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Raptors become first Canadian team to capture NBA title

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For the first time in NBA history, the Larry O’Brien Trophy is heading north of the border.

The Toronto Raptors officially won the 2019 NBA championship after defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in a thrilling Game 6 at Oracle Arena.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Warriors appeared to be gaining some momentum in the third quarter until Klay Thompson suffered a knee injury when he landed after a dunk attempt contested by Danny Green. Thompson shot his two free throws and left the game for good. The team later confirmed he sustained a torn left ACL, which will likely keep him out of action for the majority of 2019/2020.

The fourth quarter wasn’t pretty offensively, but Fred Van Vleet kept the Raptors alive with a couple of clutch three-pointers, and the Raptors were finally able to put the game away in the final minute thanks to some clutch defense, a Pascal Siakam jumper, and Kawhi Leonard’s free throws.

Kawhi Leonard wasn’t at his best, but managed to finish the game with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in 41 minutes, and won his second career NBA Finals MVP to go along with his second NBA title.

“This is what I play basketball for…his is what I work out for.” said Leonard after the game.

His teammate Kyle Lowry also praised him for his incredible performances throughout the 2019 postseason.

“I think he’s the best two-way basketball player in the NBA,” said Lowry.

“He just goes. You know, I’ve seen some stuff from him this year that you just say, ‘Wow.’ You do. You say, ‘Wow.’ You appreciate the work that he’s put in. He works extremely hard at his game and works extremely hard on his body. And he loves this basketball thing. Loves it.”

The team apparently celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas, and will hold their championship parade in Toronto starting at 10am/ET on Monday.

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Steph Curry hoping to return to action March 1st vs Wizards

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We’ve finally got a Steph Curry injury update!

Despite rumours suggesting he’d be sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Golden State Warriors superstar is aiming to make his return to the court during a March 1st home game at Chase Center. According to reports, the return date isn’t set in stone, but is more of a personal goal that he hopes to accomplish.

The 31-year old MVP has played in just four games this season, and hasn’t seen the court since suffering a a fractured left hand on October 30th. He has had two separate surgeries in the injured hand since being out of action.

Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP Awards, and has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds over a span of 698 career regular seasons and ten-plus seasons.

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Knicks are apparently no longer interested in acquiring Andre Drummond

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Andre Drummond anyone?

It’s clear as day the Detroit Pistons are trying to rid themselves on Andre Drummond’s albatross contract as they aim to start a rebuild. However, it appears their asking price is too high, and teams are shying away due to both the flaws in the big man’s game, and the potential that he will leave via free agency this offseason when he inevitably declines the $28.8 player option attached to his contract.

They were engaged in trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks involving Drummond, but a potential deal reportedly fell through

Just hours after that report, another potential Drummond suitor has pulled the plug on acquiring him: the New York Knicks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks initially touched base with the Pistons regarding Drummond’s availability earlier this season, but apparently are no longer in the running for his services.

The Pistons are apparently looking for a first round pick and an NBA ready center in return for trading away the two-time NBA All-Star.

The 26-year old, who is playing in his eighth NBA season, has averaged 17.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 40 games for the 15-27 Pistons so far in 2019/2020.

The 2020 NBA Trade dealine is less than a month from now on February 6th.

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LeBron James passes Isiah Thomas to move into 8th all-time in NBA assists

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After posting eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, LeBron James surpassed the legendary Isiah Thomas to move into eight on the NBA all-time assist leaderboard.

In an incredible career that has resulted in all sorts of accolades and milestones, James ranks this as among his his best accomplishments to date.

“One of the best point guards this game has ever seen. And one of the toughest as well. Just his upbringing, coming from Chicago, doing the things he was able to do on the floor. From Indiana going to the Bad Boys in Detroit, just setting the tone for what he wanted his career to be” said James after the game.

“Anytime I’m linked with the greats, and ‘Zeke being one of those, it’s just an honor, and I think back to my childhood and where I’m from.”

The 35-year-old Akron, Ohio native, who is currently playing in his seventeenth NBA season, has accumulated 9,067 assists in 1190 career regular season games.

He has also won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, four NBA MVP Awards (2009–2010, 2012–2013), and has been selected to 15 All-Star games during that span.

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