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Toronto Raptors fire coach Dwayne Casey after seven seasons

Source | 15 days ago.

Dwane Casey's run with the Toronto Raptors is over after seven seasons, the team announced Friday. During an afternoon news conference, Raptors president Masai Ujiri showed some emotion in explaining just how difficult the decision was for him. "What an unbelievable human being," Ujiri said of Casey, before calling the decision, "the hardest thing I've done in my life." "I've never met anybody that classy in my life," Ujiri added.

Kyle Lowry says Raptors had 'wasted year' after early playoff exit

Source | 18 days ago.

The Toronto Raptors failed to make the NBA Finals and for Kyle Lowry, that means the 2017-18 season was a "wasted year". The Raptors – who ended the regular season as the top seed in the Eastern Conference – were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs on Monday. Lowry met with reporters on Tuesday and said he was disappointed with the way the Raptors' season ended.

Report: Wizards gave president Ernie Grunfeld another secret contract extension

Source | 23 days ago.

Most teams celebrate contract extensions, trumpeting them with press releases. Not the Wizards, who routinely extend president Ernie Grunfeld’s contract without announcing it. Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld received a contract extension months before the team concluded its inconsistent 2017-18 season and bowed out in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the eighth seed.

John Wall and Bradley Beal were put to the test as leaders during tumultuous 2017-18 season

Source | 24 days ago.

The 2017-18 season for the Washington Wizards was characterized by maddening inconsistency and the usual byproducts that come with that including questions of locker room discord. In many ways the season was a learning experience for John Wall and Bradley Beal as leaders of the team. The locker room has been turned over to them in recent years as veterans like Paul Pierce, Trevor Ariza and Nene were jettisoned.

How to Watch Cavaliers vs. Raptors: Live Stream, Game Time, TV

Source | 24 days ago.

The Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday. After the Washington Wizards tied the series at 2 games a piece, the Raptors rallied to easily win the final two games and the series. In Game 6, Kyle

Raptors vs. Cavs preview: This is Toronto's best chance to dethrone LeBron James

Source | 25 days ago.

The Raptors are going to see this a lot over the next two weeks. If it’s going to happen for the Toronto Raptors, for this iteration of the best and most accomplished core in franchise history, it has to happen now. The Raptors have home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinals, which tip off Tuesday night at 8 p.m..

Celtics counting on home-court edge over Bucks in Game 7

Source | 27 days ago.

The Boston Celtics knew they would be playing at TD Garden Saturday night, either against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the first round or the Philadelphia 76ers in the opener of Round 2. Well, the Bucks maintained the home-court advantage that has held up throughout this series and defeated the Celtics in Milwaukee Thursday night, setting up Game 7 in Boston Saturday. “We work hard all season to put ourselves in a position for home court, so we have a great opportunity on Saturday,” Al Horford said after the Bucks pulled out a 97-86 win Thursday night that kept the Bucks’ season alive.

Marcin Gortat again wonders if his time with Wizards is over, but wants to be back

Source | 27 days ago.

If Marcin Gortat was doubtful of his future in Washington in previous years, you can imagine how he feels now with just one season left on his contract. With an expiring deal, Gortat now has more trade value in theory. The Wizards have discussed trades involving the veteran center in the past and that process could ramp up this summer.

John Wall outlines ways Wizards' front office can improve the roster

Source | 28 days ago.

John Wall is never one to bite his tongue and each year that creates an interesting conversation once the Wizards' season comes to a close. "I think it's just figuring out what pieces can add to our team, what guys can stay and what guys can go, that make us, that really want to be here, that really want to win and really want to take that next step," he said.

John Wall: “I kinda like ran out of gas a little bit” at end of Game 5

Source | 29 days ago.

John Wall played the entire second half in Game 5 in Toronto, a game that was within a few points (always single digits) one way or another, until midway through the fourth when Toronto went on a 12-0 run, created some space, and held on for the 108-98 win. As it has been all series, in the fourth the Wizards just could not generate points out of their half-court sets — in 22 half-court possessions in the fourth quarter, the Wizards scored on six of them in Game 5 (stats via Synergy Sports). Toronto pushed the ball, scored more on their chances, and took the 3-2 series lead.

Game 6s on tap: LeBron, Raptors, Jazz look to advance

Source | 30 days ago.

LeBron James saved a game. Russell Westbrook and Paul George saved a season. And now, Game 6 awaits them all. A trio of possible series-ending games are on Friday night's NBA playoff schedule: Cleveland at Indiana, Toronto at Washington and Oklahoma City at Utah. For the Cavaliers and Raptors, the scenario is they advance with a road win or head back home for Game 7 on Sunday. The Thunder don't have such a safety net; they must win in Salt Lake City, or it'll be the Jazz going to the second round. James went from goaltending to game-winning in a matter of seconds in Game 5 on Wednesday night, his straightaway 3-pointer at the buzzer giving Cleveland a three-point win and a 3-2 series lead. Westbrook