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Warriors Survive Thrilling But Devastating Game 5, Raptors Ugly Cheers For KD Injury

 

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The Warriors survived an exciting but devastating Game 5 against the Raptors. With the Raptors up by six points with only three minutes left, the momentum of the game appeared to be in Toronto’s favor, and the fans were going wild with anticipation. The team then called a timeout, which is all the Warriors needed to sink a few 3-pointers and come out on top with a 106-105 win. The win was overshadowed though by the devastating site of Kevin Durant collapsing on the court in the second quarter with a right leg injury (which is likely an ACL tear).  After the game, coach Steve Kerr said, “I just told the team I didn’t know what to say, because on the one hand I’m so proud of them, just the amazing heart and grit that they showed, and on the other I’m just devastated for Kevin. So it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”

Another upsetting incident from Monday’s game was hearing Toronto fans in the arena clapping and cheering when Durant went down. Steph Curry told reporters, “Very confused around that reaction. It’s not my experience with people of this city. I commend [Raptors players] Danny Green and Kyle Lowry for signaling to the crowd. I hope that ugliness doesn’t show itself again.” Klay Thompson had even sharper words saying, “It was bulls–t. That was freaking ridiculous. I can’t even put into words how mad I was about that.”

Game 6 is on Thursday night at Oracle Arena at 9:00 pm ET. This will be the Warriors last game in the arena before moving across the Bay next season to Chase Center.

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Kevin Durant Can Sign Any Contract, Dwayne Wade Weighs In On LeBron

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The basketball world continues to speculate on where many players will end up this off-season. Back to back Finals MVP Kevin Durant can become an unrestricted free agent after June 29th if he declines his current $26.3 million player option. The Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters  Durant can sign any contract he wants to stay with the team. He said, “Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service, so he’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.”

Landing LeBron James would be a huge coup and a few teams seem to be early favorites to sign him: LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Houston Rockets. LeBron’s buddy Dwayne Wade (who insists he doesn’t have any inside info) spoke about LeBron’s decision and said , “I think at this point in his life, it’s more so of a lifestyle thing of where my family is going to be the most comfortable and where I’m going to be the happiest. Because basketball wise, he’s so great, he can bring along and take along whoever.”

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KD On Fire For Warriors Game 3 Win, LeBron Passes Michael Jordan For Most 30 Point Games

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Golden State’s Kevin Durant’s 43 points propelled the Warriors to a big game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavs Wednesday night. If it wasn’t for Durant’s shooting (24 points in the first half), the Cavs could have blown out the Warriors. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were both cold in the first half going 1 for 8 and 2 for 7 respectively. LeBron passed Michael Jordan’s record with his 11oth playoff game with 30 or more points, but it wasn’t enough, and now the Cavs face a 3-0 deficit. No team has ever come back to win the Finals after being down 0-3. Game 4 is Friday night. Warriors 110, Cavaliers 102.

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Durant 2nd Youngest To Score 20,000 Points, Raiders May Have Violated Rooney Rule

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As the second youngest player to score 20,000 points in his career, Kevin Durant marked an impressive milestone. On Wednesday night right before halftime in a loss to the Clippers, Durant scored his 20,000th point. At 29 years old, Durant joins an elite group of players scoring 20k points before the age of 30. The list includes: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.

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The group tasked with promoting minority rights in the NFL, the Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA) is investigating whether the Oakland Raiders violated the Rooney Rule which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. Raiders owner Mark Davis bragged about finalizing a deal with Jon Gruden back in December before the team interviewed any minority candidates. If the Raiders are found guilty of the violation, they will have to pay a big fine and could even lose a draft pick.

 

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NBA Changes Rules On Resting Players, KD Criticized For Taking Less Money

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Many NBA teams received criticism last season for resting their players during regular season games. Fans felt they paid good money to come to games and didn’t like seeing health players resting up for a more important game or for the playoffs. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he understands teams need to prevent players getting injured, but felt there should be a better balance. “There is an expectation among partners that teams are going to act in appropriate ways, (and) find, as I said, that right balance between resting on one hand and obligations to fans and partners on the other.” With that said, he’s instituted a number of other rules to benefit players in an  82 game schedule.

