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Heat are ailing, but insist NBA Finals vs Lakers aren’t over

Jimmy Butler had a bandage on his right knee and a wrap on his left ankle. His team’s starting point guard and center are both doubtful to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. And his Miami Heat are coming off a one-sided loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer

Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Klay Thompson also is dealing with a lengthy rehab after he tore the ACL in his left knee during the Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the champion Raptors.

Nick Nurse’s nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Nick Nurse is a 51-year-old basketball journeyman who has been a coach for no fewer than 13 different teams in four countries over the last 30 years. He is unknown no more and someone who never will be anonymous again. Nurse is now the coach of the best team in the world. He guided the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship in a six-game defeat of the Golden State Warriors to deny them a third consecutive title.

California police say Raptors president Masai Ujiri shoved, hit deputy

A California police agency will pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face and shouting obscenities as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship. A Warriors fan said the officer did not ask for a credential and he did not see Ujiri strike the deputy. The team is looking into the encounter.

Analysis: A global NBA now has a truly global champion

The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself “world champions.” These Toronto Raptors might actually be worthy of the moniker.

Klay Thompson sustains torn left ACL in Warriors’ loss

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Thompson was hurt late in the third quarter of their 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors. It was the Warriors’ second devastating injury in the final two games of the series. Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon in Game 5. Thompson finished with 30 points and left the arena on crutches. The Raptors earned their first NBA title.

Canada celebrates after Raptors win first NBA championship

Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship. Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, the fan zone outside the team’s empty downtown arena, to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals on big screens screamed in gleeful pandemonium as the final buzzer sounded on the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

The injuries pile up, and the Warriors’ reign ends

In the end, they were just battered and broken. And now, they’re beaten. The Golden State Warriors are champions no more. The reign ended Thursday night in the last game they’ll ever play at Oracle Arena, one where they entered without Kevin Durant and left without Klay Thompson. The roster depletion was just too taxing, even for warriors like the Warriors to bear. They lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals 114-110 to the Toronto Raptors.

King of the North: Kawhi Leonard wins Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard’s first season with the Toronto Raptors started with his now-infamous laugh. It ended with him getting the last laugh. The best player on the league’s newly crowned best team is an NBA Finals MVP for the second time. Toronto finally sits atop the basketball universe, with Leonard averaging 28.5 points in a six-game finals victory over the Golden State Warriors to lead the Raptors to their first championship.

Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured Canada’s first NBA championship with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 in a Game 6 for the ages that spoiled a sensational send-doff at Oracle Arena.

Raptors say they’re simply staying in the moment heading into Game 6

There was a predictable sting that pained the Toronto Raptors after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. They were so close. And then they had to fly so far. Whatever they were feeling after Monday night’s loss to Golden State is in the past now, which is consistent with the way the Raptors have tried to handle their business throughout the entirety of these playoffs. Now they have a second chance at grabbing the NBA title, with Game 6 at Golden State on Thursday night.