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BBNBA: O Canada!

(Photo via Frank Gunn @frankgunnphoto | The Canadian Press)

(Photo via Frank Gunn @frankgunnphoto | The Canadian Press)

Good morning, folks. The Toronto Freaking Raptors have knocked off the Golden State Warriors. Let’s talk NBA for the final time this season.

RECAP

(1) Raptors – 114 @ (2) Warriors – 110 (TOR wins 4-2)

  • Well, it happened. I don’t know how it did. But it did. The Toronto Raptors finished off the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in perfect Hollywood fashion.
  • The Raptors have now won its first championship in franchise history and possibly ended the Warriors five-year dynasty all in one night. But before we get into the details of the game, another serious injury is headlining the news wire. Klay Thompson tore his ACL in the third quarter of Game 6 when he drove to the basket against Danny Green. He landed straight down on his leg and you could see his knee crumble. We’ve seen this injury happen enough times that we can almost assume it’s going to be an ACL injury. But what made me question everything I knew about my fake doctor degree from Twitter dot com is when Thompson left the game, only to promptly come back in and drain two free throws. At one point, he even told his head coach Steve Kerr he needed “two minutes” before he could come back in. ON AN TORN ACL, he did this. I don’t think anyone has ever questioned Thompson’s toughness, but they sure as hell won’t now.

  • The timing of the injury, however, couldn’t have been worse. Thompson missed the final 14 minutes of the game after dropping in 30 points beforehand. He was having one of those “uh-oh, Klay’s hot” type of nights, only for it to be unfairly snatched away from him. Steph Curry (21 points, seven assists) and Draymond Green (11 points, 19 rebounds, and 13 assists) did everything they could to keep the Warriors in the game but the overall talent level favored the Raptors.
  • Kawhi Leonard takes home his second NBA Finals MVP (2014 with the San Antonio Spurs) and he did so by ending a possible three-peat for the Warriors. Which is exactly how he put away the Miami Heat and the possibility of its own three-peat back in the early part of the decade. Leonard posted 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists en route to one of the most dominant all-around playoff performances in league history. Kyle Lowry shot down any potential jokes that he can’t thrive in the playoffs, dropping 26 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists in the biggest game of his career. Pascal Siakam also added 26 points and the heart of Wichita State, Fred VanVleet, couldn’t have been more timely with several clutch shots late in the game.
  • DeMarcus Cousins finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes for the Warriors and was a key component in keeping the Warriors in the game after Thompson’s injury. Oddly enough, Cousins is one of the few Warriors All-Stars that is going into free agency looking healthy.

  • Now we can officially begin the free agency speculation, which just got 100 times more interesting with the injuries to both Kevin Durant and Thompson. Odds are good that both players are going to miss the entire first half of the 2019-20 season and likely won’t play until the first few months of 2020. Does this give Golden State a better shot at resigning them both at a lower value? Durant can still get the max contract anywhere he goes, no matter his injury. I’d say the same goes for Thompson. But Golden State will be much more willing to resign Thompson at any cost. Either way, the Warriors are in an unfamiliar spot now. Two of the four best players are about to undergo year-long rehab processes. This next season could fully well be a lost year for them and the landscape for next year could be the most wide-open competition we’ve seen in a decade.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)110-114 L vs. TOR124-9 (0-1)52010-218
Jodie Meeks (TOR)114-110 W @ GSWDNP-CD----------------

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

5 Comments for BBNBA: O Canada!



  1. StillBP
    10:28 am June 14, 2019 Permalink

    “Well, it happened. I don’t know how it did. But it did.”
    I’ll help you out with that. First, KD got injured and had the miss almost the entire series. Then KT got injured, missed game 3 of the playoffs and got injured again in game 6. So the Warriors had 2 of their best players out with injuries at pivotal moments. Boom… Raptors win. You’re welcome.



    • UKinMKY
      10:48 am June 14, 2019 Permalink

      Bingo. All credit to the Raptors, winning the Finals is tough no matter what, but they don’t win if Klay plays the rest of game 6 and into game 7.



    • StillBP
      11:07 am June 14, 2019 Permalink

      Oops meant KT missed game 3 of finals, not playoffs. Good thing I don’t get paid to write here 🙂



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    10:53 am June 14, 2019 Permalink

    “Well, it happened. I don’t know how it did. But it did.”

    So much for knowledgable “experts.”

    As already posted, it wasn’t hard to figure out. But at least he didn’t bash Cousins again!



  3. Cousins Fake Tooth
    3:00 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    Warriors in 5 if no injuries.