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NBA trade deadline: Former No1 pick Fultz to Magic as Gasol heads to Raptors

Eastern Conference leading Bucks acquire Nikola MiroticMarkelle Fultz has struggled so far during NBA careerFormer No1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has a new home, going from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic according to multiple sources as t…

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Harden scores 58 in loss to Nets as Cousins to debut for ‘most hated’ Warriors

Brooklyn Nets 145-142 Houston Rockets (OT)New Orleans Pelicans 140-147 Golden State WarriorsToronto Raptors 108-117 Boston CelticsSpencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden…

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Will the Raptors end Toronto’s difficult relationship with winning?

It’s January and no NBA team has won more games than the revamped Raptors. So why is everyone is Toronto worried?In Toronto, it’s the hope that kills you.It’s a sports-mad place boasting competitive teams across a multitude of codes but lots of chaos a…

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Kawhi Leonard’s weird trade to the Raptors saw everybody and nobody win

The All-Star’s move from San Antonio to Toronto leaves both of the main players in the deal dissatisfied but it could work out in the long runOne of the most bizarre storylines in NBA history has almost, sort of, come to an end. And you know what’s ext…

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Raptors set to make risky blockbuster trade for Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard

2014 NBA finals MVP to move north in return for DeMar DeRozanLeonard could end up staying in Toronto for short timeMove comes after tension between Leonard and San Antonio The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio looks close to ending, with the Spurs reac…

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‘Wasted year’: Dwane Casey out as Raptors coach after latest May flameout

Casey fired on Friday after winning NBA’s Coach of the Year awardRaptors made five straight postseasons but couldn’t get past LeBronEx-Timberwolves coach went 320-238 in seven seasons in TorontoThe Toronto Raptors have fired Dwane Casey after the team …

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Cleveland Cavaliers ride 10th straight playoff win over Raptors into East finals

LeBron does it all (again) as Cleveland complete sweep of TorontoCavaliers eliminate Raptors from playoffs for third straight yearPhiladelphia win 103-92 behind TJ McConnell’s career-high 19Sixers stave off elimination after losing first three games of…

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Drake warned by NBA over bad language at basketball game

Canadian rapper claims ‘I just said I liked the hem on his capris’ after verbal tussle with Cleveland Cavaliers player Kendrick PerkinsCanadian rapper Drake has been given a warning by the NBA over bad language, according to ESPN.Drake, a Toronto Rapto…

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LeBron carries Cavaliers again, shocking Toronto in Game 1 overtime thriller

King James logs triple-double as Cleveland rally for 113-112 in OTRaptors wilt down stretch as Cavaliers take 1-0 lead in Eastern semisSteph Curry returns as Warriors take 2-0 series edge over PelicansLeBron James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebou…

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Cleveland Cavaliers stroll past Toronto Raptors and into NBA finals

  • Cavs win Game 6 113-87 to take Eastern Conference finals 4-2
  • LeBron James and Co will face either Thunder or Warriors

The NBA’s perpetual underdogs finally saw the best season in franchise history come to an end on Friday night as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. With the win, the Cavaliers reached their second consecutive NBA finals.

And while it wasn’t quite the dismantling that was seen in Game 5 was (a 116-78 Cavaliers win) the Cavs will enter the finals with confidence, having handed the Raptors only their third home court post-season loss in 11 games at the Air Canada Centre.

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James and Love run the show as Cavs crush Raptors to take 3-2 series lead

Back on their home court following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half on their way to a dominant 116-78 winLeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavalier…

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Cavaliers’ big men, thwarted by Biyombo breakout, coming up short

Cleveland’s frontcourt duo of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are wilting at the worst possible time, leaving the Cavs’ season hanging in the balance

Even the best players in the world can, all of a sudden, look like they have lost their essence in the NBA playoffs. It is the thing that never stops being amazing about the post-season, the urgency that such an occurrence brings about. In the regular season, such a dip in play is a bad week. In the playoffs, if it happens to the wrong player, it can completely derail a team’s season.
It happened to LeBron James in the 2011 finals. At the height of his physical powers, James was turned into an uncertain jump-shooter thanks to the Dallas Mavericks’ mixture of defensive schemes. He averaged 8.8 free throws per game in the Eastern Conference finals, and then 3.3 in the championship round. He was lost and his team lost, sending him into a self-imposed period of seclusion and self-assessment in the summertime. Even Stephen Curry, a supernova in the first three rounds of the playoffs, had a slump in last year’s finals that the Warriors could overcome because of their depth.

Related: Thunder roar to leave Warriors on brink in NBA Western Conference finals

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Cavaliers stay perfect in NBA playoffs as they dominate Raptors

Cleveland take 2-0 lead over Toronto in Eastern Conference finalsLeBron James now fourth in all-time playoff scorersOvershadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own.Perfectly. …

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The NBA draft lottery was an anti-climax but at least the 76ers won something

Sam Hinkie is gone, but his legacy will live on as the Sixers finally nab the top overall pick after several seasons of basketball misery

Dikembe Mutombo knew it all along. On Tuesday, the NBA legend sent out a tweet to congratulate the Philadelphia 76ers on landing the top overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. This wouldn’t normally be notable, except for the fact that this was several hours before the league had actually announced anything.

