Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Raptors’

Kyle Lowry is really, really focused

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It isn’t easy to get into the proper frame of mind to play in an NBA game. Most players sit in their locker and listen to music before taking the court, making sure they are completely centered on the task at hand. And some players are even more locked in, arriving to the arena completely focused. Last night in Toronto, before a critical Game 2 against the Miami Heat, Kyle Lowry was broadcast walking into the Air Canada Centre, and he was so focused on the game — which Toronto would go on to win in overtime — that Lowry leaves a security waiting for a fist bump. At least the security guard seems to get a good laugh out of it…

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Toronto Raptors mascot attends city council meeting

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors advanced out of the first round by the skin of their teeth, and last night began their series against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. To celebrate their first second round appearance since 2001, Toronto’s City Council recognized the efforts of the Raptors, and Toronto’s mascot, The Raptor, showed up and caused all kinds of trouble…

Toronto Raptors mascot pays tribute to Justin Bieber

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Toronto Raptors often invoke their franchise ambassador Drake, who sits courtside at many games. But during Game 1 of their first round series against the Indiana Pacers, the Raptors mascot paid tribute to a different Canadian pop star: Justin Bieber

And when you look side by side, the Raptor did a pretty good job putting together his outfit!

Is it too late now to say sorry that we love the @raptors mascot's Bieber costume?

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The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On a night where the Golden State Warriors set a record by finishing the season 73-9, the story of the night was the final game of Kobe Bryant. As it turned out, even in his final game, one of the NBA’s greatest players still had some magic left in him. Kobe finished with 60 points, on 22-of-50 shooting, in the performance of a lifetime, as the Lakers came from behind to win, 101-96. Players from around the NBA watched and shared their reactions on social media…

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The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game


VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…

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Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan test their skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are one of the NBA’s most dynamic duos on the court. But that same competitiveness that they both channel on the floor to make the Raptors one of the best teams in the East creates a pretty great competition when they are asked to compete against each other in a series of funny events involving a car…


VIDEO: DeRozan V. Lowry

Drake helps cause five-second violation

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A lot of people like having Drake singing in their ears. But for the Bulls last night in Toronto, with the game on the line, Drake being in Justin Holiday‘s ear didn’t work out so well. Check the video below, as Drake clearly says something to Holiday to help Toronto’s cause. But at the end of the day, the Bulls got the final word, winning 109-107.


VIDEO: Drake 5 seconds

Brook Lopez becomes latest Lopez in mascot battle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve faithfully chronicled the exploits of Knicks center Robin Lopez when it comes to mascots, as he has repeatedly found himself in physical altercations with our (usually) furry friends. Robin’s most recent mascot mixup came in Toronto, as he tangled with the Raptor.

Last night, perhaps to avenge the family name, Robin’s brother Brook, who has largely stayed above the mascot fray, was in Toronto and got into it with the Raptor…

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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Feb. 5

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

I missed last week’s #POSTERIZED poll because I was traveling, working on a cool piece for NBA TV (coming soon!). Which means more dunks than usual this week!

Let’s get to the dunks. Special shoutout to the previous winner, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo!
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Robin Lopez continues fight with The Raptor

By Jeff Case

For a few seasons running now, New York Knicks center Robin Lopez has been unabashed in his hatred of mascots, yes. But in particular, he’s had a special, dark place in his heart for the Toronto Raptors’ mascot, The Raptor.

The struggle as we’ve documented around these parts goes back at least 2 years. Last night, the Raptor went to an old trick — a piece of poster board with a list on it — and Lopez took the bait. It also ended a lot like that last poster board-fueled incident, too …