Toronto Raptors Coach Nick Nurse Joins Sports Data Company Used by Top NBA Teams — NBC4 Washington

The NBA head coach joins the board of Noah Basketball, a sports data, and tech company that tracks shooting performance.

Toronto Raptors Coach Nick Nurse Joins Sports Data Company Used by Top NBA Teams — NBC4 Washington

LAKERS-RAPTORS INJURY REPORT

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

07:30 (ET) LAL@TOR Los Angeles Lakers Davis, Anthony Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; strain
Drummond, Andre Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Big Toe; contusion
Dudley, Jared Out Injury/Illness – Right Mcl; tear
James, LeBron Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; sprain
Matthews, Wesley Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; contusion
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Pointer
Hood, Rodney Out Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Flexor; strain
Lowry, Kyle Out Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Infection
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Swelling
VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Flexor; strain
Watson, Paul Out– Health and Safety Protocols

Bulls to play Raptors on April 8

RAPTORS SCHEDULE UPDATES

Please be advised of the following updates to the Raptors 2020-21 schedule:

•    The Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors game originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28 will be played on Thursday, Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

•    The Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers game originally scheduled for Friday, Apr. 9 will be played on Saturday, Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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How Patrick Williams’ Cutting Shined in Career-High Scoring Night for Bulls — NBC Chicago

The Bulls’ rookie slashed his way to a career-high 23 points against the Raptors, and flashed a developing skill in the process.

How Patrick Williams’ Cutting Shined in Career-High Scoring Night for Bulls — NBC Chicago

RAPTORS SIGN ELLENSON TO 10-DAY CONTRACT

RAPTORS SIGN ELLENSON TO 10-DAY CONTRACT

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward-centre Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ellenson 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.6 minutes in 15 games (13 starts) with Raptors 905 in the NBA G League bubble. He shot .493 (107-217) from the field, .424 (53-125) from three-point range and .882 (30-34) at the free throw line. Ellenson scored 20+ points seven times and recorded five double-doubles.

A native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Ellenson helped Raptors 905 (12-3) earn the top seed for the G League playoffs and reach the semifinals. In the postseason, he averaged 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 36.0 minutes in two games and scored a season-high 35 points in Raptors 905’s first-round victory over Team Ignite. 

Ellenson played one season at Marquette (2015-16) prior to being picked 18th overall by Detroit in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is averaging 4.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 9.2 minutes in 81 career NBA games (two starts) with Detroit, New York and Brooklyn.

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EMBRY IS A MANNIE JACKSON AWARD WINNER

WAYNE EMBRY AMONG WINNERS OF 2020 MANNIE JACKSON – BASKETBALL’S HUMAN SPIRIT AWARD

            The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today Toronto Raptors Senior Basketball Advisor Wayne Embry, along with George Raveling and Bill Russell, are the winners of the 2020 Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. Honoured for their decades-long commitment to social justice, the 2020 award recipients will be formally recognized in May 2021 during Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. 

            “Mr. Embry sets the example by which we measure ourselves, every day,” said Raptors President Masai Ujiri. “Having him as a member of our team is an unbelievable gift. He reminds us of the privileges we have, because we are all benefiting from the work he and his colleagues did for us. And he provides us with inspiration – can we live up to his example? That is what we strive to do. Because of you, Mr. Embry.”

            Established in 2007, the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award honours individuals who have found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect of their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others and an avenue that has helped shape his or her growth into a recognized visionary leader. Winners must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles and challenge the status quo, while taking responsibility for his or her actions and seeking the highest standard of excellence.

            Embry, Raveling and Russell were chosen from a large candidate pool that represents every level of basketball and is reviewed annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Mr. Jackson. The winner recognition process was paused in 2020 due to the global pandemic and two sets of winners are expected to be recognized in the 2021 calendar year.

            Embry has been affiliated with the NBA for more than 50 years as a player and front office executive, joining the Raptors organization in 2004. While Embry enjoyed a successful 11-year career as a player, he will be forever remembered in professional sports circles for being the first African American to be general manager when he was named to the post by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972. From 1985-92, Embry served as vice-president and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He moved to an executive vice-president position with the club from 1992-94, and in 1994 once again made history by becoming the first African American NBA team president and chief operating officer.

            A native of Springfield, Ohio, Embry has been a prominent community activist and mentor in each city where he has lived and worked. Embry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. Miami University, his alma mater, recently announced that a statue of Embry would be placed on campus, the first African American alumnus to be so honoured, for his contributions to the university, the state of Ohio and his transformative impact on the sport of basketball.

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RAPTORS CROWDS TO BE CAPPED AT 3,500 IN TAMPA

AMALIE ARENA AND RAPTORS TO WELCOME LIMITED NUMBER OF FANS BACK TO GAMES BEGINNING MARCH 19
Vinik Sports Group and the Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that it will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,500, back to AMALIE Arena for games starting on March 19 when
the Raptors face the Utah Jazz. Tickets for the 18 remaining Raptors games at AMALIE Arena will go on sale to the general public on March 11 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster following pre-sale
opportunities for Raptors and Tampa Bay Lightning members on March 10.
The health and safety of fans, staff and the teams were prioritized in the process with local healthcare and government officials to determine the protocols for welcoming guests back to AMALIE
Arena. In December, Vinik Sports Group announced its ‘Play it Safe’ campaign, providing a roadmap to ensure the safety of guests and those around them.
Upon entering AMALIE Arena via mobile ticketing, fans will notice increased measures to promote physical distancing, including entry points, concessions and restrooms. Concession and retail stands will be cashless and contactless and hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the
facility for use. Arena staff will increase frequency of cleaning and sanitation in all areas being used with an emphasis on commonly used surfaces such as seats, handrails and bathrooms. Signage and physical distancing measures have been added to assure six-foot separation between patrons. Ultraviolet disinfectant lights have been installed at various locations including escalator handrails and the number of people allowed on elevators at one time will also be limited. Masks will be required throughout the arena concourses and seating areas when not eating or drinking.

Celtics Notes: Second Unit ‘Starting To Flow’ Entering All-Star Break — NESN.com

It took a true group effort. That’s been the case the last four games, as the tides have changed and the Boston Celtics have found ways to win and close out the first half of the season strong. Thursday they earned a 132-125 win over the Toronto Raptors by way of a balanced offense and […]

Celtics Notes: Second Unit ‘Starting To Flow’ Entering All-Star Break — NESN.com