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Last time I saw a guy make a one-handed touch pass in a Nets-Raptors playoff series it was Jason Kidd doing it.
If DeRozan reads the traps and moves it, Toronto will thrive. That’s the big key.
Fabio Borini scores the penalty and Sunderland leads Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford bridge in the 83rd minute.
Ross for three - his first postseason bucket. Raptors lead, 51-50
Texas' starting defense just gave up a 70-yard touchdown drive to a unit led by a converted tight end. Rough.
Nice touch pass by Lowry
Ross with a three. Now, there's a good sign.
Somebody told Terrence Ross the game started
A ross bomb of a 3 gives the Raps their first lead in a while.
KG looks awful...
DeRozan with no vision on that pick and roll. Valanciunas was open.
Mark Jackson on his team: "These guys are made of the right stuff, and seeing them everyday, I won't bet against them."
Fans need to return to their seats in lower bowl ..doesn't look good...
Oh god I hope some Raptor blocks KG's after-the-whistle shot this series.
Tomorrow’s Sun headline: Brooklyn F.U. with an ODB pic?
Great little set there by Toronto.
Jackson said if he was broadcasting, he'd pick the Clippers. Said he would've picked Denver last year, too. Doesn't mean "anything."
Alan Anderson over babysitting KG again before second half begins. It's a 24-hour job.
"Yeah, hi, Masai? Hey, it's Rod. Sorry to have to do this to you, but......"
It's no big deal in the end, and just makes for even more attention for the series. This is going to be a lot of fun.
Oh no: Kanye and Brooklyn's Jay-Z now playing. We're very sorry, Brooklyn. We swear it! Here are some royalties, jiggaman!
I don't think Masai Ujiri does anything by accident.
Other than the fact that kids were present (not that parents can't say (as I would to my kid) 'we don't say that') I'm ok w/ what masai said
In even better news, Chelsea down 2-1 with 8 mins left.
2nd half Raps- Nets...your thoughts....
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said there is "no hope anytime soon" Festus Ezeli (knee) will play. Reiterated Andrew Bogut out indefinitely.
Warriors will start Jermaine O'Neal at center, Mark Jackson reaffirms. No sign of Festus Ezeli, the backup C last season, anytime soon.
Nice picture choice for my Ujiri F-bomb quick hit: http://t.co/tjX0LFb2zy
Much better 2ndQ. Raps shot 36% but held Nets to 9/25, 2 assists and got to the line 17 times. 12 first half turnovers a concern
All this talk about Salmons struggling is a little odd. Shouldn't people be more concerned with DeRozan at this point.
I think this was very calculated on Masai's part. A "focus on me, not my players" move. Of course, that didn't work out so well in 2000.
Loving that Warriors now playing in games big enough to warrant meeting up with buddies to watch. Especially minutes after noon!
Jermaine O'Neal will start. Mark Jackson says Draymond Green will "play a lot"
Will be interesting if/how Ujiri is punished (he shouldn’t be but whatever). Stern would have fined him a lot. Will Silver?
Festus Ezeli (knee) isn't close to playing in a game, according to Warriors head coach Mark Jackson.
Mark Jackson said he can't be more specific than "indefinite" on timeline for Andrew Bogut absence. "He's in serious pain."
I was likely the only Brooklyn resident present at Masai's apology, so I accepted it on behalf of the entire borough. That's it.It's over.
Masai, basically: I should have just said "screw."
Jackson said Festus won't be playing anytime soon. Guarantee it won't stop people from asking me though
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said "we're going to keep on moving on as if (Bogut) is not here." Big man rotation is O'Neal, Green, Speights.
As much as the fans want to see Salmons exiled I don’t see Casey pulling him from the rotation now. Just gotta hope he plays well.
Jermaine O'Neal will start and Draymond Green will play a lot, Mark Jackson said
To recap this is how the haltime Ujiri thing went. "I'm sorry. Wrong choice of words. You guys know how I feel. I don't like them."
Bogut injury is "real," Jackson said. Jermaine O'Neal will start.
Ujiri with the non-apology apology. Mark Jackson playing the expectations game. Welcome to the 2014 Election.
To sum up: Masai Ujiri is sorry for cursing, but still doesn’t like the Nets.
I was on the fence about Panera bread, but when I saw this tweet from Tia, I was in.
In hindsight, a printed piece of paper on Raptors letterhead with Masai Ujiri's statement would have been the way to go. But fun for us.
So much for "good on good." Texas opens spring scrimmage with backup offense against starting defense.
Mark Jackson said the Clippers "are clearly the favorites."
Mark Jackson, on the Clippers: "Now they're clearly the favorite...."
