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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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Rajon Rondo out 6-8 weeks due to significant hand injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers have just found out they have lost another veteran guard to a long-term injury.

The team announced that Rajon Rondo will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his right thumb during practice in the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

The 34-year old, who is in his second season with the franchise, has averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, mostly coming off the bench.

The Lakers are first place in the Western Conference with a 49-14 record. They are 5.5 games above the second place Los Angeles Clippers as they head into the final eight games of the season when the NBA restarts at the beginning of August.

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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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NBA to vote on 22-team format starting back up on July 31

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There finally appears to be a concrete plan for the NBA to resume their season.

According to reports, the NBA has proposed a format that will consist of 22 of the league’s teams returning to action as early as July 31st at Orlando’s Disney World. The latest the season could end would be October 12th, which would be Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association are still negotiating all the details, but there will be a vote on the plan this Thursday.

Three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 teams must vote in favor for the league to go ahead with the proposal. The plan is expected to pass with flying colors.

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