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Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas Out for Second Round vs. Heat

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Jonas Valanciunas has been playing exceptionally well for the Toronto Raptors throughout the NBA Playoffs so far. Unfortunately, he will not be able to return for the Raptors against the Miami Heat for the remainder of their series. He went down with a sprained ankle in Game 3 and it is an injury that will keep him out for the ...

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Only Kyle Lowry can lead the Toronto Raptors to Eastern Conference Finals

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Facing the harshest criticism of his career, a determined future hall-of-famer, and an opponent that’s already packed for Cleveland, Kyle Lowry rose to the occasion on Saturday with a clutch performance for the ages to give his Toronto Raptors a 95-91 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. Shooting a dismal 31 percent from the field entering ...

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The world doesn’t want the Toronto Raptors to defeat the Miami Heat

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With the world expecting the Toronto Raptors to collapse following their Game 1 overtime-loss to the Miami Heat, head coach Dwane Casey’s crew reminded the league of their playoff potential with a 96-92 overtime-victory on Thursday night to even the series 1-1 ahead of Saturday’s Game 3 in south Florida. ”I’m encouraged,” said Casey following the victory. ”We’ve got to ...

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DeMar DeRozan’s playoff problems will lead him to Laker-land

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For any of the NBA’s other 15 playoff teams, entering the second game of a seven-game series down 1-0 is no reason to panic. But for the seemingly-cursed Toronto Raptors, Monday night’s 98-87 win over the Indiana Pacers was one of the most important victories in franchise history. That’s life for a talented regular season team that’s continuously failed to ...

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Can the Toronto Raptors finally kick opening-round curse?

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After failing to reach beyond the opening round of the NBA Playoffs in each of the last two seasons, expectations surrounding the Toronto Raptors’ chances in this year’s playoffs range from extremely skeptical to ridiculously optimistic. There are several significant differences between the Raptors of the past and this season’s squad of record-setters. Beginning with the most obvious, Toronto had ...

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Can Toronto Raptors follow in footsteps of ’91 Blue Jays?

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In July of 1991, the world of pro sports briefly turned its collective attention to the city of Toronto as baseball’s All-Star game brought the legendary likes of Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, and Kirby Puckett into town for a mid-summer classic in one of the league’s emerging markets. At the center of it all, the Toronto Blue Jays sat positioned ...

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Kyle Lowry cementing status as one of NBA’s elite

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Since coming to Toronto as a late-blooming question mark with a ton of upside ahead of the 2012-13 regular season, Kyle Lowry has developed into one of the Eastern Conference’s top point guards, the face of a once-fledgling franchise, and more recently, a perennial All-Star. Thanks to a second straight year of epic fan-support during the final week of all-star ...

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Raptors sign Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension

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The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. “Jonas’ contributions continue to improve with each season and we view him as a significant part of what we are building in Toronto,” said Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri. In his three seasons with the Raptors, the 23-year-old Valanciunas has averaged 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 26.3 ...

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Drake helps Toronto Raptors unveil new uniforms

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With the help of Drake, the Toronto Raptors unveiled four new uniforms Monday night. “Raptors Global Ambassador Drake unveiled a Cory Joseph alternate black jersey with gold and white trim during his OVOFest concert tonight at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Joseph, a native of the Toronto area who joined the club as a free agent in July, will wear number ...

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NBA free agency: Potential landing spots for All-Star big men

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NBA free agency began Wednesday at midnight, and already tons of deals have gone down. But there are a plethora of big name, big men still waiting for the first domino to fall. LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, and others are all taking several meetings to find the perfect spot. Some guys want money, some guys want a chance at ...

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