Mark Jackson: "We're in battle."
Masai Ujiri: "I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them, just trying to get the fans going."
My friend finally got the pics up from the Masters practice round. Me at 16. http://t.co/sikD1s0IVy
I guess Ujiri's remark was a breach of professionalism, but did anyone really care? Was anyone upset?
Masai Ujiri is the best - gave Brooklyn a "It's not me - it really IS you" apology. I want Dolan to offer him $24 mil a year to come to NY.
Listening on Sirius, Raptors halftime-show talkers complaining about Garnett physical play. Welcome to the playoffs, rooks.
Halil Kanacevic made his debut as pro with 14 points (2PT: 4/4, 3PT: 2/3), 6 rebounds in 22 minutes of action in Roma’s loss to Sassari
TOR has 8 more FTAs than BKN, half my timeline seems like TOR fans saying the series is rigged against them/everyone hates Canada.
Calathes didn't speak to media. Joerger says: "Beno’s ready. He’s a pro. He’s really gotten himself in great shape."
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri ended apology with non-apology: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."
The apology that Masai gave is basically what we've all been waiting for Berman to say to Masai.
Ujiri: " you guys know how I feel. I apologize, but I don't like them."
Masai Ujiri just gave the worst fu--ing apology.
If you're the Raps you should be thankful you're down by 4 at half.
Masai issues an apology but adds "I don't like them" but said he was sorry.
Masai Ujiri: "I don't like them... but I apologize."
"Nothing against the Brooklyn guys. You know how I feel, I don't like them, but I apologize."
Toronto is 0-for-6 in floater/runner/tear-drop territory: http://t.co/44yNOd4iz1
"You know how I feel. I don't like them. But I apologize."
Masai Ujiri: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."
"I apologize wrong choice of words out there." Ujiri
Tyler Hansbrough is +7, Patrick Patterson +8, Greivis Vasquez +9. John Salmons is -9. Could Steve Novak be any worse than Salmons has been?
Raptors looked pretty bummed as they headed back to locker room. Lots of frustration. But could be a lot worse
Brooklyn is 1-for-13 on above-the-break threes: http://t.co/Qm11g0LykV
You think what Masai Ujiri said was bad? He's done much worse to Jim Dolan and the Knicks.
Big crowd of reporters in the Air Canada Centre bowels waiting to potentially ask Ujiri what exactly he meant by "F--- Brooklyn."
Doc Rivers, asked if he would remind the Clippers to keep their composure this series: " 'Just win.' That's what I'm going to tell them."
Vasquez is my first half MVP for TOR, tho. He came in and changed the whole tenor on the court.
DeRozan tends to have big second-halfs when he’s quiet in then first, but this is a whole new beast for him.
Since scoring the Raptors' first eight points, Valanciunas has disappeared. Only Amir Johnson's -13 keeps him from being game-worst at -12.
The Raps did not have a good half but are only down four. Gotta step it up in 2nd half.
First 24 minutes of the playoffs were cool enough.
Oh look, Drake's making a rare public appearance.
12 turnovers for TOR, and that doesn't include DeColo throwing the ball into the backcourt on the last possession.
This is gonna be a fun series. Love that they called KG for shoving the screener! Need to call that general foul more. Playoffs Lowry!
Will keep saying this: The league HAS to get Game 2 off NBATV somehow.
Looks like this could turn out to be a great series. Teams are pretty evenly matched, all things considered
Awesome way to start the 2014 Playoffs. This game is good, you guys.
Now, imagine that happening with Blatche playing for the Phillipine National Team this summer
Doc Rivers says Danny Granger will play today vs Warriors. Granger missed 9 games with strained left hamstring
Fan to Pierce: "Paul, the truth is you're old, ugly and slow"
MARK RICHT HAS LOST CONTROL OF THESE REFS
Rumor: Drake and Masai Ujiri are recording a Nets diss track at halftime.
John Salmons is going to be the next evolution of Derek Fisher. He’ll play rotation minutes in the playoffs at 40 and annoy everyone.
Kyle Lowry was dead set on taking the ball to the rim.
Doc Rivers said Danny Granger will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors.
Both coaches have gone 10 deep into their bench.
Danny Granger will play today.
Salmons cannot get beat that easily.
Danny Granger will play
Watching real time, Deron went down way too hard for that to be a flop. He's not that good of an actor. Fans still upset at the call.
Lowry didn’t touch Deron’s face. Right offensive foul call on the push off, but that was a ridiculous flop.
YES showed the replay, Lowry hit Williams with his left elbow. Not a flop.
So, the Nets are not well liked in this city
The ball screens on Deron Williams’ defenders have been fantastic today.
