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  • Raptors' Sergio Scariolo flourishes as acting head coach in unusual circumstances

    Sportsnet "In the 25-plus season history of the Toronto Raptors, there has never been a night quite like the one the team experienced on Friday, and there’s a good chance we’ll see more nights like it in the coming days. About five-and-a-half hours before Toronto tipped off..." February 27

  • Pascal Siakam Expected To Miss Next Three Games

    Hoops Rumors "Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is expected to remain sidelined until after the All-Star break by the league’s health and safety protocols, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets. Siakam was placed under those protocols on Friday and missed the..." February 27

  • Kyle Lowry cites influence of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant after saving game ball for Sergio Scariolo

    The Score "Kyle Lowry sat on the scorer's table twirling the game ball after his franchise-record 16th triple-double during the Toronto Raptors' 122-111 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday, intending to keep it as a memento. However, the ball wasn't destined for his own..." February 27

  • The Toronto Raptors are making a fashion statement for Black lives

    Sportsnet "By now, you’ve seen not only the Toronto Raptors' Black Lives Matter bus, the message written across their step and press conferences backdrops, but you’ve seen them wear various messages on their chest, too. From the NBA restart bubble in Orlando and beyond,..." February 27

  • Every NBA Team's Worst Contract This Season

    Bleacher Report "Bad contracts come in all shapes and sizes in the NBA, with nearly every team possessing at least one deal they regret. For the purpose of this article, we're only focusing on contracts vs. production for this season only. Some players may have worse long-term deals overall,..." February 27

  • Raptors GM jokes about Kyle Lowry serving as player-coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors are short on coaches Friday night, but one particularly intriguing option won’t be happening. Raptors coach Nick Nurse and five other members staff were forced to quarantine due to health and safety protocols. Assistant Sergio Scariolo will coach the team in..." February 26

  • Pascal Siakam Out Due To COVID-19 Protocols

    Hoops Rumors "In addition to missing head coach Nick Nurse and five other members of their coaching staff, the Raptors will also be without star forward Pascal Siakam on Friday night vs. Houston due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, as Doug Smith of The..." February 26

  • Raptors' Nick Nurse, 5 assistants will miss game vs. Rockets due to protocols

    The Score "Six members of the Toronto Raptors' coaching staff, including head coach Nick Nurse, will not be on the bench for Friday's home game against the Houston Rockets due to health and safety protocols, the Raptors announced.   " February 26

  • What we know about all 30 teams ahead of the 2021 NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "The Brooklyn Nets started the trade season in January when former MVP James Harden was acquired in a four-team deal. The Harden addition strengthens what many had already considered a championship contender in Brooklyn. What else should we expect between now..." February 26

  • College Seniors Must Petition NBA To Be Draft Eligible This Year

    Yardbarker "The NBA will require college seniors to petition the league for inclusion on the early-entry list in order to become draft-eligible this year, ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony reports. The NCAA granted all winter athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic,..." February 26

  • Kyle Lowry’s agent: ‘Not true’ that he’s pushing to go to 76ers

    The Score "Franchise icon Kyle Lowry remains committed to the Toronto Raptors, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein. Bartelstein denied rumors Thursday about Lowry's desire to land with the Philadelphia 76ers if he ends up getting dealt by Toronto ahead of the..." February 26

  • Shaquille O’Neal hilariously changes tack on criticizing young players

    The Sports Rush "The 2020-21 NBA season is almost halfway through. With the All-Star break approaching, there is a lot to be reflected upon about this half. The Los Angeles Lakers, are stuck in a rut, after having a hot start to the season. The Utah Jazz are ablaze, with a league-best 26-6 record. The..." February 26

  • Who is Donta Hall? Fast facts on Toronto Raptors' latest signing

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors have made a roster move, signing forward Donta Hall to a 10-day contract. Hall, 23, was signed away from Team Ignite, the G League pathway program that features several prospects that will be eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft. As noted above, Hall will..." February 26

  • Raptors to sign Donta Hall to 10-day contract

    Raptors HQ "The Toronto Raptors are filling their current open roster spot with forward Donta Hall from the G League Ignite team, according to reports. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Hall will sign a 10-day contract with Toronto. Hall, a 6’9”..." February 26

  • Canada Goose and Rhude Collab on Vests for NBA All-Star Players

    Complex "Players at this year’s NBA All-Star Game will be staying warm in style thanks to a collaboration by Canada Goose and L.A.-based brand Rhude. The two brands will release limited-edition Canada Goose freestyle vests to be worn by the players selected for the 2021 All-Star..." February 26

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver offers apology to Raptors' Masai Ujiri

    Sportsnet "Adam Silver wishes he could make his words go away and regrets even saying them. The forward-thinking NBA commissioner recognizes that comments he made during an interview with HBO in 2019 regarding what was then an alleged assault by Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri on..." February 25

