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Raptors HQ 14 hours ago

The Bismack Biyombo "decision" isn't a difficult one for the Raptors

Bismack Biyombo will always be a beloved member of this year's Raptors, but it doesn't seem realistic for him to return next year. Breaking off a great relationship for logistical reasons is an unpleasant punch to the gut. Sometimes you can do everything right and have a wonderful connection, but if you and your significant other's personal timelines aren't congruent, eventually you're probably going to have to move on. That's the reality facing the Toronto Raptors when it comes to their flexing, finger-wagging, charismatic backup centre, Bismack Biyombo. What a fun player Biyombo was to...
Raptors HQ 15 hours ago

Bismack Biyombo says he'll take a hometown discount to return to Raptors

Really? That's quite a turn of events for Toronto. Earlier today, Bismack Biyombo -- playoff hero, folk legend and man scared of nothing but lions -- appeared on the Fan 590's Andrew Walker show to say some mighty interesting things about his free agency. (Note: quotes were taken from Dave Zarum's piece at Sportsnet.) Biyombo was asked if he expects to be back in Toronto and he said: "Honestly, I do," he said, adding that, "We still have some unfinished business. It was so much fun to see the team go from last year to this year making the Eastern Conference finals. Be it would be fun to...
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago

Masai Ujiri's Assessment: What does the GM think about the future of the Raptors?

After an historic run by his team, here's what GM Masai Ujiri had to say about the Raptors going forward. Five of the key Raptors players spoke on Saturday after the team was eliminated from the post-season by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Dwane Casey also weighed in. But today was the main event: General Manager Masai Ujiri would answer questions and deliver, essentially, his state of the Raptors union address. Here are some of the things he said, and the takeaway from each. First up, Masai reflects on the team's two key free agents, DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo: Masai on bringing...
Raptors HQ May 28, 2016

End of the Season Wrap-Up: The Raptors reflect on their 2015-16 run

Here are a few things from the Raptors as they look back on the best season in franchise history. We've reached the final day of the 2015-16 season for the Toronto Raptors. All that's left after this, a brief state of the union from GM Masai Ujiri, and then, the draft prospects start coming in for 2016-17. There is a slight joke to be made of the fact the Raptors organization has never been here before: working out new players almost immediately after the end of a season. Toronto is usually done with the NBA by the end of April. Vacation time is just a bit lighter this time around. To sum...
Raptors HQ May 28, 2016

The Raptors died as they lived, and that's why Toronto loves them

A final salute to the Raptors at the end of Game 6 and a great season. As the seconds ticked down last night, the score hopelessly lopsided against the Raptors, the season coming to an end, it began. First, "let's go Raptors!" and then, as the clock hit zero: "We the North!" As ESPN's Doris Burke began her sideline interview with a victorious LeBron James, he stopped and looked around. He heard it, too. Real recognize Real. @KingJames #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/ltojBxNz80 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 28, 2016 The Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night 113-87 in Game...
Raptors HQ May 28, 2016

Post-Game 4 Breakdown: How it all ended for the Raptors

It's been one heck of a run. Let's break down the final chapter. The Toronto Raptors lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 113-87. With that, the Cavaliers win the series 4-2 and move on to their second consecutive NBA Finals. Meanwhile, the Raptors are officially eliminated from the playoffs after 20 (mostly) hard-fought games. What actually happened in this one is more or less irrelevant at this point, since now there are no more adjustments to talk about or things to take away for the next contest. Most Raptors fans have already begun...
Raptors HQ May 28, 2016

Raptors landmark season comes to an end in Game 6 loss to Cavs

The season is over, but there is plenty to be positive about. Think back to peak prognostication season in mid-October. After the Wizards halted last year's playoff run in such a demoralizing fashion, most fans were simply clinging to the dream of just one measly, first-round series win. A lot of really smart people weren't even sure that was possible. The forecast was foggy at best. Kyle Lowry was skinny, but would anything really change in regards to his durability?Where was the bench scoring going to come from? What about DeRozan? How good could this team really be? Through a...
Fear The Sword May 27, 2016

NBA Playoffs 2016: Cavs reach NBA Finals with big victory in Toronto over Raptors

LeBron James led the way LeBron came back two years ago. The Cavs are now going back to the NBA Finals for the second season in a row. It's six straight Finals for LeBron James, and he said after the game he's going to enjoy this one. And he should, because it doesn't happen for Cleveland without him. Your Cleveland Cavaliers 113, the Toronto Raptors 87. Credit to the Raptors. They won two games in the series, the only games the Eastern Conference took from this Cavs team. Their fans were nuts, Kyle Lowry was nuts. They deserved this run to the Conference Finals, and they got more of a...
Raptors HQ May 27, 2016

HQ Overtime Post-Game Show: Let's talk about the end

I'm joined by Daniel Hackett to discuss Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. HQ Overtime is a live post-game show. Tune in through the Mixlr player below and leave a question in the comments section -- we'll address as many as we can on the show. For all the details on this show, check out our introductory thread. Parting is such sweet sorrow. The Raptors lost their Game 6 bout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-87, which ends their season. I'm joined by Daniel Hackett to talk about the game, Kyle Lowry's heroics, the crowd, and what we can expect to see in the off-season. If you see...

