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Lowry disputed notion that turnovers are happening because of Raps' effort to play uptempo. Said most happening in halfcourt.
Off to New York....
DeRozan can unquestionably make tough shots. Real problem is: In today's NBA, do you need a first option to be able to create easy shots?
Congrats to all worthy inductees but Kathy Shields going into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame truly warms my heart. And that's not easy to do
Real life question to DeRozan started with: "I know you talked about Joe Johnson's big butt after Game 1..."
DeMar on the "DeRozan face": "You really don’t see me get too excited too much so when I do that’s the result"
DeMar on the "DeRozan face": "It’s something I can only do in a game after shots or a dunk or something. It’s just me being intense"
Can you do the "DeRozan face", Dwane Casey was asked: "I don't know what you're talking about" (looks away)
Vasquez on DeRozan dunk: "I dream about those dunks because I cant even dunk. I get fired up when he starts doing that & he makes that face"
To a man, Raps expect a hostile environment in Brooklyn. Thing is the more hostile the environment, the more locked in this team becomes.
TSN will have all your DeMar DeRozan faces as portrayed by his teammates. Vasquez has a pretty animated one.
Greivis on the "DeRozan face": "I love it. He goes like (does the face). I told him before the game. I said, ‘I want that face'"
Plenty of talk about chemistry at Raptors' practice today. What you need to know? Raps chemistry is solid.
Hot topic of post-practice conversation: the expression DeMar makes after hitting a big shot, the "DeRozan face". Greivis did his impression
"I love my team. We're like a band of brothers"- Lowry, said chemistry is better than any team he's been a part of
LaGuardia taxi lineup in playoff form
As a fan of symmetry, I regret to point out that in 2007, Raps followed narrow Game 1 loss to Nets with narrow Game 2 win.
Lowry (6th) and DeRozan (8th) get some love for Most Improved Player, but not enough. Should have been higher. Dragic a deserving winner tho
As many people are pointing out, maybe he was confused and thought he was voting on MVP?
Goran Dragic wins NBA's most improved player award; Raptors Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan finish 6th and 8th respectively.
The LBJ second-place vote went to Michael Smith of Prime Ticket. His ballot: Durant, James, Griffin. Absurd.
Goran Dragic no-surprise winner of NBA most improved player award; Kyle Lowry sixth, DeMar DeRozan eighth. L Stephenson, 2: A. Davis, 3
Also: WHO THE HELL GAVE LeBRON JAMES A SECOND-PLACE VOTE?
Goran Dragic is your deserving winer of the Most Improved player away. Lowry sixth (two 1st votes), DeRozan eighth (with one)
Dragic most improved player. Lowry sixth, DeRozan 8th. Both should have been higher
Vasquez sulked too, and like DeRozan also came up big. Lots of emotions out there in big game Track record more than makes up for brief fits
People can overreact to DeRozan brief sulk if they'd like, but Casey wasn't lying when he called him "ultimate teammate."
Neither team has played their best basketball. For Raptors, 40 turnovers is more than they've committed in any 2-game stretch this season
Thought Casey out-coached Kidd last night, made the right adjustments going into G2: 8-man rotation, rotating 3 bigs, Landry over Salmons
The Round Mound of Rebound (not Rob Ford) has doubled down on Raptors: Says he hasn't seen any reason why Toronto won't win the series.
It turns out when you write something at 1:30 a.m. after being awake for 19 hours, you make more grammatical errors than usual.
Not in peak form this morning (or, perhaps I am?) unintentionally tried to sneak whisky on plane. Was a gift I forgot to remove.
The Brooklyn fan parties are at the media hotel. Good thing Masai is staying elsewhere.
Excited to head to Brooklyn tomorrow. I've never heard a single person say something bad about the place.
Any plans tomorrow night? Well, Samsung is holding an event for the launch of the S5 at Hoopdome. Some Canadian NBA players will be on hand.
Good morning world.
Coming up on TSN 1260 in Edmonton shortly
My most retweeted thing from last night was a joke about pizza. The game stay the same.
Off to Brooklyn. Scouting ahead for my Canadian media brethren.
Since that game, the Raptors are 0-12 on the road in playoffs — three losses apiece in Philly, Detroit, New Jersey and Orlando.
I remember watching that game as a 15-year-old. Dell Curry couldn't miss.
Wait — that Paul Pierce 3 DIDN'T go in?
N@DUNNOEitsALI nice shot
“We had a team meeting this year telling the guys I was a leader,” - John Wall post game after a Wizards win.
Good night world!! Tomorrow will be even better!! Buenas Noches a todos!! Voy a dormir...
"I'm a student of the game"- DeRozan said he watched Game 1 two or three times to ensure he wouldn't make the same mistakes tonight
"We need him to step up and play big basketball. This is man's time right now, it's not little kids.” - Vasquez on Amir
Vasquez: "One thing I learned from the best, the San Antonio Spurs, they never get any attention but they always win. We want to copy that"
Vasquez: "We lost the first game and everyone was talking. Everyone was killing DeMar, now they're going to love him for a couple more days"
Vasquez: "We don't want no attention, at all. We're find with that. We let the people talk but we do the talking on the court"
“Jurasskick Park” is more fine work.
Vasquez called Fields tonight's MVP, said it's human nature to fixate on scoring but his D was a game changer. "It was contagious"
Vasquez's reaction to being asked what he was thinking while Pierce shot was in air: "Ha!"
"I feel good. I feel happy for the team, we're going to win in Brooklyn.” - Jonas Valanciunas
DeMar DeRozan: “Started from the bottom … still got a long way to go."
Amir: "We weren't going down 0-2. We were a desperate team. It was a must win. We weren't going to lose"
"There was no way we were losing that game." - Amir Johnson
Amir: "We weren't going down 0-2. ... There was no way we were losing that game."
First Raptors playoff win since 2008
Kidd on Fields: "He stopped Joe (Johnson). He's the defensive stopper"... Blank stare
Kidd on Fields: "He stopped Joe. He's the defensive stopper."
Casey: "Next game is going to be tougher. They're going to come out with guns blazing and we have to go there and be ready for the fight"
Casey said turnovers are a product of trying to play faster on top of Brooklyn's physicality
Casey praised Vasquez after "defence wasn't up to snuff" in first game
Dwane Casey said Raptors need the defence Amir Johnson provided in Game 2 every night. "He had it tonight." said early start hurt Saturday
Raptors got very luck tonight. Need to clean up those turnovers. Have 40 in two games. Were luck Brooklyn wasn’t too good either.