For Raptors to move forward, they need to fire the best coach they've ever had

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri came into his season-end press conference fired up.  Never a man to act rashly, Ujiri repeatedly emphasized the need to evaluate everything before making any major franchise decisions.  "Going from last year to this year, we're happy with the jump we made," said Ujiri. "We are absolutely disappointed with the ending of the season."  On […]

LeBron James puts Raptors on brink of elimination with insane buzzer-beater

​For a brief moment Saturday night, thanks to a late three-pointer by rookie OG Anunoby, the Raptors got one hand out of the playoff hole they had dug themselves. Then LeBron James buried them. James, who had stepped up all evening, hit an off-balance buzzer-beater from 10 feet to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a nerve-jangling […]

Raptors look doomed to repeat history as James leads Cavaliers to convincing Game 2 win

The Toronto Raptors insisted it’s not over. They pointed out it’s the first team to win four games. But in a post-season that was supposed to be so different, on the heels of a heady regular-season that had shattered franchise records, the storyline Thursday night was way too familiar. LeBron James had 43 points and […]

Raptors vs. Cavaliers: In series of stars, 'Bench Mob' could turn the tide

The Raptors meet Cleveland in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive year, beginning Tuesday in Toronto. Here are five keys to the series: Still the King So much of this series is about LeBron James. The four-time NBA MVP has averaged 30.9 points against Toronto in their last 12 meetings, and proved once again […]

Raptors come alive in 4th quarter for Game 1 victory over Wizards

It took 17 years, but the Toronto Raptors’ woeful Game 1 losing streak is over. Serge Ibaka scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and six assists, and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 114-106 in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It is the first time […]

Raptors clinch East's No.1 seed with record-setting win over Pacers

The celebratory Atlantic Division T-shirts were draped neatly over each player’s chair in the post-game locker-room. The Toronto Raptors barely glanced at them. On an historic night they clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, won the division title, and set a franchise record for regular-season wins, there was no celebrating. The Raptors […]

Raptors pair Drake jerseys with new charitable program

The Toronto Raptors and Canadian rap star Drake announced plans to grow their partnership Wednesday with a new program called Welcome Toronto. Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Drake — who has served as the team’s global ambassador since 2013 — announced the program before the Raptors’ home game against the Detroit Pistons. The team will […]

DeRozan drops Raptors record 52 points in OT win over Bucks

​On Monday morning, DeMar DeRozan sat down to watch footage of Michael Jordan’s magnificent final few minutes of the Chicago Bulls’ thrilling Game 6 win over Utah in the 1998 NBA Finals. On Monday evening, DeRozan made some history of his own. DeRozan scored a career-high and franchise-record 52 points and the Toronto Raptors opened […]

Raptors land 1st punch, knock out Bulls in home opener

Veteran C.J. Miles and the Raptors’ young second unit guaranteed Toronto opened the new NBA season with a victory on Thursday. Miles had six three-pointers and 22 points to lift the Raptors to a 117-101 victory over the depleted Chicago Bulls. The rebuilding Bulls were down two players after an ugly brawl left Nikola Mirotic […]

Kyle Lowry, Raptors at crossroads in free agency

Kyle Lowry’s free agency is fascinating. From the Raptors’ perspective, the all-star point guard’s decision will determine the team’s future. With Lowry, Toronto is a top-tier Eastern Conference power with a chance — however minimal — to knock off Cleveland. Without him, they’re potentially battling for the eighth playoff seed, straddling the NBA’s middle ground […]