TAG: Toronto Raptors

NBA, Smack / Apr 23, 2014 / 11:15 am

Kevin Garnett Warns Against Coming To Brooklyn Following “F*** Brooklyn”

Kevin Garnett, Jonas Valanciunas

Kevin Garnett, Jonas Valanciunas (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s like they’re in a buddy cop movie and Kevin Garnett is playing good cop while Paul Pierce plays bad cop for this Brooklyn team. While Pierce was busy calling the Nets soft, KG was positive about the Nets getting one of two on the road. Then the Big Ticket wondered whether Raptors GM Masai Ujiri should come to Brooklyn after his $25,000 “F*** Brooklyn” comment before the series tipped off. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 23, 2014 / 10:45 am

Paul Pierce Calls His Brooklyn Nets A “Soft Team” After Game 2 Loss

Amir Johnson, Paul Pierce

Amir Johnson, Paul Pierce (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Raptors rebounded — literally and figuratively — from their Game 1 loss at home and defeated the Nets 100-95 at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Brooklyn’s cagey veteran Paul Pierce appeared to have turned the tables on the Raptors for the second straight game in the fourth after back-to-back three-point plays. But the Raptors out-rebounded Brooklyn, 52-30, and Pierce missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute. The late miss didn’t stop The Truth from saying after the game the Nets played like a “soft team.” Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 23, 2014 / 12:01 am

Watch Amir Johnson’s Spinning Circus Shot

Amir Johnson, Kevin Garnett

The Toronto Raptors came into Tuesday’s Game 2 one game down in their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets. This series has already provided early fireworks on and off the court, and Amir Johnson added to the show in the third quarter with a crazy scoop facing the wrong way. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 10:54 pm

Video: DeMar DeRozan Hammers Lefty Jam

DeMar DeRozan, Paul Pierce

DeMar DeRozan, Paul Pierce (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

DeMar DeRozan bounced back after a tough inaugural playoff experience in the opener to score a game-high 30 points in Toronto’s Game 2 win over Brooklyn to even the series at 1-1. The confetti-explosion on the court after the game might have been a bit premature, but any enthusiasm for DeRozan’s lefty slam is not. You’re gonna want to see this detonation with his off hand. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Apr 22, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Drake Lint Rolls In Court-Side Seat At Raptors Game

Drake

Drake (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)

One of the problems with wearing night black pants can be the lint that will sometimes make an appearance. Never more so is this an issue than under the bright lights sitting court-side at a Raptors playoff game in Air Canada Centre. Drake, the soft-crooning emcee, former star of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Raptors global ambassador got picked up by NBA TV cameras using a lint roller on his duds during Game 2 between the Nets and Raptors. Read More »

NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Video: NBA’s Most Amazing Bench Reactions This Year

Portland Trail Blazers

It’s almost as much fun as the play involved, but the eruptions from an NBA bench can be just as delirious as some on the college level–though maybe not as coordinated as some. With that in mind, the NBA released the best bench reactions from the 2013-14 NBA season, so try and see how they compare to last season’s iteration. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 22, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Paul Pierce Says You Can’t Buy His Clutch Gene At “Costco or Walgreens”

Paul Pierce, Patrick Patterson

Paul Pierce, Patrick Patterson (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

No one ever accused Paul Pierce of being shy. Remember when he gave Al Harrington the Larry Bird treatment? Remember when he anointed himself the world’s best player? Remember in Game 1 this weekend against Toronto when he hit a ball-breaking shot, then showed everyone he still has the biggest mouth? Yeah, the Truth is all that and then some, even when he’s a 36-year-old coming off the worst season of his career. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 10:50 am

Masai Ujiri Fined $25,000 For “F*** Brooklyn” Comment

Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Masai Ujiri, the first-year Toronto Raptors GM who made headlines with his pre-game comment about Brooklyn in front of a pumped up Toronto crowd before Game 1, is going to be a little lighter in the pocketbook. The NBA has fined him $25,000 for this “F*** Brooklyn” exaltations in Maple Leaf Square on Saturday. Read More »

instagram, NBA / Apr 19, 2014 / 8:44 pm

Mic’d Paul Pierce Yells “That’s Why They Got Me Here” After Big Shot

Paul Pierce, Patrick Patterson

Paul Pierce, Patrick Patterson (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett last summer for moments just like Saturday’s Game 1 in Toronto. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined for 48 points, but KG hit a big jumper in the final four minutes with their lead cut to one, and The Truth scored nine points down the stretch as he was mic’d up. The results are as remarkable as you’d imagine. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 19, 2014 / 3:34 pm

24-Second Shot Clock Malfunctions In 3rd Quarter of Raptors-Nets

Air Canada Centre

Air Canada Centre (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Midway through the third quarter of Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre, time paused — then came to a complete halt. The 24-second shot cocks malfunctioned and after a delay, the referees decided they would continue without them. You heard that right, the first playoff game in Toronto since 2008, is now sans shot clock. Read More »