Playoff open thread: 05/27/16

The Raptors made it a series in Games 3 and 4, then un-made it with a stinker in Game 5. Can they pick up another win in Canada? Included with each matchup is a list of each team's unrestricted (UFA) and restricted (RFA) free agents. I've added a few players who will probably opt out of their contracts this summer, ignoring the Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan types who certainly aren't going anywhere. Go future Knicks! 8:30 PM - Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Raptors Free Agents: Luis Scola (UFA), James Johnson (UFA), Jason Thompson (UFA), DeMar DeRozan (player option), Bismack...
Raptors HQ May 27, 2016

NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Raptors keep it loose ahead of Game 6

With their backs all the way against the wall, the Raptors are still having fun. Kyle Lowry approached the podium, his sweatshit drawn tightly around his face, and addressed the assembled media. "How y'all doing, alright?" How to stay loose in press conference #783 of the season. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/lFqmrcel6K — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 27, 2016 If the Raptors are feeling the pressure before the biggest game of their season -- a game that could, in fact, end their season -- they aren't showing it. All the players preached a winning mentality, but Lowry took it a step...
Raptors HQ May 27, 2016

Notes from Shootaround: Raptors get set for Game 6 with their season on the line

The Raptors were up early talking about Game 6. What are they saying? The Raptors have been in elimination games before this post-season. The went the full seven against both the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That's a lot of stress. If they manage to beat the Cavaliers tonight, they'll be the first team since the 1988 Lakers to go for three seven-game series in a row. Not the best feat, sure, but something nonetheless. It's something because, well, the Raptors have looked bad in all of their losses in this series against LeBron James and...
Fear The Sword May 27, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors Game 6: Time, TV info, radio and more

Can the Cavs change the story in Toronto? Well, here we are at what may be the end of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavs stand one win away from their third ever trip to the NBA Finals, and their second in a row. The series stands at 3-2, and the Cavs are in control but not comfortable. They've lost in Toronto twice now, and look for their first win there in the series tonight. If they lose, it comes back to Cleveland on Sunday. One the one hand, the Raptors have not been competitive in Cleveland. On the other, the Cavs certainly want to avoid a Game 7. You'd expect the Cavs to come...
Raptors HQ May 27, 2016

Raptors Need to Win the Battle of Inches in Game 6 versus Cleveland: Preview, TV info and more

Toronto will need to play as a team if they're going to win Friday's game and force a deciding Game 7 on Sunday. After Game 5's blowout loss on Wednesday, I'm at a rare loss for words. All throughout these playoffs, we've been able to point to areas for improvement, or silver linings following a loss. We've been able to pinpoint what went wrong, and vociferously debate the proper solutions. There's been a passion about this team. A frustration at times, but an unrelenting passion. Now though? It's desperation. For a third time this post-season, the Toronto Raptors are on the brink of...
Fear The Sword May 26, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 6 Preview

The Cavs will look to finish off the Raptors in Game 6. The Cavs look to end the series and advance to the finals after jumping out to a 3-2 on Wednesday night, a game where the Cavs bounced back to form, jumping out to an early lead and not letting the game get remotely competitive. With a team as streaky and scrappy as the Raptors, you don't want to give them a fighting chance. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors When: Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto TV: ESPN Enemy Blog: Raptors HQ Music: Meek Mill — "All The Way Up" Three keys to the game 1....
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

James Johnson Watch: What to do in the uncertainty of the night

There may not be very many games left in the 2015-16 season for these Toronto Raptors. It's hard to say goodbye though. The sports media world has been all aflutter today thanks to a doofy column from the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons. The imbroglio in question is over a late night stroll through a casino by Raptors players DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph. The column is wrong in a bunch of ways: it attacks the players' reputations, but doesn't talk about their existing good rep; it ignores that NBA players are night owls who nap in the afternoons; it weakly implies that their poor play in...
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

Kyle Lowry voted onto the 2015-16 All-NBA Third Team

A just reward for a historic season from the best Toronto Raptor. Announced earlier today, Kyle Lowry joins Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Klay Thompson as the All-NBA guards for the 2015-16 season. pls ignore the tears in my eyes for the love of my life kyle lowry making an all-nba team pic.twitter.com/dvPOqoJN3q — Ty Rupee Singh (@IamHarshDave) May 26, 2016 Although he was the second-lowest vote getter of the fifteen names on the list, it's a well-deserved honour for the orchestrator and focal point of the Raptors' franchise record season. ...
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

NBA Eastern Conference Finals 2016: Kyle Lowry is dumbfounded by his own boxscore

Things were bad last night. After winning Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, the Raptors were summarily slaughtered by the Cavaliers in Game 5. Kyle Lowry, who finished the game with 13 points, five turnovers, and a plus/minus of -25, was not impressed when he came to the podium for his press conference and reviewed the box score. And by "not impressed," I mean, "downright shocked." When you get your report card and you have to explain to your parents why you failed all of your classes. A video posted by Sports Videos (@houseofhighlights) on May 26, 2016 at 12:32am PDT You can literally...
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

Post-Game 6 Breakdown: The Raptors were beat in every way possible

A simple summary of a very bad game for Toronto. The prevailing attitude among Raptors fans was that the team had met expectations by taking two from the Cavaliers and that anything else was gravy. Well, the team sure thought so. No gravy for us. Everybody Was Terrible Usually in bad losses, there is a lineup that is suspect, or a player who played terribly, that you can point to as an adjustment for the next game. But not in this one. Here are the on-court net ratings for each player who played real minutes. DeRozan: -52Lowry: -47Carroll: -47Ross: -37Biyombo: -48Patterson: -73Valanciunas:...
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

Watch: The Raptors reflect on a Game 5 drubbing in Cleveland

This one was not pretty for Toronto. Remember hope and laughter? Well, if you were watching the Raptors plummet to their deaths last not in Cleveland, you may be hard pressed to conjure up much positive emotion this morning. Game 5 was a disaster for Toronto and now, as the series moves back to the ACC, the Raps are set up for a do-or-die situation -- their third of these playoffs. Neither team has been able to win on the road in this series, so who knows what Game 6 will hold, but for now, we are left only with the sad Raptors being sad and trying their best to put things into perspective....

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