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Harden & Westbrook Put The “Most Valuable” In ‘MVP’

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Call us confused but there’s questions marked in this league right now that we think the NBA will never be able to answer…

Why are the Chicago Bulls currently shopping someone as good as Jimmy Butler? Why has Kobe Bryant not acknowledged the Mamba mentality of former teammate Luke Walton and his young, new Lakers in public yet? Which college on earth gave the graphic design degree to whoever designed the Los Angeles Clippers logo and jersey rebrand?

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Why the hell did the Oklahoma City Thunder let James Harden walk and their big-three of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant go?

Sure right now even in the LeBron Land face of King James’ Cavalier throne out in Cleveland no team is walled with talent quite like the avenging Golden State Warriors. More star studded than those bedazzled jeans that should have remained in the 80’s with Blondie and Bon Jovi. This basketball team is tougher than the rest and Springsteen leather. Suited and booted they’re even bringing Run-TMC back. Word to the rock, Mitch Richmond.

Now sure the Oklahoma City Thunder may not have the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but Kevin Durant doesn’t have James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Not anymore anyway.

The two strikes of lightning are the worst losses to this franchise since they used to be called the Seattle Supersonics. Do you call that karma? Or just bad management? If the Thunder made it through the downpour and their big-three still reigned it would be the greatest holy trinity of all-time in this game. Yeah we said it LeBron, Wade (or Kyrie) and Bosh (or Kevin). Even if James Harden’s epic eurostep is met by two left feet on the other end as he is Barb from ‘Stranger Things’ on defence. Or even if we have no idea when the dynamite dynamo Westbrook’s ‘Mission Impossible’ fuse will run out before he self destructs (we say never).

With this trifecta you could have forgot about the former foregone conclusion to the Cavs/Warriors trilogy…and maybe even now you still can in the wake of this death of a destined to be dynasty.

Because the Warriors may be war ready, coming out to play and going back to battle bruised and battered with a new band of brothers, but the Cavs (unless the other C’s, the Celtics and Chicago have something to say about it) may face off with two other big names that can really make a splash. Because aside from LeBron and all the Kings men, Russell Westbrook and James Harden aren’t just MVP front runners. These Most Valuable Players are also chasing down that elusive ring.

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They met to end last week in one of this seasons most sought after fixtures and highlights. And it was all big numbers across the board and shared social media posts of repect with their Instagram pics flashing as much as their iconic, individual off court fashion. Lucky number 13 and far from zero really are the Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino generation of hip hoop heroes. Both carrying their teams with assists from dynamic All-Star worthy backcourt mates (Victor Oladipo for OKC’s new three (what’s up Steven Adams?!) and Eric Gordon as the Rockets booster pack), no matter Houston’s problems or the weather the Thunder are under.

Out in this wild westworld Westbrook (31.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg and 10.3 apg) is on statistical pace to average a triple-double as staggering as the ‘Big O’, Oscar Robertson himself. That’s record numbers, half centuries in the history books making. And no stranger to things like trip dubs himself, Harden (27.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 11.9 assists per) looking as good as those H-town new alternate jerseys as black as his beard is setting new standards in the assist column. When it comes to this cook stirring the pot you can pass up on Chef Curry’s dish of threes for a buzzer beating second. Here’s to two next gen Point Guards defying all conventions.

When it comes to these two bball quarterbacks and former teammates reunited just days ago, just like these friends could never be foe only one of these men this year will get the chance to meet Maurice.

But when it’s all rung up come Hall call, both famers will share the name ‘champion’. No matter what team they’re on.

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The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series

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Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.

And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.

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This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.

Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.

The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.

Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.

The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.

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But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?

Well that just may be the secret of success?

The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.

I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.

Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.

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Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park

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“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”

Fans find a way.

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An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.

Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.

And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.

Welcome to Jurassic World.

With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the teams spiritual sixth man, spark plug. As electric as the paddock like perimeter fence surrounding them feels with this buzz over basketball (and national sport hockey come Leaf picking season), this crowd can’t be contained.

Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.

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Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?

I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic though, like it was all the basketball God’s plan.

Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.

This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.

And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.

But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.

Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.

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