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Category: Toronto Raptors

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Jeremy Lin could never match his remarkable start but he is no NBA failure

It was all downhill for the Harvard graduate after the unprecedented heights of Linsanity, but the 30-year-old should be proud of his basketball careerFor one brief, wild moment in 2012 Jeremy Lin was the most talked about athlete in the world. Over a …

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Jeremy Lin breaks down over NBA free agency: ‘It keeps getting more rock bottom’ – video

A tearful Jeremy Lin said ‘rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me’ as the 30-year-old struggles to catch on with a team in free agency. Addressing a Christian group in Taiwan, Lin revealed that he thinks the NBA has giv…

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Jeremy Lin breaks down over NBA free agency: ‘It keeps getting more rock bottom’ – video

A tearful Jeremy Lin said ‘rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me’ as the 30-year-old struggles to catch on with a team in free agency. Addressing a Christian group in Taiwan, Lin revealed that he thinks the NBA has giv…

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Clippers’ coup to Lakers’ lament: NBA free-agency winners and losers

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets just got a whole lot better during free agency, but things weren’t as great for their cross-city rivalsWhile other leagues like to take their time when it comes to free agency, the NBA gets things done in …

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LA Clippers set for spectacular haul of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

Sources indicate NBA finals MVP will head to Los AngelesMove comes after Leonard won NBA title with RaptorsRaptors teammate Danny Green will join LA LakersMultiple sources say the Los Angeles Clippers will land Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they …

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Nice guys don’t riot: The struggle of the ‘good’ Canadian sports fan

We Canadians are often branded as the world’s nicest people. The thing about stereotypes is that, like sports fandom, the performance can become self-targetedThe morning after the Raptors won the NBA championship, bringing home Toronto’s first major le…

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Toronto Raptors’ victory parade marred by shooting and stampede – video report

Almost 2 million people cheered the NBA champions Toronto Raptors in a victory celebration that was marred after four people were shot during the parade.Police said none of the injuries was life-threatening, and added that three arrests had b…

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Police say two shot as 1.5m pack Toronto streets for Raptors’ title parade

Police say two people sustained non-life-threatening injuriesRaptors became first non-US team to win NBA title last weekPolice lift fans seeking safety as overcrowding becomes problemToronto police say two people were shot as Toronto Raptors fans packe…

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Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US

As basketball expands around the world it helps educate those abroad and at home that other cultures are not to be fearedFolklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider’s web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initial…

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Nick Nurse: the NBA champion coach who learned his trade in … Britain?

Before he coached the Raptors to an improbable NBA title, Nurse honed his craft in the British Basketball LeagueAs Nick Nurse went through some final preparations on Thursday night, a message came through on his phone from an old friend.“I get in touch…

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How did the Golden State Warriors become the team no one likes?

The Warriors still want to be the newcomers, the radicals shaking up the sport. But they’re the establishment nowAfter Detroit’s Chauncey Billups-inspired demolition of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 finals, perhaps the NBA’s greatest post-season u…

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‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music star’s reputation for bringing bad luckHis repeated interactions with athletes before critical games – and their subsequent losses – have earned Drake the unfortun…

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‘This means everything to the city’: Toronto parties as Raptors clinch NBA title

Kawhi Leonard and his teammates brought home the city’s first-ever NBA championship. And their achievement was celebrated across CanadaWhen Megan MacKeigan made a dinosaur costume two years ago for a performance at a local comedy show, she never imagin…

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In the era of player power, the Raptors’ NBA dynasty may be over before it begins

Toronto brought in Kawhi Leonard to win a title quickly, and he could be gone by the end of the summer. Other teams will be willing to take similar risksIt took titanic performances from Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam, and Kawhi Leonard doing Kawhi Leona…

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Raptors send Toronto into raptures as they beat Warriors to take first NBA title

Raptors win 114-110 over Warriors in dramatic Game 6Thompson (30 points) sidelined by injury in third quarterLowry and Siakam lead way for Toronto with 26 apieceKawhi Leonard named NBA finals Most Valuable PlayerAs it happened: Raptors beat Warriors to…

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Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors: NBA finals Game 6 – live!

Email Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltDurant undergoes surgery for ruptured achilles tendon 1.06am BST PreambleSomehow, we’ve reached Game 6 of one of the oddest and most impossible to predict NBA Finals I can remember in a long while. It…

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The Raptors froze against the Warriors, but the title stays theirs to lose

A head-scratching timeout by Toronto coach Nick Nurse may have swung the outcome of Game 5, but the Raptors remain favorites to win the NBA title with Kevin Durant gone for goodIt took a shooting barrage for Golden State to overcome the Raptors, 106-10…

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The Raptors froze against the Warriors, but the title stays theirs to lose

A head-scratching timeout by Toronto coach Nick Nurse may have swung the outcome of Game 5, but the Raptors remain favorites to win the NBA title with Kevin Durant gone for goodIt took a shooting barrage for Golden State to overcome the Raptors, 106-10…

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Warriors believe Kevin Durant suffered achilles tear during Game 5

Durant’s season clearly over after suffering injury in Game 5Two-time NBA finals MVP had just returned from calf injuryWarriors prevailed 106-105, cutting Toronto’s series lead to 3-2Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right achilles, a ma…

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NBA finals: Warriors beat Raptors in Game 5 thriller to keep series alive

As it happened: Golden State Warriors 106-105 Toronto RaptorsRaptors blow late lead as Warriors secure vital winToronto lead best-of-seven series 3-2 as teams head to OaklandKevin Durant returns but limps out of game in first-halfThe Toronto Raptors bl…