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The NBA Finals had a wild impact on next year’s championship odds, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites at some sportsbooks and the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors as second-tier contenders. The Lakers, at +400, are — despite their absence from the 2018-19 playoffs — the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship at
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Kyle Lowry‘s willingness to take a secondary role to incoming star Kawhi Leonard was a key first step in the Toronto Raptors winning their first title Thursday night. The July trade that brought Leonard to Toronto was among the topics the two players discussed with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols following the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the
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The Golden State Warriors came up short in the NBA Finals and saw superstar Kevin Durant suffer a serious injury, leaving a question mark on what’s next for the Warriors’ dynasty. Yet, for now, the Warriors — not the champion Toronto Raptors — are the favorites to win next year’s title. Golden State, at +280,
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5:01 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to enforce his termination of an agreement he signed with a Florida marketing company, maintaining their deal was unlawful under North Carolina law, his attorneys told ESPN. Williamson is set to become the No. 1 overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in next
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Monday’s victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and underwent surgery Wednesday in New York City. “What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and
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ALL THE WAY back during Game 1 of these NBA Finals, before the Toronto Raptors had the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors dazed and on the ropes, one play illustrates the most underappreciated aspect of Kawhi Leonard‘s absurd 2019 postseason. The Warriors had scored a couple of baskets to cut their deficit to eight
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TORONTO — Bill Russell was in the hallway. The trophy was polished. The stage was ready to be rolled out. The cameramen had plastic over their gear. The champagne was on ice. The team doctors’ faces were ashen. The general manager was sobbing. The heroes, the guys who hit the big shots and the man
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TORONTO — Warriors star forward Kevin Durant suffered a right Achilles tendon injury in Golden State’s 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Durant will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but the emotional
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TORONTO — Warriors star forward Kevin Durant suffered a right Achilles tendon injury in Golden State’s 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Durant will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but the emotional
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant injured his Achilles tendon in what a highly emotional general manager Bob Myers said was a different injury than the one that kept Durant out for a month before he returned as a starter Monday night. Myers, while trying to contain his emotions as he sat down for a
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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade of the Heat has been selected as this season’s winner of the Magic Johnson Award, presented by the Pro Basketball Writers Association. Wade, who just completed his final season before retirement, was chosen as “the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with
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The two-time defending champs are in trouble. The upstart challengers from Canada have them on the ropes with a chance to land a historic haymaker on Monday night. The Toronto Raptors have built a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals thanks in large part to their ability to control the Golden State Warriors‘ offensive
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OAKLAND, Calif. — It can happen so suddenly — the end of a season, a dynasty, an arena. Few people in and around the NBA had internalized the idea — swirled it around in their brains, digested it, felt it — that the Toronto Raptors, the NBA’s accidental pseudo-contender who catapulted themselves toward something greater
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4:04 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — It has been an eventful 24 hours for Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. In the wake of getting his head cut open and a tooth chipped following an inadvertent elbow from Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, VanVleet made multiple medical visits
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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors were down 15 late in the fourth quarter, and the sounds from the Oracle Arena crowd were edging from disbelief to silence. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala were bent at the waist, gassed, clutching their shorts for ballast. Steve Kerr sat on the bench, hands threaded,
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