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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.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He went to Miami and became a champion.
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.
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.
If there is a sliver of consolation for the Boston Celtics, it probably can be found within the understanding that a 2-0 lead for the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals doesn’t guarantee anything.
By Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
Kristaps Porzingis will miss the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right knee.
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.
Portland guard Damian Lillard has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined when the Trail Blazers play a win-or-else Western Conference first-round game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Zach Collins’ third NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers is over after just 11 games. Collins will have season-ending ankle surgery, the team announced Friday.
More than any other sport, the cream of the NBA assuredly rises to the top in the playoffs.
Zach Collins missed Portland’s first-game victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and he’ll be a spectator again for Thursday’s second game.
There seem to be fewer players fishing at Walt Disney World these days. Getting a tee time or streaming video games might not be as much of a priority as it was a few weeks ago, either.
Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.