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  • Raptors’ Fred VanVleet needed stitches after taking elbow to eye

    Larry Brown Sports "Fred VanVleet’s left eye was not looking so great after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night. VanVleet’s Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in double overtime for their first win in the series. VanVleet did not play well and shot just..." May 20

  • Norman Powell describes Kawhi Leonard as someone who ‘doesn’t care about the accolades’, just winning

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors swingman Norman Powell has spoken highly of his All-Star teammate Kawhi Leonard. In their postgame press conference after the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks in double-overtime in Game 3, Powell lauded Leonard for focusing on winning games rather than piling up on the..." May 20

  • Pascal Siakam explains how Raptors were able to limit Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors took Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and avoid going down 0-3 in the series. The Raptors had five players score in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 36 points, but one of the main reasons why they got the..." May 20

  • Raptors star Kawhi Leonard increases playoff point average every year

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard has helped the Toronto Raptors trim the Milwaukee Bucks’ lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series to one game, scoring 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists in their 118-112 overtime win in Game 3. This is the fourth consecutive game that the former..." May 20

  • Nick Nurse says Kawhi Leonard’s defense on Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was ‘the biggest key’ in Game 3

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse praised Kawhi Leonard’s defense on Milwaukee Bucks star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, noting that it was the biggest key in their Game 3 victory. Per NBA TV, Nurse was asked about Leonard’s defense on Antetokounmpo — this..." May 20

  • Kyle Lowry calls Kawhi Leonard ‘the best two-way basketball player in the NBA’

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry says superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard is “probably the best two-way basketball player in the NBA.” We can take the word “probably” out for Lowry because there’s no doubt Leonard is the best two-way player in the..." May 20

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry says his thumb is bothering him all the time

    Clutch Points "Aside from a couple of performances here and there, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has not had a great postseason, as he is averaging 13.7 points, 6.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 37.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from 3-point range..." May 20

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo : 'I never expected this series to be easy'

    ESPN "These are the nights that Giannis Antetokounmpo frets about most. Through the first three quarters of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Antetokounmpo scored just six points. He finished with 12 total. He missed two key free throws in the first overtime and fouled out less than..." May 20

  • Pascal Siakam’s growth helps Raptors if they undergo potential rebuild

    Sportsnet "I have avoided spending too much time talking about or even thinking about Kawhi Leonard and next season, avoiding the tiresome cottage industry that has sprung up south of the border and led to such headline staples as “Sources: Leonard leaning toward Clippers.” Meh. We’ll..." May 20

  • Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard downplays injury after favouring leg during Game 3

    NBA.com "Another Raptors' postseason win and yet another masterful performance from Kawhi Leonard. In the thrilling double-overtime Game 3 win, Leonard finished with 36 points on 11-of-25 shooting, adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. However, it appeared..." May 20

  • Raptors HC Nick Nurse to give Norman Powell more minutes in Game 3

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors find themselves in a 0-2 hole against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals — and in desperate need of some adjustments. Head coach Nick Nurse indicated that some of those changes will come early in the hopes of finding more favorable matchups..." May 19

  • Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer not concerned about Raptors’ lineup change

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors head coach Nick nurse announced to the media that he would tweak his lineup in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals after falling behind 0-2 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was unintimidated by his counterpart’s move, telling the media that the..." May 19

  • Raptors facing familiar outcome despite season spent investing in change

    Sportsnet "There are all kinds of ways to make change for a dollar. The combinations are nearly unlimited. But in the end, all you have is a dollar. Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been making change furiously all season long. He cashed in former head coach Dwane Casey for Nick..." May 19

  • Nassir Little believes he could be second coming of Kawhi Leonard if drafted by Spurs

    Clutch Points "North Carolina small forward Nassir Little will head into the NBA Draft as a projected late lottery pick, with many reports putting him somewhere either outside of the top 10 or just near the bottom of it. While Little isn’t letting any of that get in his way, he did recently..." May 18

  • Increased roles for Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell could aid Raptors in Game 3

    Sportsnet "Having blown a golden opportunity in one game, received a thorough beating in another, and been outscored by 30 in the aggregate by the deep, talented, and absolutely zooming Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors return home this weekend down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s not..." May 18

  • Raptors’ Pascal Siakam admits he didn’t look like a ‘Most Impoved Player’ finalist in Game 2 loss to Bucks

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam had been named as one of the final nominees for this year’s Most Improved Player award. He admits he hardly looked the part in their embarrassing loss in Game 2. The Milwaukee Bucks made quite a statement with their dominant win over the..." May 18

  • Raptors' Nick Nurse: Don't care about 0-2; we can win

    ESPN "After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Toronto Raptors returned home knowing the odds -- at least historically -- are against them in their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. But when told that 94 percent of the teams with 2-0 leads have gone on to win..." May 18

  • Bucks, Warriors sweeps would set stage for ultimate NBA Finals battle

    USA Today "Damian Lillard will hurry to tell you that all the Golden State Warriors have done so far is “protect home.” Likewise, there are no white flags being hoisted by the Toronto Raptors, despite a 2-0 deficit that arose from a combination of being wasteful in one game and woeful in..." May 18

