NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 45
NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 45
Pascal Siakam's double dribble in the final seconds cost the Raptors a chance to win Sunday night.
Toronto has secured netminding help ahead of the deadline, which begs the question: What does this mean for Frederik Andersen's season?
The Bruins fortified their blueline less than 24 hours before Monday's trade deadline.
A journey 10 years in the making reached its conclusion Sunday, with Hideki Matsuyama winning the Masters.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry discusses why Gary Trent Jr. is a better shooter than he thought, how Malachi Flynn has been able to score recently and Khem Birch's fit.
The Edmonton Oilers had to play just hours after an emotional service for former teammate Colby Cave.
Jeff Carter is reportedly on his way to the Pittsburgh Penguins, with the hopes of adding some secondary scoring punch.
NEW YORK — Pulling on a Toronto Raptors jersey didn't quite feel real for Khem Birch. The Canadian centre grew up watching the team play on TV with his dad, even as the Raptors struggled through the early 2000s. "But we always supported them just because they’re the home team and that’s why it means so much to me," Birch said Sunday before stepping on the court for his Raptors debut in New York. "My dad used to always complain about the team, yell at the TV and stuff, and now I’m on the team. So this is just a surreal moment." The 28-year-old joined fellow Montreal forward Chris Boucher in the Raptors front court after the Orlando Magic waived Birch earlier this week. Birch tweeted "A dream come true" about joining the Raptors. "Playing for this team means a lot to me," he said Sunday. "I’m just so happy to be here right now." The six-foot-nine Birch was averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season with Orlando, but had been keen for a bigger role with more playing time. He should get that with the Raptors. Toronto's front court has been a glaring weakness this season since the departure of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka last off-season. And there are places Birch can grow his game, said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. "He's a rebounder, screener, roller, needs to be a good defensive player in that role and protect the rim some, execute the schemes, et cetera, finish at the rim when given an opportunity," he said. "But doing that at a high level with energy consistently night after night and in more minutes than 10 or 12 in a particular game." Birch was one of two NBA players — Detroit guard Cory Joseph was the other — who played for Nurse and Canada at the 2019 World Cup in China. Birch has said he wants to play in the Olympics, and intends to play in Canada's last-chance Olympic qualifier in Victoria this summer. Birch said he's looking forward to reuniting with a coach who "gives great confidence to his players." "He has a culture, I think, that's pass first and if you play defence and then let the offence come naturally," the centre said. "There's just like a flow and that's what made me more comfortable for Team Canada. You don't really showcase one person over the other, everyone gets involved and that's what gives me great confidence." Birch played college basketball at Pittsburgh and UNLV. After going undrafted, he played in the NBA G League, then Turkey and Greece before he signed with the Magic in 2017. He was part of the Orlando squad that lost to Toronto in five games in the first round of the playoffs in the Raptors' championship run in 2019. Set to become a free agent this summer, Birch said he's not focusing on securing a new contract. "I just want to have a good playoff push," he said. "So that’s my goal right now. I’m not really worried about free agency, I just wanna help this team win basketball games." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
A leaky roof at Madison Square Garden caused a 14-minute rain delay in Sunday's game between the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.
Steph Curry had a special message for Aaron Taylor, the guest PA announcer who spent 26 years behind bars.
The legendary goaltender had recently suggested the possibility of an early return.
Nashville Predators forward Michael McCarron was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde.
Miles Bridges dunked on Clint Capela so hard that he may not actually exist anymore.
Ahead of the April 12 NHL trade deadline, here are the best candidates that are considered likely to be moved.
Portland could be without two players and its coach in a future game.
Vettori is slowly moving toward a title shot and he wasn’t going to be beaten by an opponent with such a gaping hole in his game.
The UEFA Champions League resumes with four quarterfinal matchups you'll certainly want to tune in for.
Get news, analysis, memes and more delivered to your inbox the morning after every Raptors game.
Follow along for the latest news from the 2021 NHL trade deadline.
Quarterbacks are always overdrafted, leading to an interesting prop at BetMGM.