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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) loses the basketball as he tries to drive around Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara

Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

 

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash points during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in New York. (Brad Penner/Pool Photo via AP)

More NBA games off, as league continues struggles with virus

More NBA games off, as league continues struggles with virus

 

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) has his shot blocked by Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton, middle, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Raptors set franchise scoring record, win 144-123 over Kings

Raptors set franchise scoring record, win 144-123 over Kings

 

Suns drain 21 3-pointers, beat Raptors 123-115

Suns drain 21 3-pointers, beat Raptors 123-115

Members of the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors form a circle during the American national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Raptors, Suns link arms in solidarity hours after storming of U.S. Capitol

Raptors, Suns link arms in solidarity hours after storming of U.S. Capitol

Members of the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors form a circle during the American national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) blocks a shot by Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on January 4, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris O'Meara

Beleaguered Toronto Raptors head west looking for answers after dismal 1-5 start

Beleaguered Toronto Raptors head west looking for answers after dismal 1-5 start

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) blocks a shot by Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on January 4, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris O'Meara

Embiid shakes off injury, rallies 76ers past winless Raptors

Embiid shakes off injury, rallies 76ers past winless Raptors

The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat tip off to start during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara

“Tampa Bay Raptaneers” set to tip off bizarre regular season against Pelicans

“Tampa Bay Raptaneers” set to tip off bizarre regular season against Pelicans

The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat tip off to start during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara

NBA studying ways to bring games back overseas in future

NBA studying ways to bring games back overseas in future

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after receiving his NBA championship ring before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Lakers get championship rings with empty arena, full hearts

Lakers get championship rings with empty arena, full hearts

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after receiving his NBA championship ring before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby scores against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball conference semifinal playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ashley Landis

OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors agree to multi-year extension

OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors agree to multi-year extension

Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby scores against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball conference semifinal playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ashley Landis
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. Silver is giving preseason state-of-the-league remarks Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, before opening night Tuesday, talking about how the league will handle the ongoing pandemic and the continued focus on social issues such as racial injustice. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Silver confident that NBA season can be pulled off safely

Silver confident that NBA season can be pulled off safely

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. Silver is giving preseason state-of-the-league remarks Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, before opening night Tuesday, talking about how the league will handle the ongoing pandemic and the continued focus on social issues such as racial injustice. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

VanVleet scores 23 points in Raptors’ 112-109 pre-season win at Charlotte

VanVleet scores 23 points in Raptors’ 112-109 pre-season win at Charlotte

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) reach for a loose ball as Orlando' Nikola Vucevic (9) watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

John Wall back on floor, NBA opens preseason in empty arenas

John Wall back on floor, NBA opens preseason in empty arenas

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) reach for a loose ball as Orlando' Nikola Vucevic (9) watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — but coaches won’t be able to wear the short-sleeved shirts that most donned for games in the bubble, either. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

NBA coaches attire: Masks are in, jackets are optional

NBA coaches attire: Masks are in, jackets are optional

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — but coaches won’t be able to wear the short-sleeved shirts that most donned for games in the bubble, either. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)
Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is seen in the tunnel area ahead of NBA basketball action against New Orleans Pelicans, in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The Toronto Raptors are the only NBA team forced to play outside of their home market this season, but Ujiri says the club is doing everything it can to help players feel comfortable in Tampa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ujiri: Raptors’ unique trait is ‘togetherness,’ says Toronto will adapt to Tampa

Raptors learned less than three weeks ago they wouldn’t be permitted to play out of Scotiabank Arena

Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri is seen in the tunnel area ahead of NBA basketball action against New Orleans Pelicans, in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The Toronto Raptors are the only NBA team forced to play outside of their home market this season, but Ujiri says the club is doing everything it can to help players feel comfortable in Tampa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht, File)

Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft

Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht, File)
FILE - Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) makes a pass during the first half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo. A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star guard Chris Paul is being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns, where he'll play alongside one of the league's most dynamic young scorers in fellow All-Star Devin Booker. The Thunder are acquiring Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a first-round pick that will be conveyed sometime between 2022 and 2025, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized by the league. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

All-Star guard Chris Paul sent to Suns in blockbuster trade

All-Star guard Chris Paul sent to Suns in blockbuster trade

FILE - Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) makes a pass during the first half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo. A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star guard Chris Paul is being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns, where he'll play alongside one of the league's most dynamic young scorers in fellow All-Star Devin Booker. The Thunder are acquiring Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a first-round pick that will be conveyed sometime between 2022 and 2025, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized by the league. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Joshua Wilson, left, a junior at Winston-Salem State University, speaks with NBA star and current Winston-Salem State University student Chris Paul about where Paul can pick up his student ID on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Paul led nearly 2,500 people on a march to an early-voting site at a university in North Carolina where he also takes classes. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Chris Paul, on upcoming NBA season: ‘Nothing is perfect’

Chris Paul, on upcoming NBA season: ‘Nothing is perfect’

Joshua Wilson, left, a junior at Winston-Salem State University, speaks with NBA star and current Winston-Salem State University student Chris Paul about where Paul can pick up his student ID on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Paul led nearly 2,500 people on a march to an early-voting site at a university in North Carolina where he also takes classes. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
FILE - This Sept. 30, 2018, file photo shows former Boston Celtics great Tommy Heinsohn prior to a preseason basketball game in Boston. Tommy Heinsohn, who as a Boston Celtics player, coach and broadcaster was with the team for all 17 of its NBA championships, has died. He was 86. The team confirmed Heinsohn's death on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, ‘ultimate Celtic,’ dies at 86

Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, ‘ultimate Celtic,’ dies at 86

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2018, file photo shows former Boston Celtics great Tommy Heinsohn prior to a preseason basketball game in Boston. Tommy Heinsohn, who as a Boston Celtics player, coach and broadcaster was with the team for all 17 of its NBA championships, has died. He was 86. The team confirmed Heinsohn's death on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)