Category Archives: Game Previews

Game Day: Raptors look to take Game 7


At least it’s in Toronto. That’s something most fans are happy to breathe a sigh of relief about after the Raptors got thrashed in Brooklyn in Game 6. They never held the lead once and despite a late rally, fell short to the desperate Nets. “They were throwing haymakers and we were not ready for it,” said DeMar DeRozan. Four ... Read More »

Raps look to close the deal in Game 6


The Raptors were outscored 44-24 in the fourth quarter of Game 5, which included a 32-8 run by the Nets. Despite this, they were able to hold on for the narrow 115-113 victory. Even after countless four-point plays that had fans groaning and wringing their hands. “My emotions, you wouldn’t want to hear it. We just didn’t play smart. They ... Read More »

Game Day: Game 5, Nets @ Raptors


Much has been made about the difference in atmosphere between Toronto and Brooklyn. While the ‘White Sea up North’ – I just kind of coined that on the fly – has been a living hell, the Barclays Center has been a den of pussycats. The expectation that Garnett had from Brooklyn’s crowd was not met, and Paul Pierce didn’t seem ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors’ season hangs on Game 4

NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors

It’s no secret that the Raptors need to win tonight to have any hope of defeating the Nets and moving on to the next round of the playoffs. Down 2-1 in the series, Toronto knows that it has to play much better despite some iffy calls by officials. Patrick Patterson is one said player looking for redemption, after missing two ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors @ Nets – Game Three


Win one of these next two games, and you regain your home-court advantage. Win both, you’re heading back to Toronto to finish off the seniors for good. Lose both, your season is done. Indeed, the implications of this – and most – playoff games are massive, and could shift the momentum to one team’s favour drastically. The atmosphere “Very, very ... Read More »

Raps look to right ship in Game 2

Kyle Lowry, Paul Pierce

Make no mistake about it. Tonight is a must-win game for the Toronto Raptors. After blowing Game 1 in the Air Canada Centre 94-87, the Raps have lost home court advantage to the dangerous Brooklyn Nets. Going into Brooklyn 0-2 is definitely not how Toronto would like to repay its loyal fans who have waited years for these very games. ... Read More »

Playoffs, Game 1 – The Preview


The Prologue: Long before this season began, long before Demar DeRozan was ever drafted, long before Masai Ujiri every worked for the Raptors, the city of Toronto still had beef with New York. It began over a decade ago, when a then young upstart Raptors team, led by the dazzling Vince Carter trotted into the post season for the first ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors host Bucks


If the Raptors are able to grab a win tonight, they’ll set a franchise record for wins in a season. And what better opponent to do it against than the league worst Bucks? “We definitely want to pass that record,” Amir Johnson said. “We’re still playing hard, we’re still working on our game for the playoffs so we’re still playing ... Read More »

Game Day: Raptors meet Pistons

DeMar DeRozan; Jonas Jerebko

The Raptors have won the Atlantic Division for the second time ever. They are headed to the playoffs for just the sixth time in 19 seasons of existence. But that’s not enough. After the Raps’ loss to the Knicks, the Chicago Bulls stole back the third seed that Toronto has held for the majority of the season. If they want ... Read More »

Game Day: 76ers @ Raptors

Amir Johnson; Jonas Valanciunas;

While the media has yet to speak to Jonas Valanciunas directly, we do know that he will play tonight. No suspension… For now. Dwane Casey and Masai Ujiri both addressed the press (all 5 million of them who turned up), yesterday. “(I was) disappointed a little bit,” Masai Ujiri said. “As an organization, it’s not something we take lightly, it’s ... Read More »

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