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NBA Power Rankings Week 14

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We’re more than halfway through the 2019-20 season, and the Milwaukee Bucks remain locked in our No. 1 spot as the Los Angeles Lakers nip at their heels. Our biggest risers this week? The New Orleans Pelicans, who are expected to debut star rookie Zion Williamson on Wednesday against the......
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Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam hopes to return next week

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Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam is expected to practice Friday with hopes of returning to the lineup in the next week, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Siakam has not played since Dec. 18, when he suffered a groin injury during an awkward landing. He is averaging a team-leading 25.1......
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How the NBA’s race for the 2-seed in the East playoffs will be decided

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3:26 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN While the Milwaukee Bucks have put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference, there’s still a significant playoff race to watch near the top. Approaching the midpoint of the season, the next five teams are separated by just 4.5 games, with......
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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony scores 28, drains game-winner vs Raptors

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5NTg4Njg3OTYzNjk0OTE3/carmelo-anthony-game-winner.jpg Michael Shapiro Carmelo Anthony turned in his best performance of the season in the Blazers’ 101-99 win over the Raptors on Tuesday. The 10-time All-Star finished with 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and he sunk the game-winning jumper with 4.1 seconds to play.  Anthony led all scorers in Toronto.......
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NBA Power Rankings Week 12

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Don’t look now, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have won 14 of 18 and have entered the new decade as one of the hottest teams in the league. The Utah Jazz are on a roll, too, winners in nine of their past 10 games. And the Los Angeles Lakers? Well,......
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How the Heat and Raptors uncover hidden talent

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It seemed that with every 3-pointer, steal or block Terence Davis made during his first Vegas Summer League game in July, his agent got a text message from another interested team. At halftime the contract offers began rolling in. Within hours after the game, during which he scored 22 points......
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Toronto Raptors are biggest wild-card during NBA trade season

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5NDEzMDYyNzI0NDI5MDg5/kyle-lowry-raptors-lead.jpg Chris Mannix Six months ago, Masai Ujiri celebrated Toronto’s first NBA championship. Is it possible—possible—that six months from now Ujiri and the Raptors could be celebrating another one? Crazy, right? Toronto is 22-11, a top five team in the conference. The Raps have lost three out of four, which......
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NBA Power Rankings Week 11

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Party in the city where the Heat is on! Welcome to No. 2, Miami. Jimmy Butler & Co. have the league’s longest active win streak at five games, a run bookended by two tight victories over the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami’s rise coincides with some shaky play from the Staples Center......
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Raptors ‘just don’t care’ as injuries mount, Kyle Lowry says; beat Celtics anyway

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11:47 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — Three days ago, the Toronto Raptors were soundly beaten at home on Christmas Day by the Boston Celtics. Saturday night, however, the Raptors turned the tables and beat the Celtics 113-97 at TD Garden, in a game Toronto led wire-to-wire. So, what changed?......
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Kawhi Leonard named Associated Press Male Athlete of 2019 over Lamar Jackson

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5MzI1NzEwNjA1ODIxNDAz/kawhi-leonard-associated-press-male-athlete-of-the-year-2019.jpg Associated Press John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship......
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Celtics vs Raptors live stream: How to watch, TV channel, start time

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY4OTk0Nzk3MDY1ODczMjkw/kemba-walker-jaylen-brown-celtics.jpg Ben Pickman The defending champion Toronto Raptors will host a Christmas Day game for the first time and play on the holiday for only the second time in franchise history. 2019 All-Stars Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker will both be making their Christmas Day debuts, but a number of......
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Kawhi Leonard’s uncle asked for illegal perks in free agency

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5MjM2NDY2MDE3MjQ4NzMx/kawhi-leonard-uncle-free-agency-requests.jpg Jenna West With the Clippers and Lakers set to meet on Christmas Day, Kawhi Leonard will face LeBron James and the team many predicted he’d sign with in free agency. Leonard surprised people by heading to the Clippers instead of its rival Los Angeles franchise. The Athletic’s Sam Amick......
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NBA Power Rankings Week 10

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Giannis Antetokounmpo showed the world why he’s the favorite to repeat as MVP, dropping 34 points — with a career-high five 3-pointers — as the Milwaukee Bucks toppled LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in this season’s most-anticipated game. But that was all the way back on Thursday. The......
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Raptors pull off 30-point comeback for largest rally in franchise history

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TORONTO — For a brief moment, Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse considered waving the white flag before the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon, as his injury-depleted squad was down 23 points to the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of a back-to-back. Then Nurse’s mind flashed to the Raptors’ Dec. 8......
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Raptors defeat Mavs to complete largest comeback in franchise history

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5MjE0NTgwNzQyOTU2NTA3/kyle-lowry-leads-torontos-largest-comeback-win-in-franchise-history.jpg Associated Press Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports TORONTO — Kyle Lowry had 32 points and 10 assists, Chris Boucher scored a career-high 21 points and the Toronto Raptors overturned a 30-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Sunday, the biggest comeback in franchise history and the NBA’s largest......
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Toronto Raptors injury update: Siakam, Gasol, Powell all out

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY4NjAyMjgyOTU3NDgxNzUx/pascal-siakam-raptors-sixers.jpg Ben Pickman The Toronto Raptors were hit with a wave of injuries Wednesday night in the team’s 112-99 win over the Pistons. One day later, after re-evaluations, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell have been ruled out indefinitely, the team said Thursday in a statement. All three players......
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Kawhi Leonard, Raptors title highlights best moments in sports

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5MDY3ODMyOTg0NzQxNjE1/kawhi-leonard-raptors-celebrate.jpg Chris Mannix Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports Last June, Masai Ujiri pumped his fists on a crowded dais in Oakland, his dark suit standing out in a sea of white championship tee shirts. Just 11 months earlier, the Raptors’ president executed one of the boldest trades in recent memory, flipping......
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NBA Power Rankings Week 9

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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers have separated themselves as the top two teams in the league. With identical 24-3 records, the juggernauts are on a collision course … for Thursday night. In a potential NBA Finals preview and, much more importantly, an early head-to-head battle for Power......

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