Mutombo quickly deleted the tweet, but, as it turns out, he had psychic abilities (or inside information). When the league unveiled the results of this year’s draft lottery shortly before the start of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, it turned out that the 76ers indeed would be getting the first pick after all.

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Eastern Conference finals: the Raptors can win – even if they lose to the Cavs

If Toronto compete with Cleveland they will show their fans, free agents and their own GM that they are a team with a future

The perception that this edition of the Toronto Raptors were playoff chokers was always overstated, or maybe even incorrect. You can see how that identity took hold: The Raptors lost first-round series in 2014 and 2015 despite possessing home-court advantage. That had not happened to a team since the Miami Heat in 1998 and 1999. However, being labelled as a choker in sports entails a certain level of expectation that those Raptors teams never had.

The 2013-14 Raptors were a happy accident, a James Dolan trade veto away from never existing. When they met the more experienced Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs, most experts had not yet developed a trust in a team that was fielding questions about tanking a few months earlier. A year later, expectations grew, only to fade away amidst a wholly uneven second half of the regular season. By the time they reached their ill-fated series against Washington, that trust had completely evaporated, and the best-of-seven that required just four was a coin-flip proposition.
This year was different. The regular season was unimpeachable: 56 wins despite major injuries to centre Jonas Valanciunas and their biggest free-agent signing, DeMarre Carroll. The wayward defense of a year ago was righted. Kyle Lowry, the Raptors’ engine and nerve system, had shed several pounds to make his killer first half of the previous year more sustainable. That they managed to inch past the wildly average Indiana Pacers in the first round and were in a neck-and-neck fight with the wildly undermanned Miami Heat in the second round was surprising, and damning. All of a sudden, the Raptors, a franchise that had never accomplished anything of note, was somehow in a position where style points, and not just survival, mattered.
“I just make a speech before every game. This time it was all about our satisfaction,” said Patrick Patterson after the Raptors’ Game 7 destruction of the Heat. “I had one question for everybody: are we satisfied with what we’ve done individually and what we’ve done collectively as a team, how far we’ve come? Do we want more? Do we want to go even further? Do we want to make history? Do we want to keep playing or do we want to go home?”

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Toronto Raptors savage Miami Heat to make first Eastern Conference finals

  • Raptors set up series with Cleveland Cavaliers after Game 7 victory
  • Kyle Lowry stars with 35 points as DeMar DeRozan scores 28
  • Toronto reach conference finals for first time in history

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, DeMar DeRozan had 28 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 116-89 on Sunday in Game 7 to reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

Bismack Biyombo added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors. They’ll open the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland against LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Toronto fans chanted “We Want Cleveland!”.

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Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors: NBA Eastern Conference semi-final – live!

7.59pm BST

Prediction time

I am really, really hoping for a Heat/Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals, something which I vaguely predicted before the season started. For that reason alone, I’m going to have to predict that the Raptors pull off the victory just because the only constant in this series has been that whatever would annoy me the most is what ends up happening. So, the Heat by like 8-10 points.

7.51pm BST

So, what’s the perfect metaphor for this Heat/Raptors series so far, you may ask? Well, so far it’s been this moment where Dwyane Wade’s layup just got stuck on the rim rather than going in.

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NBA playoffs: Warriors seal Trail Blazers series as Raptors edge Heat

  • Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson star in Golden State win
  • DeMar DeRozan’s 34 points give Toronto 3-2 lead in Miami series

Golden State booked their passage to the NBA Western Conference finals for a second straight year by beating Portland 125-121 on Wednesday, with newly crowned league MVP Stephen Curry hitting the sealing three-pointer to complete a 4-1 series victory.

Curry was clutch late in the Game 5 win! #KiaMVP https://t.co/tTzK9ltYFV

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Dwyane Wade sorry for anthem flap as Heat beat Raptors in overtime

Dwyane Wade was the first Miami Heat player to line up for the playing of O Canada on Monday night.

The Heat guard apologized Monday to anyone who was offended by his actions before Saturday’s Toronto-Miami matchup, when he took a few extra warm-up shots at the beginning of the singing of the Canadian national anthem. Video showed Wade continued his pregame routine for about 20 seconds before he took his spot in line with the rest of his team-mates.

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Canada is mad as hell at Dwyane Wade, America, and we might not take it anymore

The Miami Heat star’s antics during the national anthem were just the latest sign of US disrespect for Canada. And if you expect us to roll over and take it, you’re probably right

Oh, you’ve done it now, America.

Specifically, Dwyane Wayne has done it. On Saturday, Wade made international headlines before Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between his Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors when he continued to take warm-up shots during the playing of the Canadian national anthem. And now, America, all of you will pay. By standing idly by as one of your own blatantly disrespected our anthem, you have left an entire nation feeling mildly vexed.

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