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Raptors’ Marc Gasol accepts one-year player option

Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol accepted a one-year player option Wednesday for next season. The value is approximately $25.6 million, marking the final year of a five-year contract Gasol signed …


Analysis: For Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, the move is to stay put

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Golden State’s Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having …


Next game for Raptors: Making final pitch to Kawhi Leonard

The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year …


Trump to consider inviting Raptors ‘if they’d like to do it’

President Donald Trump says he’ll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House “if they’d like to do it.”


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors exec has concussion

A lawyer for a deputy involved in an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Police in Canada are looking for a fourth person and haven’t recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that left four people …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Toronto Raptors’ NBA title sees Canada set viewing, spending records

The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.


No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer

Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 3:35 p.m.

Nick Nurse’s nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Nick Nurse is a 51-year-old basketball journeyman who has been a coach for no fewer than 13 different teams in four countries over the last 30 years. He is unknown …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

California police say Raptors president Masai Ujiri shoved, hit deputy

A California police agency will pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the …


Analysis: A global NBA now has a truly global champion

The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some …


Klay Thompson sustains torn left ACL in Warriors’ loss

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Thompson was hurt late in the third quarter of their 114-110 loss …


Canada celebrates after Raptors win first NBA championship

Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship. Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

King of the North: Kawhi Leonard wins Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard’s first season with the Toronto Raptors started with his now-infamous laugh. It ended with him getting the last laugh. The best player on the league’s newly crowned best …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured Canada’s first NBA championship with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time …


Raptors say they’re simply staying in the moment heading into Game 6

There was a predictable sting that pained the Toronto Raptors after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. They were so close. And then they had to fly so far. Whatever …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

Warriors play final game at Oracle Arena, trying to force Game 7

Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight NBA championship.


Much at stake in a last NBA Finals trip to Oracle Arena

The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena. For the Toronto Raptors, it’s a second shot at a first championship. For the Golden State Warriors, it’ll be …


Analysis: Golden State won, but both teams lost Game 5

The scoreboard said Golden State 106, Toronto 105. The reality was that both teams lost. It’s almost unimaginable: an NBA Finals game where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. That …


Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals

Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Golden State Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday …


UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Fred VanVleet, Raptors aren’t smiling now, but they might be soon

The Toronto Raptors can become the first team representing Canada to win the NBA championship by beating the Golden State Warriors at home in Game 5 on Monday night.


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

With cracks in a dynasty showing, Warriors are on the brink

The Golden State Warriors have made it clear all along: They knew this formidable roster wouldn’t stay together forever. Now, if the two-time defending champs can’t rally back from a …


With Kawhi Leonard leading way, Raptors on cusp of 1st NBA title

Not long before the postseason started Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard. The conversation was about the 82-game regular season. Leonard …


Analysis: Warriors’ hopes hinge on Kevin Durant coming back

Kevin Durant limped off the floor at Oracle Arena a month ago – Game 5 of the second round – with what the team called a mild calf strain. It’s …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard’s big game moves Toronto one win away from first NBA championship

Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.


Raptors’ Danny Green excelling again on the NBA Finals stage

Toronto’s Danny Green couldn’t make a shot for about two weeks going into the NBA Finals. Seems like forever ago now. The finals are a happy stage for Green, who …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 4 p.m.

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson set to return for NBA Finals Game 4

Two-time reigning finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out, however. Durant strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals. Toronto leads the best-of-seven finals 2-1.


Analysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves

Toronto coach Nick Nurse plays to the beats of his own drum. And that’s not even one of the instruments that he’s trying to master with these days. Nurse says …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Warriors’ investor banned for 1 year, fined $500,000 by NBA

The Golden State Warriors’ executive who shoved Kyle Lowry has been banned for one-year and fined $500,000 by the NBA. The Toronto Raptors guard wanted Mark Stevens ousted from the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Balanced Toronto overcomes Stephen Curry’s 47 points to take 2-1 lead on Golden State in NBA Finals

Toronto fended off a playoff career-high 47 points from Stephen Curry and beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.