National Newswatch

Raptors have proven in previous 3 series that they can overcome adversity

Jun 3 2019 — Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ever since Kawhi Leonard's two free throws in the dying seconds clinched Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, and a delighted Kyle Lowry celebrated with childlike exuberance in the background, the Toronto Raptors have been navigating uncharted territory. They're playing basketball in June for the first time ever. They'll play their first NBA Finals road game Wednesday when they […]

Toronto Raptors not afraid of the moment, playing “fearlessly” in Game 1

May 31 2019 — Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Bay Area has been put on alert. Kawhi Leonard is coming.  The morning after the Raptors' historic victory over defending champion Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, commuters in Oakland, Calif., were greeted by a giant New Balance billboard of Leonard looking ominous, arms crossed, cold stare. The billboard near the Warriors' Oracle Arena reads: "The […]

Leonard has 27 points; Raptors headed to NBA Finals for first time in history

May 26 2019 — Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals, a Canadian basketball success story 24 years in the making. Kawhi Leonard poured in 27 points and hauled down a game-high 17 rebounds to lead the Raptors to a thrilling 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that clinched the Eastern Conference finals series 4-2. Kyle Lowry, playing through the relentless pain of […]