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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: Mon., June 10, 2019, 11:38 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Enough already with this round-the-clock LeBron coverage!

I’m going to say this one time and one time only: EVERYONE – I BEG OF YOU! – SHUT UP ABOUT LeBRON.


UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

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, 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 …


Dirk Nowitzki soaking up retirement after 21 seasons with Mavs

Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki looks relaxed and happy about two months after wrapping up his record 21st season with the same franchise. The big German has been traveling …


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, 9:35 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

AP source: Nets moving Allen Crabbe, picks to Hawks, get cap space

A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade guard Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that …


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.


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 …


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, 9:39 p.m.

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, 5:20 p.m.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s recovery from stroke will ‘take time’

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized while recovering from a stroke. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said Gilbert’s family reported he “maintains his strong sense of humor and focus on …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

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.


Celtics boss Danny Ainge back at work after ‘mild’ heart attack

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge spoke to reporters for the first time since his second heart attack and vowed “my role’s not going to change.” Ainge says he will …


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.


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, 7:51 p.m.

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, 9:23 p.m.

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, 7:41 p.m.

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, 8:43 p.m.

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, 10:22 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Breaking down why Jaylen Nowell opted for a shot in NBA draft over another season with Huskies

If you look at the mock NBA drafts, Nowell is a late second-rounder at best. And the Huskies could be amazing next season.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Finest 5: A look back at former WSU standout Klay Thompson’s best NBA playoffs games

Klay Thompson is a five-time NBA All-Star who has won three championships with Golden State, but whether he’ll come back to Pullman this winter with his fourth NBA ring will …


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 …