Josh Lewenberg

Intros http://t.co/OaHstSXo87

Tom Liston

#Raptors BKN is bottom 4 in both offensive and defensive rebounding. #BangTheBoards #NorthernUprising #RTZ

Ryan Wolstat

Julyan Stone bringing back the bow tie. Terrence Ross wore one at the draft.

Michael Grange

Good pre-game going in here. I'm half dead and I feel like I could play.

Mike Ganter

Casey was worried about his players buying into the hype. How could they not? Even the pre-game is overwhelming.

Ryan Wolstat

Patrick Patterson gets his wish. All the Raptors shown on jumbotron pre-game

Eric Koreen

Whatever happens, this is so fun. Have a blast, all.

Tom Liston

#Raptors BKN scores from deep and the line. Push them off the line. Don't bite on Pierce fakes. #RTZ

Ryan Wolstat

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

Ryan Wolstat

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." 

Mike Ganter

The jinx is on. Mayor Ford just tweeted out his best wishes to the Raptors.

Josh Lewenberg

Alvin Williams shown on the big screen, nice ovation from the crowd

Mike Ganter

Alvin Williams up on the big screen. Crowds rightly give him a round of applause. Name a Raptor who gave more?

Michael Grange

Alvin Williams in the house. Good man.

Ryan Wolstat

‘Good Luck Dad’ written in crayon with some artwork above Kyle Lowry’s locker.

Eric Koreen

The Global Brand Ambassador is courtside. Exchanged a high five with Amir, Devlin. Alvin Williams is in house, too.

Josh Lewenberg

Canadian anthem singer stops halfway, holds up mic, crowd sings the rest. Incredible. Oh, Canada indeed http://t.co/TxnhQYRZK1

Payal Doshi

The crowd singing "Oh Canada!" http://t.co/OZ1RrkhnZd

Eric Koreen

Buycks, Stone, Lopez and Teague are the inactives.

Michael Grange

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.

Mike Ganter

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.

Ryan Wolstat

I wonder what Lawrence Frank’s report said about the Raptors?

Ryan Wolstat

Taking a page from Toronto FC, Canadian anthem being sung in part, by the crowd

Eric Koreen

Anthem singer allows fans to sing part of Canadian anthem. Baller.

Doug Smith

#raptors blog: Raptors- Nets NBA playoffs blog with Doug Smith: Game 1 updates on.thestar.com/1jiKRjR

Mike Ganter

Masai Ujiri just walked through the stands to get to the floor. Big cheers from those around that recognized him.

Eric Koreen

An ESPN-affiliated blogger spy tells me it was "insane" outside in Red Square.

Eric Koreen

Of course, Raps #gameops answers with "Started From The Bottom."

Eric Koreen

Nets playing up to the black hat: high fiving each other as they are greeted with boos. Minor "Brooklyn sucks" chant starts.

Eric Smith

Ran into a ton of #raptors fans pre game. Chatted, took pics & more. Folks are jacked up. No doubt. Tip in 25 min now. #rtz #wethenorth

Mike Ganter

Inactive for Raps are Dwight Buycks and Julyan Stone. Inactive for Nets are Marquis Teague and the injured Brook Lopez.

Eric Smith

"@metermaiden: @Eric Smith lol sir you are champion for how you deal with these people

Michael Grange

Kyle Lowry & Dwane Casey both had to evolve to secure their NBA futures; the Raptors have been richer for it: sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba…

Eric Smith

"@wheatking2: @Eric Smith Congrats to the 19 yr disaster for climbing to 1 rung above the basement. #wetthebed" - thanks, captain sunshine

Mike Ganter

Raptors former assistant Eric Hughes, now with the Nets, still talks with DeRozan two or three times a week. They work out all summer.

Ryan Wolstat

Valanciunas said he has some jitters, first playoff game and all, but eager to assert himself. Wants to stay on court against smaller team

Josh Lewenberg

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"

Josh Lewenberg

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"

Tim Chisholm

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.

Ryan Wolstat

Jason Collins laughed when shown the Sun cover. Basically said "whatever."

Josh Lewenberg

Taped to the top of Lowry's locker: a hand-drawn note that reads "Good Luck Dad"

Eric Koreen

On top of Lowrys locker room stall: a handmade sign reading "good luck dad."

Josh Lewenberg

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.

Josh Lewenberg

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"

Eric Smith

Just over an hour til tip. #nets #raptors #rtz #wethenorth http://t.co/3qDwbcAvfa

Eric Smith

"@Steve Nash: Pumped the @Raptors are back in the playoffs!!" -- CDN support. Nice. #rtz #raptors #wethenorth

Eric Smith

Word is maple leaf square is rammmmed already. Expecting it to be at capacity. North of 4000 I believe. #rtz #raptors #wethenorth

Ryan Wolstat

"As a human being, he's as good as it gets." Kidd on Casey.

Eric Koreen

Kidd on Casey: as a human being, he's as good as it gets.

Ryan Wolstat

Kidd: "we're deeper than anyone. That's one of our strengths and I don't see anything changing." so, staying with extended rotation

Eric Koreen

Kidd: "I don't really see a difference" between his mood as a coach versus a player

Ryan Wolstat

"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

Eric Koreen

Jason Kidd at the mic. http://t.co/m0IaHysAEI

Ryan Wolstat

Kidd: "everyone has one goal and that's to win a championship. It starts this year."

