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UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies

The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight.

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Toronto Raptors’ NBA title sees Canada set viewing, spending records

The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Warriors play final game at Oracle Arena, trying to force Game 7

Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight NBA championship.

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Warriors forward Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

Kevin Durant says on social media he underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Durant announced the news on Instagram, two days after the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP …

UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Dave Hyde: Kevin Durant’s injury is all pain, no gain for anyone

Kevin Durant dropped the ball, skipped quickly in pain and dropped to the court Monday night with a sad but fundamental lesson on display for all us: That’s why you …

Much at stake in a last NBA Finals trip to Oracle Arena

The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena. For the Toronto Raptors, it’s a second shot at a first championship. For the Golden State Warriors, it’ll be …

Analysis: Golden State won, but both teams lost Game 5

The scoreboard said Golden State 106, Toronto 105. The reality was that both teams lost. It’s almost unimaginable: an NBA Finals game where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. That …

Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals

Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Golden State Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday …

UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019

Fred VanVleet, Raptors aren’t smiling now, but they might be soon

The Toronto Raptors can become the first team representing Canada to win the NBA championship by beating the Golden State Warriors at home in Game 5 on Monday night.

UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019

With cracks in a dynasty showing, Warriors are on the brink

The Golden State Warriors have made it clear all along: They knew this formidable roster wouldn’t stay together forever. Now, if the two-time defending champs can’t rally back from a …

With Kawhi Leonard leading way, Raptors on cusp of 1st NBA title

Not long before the postseason started Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard. The conversation was about the 82-game regular season. Leonard …

Analysis: Warriors’ hopes hinge on Kevin Durant coming back

Kevin Durant limped off the floor at Oracle Arena a month ago – Game 5 of the second round – with what the team called a mild calf strain. It’s …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

Kawhi Leonard’s big game moves Toronto one win away from first NBA championship

Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.

Raptors’ Danny Green excelling again on the NBA Finals stage

Toronto’s Danny Green couldn’t make a shot for about two weeks going into the NBA Finals. Seems like forever ago now. The finals are a happy stage for Green, who …

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson set to return for NBA Finals Game 4

Two-time reigning finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out, however. Durant strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals. Toronto leads the best-of-seven finals 2-1.

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

Warriors’ investor banned for 1 year, fined $500,000 by NBA

The Golden State Warriors’ executive who shoved Kyle Lowry has been banned for one-year and fined $500,000 by the NBA. The Toronto Raptors guard wanted Mark Stevens ousted from the …

Analysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves

Toronto coach Nick Nurse plays to the beats of his own drum. And that’s not even one of the instruments that he’s trying to master with these days. Nurse says …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Balanced Toronto overcomes Stephen Curry’s 47 points to take 2-1 lead on Golden State in NBA Finals

Toronto fended off a playoff career-high 47 points from Stephen Curry and beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

40 years ago, an unheralded group of Sonics brought Seattle its only NBA title. Here’s how they did it.

40 years ago, a team composed of young, unheralded players came together to win the 1979 NBA Finals, bringing Seattle its first and only NBA title.

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway reflect on ‘Run TMC,’ laud today’s Warriors

Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway spent two seasons as members of “Run TMC” and six years as teammates at Oracle Arena, back when it was called the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum …