The Toronto Raptors hosted the Boston Celtics Wednesday night in what would be their final game of the season. It was the Celtics’ first game since the Boston Marathon tragedy that took place Monday, so in a classy move, the Raptors organization set up a touching series of events to pay tribute to all that were affected by the horrific bombings. First, both teams met at center court where they held a moment of silence, and then the Celtics were introduced to “Sweet Caroline,” which is traditionally played at Fenway Park before the bottom of the eighth inning. The Celtics also wore a black stripe on their jerseys tonight to honor all of the victims.
Amir Johnson grabbed a camera that got kicked onto the court Tuesday night after an and-1 basket by teammate Terrence Ross. Johnson pretended to take photos of Ross and his teammates on the bench before finally handing the equipment back over to the sideline.
Sick of seeing fans hit halfcourt shots at halftime for a prize? Watch this 12-year-old from the York South Silver Knights basketball team hit one to beat the buzzer during intermission at the Raptors game instead.
Former Raptor, Jose Calderon, returned to the Air Canada Centre Monday night for the first time since being traded to the Pistons in January, and the point guard naturally started to follow his former teammates to the wrong room following halftime before catching himself and turning around. I mean he did spend 7 1/2 seasons in Toronto, so we’ll give him a break.
It became clear during Amir Johnson’s interview with NBA TV Canada Tuesday that DeMar DeRozan has been taking a few pages out of Chris Bosh’s book. Here’s the Raptors guard pulling off a pretty spectacular videobomb.
Landry Fields’ three-quarter court buzzer beater attempt against the Cavaliers Sunday went all wrong as his last second heave hit the Raptors’ mop boy right in the face. Luckily, he was a good sport and laughed it off.
Prior to Wednesday night’s Cavaliers-Raptors game, Mickael Pietrus attempted his best Chris Bosh, videobombing NBA TV during their live broadcast. The Raptors forward put forth his best dance moves for a solid thirty-second cameo as analysts, Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton, attempted to have a serious basketball discussion.
Canadian actress, Rachel McAdams, was greeted with a dozen roses and a hug from The Raptor at the Air Canada Centre during the Raptors vs. Wizards game on Monday night. At this time, there have been no reports of any incidents between Rudy Gay or Matt Devlin and the well known local actress.
A brave fan at Friday night’s Raptors-Knicks game at Air Canada Centre crossed an item off of his bucket list. During the fourth quarter, while the teams were still on the court, the fan, wearing a shirt that said “Go Raps” on the front and “Bucket List” on the back, sprinted onto the floor only to be tackled by security moments later.
Here’s some tweets from the fearless fan leading up to the incident:
When you’re planning on going to jail, you know it will be a fun night
The Washington Wizards hosted the Toronto Raptors Tuesday where D.C. native, and rapper, Wale started some drama with Rudy Gay, and Raptors play-by-play announcer, Matt Devlin.
It started when Wale was reportedly talking trash to Raptors forward, Rudy Gay, from his court side seat at the Verizon Center. Gay responded by motioning for Wale to call him (seen in video below) which prompted Devlin to talk about Wale – calling him a “local rapper”, making fun of his name, and saying“He’s not Drake, that’s for sure”. Wale didn’t take it so well. The rapper not only tweeted “shut your mouth” to the announcer, but approached him at their broadcast table.
photo via @jeskeets
Wale confronts announcer at broadcast table, skip to 0:37:
video via CBS Sports
Wale takes to Twitter post game:
…and the rapper changed his Twitter bio Wednesday to “Local Rapper“, referring to Toronto announcer, Matt Devlin, describing him as a “local rapper” in his broadcast during the Wizards-Raptors game.