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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, 3:35 p.m.

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, 5:05 p.m.

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, 10:17 p.m.

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 …


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, 5:53 p.m.

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, 4:22 p.m.

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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

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 …


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, 4 p.m.

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.


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: Thu., June 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

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 …


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, 3:53 p.m.

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.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Toronto Raptors rally past Milwaukee 100-94, advance to first NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead in Eastern Conference Finals

Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series.


NBA Tipoff: Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors

After back-to-back losses in Toronto, the Bucks return home for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals looking to snatch back momentum in the series. The Bucks won the first …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Kyle Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Serge Ibaka …