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  1. Amir Johnson shuts down Kawhi Leonard at rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat

    Amir Johnson has had a couple strong games — 32 points against the Lakers Sunday, then another 19 points and 9 boards against the Spurs Tuesday. Plus this awesome block of Kawhi Leonard at the rim. Leonard is athletic, has a freakish wingspan and goes up strong. Johnson was stronger. That is what rim protection…

  2. The Extra Pass: Raptors’ salary dump trade could mean a few more wins, too; plus Sunday recaps

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Amir Johnson Raptors

    LOS ANGELES — Make no mistake, this was first and foremost about money. And future flexibility. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made a smart trade sending Rudy Gay out of town in a deal that sets his team up for the future by removing up to $12.4 million from the books next season. This summer  Andrea…

  3. Kobe is back but loss to Raptors shows Lakers still have a lot of work to do

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:17 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe passed the first challenge he has set before himself. Eight months of never-ending therapy sessions and workouts to return to the court paid off — Kobe is back. He was introduced with Darth Vader’s theme music and Staples Center was buzzing like it was a playoff game. Kobe was on the court…

  4. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    NEW YORK — If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

  5. That is one relieved Jason Kidd after Nets win (VIDEO)

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Brooklyn did their best to choke away a win Tuesday. Toronto went on a 14-0 run in the final minutes to get it within two (after the Nets did not play the free throw game well), and they had a shot at tying it. (Go read our nightly NBA Grades to see what I thought…

  6. Tuesday night NBA Grades: John Wall has found his groove

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:37 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    Here’s a quick swing through the NBA for a Tuesday night, or you missed while seeing how far you could launch a pumpkin…  John Wall, Washington Wizards. No Bradley Beal so they need big games from him and they got it Tuesday in a win over a Lakers team that had been playing good defense…

  7. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  9. Report: Raptors open to trade everyone on roster not named Valanciunas

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    You knew things would be different with Masai Ujiri in charge in Toronto. For one, there might be a plan. That would be a nice change of pace from the past few years. Whatever that plan is, it could involve a wholesale changeover of the roster. They already moved Andrea Bargnani (to the delight of…

  10. Toronto’s Amir Johnson makes a very good zombie (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

    AUSTRALIA-ZOMBIE WALK

    Zombie Walks are a Halloween tradition in some cities (I stumbled into the one in my city last weekend). Toronto has a huge one and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson decided to go all out. Thing is, even if you don’t find zombies intimidating a 6’9″, 210 pound one pretty much is by definition. He was…

  11. Amir Johnson really, really, really loves Toronto

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:25 AM EST

    Rudy Gay

    Understandably, Raptors fans are a little fearful of being jilted again. Chris Bosh, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady all left Toronto via free agency or by forcing a trade. When the team’s top players – probably uncoincidentally Americans – all flee for the states, that’s no longer just a coincidence. And it doesn’t sit well…

  12. Amir Johnson wants his fans to have the new Drake album

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

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    If you’re already taking bets on who will perform at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in Toronto, remember that Canadians love them some Drake. Who just so happens to be Canadian. (So is Rush, but I’m guessing they don’t get to play.) NBA players love Drake, too. So when you combine the fact…

  13. Amir Johnson loses in tug-of-war with elephant (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Amir Johnson elephant

    Doesn’t the headline kind of say it all? Toronto Raptor Amir Johnson went to Thailand this offseason and when in Thailand… you get in a tug-of-war with an elephant. Sure, why not. I’ve never been so despite my inclination I can’t say for sure this isn’t the norm.

  14. Friday And-1 Links: Toronto’s Amir Johnson rides an elephant

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    Amir Johnson elephant

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Fox News loves blond female anchors… • That is the Raptors’ Amir…

  15. Kobe Bryant impressed by Frank Robinson at Drew League championship (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

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    The Drew League gained quite a bit of fame when the NBA’s top players took their talents to the Charles Drew Junior High School in Compton, Calif., during the 2011 NBA lockout.  The annual summer league doesn’t only host talented players during lockout years, however, as proven during Tuesday night’s league championship game featuring the…

  16. Brandon Jennings says he’s happy with trade to Detroit

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:53 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings changed agents last summer because he wanted an eight-digit deal and a move to a major market. Well, he got $8 million a year and a move t a larger market in Detroit, a team that had already added Josh Smith this summer and now with Jennings looks like a playoff team. One…

  17. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  18. Amir Johnson does not have a second career in baseball waiting

    May 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Is this worse than John Wall’s epic first pitch? (To be fair, he got better the next time.) I think not this so because as bad as Amir Johnson‘s first pitch was — and you can see in the video above, it was terrible — he redeems himself by asking for a do-over, then launching…

  19. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers to target Tony Allen this summer

    May 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Mario Batali loves orange clogs. • The Cavaliers need to improve their defense…

  20. Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired. In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EST

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    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  22. Raptors coach Casey says he told team to foul when leading by three at the end of regulation. They did not.

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Amir Johnson, Dwane Casey

    LOS ANGELES — It’s a great debate in NBA circles, and it’s one that makes for interesting conversation while breaking down what-if scenarios after the fact. To foul or not to foul, when leading by three and the other team has possession of the ball in the game’s final seconds? The Raptors were faced with…

  23. JaVale McGee fronts Nuggets Harlem Shake video (in Predator mask)

    Mar 4, 2013, 12:20 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee

    Another day, another Harlem Shake video from the NBA…. Today it’s the Denver Nuggets, and if you’re going to put a Nugget in front of this dance it has to be JaVale McGee. In a Predator mask. After that, does anything seem quite as crazy? Compare these to the  Heat, Raptors, and Inside the NBA versions…

  24. Shaq leads “Inside the NBA” crew in Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

    Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal

    I know, another Harlem Shake video, following LeBron and the Heat and Amir and the Raptors. Believe it or not, we’re not posting all of them. This time it’s the always fun Inside the NBA crew — we all watch the show, admit it — with Shaquille O’Neal leading the way and Charles Barkley, Ernie…

  25. LeBron, Birdman, Miami Heat do Harlem shake. (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:46 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    I swear on Nick at Nite the other day I saw the old “Happy Days” episode where the Fonz jumped that tank of sharks… Here is the Miami Heat doing the Harlem Shake, which includes the Birdman — Chris Andersen — “flying” around the locker room, and when the break comes you get LeBron James…

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