  • This is why the NBA likely will never change its logo

    Larry Brown Sports "The topic of the NBA potentially changing its logo has come back into focus this week thanks to Kyrie Irving, but it remains unlikely that we are going to see a new logo at any point in the near future. Why? Money, of course. The current NBA logo was designed in 1969 and features the..." February 25

  • 5 Best NBA Reunions That Should Happen

    Fadeaway World "A lot of time in the NBA, a player is associated with a certain team: for example, someone like Shaquille O’Neal is always associated with the Lakers. But in this era of commonplace player movement, players often switch teams for a variety of reasons. Even if players do leave a team where..." February 25

  • Sixers, Heat, Clippers Considered Potential Suitors For Kyle Lowry

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have told point guard Kyle Lowry they’d be open to the possibility of trading him to a preferred destination as long as they can get something of value in return, sources tell Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. According to one of..." February 25

  • 2021 NBA Draft: Best Fits for G League Star Jalen Green

    Bleacher Report "Jalen Green was a projected top-five NBA draft pick entering the G League bubble, and he's delivering on those expectations. Lottery teams can now start thinking about how he fits with their roster, feeling more confident that he's the real deal.  Through..." February 25

  • Kyle Lowry interested in 76ers

    SI "The NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Although the Philadelphia 76ers remain in the first place within the Eastern Conference, they are far from a finished product. Sure, Joel Embiid looks like the league's MVP frontrunner, and his fellow All-Star teammate Ben..." February 25

  • NBA Rising Stars Challenge Removed from 2021 All-Star Weekend

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has canceled the Rising Stars Challenge for the 2021 All-Star break, according to Mark Medina of USA Today. The annual event showcases the top rookies and second-year players in the league, but the game will be cut this year amid changes because..." February 25

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry (thumb) probable vs. Heat

    TSN "Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is listed as probable against the Miami Heat. Lowry has missed the last four games with a thumb injury.   " February 24

  • Heat's Goran Dragic: Will play vs. Raptors

    CBS Sports "Dragic (ankle) will play during Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports. A sprained left ankle has caused Dragic to miss nine straight games... " February 24

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry returns from thumb injury vs. Heat

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is available to play in Miami against the Heat Wednesday night. Lowry had missed the past four games with a thumb injury. Lowry was injured last week in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. " February 24

  • Kyrie Irving Calls for Kobe Bryant to Be the New NBA Logo

    Complex "Kyrie Irving reignited the discussion around changing the NBA logo to Kobe Bryant with an Instagram post on Wednesday. The Brooklyn Nets point guard shared a mock-up/tribute of the late Bryant in the place of the silhouette of Jerry West, who occupies the..." February 24

  • The 10 Greatest Second-Round NBA Draft Steals Since 2010

    Fadeaway World "There have been many famous NBA Draft steals in recent memory. However, how many came in the second round? You might actually be surprised at how many current and former NBA stars were second-round picks between 2010 and 2020. Whether they were picked with the first five picks of the..." February 24

  • NBA releases 2nd-half schedule

    NBA.com "The NBA today released its game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the Second Half of the 2020-21 regular season, which will begin Wednesday, March 10 and conclude Sunday, May 16. The Second Half..." February 24

  • NBA reports 2 positive COVID-19 tests in last week

    The Score "Two of 455 NBA players tested for COVID-19 in the last week returned positive results, the league announced Wednesday. The NBA reported five positive tests among players a week ago... " February 24

  • Raptors president Masai Ujiri wants to 'fight' for wrongly accused after post-Finals incident

    ESPN "Although he lost the chance to celebrate winning the 2019 NBA championship because a law enforcement officer wrongly prevented him from stepping on the court, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said what he thinks about is the many other minorities who find themselves losing far..." February 24

  • Why Fred VanVleet Deserves to Be a 2021 NBA All-Star

    Complex "When the NBA announced the starters for the All-Star game on Feb. 18, it became official that for the first time since 2014, a Raptor would not have their name called out at the global showcase event. Toronto paid the price for a slow start in that regard but the..." February 24

  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse has plenty of options to fill vacancy on his staff while developing another HC in waiting

    The Star "Whoever Nick Nurse tabs to join his Raptors coaching staff is not going to be pigeonholed. It is not his style to give one job to any one coach. He likes to develop a well-rounded staff, which benefits not only his team but the coaches as well. He has done that..." February 24

  • 3 ideal Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "Reports surfaced earlier this week that the struggling Dallas Mavericks were interested in pulling off a Kristaps Porzingis trade. It has become all-too obvious that the Unicorn is not that second star behind Luka Doncic to lead Dallas to championship contention. Injuries coupled..." February 23

  • Alessia Cara to perform Canadian anthem at 2021 NBA All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "Canadian singer/songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alessia Cara will be among the artists performing prior to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Cara became the first Canadian ever to win a Grammy for "best new artist," earning the..." February 23