Flop warning imminent?
Looked like Deron flopped hard.
Masai going off on Brooklyn has gone viral around the world in seconds. The world of social media Wow
Plumlee is +10, Garnett is +5, Blatch is -11
Ross in with three fouls, DeRozan still sits, huh?
Flood said OL J.J. Denman is taking advantage of reps with the 1's recently. Has a great opportunity to press for a starting job.
Greivy floater not falling. To be far, he was nudged from behind on the last one.
With nine first-half rebounds, JV needs just one more to tie McGrady's record for most in a Raptors playoff debut
Interesting thing about this series: both benches are pretty deep. So both coaches have a lot of different cards to play.
Ross will get some burn with three fouls.
Flood said he feels good with how things are moving toward training camp, but he doesn't expect to name a starter by the end of spring.
KG may be back at the ACC but he s safe as long as Matt Bonner isn't there The Red Rocket owned him back in the day !
Valanciunas is one rebound shy of tying Tracy McGrady's club mark for rebounds in a playoff debut. TMac had 10.
Valanciunas needs one rebound to tie Tracy McGrady’s record of 10 in playoff debut
If Patrick Patterson is going to get most of the minutes at 4 (which makes sense), Raptors have to use Amir Johnson as backup 5.
Flood said Nova was "very sharp" today. Said Nova did a good job today -- and this spring -- with decision-making and locating the ball.
Flood called today's scrimmage "excellent." Drops limited offense's effectiveness somewhat, but overall he was happy.
Salmons so goog
KG should be immortalized on a statue in that “What, me?” pose with his arms straight up.
Anderson beautiful hoop
I prefer my 'tough' guys to keep it low key, ie -- not like Kevin Garnett.
Alan Anderson holding his hands over KG's face so Garnett's words don't get through to refs. Surprised KG didn't slap them away.
KG gets called for a tech and Anderson has to sustain him. Kyle converts on the tech.
This is what the Warriors will see as they head from their locker room to the Staples Center court. http://t.co/pTfF78yd9M
Perhaps Masai forgot to put a comma before Brooklyn?
Game is fun, that's for sure. Crowd in it. Players into it. Masai definitely into it, though a little sheepish now.
Everyone please mark off "KG gets into it with a short guy" off your layoff Bingo card.
Totally self-serving tweet, sorry. But when pinball Clemons comes by, hugs you, and dubs you "the golden voice".....life is good, haha.
BTW, Jeff Van Gundy is ABC's color analyst tomorrow. He was the guy who brought Steve Clifford into the NBA as an advance scout.
Small shoving match between KG and Lowry breaks out under the rim. Garnett is whistled for the tech. Playoffs.
John Salmons is from Philly, man.
You have to like Ujiri a little more now ... right?
KG just got hit with a tech.
Garnett taking some liberties there with Kyle and he got caught. It was after the initial whistle.
JV gets called for illegal screen. KG mad about something, is T'd up. The instigator: John Salmons.
Stunningly, Kevin Garnett at the centre of the first real animosity of series (not including Masai Ujiri)
Last Supper: https://t.co/ZcQRr5rqSZ
KG missed both free throws. His shot is way off so far.
Amir Johnson went out early and still hasn’t returned to the game. Is he healthy?
Noah is back at practice
Odds of a Tyler Hansbrough-Kevin Garnett tiff?
Not sure why Masai feels need to speak to media after F-Brooklyn-gate, I understood what he meant.
If you re at the Raps game or outside at Maple Leaf Square retweet this
Those vets on Brooklyn are fouling jump shooters and looking old not athletic in the 2 quarter. This always was going to be a tight series.
WFNZ will do an hour-long radio pre-game show starting at 2:30. And Matt Carroll is on the road for playoffs as radio color analyst.
LeBron’s plan was to shoot “Happy” during the season, but the difficult schedule down the stretch didn’t allow it. Maybe late June?
LeBron told me today he wanted to make a parody music video of Pharrell's "Happy" with Heat teammates at random places around Miami.
Good one cooking, but c'mon refs, it's the playoffs. It would be nice to see the second-half flow undisturbed by all these touch-foul calls.
He's good, but remember he is, and likely always will be, a backup power forward.
Personal aside ... This is why I love sports. The passion in this building is off the charts.
Game will be televised by ABC EXCLUSIVELY -- no Steve, Dell and Stephanie tomorrow (more).
Feet on screens are not supposed to be set more than shoulder width. Apparently Kevin Garnett has been granted an exception.
Two broadcast notes on Game 1 of Bobcats-Heat tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. (more)
I'm sure the New York City tabloids are going to totally downplay Ujiri's "F--K BROOKLYN!" line. They probably won't even mention it.
