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April 22, 2015 Updates

He was forced to the bench in the second quarter with three fouls Tuesday and it coincided with a lineup switch Wizards coach Randy Wittman used, going small to spread the floor with Pierce at power forward, which led to scores in 14 of the last 17 first-half possessions in the stretch that decided the game. "I've got to figure out a way to stay on the floor," Lowry said afterward. "I feel s----- right now." ESPN.com

Paul Pierce says the Toronto Raptors don’t scare them because they don’t have the “it” factor. Raptors big man Amir Johnson fires back. The Wizards take Game 1, 93-86. They then take a 60-49 lead into halftime in Toronto in Game 2, and Wizards guard Bradley Beal says this: “[The Raptors] think that we’re some punks. They think that they can push around. But we’re not rolling.” For The Win

More than half of the city's residents were born outside of Canada, so in some ways the globalization of basketball is coming home to roost, with immigrants bringing their interest in the sport as they settle into a pre-existing NBA market. "I feel like basketball is the biggest thing in Toronto," said Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto native who was the first pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Bigger than hockey? "I think so," Wiggins said. "I think it changed over." ESPN.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala got seven first-place votes, 16 second-place votes and 17 third-place votes for a total of 100 points in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year balloting — and finished fourth, 402 points behind winner Lou Williams of Toronto. “I was hoping I didn’t get it,” Iguodala said before Monday’s Game 2. “I really didn’t have a good year, so I’m glad Lou got it. That’s my man. He had a great year for their team, and he’s deserved it a few years.” San Francisco Chronicle

He returned to the starting five with 21 games left in the season and started all 21 that remained. When the playoffs began Saturday, he was once again in that starting role. "Ever since he was returned from not starting to starting again, his focus has been off the charts," Casey said. "Now he still makes mistakes as a young guy will, but most of the time he is making the right reads." Toronto Sun

Asked if he was on a short leash this second playoff run, Casey said Ross' leash was only shortened once -- and that was those 21 games he came off the bench. "No question he's earning it with his defence," Casey said. "I mean he was 0-for-6 from three in Game 1. He has done a good job. He has grown. Since he came back from not starting his attention to detail has been solid. If he makes a mistake, it's an honest mistake. It's not from falling asleep and just not being where he is supposed to be." Toronto Sun

April 20, 2015 Updates

"I'm very confident that this is where I'm going to be for a number of years in the future," Williams said. "So hopefully it works out there. I'm a creature of habit, a product of my environment. And once I'm somewhere I like to be comfortable there. And this team, this city and this organization has embraced me as one of their own and I look forward to being here." USA Today Sports


Nasty break-up and all, Air Canada is the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Raptors.


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