Pascal Siakam Wants to Stay With Toronto Raptors

Frustrated by not feeling like he was his team’s focus, and slowed by illness and injury, Siakam believes his future is in Toronto. And that the future is bright.

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Could Tampa Bay Be the New Titletown?

The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

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The Raptors Are New to Tampa’s Basketball Scene. The Titans Aren’t.

The N.B.A.’s Toronto Raptors are in Tampa, Fla., this season because of the pandemic, but they’re not the only pro basketball team in town. The Tampa Bay Titans say hello.

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N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: Will the Nets Reign Supreme?

The Bucks got better, but the Nets with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant might be too much for Milwaukee — or any other team in the East — to overcome.

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N.B.A. Postpones Playoff Games After Milwaukee Bucks Boycott

N.B.A. players have been speaking out against racism and police brutality, but athletes have wondered whether that would be enough.

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The Nets Aren’t Winning, but They Aren’t Giving Up

Kyle Lowry got the steal, and the Raptors iced Game 2 — and breathed a sigh of relief. The Nets did not win, but they did enough to make the Raptors sweat.

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N.B.A. Playoff Power Rankings

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein analyzes the championship hopes of the top contenders — Raptors? Lakers? Clippers? Bucks? — and offers a peek inside one of the bubble hotels.

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The Nets Are Playing Hard. But Can They Dethrone the Raptors?

The Nets have been one of the most impressive teams inside the bubble, but a first-round playoff matchup with the defending champion Toronto Raptors is a next-level challenge.

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