  • Twitter Debates Who Is The Biggest #NBAAllstar Snub After The List Was Released

    Black Sports Online "The NBA is officially announcing the Allstar game reserves tonight but when you’re Shams you get the list earlier than everyone else. Shams tweeted out the reserves list which include Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Zion Williamson, and..." February 23

  • Damian Lillard, James Harden among reserves selected by league's coaches

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced its All-Star Game starters last Thursday, but given the somewhat predictable nature of picking the top five players in each conference, tonight's reveal is the more important one. On Tuesday, the league unveiled the seven All-Star reserves for each conference as selected..." February 23

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Would Blow Up The 2021 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It may seem like we'll have to satisfy our NBA transaction fix by wondering about Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond buyouts (which...meh). But if this season has demonstrated anything, it's that we never really know when a big move is coming. James..." February 23

  • The best trade 76ers can offer Raptors for Kyle Lowry

    NBA Analysis "After being swept in the first-round of the NBA playoffs last year by the Boston Celtics, this year’s Philadelphia 76ers team looks completely different and ready to compete for a championship. Entering the season, there were a lot of expectations for this group and they have not..." February 22

  • NBA All-Star reserves: Damian Lillard a lock, but the rest not so easy

    USA Today "Picking NBA All-Star starters is easy. Selecting the reserves is difficult, and it’s up to NBA coaches to make the decisions. When the 2021 All-Star reserves are announced Tuesday on TNT, worthy players will be rewarded for the seasons they are having. We see you,..." February 22

  • Chris Finch departure proves Raptors have built something worth imitating

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse turned in early after one of the most satisfying wins of the season on Sunday night, but at about 1 a.m. he found himself awake and checked his phone, which is when he learned the Toronto Raptors machine would once more have to keep moving ahead without a key..." February 22

  • Dribble around Raptors Fred VanVleet at your own risk

    NBA.com "With Kyle Lowry missing his third straight game with injury, Fred VanVleet stepped up in a big way in Toronto's win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. In addition to scoring 23 points, tying him with Pascal Siakam for team-high honours,..." February 22

  • 5 Best Targets For The Miami Heat Right Now

    Fadeaway World "The Miami Heat made the NBA Finals last season, shocking everyone with their play as a defensive team. Led by their new signing Jimmy Butler, the Heat played like a team that deserved a chip and injuries destroyed their chances. But this season, they are struggling to find their form and are..." February 22

  • The Timberwolves Hour-Long Coaching Search is Shady and the NBA Should Be Mad

    The Big Lead "The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Ryan Saunders on Sunday night and then announced the hiring of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch. It all happened so fast. Too fast, really. And the NBA should have a lot of questions about a situation that seem to have very obvious..." February 22

  • NBA Teams Bracing Themselves for the Worst Schedule They've Ever Seen

    Bleacher Report "As the NBA prepares to release its schedule for the second half of the 2020-21 season, teams are reportedly prepared for a backloaded slate of games. "They are bracing themselves for the worst schedule they've ever seen. All kinds of five games in seven nights, all..." February 22

  • Which players are on track to cash in on All-Star, All-NBA and other contract bonuses in 2021?

    ESPN "The honor of being selected as an All-Star is not the only thing on the line when the reserves are announced Tuesday night. There are five players who could combine to earn $5 million if they are selected to the All-Star Game. Here's our look at each player who has an All-Star..." February 22

  • Timberwolves fire coach Ryan Saunders; finalizing deal with Raptors assistant Chris Finch

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a multiyear deal on Monday to make Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch the franchise's new coach, sources told ESPN. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas fired Ryan Saunders on Sunday,..." February 22

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry to miss third-straight game with thumb injury

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will take on the top team in the Eastern Conference Sunday without their best player. The team confirmed that veteran guard Kyle Lowry will miss his third straight game with a thumb injury, keeping him out of the lineup against his hometown..." February 21

  • Lakers reportedly interested in Cousins reunion but will have competition

    CBS Sports "DeMarcus Cousins was, at least early in his tenure with the Houston Rockets, one of the worst players in the NBA. Through 11 games, he averaged 6.1 points on 26.3 percent shooting. But in late January, glimpses of the former All-Star began to shine through. In his last 14 games,..." February 21

  • NBA Trades to Prevent a Los Angeles Lakers Championship Repeat

    Bleacher Report "There's a long way to go in the 2020-21 NBA season. A lot can change between now and the playoffs. But at the moment, it feels like a Los Angeles Lakers repeat might be the safest prediction for a championship (assuming Anthony Davis is healthy). So far, L.A...." February 20

  • 10 NBA Superstars Who Forced A Trade

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is a league that allows a lot of player mobility. Players switch between teams all the time, whether through a free agency or a trade. Sometimes a player is traded because a team wants to move them from the roster. But other times, players get traded because they request the trade..." February 20