  • Marc Gasol takes responsibility for Raptors' poor start in Game 2 loss

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol at the NBA trade deadline for his passing skills as a center and his veteran leadership. Through two games of the Eastern Conference finals, however, his poor play has been a major factor in Toronto's 0-2 hole against the Milwaukee..." May 18

  • Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors Have Gone from Over The Moon to Overwhelmed

    Bleacher Report "It's been less than a week since Kawhi Leonard hit the biggest shot in Toronto Raptors history, a fallaway from the corner that bounced on the rim four times before falling through and becoming the first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history. Two games later, the Raptors are down..." May 18

  • Kawhi Leonard had hilarious answer to reporter’s question

    Larry Brown Sports "Ask Kawhi Leonard a question and you may get a very literal reply. That’s exactly what happened on Friday night. Leonard was asked after his Toronto Raptors’ 22-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals where his team goes from here. The..." May 18

  • Lakers could have trade interest in Raptors guard Kyle Lowry this summer

    Bardown "Trade rumours are always stirring in the NBA, especially ones including some of the biggest names in the game. Over the past year multiple reporters and analysts predicted that Anthony Davis would be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the near future. However, that all changed the..." May 17

  • Pascal Siakam, D'Angelo Russell, De'Aaron Fox named finalists for NBA Most Improved Player award

    TSN "Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam has been named one of the three finalists for this season's Most Improved Player award, the NBA announced Friday night.  Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox and Brooklyn Nets points guard D'Angelo..." May 17

  • Is a Kawhi Leonard Departure from Toronto Inevitable?

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard gives the Raptors the biggest boom or bust potential out of any team in the NBA heading into the offseason. If he stays, the Raptors will continue to be contenders in the east, if he goes, Toronto likely heads into a rebuilding phase centered around Pascal Siakam. Even if Toronto..." May 17

  • Toronto Restaurants Are Trying to Get Kawhi Leonard to Stay With Free Food for Life

    Daily Hive "They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. A local Toronto Raptors fan site is putting that theory into practice, calling for free food for Kawhi Leonard if he stays with the team. A free agent at season’s end, Kawhi has long been thought to..." May 17

  • Raptors must find a way to defend Brook Lopez

    The Sports Daily "Heading into game two of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final of the NBA Playoffs, the Toronto Raptors definitely have their hands full with the Milwaukee Bucks. In game one on Wednesday, it was not at all surprising that Bucks all-star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double double with 24..." May 17

  • Raptors need to find right balance for Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka in Game 2

    Sportsnet "It’s worth keeping in mind that the Toronto Raptors have been here before. After dropping their playoff opener by three points to the Orlando Magic, they were fulfilling popular prophecy, following up a typically strong regular season by falling flat when it truly matters. After going..." May 17

  • Pascal Siakam seemingly dealing with left elbow issues after Game 1 vs. Bucks

    Clutch Points "Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors looked great throughout the majority of Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, they ended up losing the game by a final score of 108-100. The Raptors simply could not contend with the..." May 16

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors Could Acquire Anthony Davis If Kawhi Leonard Commits To Team, Per ‘Bleacher Report’

    Inquisitr "The NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and with the Los Angeles Lakers landing the fourth overall pick, speculation is rife once again that they could trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis by packaging this draft pick with their young core players. The Boston Celtics and New..." May 16

  • Raptors not named Kyle Lowry go 0-for-15 in 4th

    ESPN "As the final seconds of the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals bled away, Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakambrought the ball upcourt. At the last moment, and still a couple of steps behind the 3-point line, he rose up for a shot over the outstretched arm..." May 16

  • Danny Green: Raptors let Game 1 slip away

    Larry Brown Sports "Danny Green thinks the Toronto Raptors had Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in their hands and let it slip away on Wednesday night. The Raptors led after the first quarter, at halftime, and were up by seven entering the fourth quarter. But they struggled to score late, with..." May 16

  • A Milwaukee Radio Station Will Ban Drake’s Music During The Bucks-Raptors Series

    Dime Magazine "Outside of Jack Nicholson with the Los Angeles Lakers, you’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity with a more prominent fandom of an NBA team than Drake with his beloved Toronto Raptors. A courtside fixture at Raptors games, Drake’s love of his hometown team is so strong that..." May 15

  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • 3 Compelling Reasons Why Kawhi Will Stay Unrelated To Playoffs Finish

    Raptors HQ "Going into yesterday’s historic game 7 with the Sixers, many Raptor fans were naturally antsy that Kawhi will not return unless they win. Now the Raptors have advanced with that incredible, franchise moment defining and NBA game 7 history rewriting shot by Kawhi Leonard, they are once..." May 15

  • Why Kawhi Leonard’s Clutch Shot Made It Easier for the Raptors to Sign Him This Summer

    Complex "One day, we might not be able to underscore the historical significance of the shot Kawhi Leonard hit. Of all the dramatic, movie-worthy endings to a Game 7 we could get, what Leonard authored Sunday was about as cinematic as you can ask for. Score tied, trip to the conference finals..." May 14

  • Raptors' Game 7 Win Over 76ers Most Watched Basketball Game In Canadian History

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors' Game 7 win in the Eastern Conference Semifinals over the Philadelphia 76ers was the most watched game in Canadian basketball broadcast history. 5.8 million Canadians tuned in to watch some or all of the game with an average of 2.2 million viewers. " May 14

  • Raptors' OG Anunoby about one more week from 'ramping it up'

    TSN "Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said injured forward OG Anunoby has started doing a bit of work on court and is about a week away from "ramping it up" to the point where he's close to a return.

