Eric Koreen: “There are a lot of unsettling feelings about having to leave (Toronto),” says Nurse. “It’s not easy to leave that behind. … I know I’d rather be in Toronto.” Nurse goes on to say they won’t make excuses, and will focus on accepting reality and going from there.
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Masai Ujiri: We hope, very much, that our new normal will be here in Toronto. We hope to play next season in Scotiabank Arena, even if our fans can’t join us in person. And, of course, we want to do this safely, smartly and responsibly. We wouldn’t even suggest doing it any other way. Public health is the priority. Period.
Masai Ujiri: We have to look at other options, because the pre-season is coming up fast — Dec. 1. We are proud to represent our city and our country, and we hope to be able to do that while playing in Toronto. Cities in the United States have been very kind to us — they’ve offered us a home away from home. To them I say: Thank you. To you, I say that I hope we get to tell them we won’t be able to take them up on their generous offer.
The Raptors would cover the expenses of having home games at the arena, the source said, but there probably would be little money to be made otherwise. Still, any occupants would provide the arena’s employees and vendors an opportunity to do business. Should fans be allowed, a little more money could be made. The NHL is hopeful it can begin its season Jan. 1. It is not yet known whether teams will play in home arenas, but it seems likely should the season begin, the source said.
Nashville is among the cities being considered as a temporary home for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans. Raptors officials visited Nashville earlier this week, the source said. Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL’s Predators, regularly hosts the SEC men’s basketball tournament.
The source said Kansas City, Mo., and Tampa, Fla., are also in the running. The Athletic’s Eric Koreen recently weighed the pros and cons of several possible temporary homes for the Raptors.
In the event of a geographically weighted schedule, the Raptors, according to Koreen, would likely prefer to be located closer to their Atlantic Division rivals — Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and New York. Flights from Nashville, which is located in the Central time zone, to those cities are no longer than two hours.
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January 23, 2021 | 6:16 am EST Update
After a 125-113 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets leave their road trip to Cleveland 0-2 and have a slew of defensive breakdowns to review in their next film session. “This was two humbling losses,” Nets point guard Kyrie Irving said after Friday’s game.
“We just need to find a way to play harder,” Nash said. “Dig deeper. We are not a defensive roster. We have to take more pride, contest more shots, fight, scrap, claw, and that’s what I think is missing as much as anything schematic that we’re breaking down.” Nash added: “I think the bigger message is that just showing up to the gym is not good enough.”
“We’ll try to play 10 guys at least, share the minutes around,” coach Steve Nash said. “Obviously, like I said before last game, it’s hard to contain [minutes] sometimes when you’re in close games. But we’ll do our best, and also try to lean on developing a second unit. “There’s a couple positives to trying to play more guys, go deeper in the rotation, limit or share or spread around the minutes of our big three; Kyrie [Irving] and James. We’ll try to be as cautious as possible. But you know my take on that. Whenever you’re trying to be cautious, it always ends up being impossible.”
StatMuse: The Cavs have the worst offensive rating in the NBA. They had failed to score 100 points in 9 straight games. They just scored 147 (113 in regulation) and 125 on the Nets in back-to-back games. pic.twitter.com/VQ25SxKXPg
Malika Andrews: The Nets have allowed 134 points in the paint over their last 2 games (both against Cleveland). That is their most allowed in any 2-game span over the last 25 seasons. (64 in Wednesday’s game, 70 tonight), per @ESPNStatsInfo.
Jon Krawczynski: Ricky Rubio says the Wolves need a team meeting. “I don’t think we can have more than a 10-minute meeting, but we need like a three-hour meeting. But after talking, we gotta execute the words that we have, or should have.”