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TORONTO -- Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for insulting Brooklyn before an outdoor gathering of fans in advance of Torontos NBA playoff game against the Nets. Douglas Barcelona Jersey . Brooklyn had the last laugh, however, hanging on for a 94-87 victory in Game 1 of the first-round best-of-seven series. Emotions ran high as the Raptors returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and Ujiri helped stoke the pre-game fire. Ujiri, a former NBA executive of the year in Denver, took the stage before the afternoon game to address pumped-up fans under bright sunshine at Maple Leafs Square. The moment seemed to get to him as he paired an F-bomb and Brooklyn on his way off the stage. The crowd loved it, roaring in response. He handed the microphone to his boss, MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, who smiled and shook his head before leaving the stage. Video of the trash talk quickly surfaced on Twitter and other social media. The GM was quick to do damage control, with team officials summoning media for a halftime gathering in the hall outside the playoff media centre at the Air Canada Centre. "I apologize. Wrong choice of words out there," Ujiri told some three dozen media. "This thing is really not about me, its about the players and the playoffs. So just trying to get the crowd out there rattled. Wrong choice of words. "I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. Thats it." He declined to take questions. But he offered an addendum, over his shoulder, as he headed down the corridor. "You know how I feel," he said. "I dont like them (the Nets) but I apologize." Adding to the drama of the day, the shot clocks stopped working -- prompting a break -- in the third quarter. The shot clock was subsequently counted down by longtime PA announcer Herbie Kuhn as he looked at the stopwatch held by the official next to him. Kuhn likely needed a post-game throat lozenge. The crowd was loud and proud inside the building and out. Those inside sported giveaway white T-shirts with the words Northern Uprising around a Raptors logo on them. Drake, hip-hop star and Raptors global ambassador, sported one of the shirts under his jacket in his normal courtside perch. He was heavily involved in the Raptors rebrand, built around the slogan "We The North." Ujiri was feisty prior to the series, after talk the Nets may have slipped down the standings in order to face the Raptors. The Toronto GM said his team "havent lost one second of sleep worrying about the Brooklyn Nets." "They can do whatever they want," Ujiri said Thursday. "Well be right here." The Toronto Sun tabloid helped stir the pot with a Page 1 headline that said "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs," in a shot at Brooklyns aging stars. Game 2 is Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto (48-34) and Brooklyn (44-38) split four meetings during the regular season. Thomas Vermaelen Barcelona Jersey . The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics finished their recent trek at 3-1 on Monday in Salt Lake City when Rajon Rondo made a key jumper with 24.1 seconds remaining, as Boston held off the Utah Jazz, 107-102, at EnergySolutions Arena. Blank Barcelona Jersey . The 10-year deal the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years. With the league projecting financial growth, there has been speculation that players will take that option in three years, especially since a new national TV contract will be in place by then. . Jacob Jacques, Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Halifax (37-18-3), who outshot the Islanders 40-26. Kevin Darveau stopped 25 shots. Bradley Kennedy had the lone goal for Charlottetown (18-33-5), which has nine losses in its last 10 games.Seamus Coleman has his sights set firmly on a trip to the World Cup finals in Russia after sampling the atmosphere at a major tournament for the first time. The 27-year-old Everton full-back ended Euro 2016 as Ireland captain - a position he has retained for the new qualifying campaign, which continues with Thursday night Group D clash with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.Coleman will win his 40th senior cap against the Georgians, but insists his international education is ongoing. To play 40 games for Ireland is a great honour, he said. I didnt know, but hopefully I can finish it with a win.You are always trying to improve yourself. To get to the tournament was a big achievement for us all and we all learned a lot from it. Playing under different managers as well has improved me in different ways. Coleman in action against France during the summer But you always want to do better. You never think that youre the finished article and I just want to keep improving and keep learning and try to get to this World Cup.Ireland are currently ranked 31 by FIFA after their exploits in France, while Georgia, who are yet to figure at a major tournament, sit in 137th.However, having beaten them 2-1 in Tbilisi with a late Aiden McGeady strike and 1-0 in Dublin thanks to Jonathan Walters effort during the last campaign, a win likely will not be taken for granted.We know a lot about them from the last campaign, Coleman said. We needed a little bit of magic from Aiden McGeady out there, and at home as well it took us until late uuntil Jonny got his goal. Marc Bartra Barcelona Jersey. Coleman tussles with Eden Hazard during the Group E match in France They beat Spain not so long ago in a friendly match and they have run Germany close, Austria close, so its a tough game.Its not going to be a walk-over by any means and we are going to have to all be on our game to get a result tomorrow night. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Ireland launched their qualification bid with a 2-2 draw in Serbia last month - Colemans first appearance of the season for either club or country because of an ankle injury.As a player, you just want to play, he said. The club wants you fit, the country wants you fit, but at the end of the day as a player - and I can only speak for myself - if I am fit and I am not feeling any niggles, no problems, no concerns, then Ill play whether thats for Ireland or Everton.There are no complications or big dramas about it. 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