This summer, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant signed a two year $51 million dollar contract. Many basketball enthusiasts are giving him a hard time, not because it’s a lot of money, but because it’s so much less than he should be making. He’s accused of giving the Warriors a “discount” so the team could afford some of its other star players. Durant told the Atltantic in a recent press conference, “Well, I’m a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going and looking at Andre and Shaun (Livingston) and Steph (Curry) — they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve. Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they’d want to get what they deserve. So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it’s my money. It’s my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it.” Durant can opt out of his contract after this season, and if all goes well, he’ll be one of the highest paid players (which, of course, will also bring criticism).

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Chargers’ Williams Herniated Disk, KD Mision In India

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The Los Angeles Chargers can’t seem to catch a break. Last season, the team was riddled with injuries, and this season may not be starting so well either. Their 1st round draft pick (at #7), Mike Williams, has a herniated disk and may need surgery. He’s had two epidurals so far and if he responds well, he may not need surgery, but as of now, he’s not expected to play during training camp.

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The Championship Golden State Warriors’ Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, is planning a busy and fulfilling summer. He is heading to India where he’s on a mission to promote basketball. He plans to donate 2 basketball courts in New Delhi as well as coaching a youth clinic for 5000 male and female players via the NBA Academy India,”an elite basketball training center for the top male and female prospects in India.”

 

 

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Cavs Fire GM, LeBron Rumors, KD Prioritizing Winning

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making headlines this week for some interesting developments. After only 3 seasons, the team decided to part ways with GM David Griffin. Griffin brought the Cavs to three consecutive NBA Finals (and their first Championship in 2016), so the move is widely considered bizarre.

LeBron James tweeted his disappointment in the move saying, “If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland!” Speaking of LeBron, rumors are flying that the new Clippers’ consultant, Jerry West, will try and lure LeBron to LA when he becomes a free agent next summer.

NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, appears to be prioritizing winning by signaling he’ll opt out of his player option but will re-sign with the team in order to free up money for players like Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston. By giving up the big payday this year, KD is expected to sign a longterm deal after next season. Steph Curry is also a free agent and could sign a 5 year $207 million dollar deal, the largest in NBA history.

 

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Warriors Win NBA Championship, Durant MVP

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night to win their second NBA Championship in three years. After their devastating defeat last year against the Cavs (when Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat Golden State), the Warriors were determed not to lose their lead. Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant was the unanimous choice for the Finals MVP. He averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and 5 assists during the Series. Durant had to deal with many critics when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Warriors this season, but he was on a mission. He wanted an NBA title and he got it Monday night. As Durant reflected on his move to Golden State, he said “the camaraderie, just the togetherness of the whole organization. That’s what it was about. We just kept — I kept building on that from day one. So that’s what I found when I came here, and I definitely appreciate just the type of people we have here from the top to bottom. So a championship is just a cherry on top.” In one of the niceest moments right after the victory, Durant embraced LeBron in a show of respect, then couldn’t stop hugging his mom Wanda. Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120. CONGRATULATIONS GOLDEN STATE!

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KD Helps Warriors Win Game 3, Bob Stoops Retires

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Kevin Durant came out strong in the 4th quarter and helped the Golden State Warriors win a close game 3 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. For most of the game, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dominated the action with 26 and 30 points respectively, but the Warriors were still down by two with only 50 seconds left on the clock.  KD then grabbed a rebound ran down the court and shot a beautiful 3-pointer to put Golden State up by one. The Warriors didn’t look back and closed out the game 118-113.  The Warriors are now only one win away from capturing the NBA Championship, and considering no team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win the series, the odds look good for Golden State. Game 4 on Friday night 9:00 pm ET.

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The big news out the college football world is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops announcing his decision to retire after 18 years as head coach of one of the top ranked teams. At 56 years old, Stoops decided to walk away at the top of his game. 33 year old Offensive Coordinate Lincoln Riley takes over the program as the youngest FBS (formerly called Division 1-A) head coach.

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Warriors Dominate Game 2, Manning Plays Golf With Trump

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The second game of the NBA Finals was close through the first half, but then Kevin Durant and Steph Curry brought their A game and led the Warriors to a 19 point rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  After a sloppy start with too many turnovers, Curry came out strong after the half and ended the game with his first triple-double in post-season play. With the win, the Warriors record the longest win streak in playoff history (14 games so far). Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113.  Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday June 7th 9:oo pm. ET.

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Former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning denies he’s interested in politics and won’t run for office, but many are speculating about his intentions after his round of golf with President Trump and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

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