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Oh, Canada...Gets Its First NBA Championship!

June 14, 2019 - 6:06 pm
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Larry O’Brien Trophy heads to Canada after Toronto wins the NBA Championship

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pointed out that basketball has come full circle in Canada. The game was invented by man from Canada – Dr. James Naismith.  The first NBA game was played in Toronto in 1946, and now the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy will reside outside the United States for the first time in the history of the association.

 The Raptors downed the Warriors 114-110 to win the NBA Championship 4-2. Kawhi Leonard was named the MVP of the Finals.

Warriors lost Klay Thompson to a torn ACL

Late in the third quarter, Klay Thompson was fouled by the Raptors Danny Green on a breakaway dunk. Thompson landed in an odd fashion on his left leg and crumpled to the floor immediately. He did shoot his free throws in order to remain eligible to play in the game, but that would prove to be impossible.

The typical recovery time for an ACL tear is six months plus the time it takes to get into playing shape. That would mean that Thompson would not be available until at least January of next year.

Warriors fans should not be depressed

Golden State is still a very talented team. Steph Curry is still a superstar. Draymond Green recorded a triple-double last night. Klay Thompson will recover, and Kevin Durant could remain a Warrior. The 11 minutes he was on the floor in game four proved the Warriors are far better team with him than without him.

The Warriors “brain trust” is still in place, and they have plenty of money. The team is moving into brand new a arena in San Francisco, and they want to be competing for the O’Brien Trophy immediately. There is plenty of reasons for optimism.

Charlie O @Charlieo1320

 

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