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Julyan Stone bringing back the bow tie. Terrence Ross wore one at the draft.
Good pre-game going in here. I'm half dead and I feel like I could play.
Casey was worried about his players buying into the hype. How could they not? Even the pre-game is overwhelming.
Patrick Patterson gets his wish. All the Raptors shown on jumbotron pre-game
Whatever happens, this is so fun. Have a blast, all.
Loudest boos? No surprise, Kevin Garnett, who has been playing in the NBA as long as the Raptors franchise has been. OK, Kidd got more
Collins on Sun cover: “It’s all added fuel to the fire. We’re looking forward to going out and getting win today. That’s creative, though."
The jinx is on. Mayor Ford just tweeted out his best wishes to the Raptors.
Alvin Williams shown on the big screen, nice ovation from the crowd
Alvin Williams up on the big screen. Crowds rightly give him a round of applause. Name a Raptor who gave more?
Alvin Williams in the house. Good man.
‘Good Luck Dad’ written in crayon with some artwork above Kyle Lowry’s locker.
The Global Brand Ambassador is courtside. Exchanged a high five with Amir, Devlin. Alvin Williams is in house, too.
Canadian anthem singer stops halfway, holds up mic, crowd sings the rest. Incredible. Oh, Canada indeed http://t.co/TxnhQYRZK1
The crowd singing "Oh Canada!" http://t.co/OZ1RrkhnZd
Buycks, Stone, Lopez and Teague are the inactives.
Took a little tour outside ACC; crowd big and loud. Also big and loud inside ACC. So cool to have playoff basketball back in TO.
The crowd takes over the anthem duties. Nice moment with head nod to Rene Rancourt. As expected this place is going to be very, very loud.
I wonder what Lawrence Frank’s report said about the Raptors?
Taking a page from Toronto FC, Canadian anthem being sung in part, by the crowd
Anthem singer allows fans to sing part of Canadian anthem. Baller.
Masai Ujiri just walked through the stands to get to the floor. Big cheers from those around that recognized him.
An ESPN-affiliated blogger spy tells me it was "insane" outside in Red Square.
Nets playing up to the black hat: high fiving each other as they are greeted with boos. Minor "Brooklyn sucks" chant starts.
Inactive for Raps are Dwight Buycks and Julyan Stone. Inactive for Nets are Marquis Teague and the injured Brook Lopez.
Raptors former assistant Eric Hughes, now with the Nets, still talks with DeRozan two or three times a week. They work out all summer.
Valanciunas said he has some jitters, first playoff game and all, but eager to assert himself. Wants to stay on court against smaller team
Lowry: "I think all home games are important. Weve got to protect home. We worked for the 3 seed, we got it so now weve got to protect home"
Lowry: "Now, a lot of the attention is going to be on me & DeMar. Before, 5 years ago, I had Yao Ming, so you ain't got to worry about me"
One hour til tipoff! If the Raptors are to make a mark in this series they need game one. They can’t start playing from behind.
Jason Collins laughed when shown the Sun cover. Basically said "whatever."
Taped to the top of Lowry's locker: a hand-drawn note that reads "Good Luck Dad"
On top of Lowrys locker room stall: a handmade sign reading "good luck dad."
Casey: "Like I told them, it's basketball. We've got to be the same team we've been for 82 games. We're not going to be someone we're not.
Casey "Were as ready as we can be. The unknown is this is a lot of guys 1st playoff series. I have to read how they react to the atmosphere"
"As a human being, he's as good as it gets." Kidd on Casey.
Kidd on Casey: as a human being, he's as good as it gets.
Kidd: "we're deeper than anyone. That's one of our strengths and I don't see anything changing." so, staying with extended rotation
Kidd: "I don't really see a difference" between his mood as a coach versus a player
"Can you talk about your decision to shave your beard?" actual?. Kidd says felt like it would be a nice thing to do to start playoffs
Jason Kidd at the mic. http://t.co/m0IaHysAEI
Kidd: "everyone has one goal and that's to win a championship. It starts this year."
Dwane Casey's pre game media session was basically run down of his greatest hits: reference to Freddie Kruger.
Dwane Casey speaking to the media pre-game http://t.co/Ym6LDF6aaD
Casey's message in a nutshell 'Don't let the hype get to you.'
Casey: "The only way you're going to get experience in the playoffs is to be in it. We're excited to be here"
Casey: "I can't be Red Auerbach. I got to be me."
Casey: "We've got to be our team, be who we are. Play basketball. Don't get caught up in the hype... I'm not going to be Red Auerbach."
Former raptors assistant, current nets assistant, Eric Hughes putting in work. http://t.co/ssiPoAfKml
Maple Leaf Square is empty for now. Gates don't open for about an hour but the lineup already snakes back around to Bay Street.
On the same subway car as me heading down to the ACC? Tim Leiweke.
150 minutes to tip http://t.co/hvasrDLbBS
Predictions: 1) Hansbrough and Some Net will receive double techs. 2) It will happen before halftime of Game 1.
ICYMI: Today's Sun cover is stellar: http://t.co/6QKtWq8sdO
If the New York Post doesn't respond to that Sun headline with "Canada Has A Basketball Team?" I'll be disappointed.
Despite some questionable choice in night editors, The Toronto Sun does some fine tabloid work: http://t.co/kNoeUphxwD
Blue sky. Sun is shining. LET'S NBA!