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  • Kyle Lowry proving once again he’s the most important Raptor of all time

    Sportsnet "If you don’t appreciate Kyle Lowry after that one, if you didn’t detect the myriad ways he was absolutely essential to that game’s outcome, if you can’t recognize all the tenacious, thankless, imperative things he does for the Toronto Raptors, well,..." May 14

  • Kyle Lowry won't get the credit, but he was awesome in Raptors' Game 7 win

    Toronto Sun "It might have been the best 10-point, shaky offensive, but stellar all-around game since Dennis Rodman was plying his trade for the Chicago Bulls. Kyle Lowry shot just 1-for-7 on three-pointers and 4-for-13 overall from the floor on Sunday, yet was one of the two or three best players..." May 13

  • What we know about Knicks, Nets' chances of landing free agent Kawhi Leonard

    SNY TV "Things can change quickly in the NBA, but the general consensus around the league at the moment is that neither the Knicks nor the Nets have a strong chance to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency. As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported, the Los Angeles Clippers and..." May 13

  • Marc Gasol comforts crying Joel Embiid at end of Game 7

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Toronto Raptors are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals to play Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the next round. The Raptors took care of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, 92-90, thanks to a Kawhi Leonard buzzer beater over Joel..." May 13

  • Kawhi Leonard was worth it, even if he leaves the Raptors

    SB Nation "Anyone who thinks Kawhi Leonard will stay with the Toronto Raptors this summer because of that mind-blowing, buzzer-beating, game-winning jumper at the end of Game 7 on Sunday doesn’t really understand Leonard doesn’t follow the plot all that..." May 13

  • Inside Kawhi Leonard's historic buzzer-beater that lifted Raptors into East finals

    USA Today "Kawhi Leonard isn’t emotionless. You just don’t see it from him often. "I’m a guy that acts like I’ve been there before," Leonard said after making one of the biggest shots of his career and one of the biggest in Toronto Raptors franchise..." May 13

  • Joel Embiid After Game 7 Raptors Loss: 'I Don't Give a Damn About the Process'

    Bleacher Report "Joel Embiid is nicknamed The Process. He's been the face of the Philadelphia 76ers' roster-building endeavor that goes by the same nickname and has persevered through years of losing to reach the point at which he is a postseason regular.  He had no time for..." May 13

  • Kyle Lowry doesn’t want to reminisce about the last time the Sixers and Raptors met in Game 7

    Clutch Points "Ahead of a do-or-die Game 7, the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors players are in two different headspaces. The Raptors, who play the game at home, can relax and enjoy the creature comforts of home, while the 76ers are on the road in drizzly Toronto – where rain showers are..." May 11

  • Cracking the Kawhi Code

    Bleacher Report "Before he called a single play for Kawhi Leonard, before he ever coached or cajoled him or conversed with him, Nick Nurse had the same impression as anyone else of his new star player: Quiet. Reticent. Impenetrable. That's the player the world saw and (rarely) heard all those..." May 11

  • Nick Nurse defends Raptors’ inconsistency by evoking Warriors

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors have been an inconsistent team in the playoffs so far, but head coach Nick Nurse is playing it down and is not one bit bothered about the concern. Toronto is currently tied with the Philadelphia 76ers at 3-3 in their Eastern Conference Semifinals showdown. Both..." May 11

  • Philly’s Joel Embiid can make Game 7 an inside job

    Toronto Star "When last Joel Embiid was seen exiting the playing surface in Toronto in the wake of the Raptors’ blowout win in Game 5, the Philadelphia centre glanced at the hip-hop star standing courtside and offered a promise. “I’ll be back,” Embiid said to Drake on..." May 10

  • Ben Simmons says guarding Kawhi Leonard is taking his focus from offense

    Pro Basketball Talk "Even though the Philadelphia 76ers have kept things close with the Toronto Raptors in their second-round series, it seems as though many fans have started to turn on Ben Simmons. Simmons has been particularly awful for the 76ers in the halfcourt offense. The fact that Simmons..." May 10

  • Major NBA rumor indicates LeBron James visited Kawhi Leonard at Sixers game

    The Sports Daily "The NBA has rules in place to protect against collusion, but apparently those don’t apply to LeBron James. Everyone knows how his signing with the Lakers went down, with him speaking to the team well before free agency began. That was a done deal shortly after the Cavs got swept..." May 09