Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

U.S. 06/14/19, 01:23

Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada's first NBA championship. "We the North!" is now "We the Champs!" Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country's first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered ...

Update: Kerr indicates Durant won’t play before Game 3

Sports 05/30/19, 13:26

The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors (all times local):2:25 p.m.Golden State star Kevin Durant will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals with his strained calf muscle, and Game 2 might not be in his plans either.Warriors coach ...

Warriors say center DeMarcus Cousins available for Game 1

Sports 05/30/19, 11:41

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says center DeMarcus Cousins is available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Kerr made the announcement at the team's shootaround practice Thursday. Cousins has not been on the Warriors' active roster since injuring his right quadriceps muscle early in Game 2 of ...

From the NBA Finals: Kerr, Nurse break down title series

Basketball 05/30/19, 10:20

Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .Nurse details how he knew Raptors star Kawhi Leonard had another gear for ...

Fans in Toronto gather hours before start of NBA Finals

Basketball 05/30/19, 10:12

Fans in Toronto are ready and eager for their city to play host to its first NBA Finals game.Crowds began building outside Jurassic Park — the square outside Scotiabank Arena — shortly after sunrise Thursday, or about 15 hours before Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and ...

Analysis: Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Sports 05/30/19, 01:45

Golden State coach Steve Kerr dropped the hint eight months ago that this season may be the end of the Warriors, at least as the team is currently configured.He was speaking of the Warriors' run atop the NBA, with three titles in four years."It's not going to last forever," Kerr ...

Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA Finals

Sports 05/30/19, 01:44

Last time Kawhi Leonard played Golden State in the playoffs, he was running the Warriors off the floor.The only thing that stopped him that day was Zaza Pachulia's foot, which Leonard landed on after taking a jumper in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals. ...

Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals

Sports 05/30/19, 01:42

Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions.They won't be true "world" champions, of course.But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel.Golden State Warriors basketball guard Stephen Curry takes part in practice for the NBA ...

Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to Canada to face Raptors

Basketball 05/29/19, 16:46

Dynasty versus dinosaurs.The Golden State Warriors' road to a fifth straight NBA Finals has detoured to a new destination — and this one requires a passport.The Toronto Raptors, a team that arrived in the NBA 24 years ago as the dinosaur-logoed basketball franchise in a hockey-loving country, have finally made ...

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi is throw everything at him

Sports 05/29/19, 15:58

Draymond Green believes he's the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA's all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent.Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question.And they all respect Kawhi Leonard's offensive game.Golden State ...

Toronto’s Jurassic Park adds college vibe to NBA Finals

Sports 05/29/19, 02:25

There's nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA.The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into an area that covers about two city blocks to cheer for their beloved Raptors outside their downtown Toronto arena makes for one of basketball's best parties."It's so energetic," ...

Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace

Sports 05/29/19, 02:24

Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn't defined only by one angry moment in Detroit.Before he could get it with the Los Angeles Lakers, though, World Peace had to heal his mind. The therapy had to come first if the former Ron Artest was ...

Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

Sports 05/28/19, 18:01

Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2.Durant, the two-time reigning Finals MVP who has missed the past ...

‘The job’s not done’: Raptors reset, as NBA Finals loom

Sports 05/28/19, 16:25

The parade that the Toronto Raptors enjoyed last week was an impromptu and quick one.A chance at the real parade awaits.There is a clear back-to-work vibe coming from the Raptors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on ...

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

Sports 05/28/19, 00:02

Klay Thompson craved a little calm.The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he's ready to ...

Warriors embrace a new NBA Finals challenge with Raptors

Sports 05/27/19, 19:17

After four straight years of facing LeBron James and Cleveland in the NBA Finals, this feels refreshing for the two-time defending champion Warriors."For sure," Shaun Livingston said with a smile of taking on the upstart Raptors, "for sure, we'll leave it right there."Off to Toronto, finally a fresh team that's ...

Giannis: Bucks ‘successful’ despite falling short of goal

Basketball 05/27/19, 18:51

Giannis Antetokounmpo said on Monday that he hadn't slept in the two days since the Milwaukee Bucks' season came to an end.But the NBA MVP finalist said his team still had a successful season despite falling short of its goal of winning the second NBA championship in franchise history."It's just ...

Analysis: NBA Finals will decide a champion, and much more

Sports 05/27/19, 10:45

It all comes down to this.No, really.It ALL comes down to this.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) looks on following the Raptors win Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The ...

Matchups for the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors

Basketball 05/26/19, 13:51

The position matchup breakdown for the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors:STARTING GUARDSGolden State: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts in the finals seconds of Game 6 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on ...

NBA Finals are set: reigning Warriors vs newcomer Raptors

Sports 05/25/19, 22:47

The first NBA game was in Toronto.And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.Finally.Toronto Raptors fans react as they watch Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, on a screen outside Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Chris ...

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