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NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

ESPN.com Updated 4 hours ago
J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
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  • The Toronto Raptors release a striking new 'We the North' clip …

    The Toronto Raptors release a striking new 'We the North' clip in anticipation of a playoff run (Video)

    yahoo.com CNNSI.com 15 hours ago
    Even as an outsider, even if you’ve just looked on from afar as an unholy confluence of unknowing sportswriter disses, unfortunate injury timing, and downright terrible executive work from a series of general managers takes the Toronto Raptors and their…
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  • SI Now: Playoff implications for NBA's season finale

    SI Now: Playoff implications for NBA's season finale

    CNNSI.com Apr 16 (yesterday)
    Seven games have playoff implications tonight, including the Grizzlies-Mavs clash for the No. 7 seed.
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  • Raptors set franchise record with 48th win

    Raptors set franchise record with 48th win

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 14 (3 days ago)
    Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 24 and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 48th win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 on Monday night.
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  • Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

    Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

    dimemag.com Apr 14 (3 days ago)
    Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as rece…
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  • 5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

    5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

    dimemag.com Apr 14 (3 days ago)
    We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final thr…
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  • DeMar DeRozan YouTube’s Kyle Singler

    DeMar DeRozan YouTube’s Kyle Singler

    dimemag.com Apr 13 (4 days ago)
    The Raptors clinched the Atlantic Division on Sunday after going into Detroit to defeat the Pistons, 116-107. They’re in a contest with the Bulls for the 3-seed, but for the moment they should savor their rapid turnaround this year under choach Dwane Ca…
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  • Amir Johnson took a bunch of Toronto Raptors fans to Medieval T…

    Amir Johnson took a bunch of Toronto Raptors fans to Medieval Times, just to say thanks (Photos)

    yahoo.com Apr 11 (7 days ago)
    There are plenty of reasons why Toronto Raptors fans love power forward Amir Johnson. There's the on-court stuff, to be sure — the relentless two-way work, the stiff screens, the dogged pursuit of rebounds and loose balls, the non-stop hustle that leads…
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  • Examining the results of college basketball's One-And-Done Era

    Examining the results of college basketball's One-And-Done Era

    CNNSI.com Apr 11 (7 days ago)
    After eight years of one-and-dones, it's no easier to call which freshman phenoms will thrive as pros.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring some cause for concern up in Cana…

    The 10-man rotation, starring some cause for concern up in Canada

    yahoo.com Apr 10
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: National Post, The Toronto Star and Ra…
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  • Valanciunas, sorry for arrest, shines in win

    Valanciunas, sorry for arrest, shines in win

    ESPN.com Apr 10
    Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 125-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, less than three days after he was charged with drunken driving.
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  • Raptors' Valanciunas to play after DUI charge

    Raptors' Valanciunas to play after DUI charge

    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, two days after being charged with drunk driving.
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  • The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

    The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

    dimemag.com Apr 7
    There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line…
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  • GIF: Brandon Knight Hammers On Jonas Valanciunas

    GIF: Brandon Knight Hammers On Jonas Valanciunas

    dimemag.com Apr 6
    After a big block on Birdman, and a game-winner against the Knicks, Brandon Knight continues his slow recovery from last season’s cataclysmic stuff by DeAndre Jordan. Saturday night, he did his own rendition. Even though the Bucks lost gameNo. 63, 102-9…
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  • Lowry, Johnson out for Raptors

    Lowry, Johnson out for Raptors

    nba.com Apr 5
    Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors both missed Saturday night's game with the Milwaukee Bucks due to injuries.
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  • Toronto turns back Indiana despite injuries

    Toronto turns back Indiana despite injuries

    ESPN.com Apr 4
    Terrence Ross scored 24 points to lead the short-handed Toronto Raptors 102-94 over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
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  • Heat hold off Raptors, move into 1st in East

    Heat hold off Raptors, move into 1st in East

    ESPN.com Mar 31
    LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 93-83 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
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  • 10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

    10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

    dimemag.com Mar 31
    Can anyone believe the NBA season is almost at an end? The playoffs are almost upon us, which means some teams will be reaching for NBA championships while other teams will be at home reaching for the remote. Every season that passes by there are player…
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  • Video - NBA Playoffs: Most Intriguing Matchups 08:21

    NBA Playoffs: Most Intriguing Matchups

    Apr 17
    J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez break down the playoffs' most intriguing matchups.
  • Video - Playoff Preview: Nets vs. Raptors 01:44

    Playoff Preview: Nets vs. Raptors

    Apr 17
    The Nets were built for the playoffs, but will the Raptors get in the way of their ultimate goal?
  • Video - Calculated Move By Jason Kidd? 01:52

    Calculated Move By Jason Kidd?

    Apr 17
    Bruce Bowen discusses whether Nets coach Jason Kidd sat his starters in the season finale so Brooklyn would be the No. 6 seed, setting up a potential showdown with the Heat in the second round.
  • Video - Eastern Conference Playoffs First Round 01:32

    Eastern Conference Playoffs First Round

    Apr 17
    Bruce Bowen discusses the most intriguing first-round matchup in the Eastern Conference, the higher seed he is most concerned about and which team outside of the Heat has the best chance to reach the NBA Finals.

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  • NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

    Apr 17
    J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
  • NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

    Apr 17
    J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
  • Lee Jenkins: Noah orchestrates Bulls on both ends of court

    Apr 17
    In a rehearsal room on the fifth floor of the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago, seven children sit in a row of green chairs, reading sheet music. They look like regular elementary school kids, most ranging in age from five to 12, wearing sneakers a…
  • 2014 NBA playoffs - Washington Wizards ideal matchup for Chicago Bulls

    Apr 17
    Through their play and a little luck, the Chicago Bulls' playoff path looks promising.