Toronto Raptors to play rest of home games in Tampa

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Sep 28, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri talks to the media during Media Day at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors will play the remainder of their home games this season in Tampa due to the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions between Canada and the United States, the team announced Thursday.

The Raptors initially announced in November that Amalie Arena would serve as their home court for the first half of the 2020-21 season.

“Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie — we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said.

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“But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotiabank Arena family, and all those we are missing back home, and we can’t wait until we can all be together again.”

The Raptors boast a 12-13 record overall this season, including a 6-5 mark “at home” in Tampa.

Toronto has made the playoffs in seven straight seasons and won the 2018-19 title when since-departed Kawhi Leonard was the star and guided the club past the Golden State Warriors in six games.

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–Field Level Media