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Raptors plan silent protest during Game 5 against Brooklyn

The team will make a gesture of solidarity with the L.A. Clippers Wednesday night at the ACC

(Photo from Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment)

 The Toronto Raptors will make a gesture of solidarity with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night over the Donald Sterling controversy.
    
Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan wouldn't reveal what the team is planning for the silent protest.

On Monday night, the Miami Heat ran out of the tunnel in their warmups, huddled at centre court and tossed their white jerseys to the ground. They wore their red warmup shirts inside out, hiding the team logo.
    
Sterling, the longtime Clippers owner, has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments he made in a recorded conversation.
    
The Raptors will join a chorus of protests when play Brooklyn in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto beat the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night in Game 4, to tie up the series 2-2. The Raptors expect a repeat of Sunday, when a capacity crowd of 2,500 red-clad fans jammed Maple Leaf Square to watch the game on the giant screen outside the Air Canada Centre. Thousands more packed the roads leading up to the ACC in a raucous outdoor celebration similar to the city's playoff party during the Maple Leafs' brief run last year.
    
``Oh man, it's unbelievable, our fan base,'' Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said. ``It makes you want to just be a part of it. Things that we're doing right now and the way the fan base is going out there, we want to go out there and play hard and give them a reason to keep coming back and packing Maple Leaf Square and packing the ACC.
    ``We need our fans, we love our fans. . . We can't wait to see (Wednesday) night, the vibe and the energy we're going to get.''

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