Saturday, 15 June, 2019

Toronto Raptors win NBA Finals - and possibly a trip to Israel

Celebs React to Toronto Raptors Winning NBA Finals 2019 – See the Tweets! Toronto Have Won The 2019 NBA Title Thanks To [Checks Notes] Fred VanVleet?
Sidney Guerrero | 14 June, 2019, 16:40

The doubts seeped in, maybe there would be a game seven back in Toronto, and maybe the defending champions would have their shot at redeeming themselves and coming back from down 3-1 in a series, and maybe the Raptors playoff history would find a new way to re-invent the torments of years past. They played a tough defensive game, had Klay Thompson hitting everything all over the floor, and just kept the game within reach, and then took a lead in the third quarter.

The Raptors are the first Canadian club side to win a major North American sports title since the Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball's World Series in 1993.

The Raptors won the series 4-2, denying the Warriors what would have been a third straight championship.

The Warriors lost Kevin Durant in Game 5 to a torn Achilles' tendon, and already were hampered by injuries to DeMarcus Cousins, Kevon Looney and Andre Iguodala.

Thompson, who was fouled on the play, was in obvious pain and headed toward the locker room but suddenly reappeared to shoot his free throws, which if he did not shoot would have made him ineligible to come back later in the game. "You get the win and you're just happy you got it and celebrate that fact".

Gatland to lead Lions for third time in South Africa
Warren Gatland has "categorically" ruled out coaching England. "Yeah I think so, I would have done the rounds". Gatland has committed himself fully to the Lions until after the 2021 tour.

"But it's just the way it's gone".

The loss sends the Warriors into an offseason of uncertainty given some of their top players, including Durant and Thompson, are eligible to become free agents.

The Raptors, led by star forward Kawhi Leonard, defeated the Warriors in six games.

"We did this off of love", Drake said after the game. In Toronto, rapper Drake - the team's global ambassador - partied with revellers outside the Scotiabank Arena.

"So I'm really proud of the way that we fought until the end and this five-year run has been awesome", he.

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