I blame the technical difficulties on Rudy Gay.
I fell asleep about 9pm and woke up about 9am - about to head out to Clippers Warriors
Not that I’m a ref, but is Deron not sticking his knees out at the Toronto defenders and still getting calls the other way?
Oh yeah, the game. Raps have closed the gap to 42-41. Pretty sure they were swearing when they did it too.
KG is getting away with things KG always get away with.
Patrick Patterson’s going to make himself a ton of money in this series.
Ironically, it was former Raptors coach Jay Triano that once famously said “It’s Deron Williams, what the f— you gonna do?"
Toronto - the only place on earth where the front office executive and mayor are tougher than rap star?
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri will talk to reporters at halftime. He's going apologize and try to put it behind him. </drops mic>
Good for Legler calling out KG on screens
Ok, picture is back. Still no audio, though.
Drake should pay Ujiri's impending fine.
Masai Ujiri will speak to the media at the half.
Raps into penalty. 6:14 left. Of course, Nets almost have Raps there, too.
So how much does Patrick Patterson get this summer?
Last time Deron Williams looked this good was in the playoffs for Utah
Masai will be speaking with the media at the half.
Deron has found they rhythm after slow start. Killer crossover going now. He's in a zone.
Deron Williams is abusing everyone.
Now, audio completely gone. Yikes!!!
Masai Ujiri, famously obscene GM, is going to speak to reporters at halftime.
The day just keeps getting better: Masai Ujiri, who shouted "Fuck Brooklyn" before the game, is speaking to the media at halftime
Patterson jumper falls. Big. Meanwhile, Masai will be available at halftime.
Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom playing together in the triangle offense was beautiful. 4-5 years later? I don't know about that...
Masai Ujiri will talk to the press at halftime. It's been so long since I've spoken to an NBA GM, I'm actually nervous.
Patterson’s been roaming off everyone, even shooters like Teletovic. A lot of two-nineing. Little surprising.
Masai Ujiri is going to speak at halftime.
Raps responded. Tie game
Livingston goes to the bench with his 3rd foul. Vasquez has been a pest… and as a rest the Raptors are right back in this game. Tied at 35
Kidd waiting a bit too long to bring the starters back in. Shaun Livingston just picked up his 3rd foul fouling on a 3-pointer.
Didn't get a chance to post this yet: Pacers in 6, Heat in 6, Nets in 7, Bulls in 6, Spurs in 6, Thunder in 7, Clippers in 6, Rox in 7
Livingston has committed two terrible fouls, and now has three total. Will take a seat for Deron Williams, & Garnett is also coming back in
Well, if Pau Gasol really wants to go to the Knicks and play in the triangle offense, he'd have to take a significant pay cut -- $3.2M. Yup.
Livingston picks up third fouling Vasquez who shot a 3. He'll have a chance to tie it.
Though Wittman said it in a press conference & Ujiri in front of fans in good fun, not sure NBA wants GM doing that. We'll see if he's fined
I kid, I kid.
That's awesome by the way that Toronto has 10,000 fans watching outside on the big screen. Of course, they will switch to hockey soon.
Awaiting Billy King's response to Masai Ujiri's "F*** Brooklyn." It's out there on video if you want to see it.
This is still true: DeMar DeRozan has never made a basket in the playoffs.
How many Rudy Gay references will there be during this series?
I would like NBA expands to 32 with Seattle and Vancouver.
As we learned during a season ticket holders event at the start of the year, Masai moonlights as a motivational speaker. Can fire up a crowd
Curtis Withers, a 6-foot-8 journeyman PF who's played in over 11 countries, returns to Venezuela. Signs with Gigantes de Guayana.
Man, Charlie Strong really was serious about making changes. http://t.co/CmVTLuhQxf
This is still true: DeMar DeRozan has never made basket in the playoffs.
Vasquez (and Lowry to some extent) are the only Raptors that don’t mind Brooklyn’s aggressive p&r coverages. Why I think we see lots of GV
NBA, why not re-visit Vancouver. Vancouver had 6 years of teams losing about 80% of their games. No one would support that.
If you didn't think this series was going to be fun before today, you absolutely should now.
Jo issued a statement about the passing of his youth coach in New York, Tyrone Green. Returned to Chicago and is at practice today.
With NBA commish Adam Silver here for Nets-Raptors, he might deliver fine to Masai Ujiri in person. Randy Wittman got $20K for same word.
Ujiri yelling "F--- Brooklyn" is very odd for a man defined by how he speaks in measured tone. Very "walk softly, carry a big stick" usually