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The Golden State Of California Deny The Homecoming King The Crown & Throne



The Golden State Of California Deny The Homecoming King The Crown & Throne

That’s it!

It’s all over!


One of the best NBA seasons and playoff campaigns in recent memory came to a drawn end last night as the Golden State Warriors showed the Cleveland Cavaliers the 105-97 curtain in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Those who thought this classic, epic, highest rating series was going to go the full seven heaven where as sorely disappointed as those in Ohio who thought that their returning King would at least be the MVP consolation of this wine and gold teams champagne campaign.

Even with another across the board valiant effort from LeBron James in the form of 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists, the King would not take his throne once again. Still his almost historical, other team upsetting performance was the thing of real legend for his legacy. Deserving of a reward all by itself, even if he was snubbed as NBA Finals MVP. With only J.R. Smith shooting as close with 19 (with 15 in the fourth off four big threes), we wonder what the outcome of this scintillating series would be if Kyrie and Kevin where healthy, rounding out this big-three. Even with that in consideration lets think for a moment what it would have been like if LeBron single-handedly lead his home team all the way to the promised land.

He’ll get his chance again and even so this mans merit is undeniable now after this top-billing, highest rated series for your T.V. sets.

Forget ‘Game Of Thrones’! You know nothing compared to the King, Jon Snow!

Still this was Golden State’s moment as coach Steve Kerr led his team to the victory of Larry, some 20 years after winning Game 6 and another championship with the Chicago Bulls. But you can add his first as a rookie coach to the Hall of Fame honour list. “They were all in it just to win” the coach told press as the Warriors ended a 40 year drought across the Pacific since their last chip in 1975. Making their legend Rick Barry proud like their Golden Gate neighbours San Francisco and former home of Philadelphia.

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This small ball generation running team where so good they forced Cleveland into a box-score whopping 19 turnovers. Almost as embarrassing as when late night host Jimmy Kimmel tricked Cavaliers fans into thinking the team had signed LeBron’s brother Kevin James. Who we all know is hilariously not ‘Bron’s brother and the ‘Paul Blart-Mall Cop’ actor isn’t exactly built like your average NBA player…more like a ‘Here Comes The Boom’ boxer.

MVP Stephen Curry had 25 points but in this balanced attack he was joined by Andre Igudola who had 25 himself and the honour of Finals MVP, as these two Most Valuable Players became champions. Now Andre shows he’s the real Iggy in Cali’ and still a star like his franchise face days as a high-flying Sixer. Still an award for X-factor may go to most improved, rising star Draymond Green who had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists even when the Steph/Klay brothers weren’t making their biggest splash.

With rivers of talent and an ocean of opportunity we can see a dynasty on the horizon from that iconic bridge. Now as these Warriors become king this California state has really hit gold.

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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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