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In coronavirus era, bubbles provide game-changing lessons learned for pro sports

But many of the lessons learned from being in some form of a bubble environment — where the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball each crowned a champion after finding a way to finish their seasons in most unusual circumstances — could apply to whatever the new definition of normal is for those and other sports.

Lakers will look to close Heat out in Game 5 of NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The trophy ceremony plans are getting finalized. Boxes are being shipped out of the NBA bubble in advance of the looming shutdown. Hotel rooms, sometime in the next few days, will be filled again by regular people looking for their long-awaited Disney fix.

Halfway home: Lakers top Heat 124-114 for 2-0 NBA Finals lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Anthony Davis got most of his points with a feathery shooting touch. LeBron James flexed his muscle to bulldoze his way to damage. And whenever the lead looked even the tiniest bit threatened, the Los Angeles Lakers had an answer.

A 2nd day of NBA playoff games halted over racial injustice

An unprecedented NBA walkout over racial injustice postponed a second day of the playoffs Thursday, although players pledged to finish the postseason even as they wrestled with their emotions about wanting to bring change in their communities.

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.