Eric Koreen

Dwane Casey's pre game media session was basically run down of his greatest hits: reference to Freddie Kruger.

Josh Lewenberg

Dwane Casey speaking to the media pre-game http://t.co/Ym6LDF6aaD

Mike Ganter

Casey's message in a nutshell 'Don't let the hype get to you.'

Paul Jones

#Raptors coach Casey at podium pregame. "We can't get caught up in the hype. Be the same tm we were for 82 gm #rtz http://t.co/gs24Pc03MJ

Josh Lewenberg

Casey: "The only way you're going to get experience in the playoffs is to be in it. We're excited to be here"

Eric Smith

"Don't get caught up in the hype. Just play." -- d. casey after I asked him about how prepared/ready his team is #raptors #rtz #wethenorth

Mike Ganter

Casey: "I can't be Red Auerbach. I got to be me."

Ryan Wolstat

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."

Mike Ganter

Maple Leaf Square before the gates open. yfrog.com/oe1p1yfj

Eric Koreen

Former raptors assistant, current nets assistant, Eric Hughes putting in work. http://t.co/ssiPoAfKml

Mike Ganter

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.

Eric Koreen

Who had playoff jitters? Me. Forgot computer power cord. #inexperience

Eric Koreen

Playoffs? http://t.co/42bB6gX6QQ

Paul Jones

In history of #NBA best of 7 series when road tm wins gm 1 the record is 65-52 and they go on to win the series 55.6% of time #Raptors #rtz

Paul Jones

In history of #NBA best of 7 series when hone team wins gm 1 they are 284-51 in those series winning series 84.1% of time #Raptors #rtz

Paul Jones

In game 1 all time of best of 7 playoff series Nets are 10-6 #Raptors are 1-2 #rtz #northernuprising

Greivis Vasquez

RP from 3tross1 and champagnepapi ... Ahorita en este momento, Es cuando mas me acuerdo de todas las… instagram.com/p/m-XkhHJAxp/

Paul Jones

Importance of gm 1 In #NBA history there have been 453 best of 7 series. Winner of gm1 has won 77% of time. #Raptors #rtz #northernuprising

Paul Jones

Since 2003 when best of 7 started in 1st round... home teams have won 77.3% of time (68-20) #Raptors #rtz #northernuprising

Eric Koreen

On the same subway car as me heading down to the ACC? Tim Leiweke.

Greivis Vasquez

Increible el ambiente de playoff en Toronto. Hoy va ser un gran dia para el equipo y la ciudad.. #Raptors

Josh Lewenberg

150 minutes to tip http://t.co/hvasrDLbBS

Paul Jones

This towel on every single seat at the ACC #Raptors v Nets gm 1 #rtz #northernuprising http://t.co/7DI0eQgdgZ

Paul Jones

2 and a half hours to tip #nbaplayoffs #Raptors vs Nets game 1 http://t.co/JtzEyTcZzT

Doug Smith

#raptors blog: Not an awful lot of weekend mail but here it is on.thestar.com/1jihOgh

Paul Jones

From J Rusin #Raptors are 1-5 ths season in games that start at or before 2 pm eastern #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Scene @ The Square - Three hours before tip #calmbeforethestorm http://t.co/r6Sm6wXDWY

Paul Jones

From @RaptorsMR the #Raptors are 1-5 in opening games of playoff series. The. Only win in 2001 when they defeated Knicks. #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Dwane Casey and Jason Kidd, a couple of old friends, cross paths again as they make their playoff debuts as frontmen tsn.ca/blogs/josh_lew…

Paul Jones

Sure is!! "@BBCoachAmo: @Paul Jones @Eric Smith @Sherman Hamilton - it's a great day for playoff basketball!!! #rtz #OhCanada"

Eric Koreen

Predictions: 1) Hansbrough and Some Net will receive double techs. 2) It will happen before halftime of Game 1.

Ryan Wolstat

ICYMI: Today's Sun cover is stellar: http://t.co/6QKtWq8sdO

Eric Koreen

No, the Dragic GIF within almost made YOU cry. grantland.com/the-triangle/t…

Josh Lewenberg

Stopping by @CP24 to tee-up this afternoon's Raptors playoff game, their first in six years. Tune in at 9am

Greivis Vasquez

Buenos Dias! Gracias a Dios por Otro dia mas de Vida para seguir mejorando y trabajando! #bendecido

Greivis Vasquez

Good Morning! Thank you God for waking me up this morning! Another day to get better! #blessed

Payal Doshi

#InsideThePurpleRoom Looking ahead #TORvsBKN & Taking a Moment at MSG: Raptors vs Knicks bit.ly/PftLLF

Tom Liston

#Raptors @cornersniper nails it "Series Preview: Raptors vs Nets, 10 Strategic and Tactical Elements To Look Out For" ow.ly/vWMu1

Eric Koreen

If the New York Post doesn't respond to that Sun headline with "Canada Has A Basketball Team?" I'll be disappointed.

Eric Koreen

Despite some questionable choice in night editors, The Toronto Sun does some fine tabloid work: http://t.co/kNoeUphxwD

Eric Koreen

Blue sky. Sun is shining. LET'S NBA!

Tom Liston

#Raptors "The Man: How Dwane Casey helped reinvent the Raptors" Well done @cathalkelly #RTZ ow.ly/vWKB6

Payal Doshi

Welcome to the #NBAPlayoffs @raptors fans! Best way to kick-off the birthday weekend! #NorthernUprising #WeTheNorth