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No Show? Paul George Strikes A Deal With The Thunder!

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Purple and gold clad fans were left greener than cucumber skin (Biggie baby!) this weekend. And this time it wasn’t because of the Celtics.

It was because the Indiana Pacers deemed P.G.-13 unsuitable for L.A.L. and sent him to O.K.C.

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O.K…got that?!

The NBA is crazy. Especially in the second season of free agency. At least Iggy will still be dubbed a Warrior in a time of year that’s already loud with moves like Ricky Rubio being traded to the Jazz before signings can even officially begin.

Indiana could have kept Pace with two draft pick from the Lakers for their future and more importantly Frankenstein monster in the making and mould of Draymond Green with the young Julius Randle. But instead after fielding calls from everyone from the Boston Celtics to the King LeBron James, the Pacers sent George to Oklahoma before losing him to free agency this time next year which would have been as certain as death and taxes.

In return they got speedy guard Victor Oladipo and son of an NBA great Domantas Sabonis two potentially powerful players with more upside than oops and your head. O.K.C. may lose one of the most dynamite dynamic and best backcourts in the L with the loss of Oladipo but they are more than good with their latest acquisition. The dynamic duo of Paul George and Russell Westbrook will remind the brotherhood of Nike and Jordan of M.J. and Scottie and will stop the Thunder from talking about Kevin. This may just be the perfect partnership of dual soldiers that can go to battle with the Warriors of Durant and Steph Curry.

And they get to keep Steven Adams too.

But where does this leave Magic’s Lakerland and all the cap space they cleared with D’Angelo Russell for what seemed like next Summers Spider-Man like homecoming for George? Well it seems like exactly the same place or an even better one. Looks like Lonzo will have even more Lakers to pass his ball too. As according to rumors, Paul’s friends and what George told potential trade options just weeks ago he still plans to come home to gold next Summer under the California sun. And now the Lakers don’t have to give up anything like picks, or worse former ones like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson to get him. Because they will regret losing talent like D’Angelo Russell and will want to keep all their yoing core from Brandon Ingram to Larry Nance Jr. Also with rumors circulating that MVP, Russell Westbrook is leaving a contract extension from Oklahoma on the Thunder table until he becomes a free agent next year there’s a gold glimmer of hope to those with Laker purple hearts that this U.C.L.A. alumni may come home with George like Ball too.

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You know we’re going to say it…’Why Not’?

One L.A. born star, one U.C.L.A. grad MVP. Building an association of chemistry for a calender. It all seems to good to be true. And right now it is and should be treated as such as this speculation is somewhat unfair to O.K.C. after all they went through with K.D. Even if basketball is a business, sport speaking for the true purists the Thunder are going to reign this season and after this year it could be too true to lose. Re-sign or resign.

In other transactional news out of L.A. the Lakers cleared more of the decks by waiving the Boom Boom of big-man Tarik Black (why?). Whilst across the lockers in Clipper nation the L.A. Clips kept their big-men as Blake Griffin re-upped like DeAndre Jordan following what looked like the L.A. dynasty to be killing Chris Paul trade with most of Houston. They did lose one of their wings though, as hot shooter J.J. Reddick announced he was off to see what’s at stake in Philly, simply tweeting “Trust The Process”.

You know what it is! But what’s this? Just when you thought it was safe to put your umbrella down in Oklahoma, in a new superteam age and social media world on unofficial, big announcements, Thunder star Enes Kanter just posted a photo of Russell Westbrook’s locker and next to it was one with the name Rudy Gay.

Looks like Happy Days for O.K.

See!

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The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series

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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.

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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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They The North...

“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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