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Amid NBA Finals and lawsuit, Kawhi Leonard remains unfazed

Toronto star Kawhi Leonard has more than a few things on his mind these days. He’ll be a free agent in a few weeks and will decide where he wants …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Golden State’s Kevin Durant out for Game 3 of NBA Finals

Kevin Durant still isn’t ready to return for the Golden State Warriors as he works back from a strained right calf he suffered during the Western Conference semifinals.

Klay Thompson questionable for Game 3 of NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has a mild strain in his left hamstring that forced him out of Game 2 in the NBA Finals and he is listed as …

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Raptors OK mentally, Warriors shaky physically

The Toronto Raptors feel good mentally, and they are certainly in better shape physically than the Golden State Warriors.

UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019

Klay Thompson scores 25 before injury; Golden State Warriors draw even in NBA Finals

Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half …

UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Jerry Brewer: NBA’s global ambitions get a boost from Toronto’s arrival in Finals

Hate to turn this column into a visitors bureau pitch, but you should know something: It has been amazing to experience the first NBA Finals in this pulsating city.

UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019

Toronto’s Pascal Siakam comes from small settings to star on NBA’s big stage

The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.

UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109.

Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to Canada to face Raptors

The Golden State Warriors’ road to a fifth straight NBA Finals has detoured to a new destination – and this one requires a passport. The Toronto Raptors, a team that …

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi Leonard is throw everything at him

Golden State has plenty of elite defenders, and the Warriors may need them all in order to slow Kawhi Leonard in the NBA Finals. Toronto’s leading scorer is the top …

UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Golden State guard Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures …

Toronto’s Jurassic Park adds college vibe to NBA Finals

There’s nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA. The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into a small strip of street to cheer …

Kevin Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return …

Toronto Raptors reset as NBA Finals loom against Golden State

There is a clear back-to-work vibe coming from the Toronto Raptors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors …

Tim Reynolds: NBA Finals will decide a champion, and much more

It all comes down to this. No, really. It ALL comes down to this. The next four, five, six or seven games of the NBA Finals between Golden State and …

Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals

Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won’t be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of …

UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

The forgotten story of Game 6: The Mother’s Day drama that kept the 1979 Seattle Sonics’ title hopes alive

Forty years ago in Landover, Maryland, the Seattle SuperSonics were crowned NBA champions for the first and only time in their history. But they truly revealed themselves as a championship …

UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018

With 2 titles at Golden State, Finals MVP Kevin Durant gets the last word

Kevin Durant had a simple message for his critics: “Thanks.”

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight NBA title

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight NBA title and third …

UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018

Kevin Durant has 43, Warriors take 3-0 NBA Finals lead over Cavaliers

Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty’s doorstep. LeBron James may be at the door.

UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018

Oh say, did you hear? Yakima’s Freddie Garza will sing National Anthem at NBA Finals game on Friday

Freddie Garza of Yakima, an Air Force reservist known for singing at Mariners and Seahawks games, will perform at his first NBA Finals game on Friday.

After Game 1 gaffe, Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith seeking a bounce-back effort

Two days later, there is still no clarity on what J.R. Smith knew when he grabbed that offensive rebound in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the …

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson expects to play Finals Game 2 with sore ankle

Golden State All-Star guard Klay Thompson expects to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after spraining his left ankle in a scary fall during a collision when Cleveland’s …

UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation

J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was …

UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018

Big Blunders: J.R. Smith’s mistake joins others in sports history

Cleveland’s J.R. Smith isn’t the first athlete to make a big blunder with time running down.

UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018

Ralph Walter: Magic of ‘What if’ keeps SuperSonics in Seattle, gives Gonzaga a football team

“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …

UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018

Warriors withstand LeBron James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to …

Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA’s concussion protocols and is cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.

Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will be out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that …

Round 4: It’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, again in NBA Finals

Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the …