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John Wall: Drake Said He Had The Broom For Us

Apr 24, 2018 9:33 AM

The Washington Wizards return to Toronto on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2 after going down 2-0.

"Yeah, you know I am. For sure," Wall said when asked if he is looking forward to seeing Drake now that the Wizards have evened the series as it shifts back to Toronto. "I told him to be here for Game 3. He told me he was going to be here. He didn't show up. He told me we were getting swept. He said he had the broom for us."

Drake is a global ambassador for the Raptors and often sits courtside.

"My reaction is, we did what we were supposed to do; we came home and won two games," Wall said of his response to Drake's sweep comment. "My arguments with him ain't really about the game of basketball -- we just be out there having fun. But at the same time, we [have] a focus that we are trying to go in there and win Game 5. I want him to know that they weren't going to sweep us."

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers

Apr 18, 2018 10:04 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, April 17.

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Lorenzo Brown, Quinn Cook Headline 2018 All-NBA G League First Team

Apr 16, 2018 1:32 PM

Lorenzo Brown headlines the 2017-18 All-NBA G League First Team

Brown, who averaged 18.8 points and 8.9 assists for Raptors 905, is joined on the All-NBA G League First Team by South Bay Lakers center Thomas Bryant, Santa Cruz Warriors guard Quinn Cook, Salt Lake City Stars forward Georges Niang and Texas Legends forward Jameel Warney. All five members of the First Team played in both the NBA and NBA G League during the 2017-18 season, with Brown, Cook and Niang as NBA two-way players Bryant as an assignee and Warney earning a GATORADE Call-Up.   

The All-NBA G League Second Team features four NBA two-way players: guard Antonio Blakeney (Windy City Bulls/Chicago Bulls), guard Alex Caruso (South Bay Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers), forward Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves/Minnesota Timberwolves) and forward Johnathan Motley (Texas Legends/Dallas Mavericks). Forward Christian Wood of the Delaware Blue Coats rounds out the Second Team.  

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Tags: Lorenzo Brown, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

Apr 16, 2018 1:16 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks.

Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Raptors Convert Lorenzo Brown To Standard NBA Contract

Apr 11, 2018 11:02 AM

The Toronto Raptors have converted guard Lorenzo Brown to a standard NBA contract. Brown, who signed a two-way contract July 25, 2017, is now eligible to participate for the Raptors in the playoffs. 

Brown has appeared in 14 games with the Raptors this season. Averaging 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 9.8 minutes. He scored a season-high 11 points Apr. 9 at Detroit and recorded a season-best five assists Jan. 11 vs. Cleveland.

Brown was selected as the 2017-18 MVP of the NBA G League on Apr. 10 after averaging team highs of 18.8 points, 8.9 assists and 1.78 steals in 32 games (all starts) for Raptors 905.  He also averaged 5.2 rebounds and shot .468 from the field.  Raptors 905 (31-19) went 25-7 with Brown in the lineup. 

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Lorenzo Brown Named G League Most Valuable Player

Apr 10, 2018 1:36 PM

Raptors 905 guard Lorenzo Brown was named the 2017-18 NBA G League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 26 head coaches and general managers.

Brown (6-5, 187, North Carolina State), who signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors last July, averaged team highs of 18.8 points, 8.9 assists and 1.78 steals in 32 games (all starts) for defending NBA G League champion Raptors 905. 

He also averaged 5.2 rebounds and shot 46.8 percent from the field.  Raptors 905 (31-19) went 25-7 with Brown in the lineup.  

In his fifth NBA G League season, Brown helped lead Raptors 905 to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.  Raptors 905 defeated the Grand Rapids Drive in the first round, the Westchester Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and the Erie BayHawks in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs. The team currently trails the Austin Spurs 1-0 in the NBA G League Finals.

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Quinn Cook, a two-way player with the Golden State Warriors, finished second in the NBA G League MVP voting. Westchester Knicks guard Trey Burke, who was called up by the New York Knicks in January, finished third.

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On Houston, Toronto And The Playoff Picture

Mar 23, 2018 2:50 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Seerat Sohi of SB Nation, The Athletic and more (@DamianTrilard) catch up on the Rockets, Raptors and the playoff picture.

They discuss her piece on Houston’s dominant season, Toronto’s internal improvement and what playoff series they most want to see.

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Nigel Hayes Agrees To 2nd 10-Day Contract With Raptors

Mar 16, 2018 10:49 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed forward Nigel Hayes to a second 10-day contract.

Hayes, 6-foot-8, 254 pounds, has appeared in two games for Toronto, scoring six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3PT) in six minutes of action. Prior to joining the Raptors, Hayes split the season between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League.

Hayes signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers on Jan. 19, recording three points and two assists in 11 minutes in two games. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 35.6 minutes in 38 games with the Knicks. Hayes shot .450 (227-for-505) from the field, .441 (94-for-213) from three-point range and .744 (64-for-86) at the free throw line. He scored 20-or-more points 10 times, including a season-high 37 points Nov. 7 at Delaware.

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Raptors Pitched DeMar DeRozan On Shooting More Three-Pointers

Mar 13, 2018 10:25 AM

Bobby Webster and the Toronto Raptors three highest ranked coaches were called into the office of Masai Ujiri on December 19th before summoning in DeMar DeRozan.

"I didn't know what the hell was going on," DeRozan recalls. "I thought, 'S---, I know I can't be traded.' It was like I was being called into the principal's office.'"

The Raptors had reinvented their offense but they needed something more from DeRozan.

Ujiri told DeRozan they wanted him to become Toronto's Kobe Bryant as a lifetime player who defines a franchise, but they needed him to shoot more three-pointers.

If DeRozan began to shoot more three-pointers, he would take less contact, create more space and possessions would flow more naturally.

"When everyone has that kind of confidence in you -- that you can carry a franchise -- it gives you that extra confidence," DeRozan said. "For them to say I could be in [Kobe's] position -- it was an honor accepting that fully."

DeRozan has since averaged more almost four three-point attempts per game.

"Is [the new offense] gonna translate into the playoffs?" Casey asks. "We're gonna find out."

The league is respectful, yet skeptical. "We take that disrespect," DeRozan says, "and carry it into games."

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DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard Named NBA Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged a team-high 24.8 points along with 4.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds as the Raptors won an NBA-best four games last week.

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DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged a team-high 20.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds during four games last week.

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Raptors Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract
Nigel Hayes appeared in two games this season with the Lakers.

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DeMar DeRozan Opens Up About Battle With Depression
DeMar DeRozan attempts to cope with his issues by throwing himself into life with his family and basketball.

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Raptors Not Interested In Signing Vince Carter This Season
The Kings have been willing to buyout Vince Carter if that becomes his preference.

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Raptors Trade Bruno Caboclo To Kings For Malachi Richardson
Bruno Caboclo was Toronto's first round pick in 2014.

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Raptors, Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan Trade
Any trade presumably would include Jonas Valanciunas.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month
DeMar DeRozan ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (25.3 ppg) and added 5.9 assists as the Raptors went 10-5 in January.

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Dwane Casey To Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game
The Raptors and Dwane Casey earned the All-Star coaching nod with a 33-15 record.

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Dwane Casey Wants Raptors To Push For No. 1 Seed In East
It is unusual for Dwane Casey to publicly state a team goal.

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Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected After Exchanging Punches
James Johnson's appeared to throw a punch at Serge Ibaka's jaw, while Ibaka's punch was at Johnson's chest.

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

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Raptors Finding Success With A Lot Of Similar Talents With Different Skill Sets
The Raptors are playing a pair of backup point guards on the floor together in Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet.

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Dwane Casey, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month
Dwane Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December.

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Serge Ibaka Suspended One Game For Altercation With Member Of Toronto's Staff
Serge Ibaka will miss Friday's game against the Hawks.

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Delon Wright Doesn't Need Surgery On Right Shoulder
Delon Wright will continue his rehabilitation with team medical officials.

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DeMar DeRozan, Karl-Anthony Towns Named NBA's Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 from the field during four games.

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Delon Wright Suffers Dislocated Right Shoulder
Delon Wright will consult with Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Kyle Lowry Had Interest In Signing With Spurs
San Antonio re-signed Patty Mills in free agency and also added Rudy Gay.

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