Cleveland Cavaliers went on a run against his Toronto Raptors.

Lowry received criticism for the decision.

"Just to kind of decompress, get back there, kind of relax my body and relax my mind," Lowry said after the game. "And knowing that we had a chance to kind of make some things [happen], I wanted to get myself going and get my teammates going and get the team going. It was nothing more than just kind of to decompress, breathe and get back out."

Lowry has done it before in the past.

"I've done it plenty of times," he said. "It's just now with the magnitude of the situation, it shows a little bit more."

Lowry said he hasn't lost his confidence.

"I'm super confident," Lowry said. "I missed countless 3s that I thought were good and that I made last series. That's why I'm not down on myself. I'm not down — I'm really like, we've got a game on Saturday, and I know I'm going to be much more effective on Saturday. Simple as that."

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Rockets Interview Rex Kalamian

May 19, 2016 7:16 PM

Rex Kalamian interviewed with the Houston Rockets in Cleveland on Thursday for their head coaching vacancy.

Daryl Morey and Les Alexander conducted the interview of Kalamian, who is an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

Kalamian joined the Raptors this season after six with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kalamian is a candidate to become an assistant coach with the Rockets as well, with the Washington Wizards and Scott Brooks another possibility. 

ESPN's Marc Stein and Calvin Watkins reports that the Rockets' interest in Kalamian is sparked in part by his relationship with James Harden and free agent target Kevin Durant.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Tags: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors' Bobby Webster Interviewing For Bucks' Assistant GM Job

May 18, 2016 11:12 AM

Bobby Webster is among the candidates interviewing for the Milwaukee Bucks' assistant GM job.

Webster is currently the Toronto Raptors' vice president of basketball management and strategy.

Webster is a former cap and CBA expert for the NBA league office.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Terrence Ross: Cavs Not A 'Super Team' To Fear

May 18, 2016 11:06 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked highly impressive in their 115-84 Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors had regular season success against the Cavaliers, beating them in two of three games, and remain optimistic. 

"We beat them [in the regular season], so we don't feel like we have anything to fear like they're a super team or anything," Terrence Ross told cleveland.com. "But we're just going out there to play our game and compete."

DeMar DeRozan addressed his teammates in the locker room.

"It's one game," he told cleveland.com. "They did what they were supposed to do, protect home court and now we have another opportunity Thursday to try to take that away and try to head home with it tied up."

When DeRozan voices his opinion, his teammates listen.

"I definitely speak up," DeRozan said. "It's nothing out of the norm. I more so try to lead by example whenever I do something, but whenever something needs to be said, I don't have any problems saying it."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Jonas Valanciunas Ruled Out For Game 1
Bismack Biyombo has entered the starting lineup at center with Jonas Valanciunas out.

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DeMarre Carroll, Luol Deng Leave Game 5 With Wrist Injuries
DeMarre Carroll's x-rays were negative while Luol Deng's were "inconclusive" and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Jonas Valanciunas Out For 2nd Round With Ankle Sprain
Jonas Valanciunas suffered the injury in Game 3 while contesting a Dwyane Wade layup attempt.

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Kyle Lowry Worked On Getting Shot Back In Empty Arena After Game 1
Kyle Lowry made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into overtime, but he shot just 3-for-13 from the field and 1-for-7 from three-point range in the game.

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DeMarre Carroll: Series Showed Everyone Was Depended On
With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan having subpar performances in the first round, the Raptors needed a group effort to advance past the Indiana Pacers.

Eric Koreen/Canadian Press

Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason
DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Raptors.

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Norman Powell, Karl-Anthony Towns Win Rookies Of The Month For April
Norman Powell and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for April.

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Masai Ujiri Wants Dwane Casey Back Next Season Regardless Of Playoff Success
The Raptors were eliminated in the first round in 2014 by the Nets and in 2015 by the Wizards.

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Knicks Interested In Masai Ujiri If Phil Jackson Leaves
Tim Leiweke hired Masai Ujiri with the Raptors, but he has since started a business with James Dolan's business acquaintance Irving Azoff.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Raptors Hoping Draining Elbow Will Heal Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry initially hurt his elbow when the Raptors were in London.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

DeMarre Carroll May Only Return If Raptors Make Deep Playoff Run
The Raptors believe DeMarre Carroll will need more time and only a deep playoff run would ensure he returns this season.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Kyle Lowry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kyle Lowry ranked fourth in East scoring last week averaging 27.2 points and led the NBA in fourth quarter scoring at 10.8 points.

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DeAndre Daniels Cleared To Player After Breaking Foot In July
DeAndre Daniels was the Raptors' second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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DeMarre Carroll Visiting Surgeon For Clearance
DeMarre Carroll underwent the surgery in early January.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Raptors To Waive Anthony Bennett, Sign Jason Thompson
The Raptors will waive Anthony Bennett to sign Jason Thompson for the remainder of the season.

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Rockets Approached Raptors On Dwight Howard For Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in August.

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Raptors Stood Pat At Deadline Not Wanting To Disturb Team Chemistry
The Raptors were never involved on Markieff Morris as they were concerned about disrupting their team chemistry.

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Suns Won't Trade P.J. Tucker
P.J. Tucker received trade interest from the Raptors amongst other teams.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Raptors Haven't Asked For Relief For Canadian Dollar
Adam Silver was asked if there were any plans to make a deal with the Raptors due to the drop in the Canadian dollar.

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