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Lopez Brothers Fight For N.Y.’s Twin Teams



Lopez Brothers Fight For N.Y.'s Twin Teams

Minneapolis may be one of the Saint Paul twin cities in America, but unless the Lakers move back to Mikan’s old neck of the woods and join the Minnesota Timberwolves, their Los Angeles home with the Clippers will be the only city that houses two NBA franchises.

That is of course apart from New York, New York.


Ever since the Nets cut down the nylon in the Meadowlands of New Jersey and made Brooklyn where the sleep, the New York rivalry with their storied neighbors of the Knickerbockers was stepped up a Times Square electric notch, even if the mediocre play of both Big Apple teams didn’t and remained rotten.

Still at the core of all these hard N.Y. times there’s a sweet story amongst the struggle and it has rewrote a whole new captivating chapter this year thanks to Manhattan’s Madison Square team inviting a Portland player into the Apple of their Garden.

With Robin Lopez now in the ‘bockers middle, his wild play and hair are the perfect counter and sibling and squad rivalry to his twin brother Brook out in Brooklyn.

And last night standing tall in opposition like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State in the heart of the city, these brothers in arms both looked to reverse their teams dire straights and scale new heights in this fight for N.Y.

Brook’s brother Robin had 10 points in this battle for Gotham but it turned out his brother was Batman in this ‘Dawn Of Justice’, ‘Civil War’ like a clash of superheroes and friends becoming foes like Daredevil and the Punisher going bruise for bullet out in Hells Kitchen, not a few blocks to the right. But you should have seen what Brook Lopez cooked up last night to the tune of 33 points, 8 rebounds and 4 big blocks. Now is he Batman or Superman?

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As the 15-40 Nets beat a 23-33 Knick teams 109-98 the survived an onslaught from some of New York’s finest. Franchise face Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds. Whilst his Rookie Of The Year candidate sidekick Kristaps Porzingis tapped in 18, 8 and 3 of his own blocks that showed the real big man battle laid in the paint with him.

Still when it came to the Nets it was nothing but Lopez who showed the B.K. team should be renamed the Brook Nets. He bested his brother and all the other orangemen with his dominance with the peach. No question he was the better brother and player this evening as he handed down an a## whopping. The only question remains is why wasn’t this guy in Toronto? We could give you more than 6 reasons. Points, rebounds, blocks, dunks, grind, hustle, heart. With all these big numbers and games-even on the Nets-how is he not an All-Star? How is his brother not? Or even other big men he goes to war with like Washington and Poland’s Marcin Gortat?

Either way if you thought the age of big men was dead you should think twice. It was born again and again 27 years ago. Now you can look forward to the next few with these two and their twin teams of the five boroughs.

So good you’ll have to look at these names twice!

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The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series



The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
RIP Portland...

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.


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



Welcome To The Toronto Raptors' Jurassic Park
They The North...

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

Fans find a way.


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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