As they rode off into the sunset the Warriors took stock of their losses, especially on their injury list. Klay Thompson tore his ACL in game 6, and the NBA’s pantomime villain Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles in game 5. A harsh sense of schadenfreude surrounded the Durant injury. After all, the prevailing opinion was that he had left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join a 73-9 superteam and ease to multiple titles.
Looking around Oracle Arena after the clinching Game 6 in this year’s NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard, with a fresh cap on his head and his teammates buzzing around him, took everything in. He held the Larry O’Brien trophy with the delicateness of a new born, and gushed over it adoringly.
The Philadelphia 76ers, like many NBA franchises, face great uncertainty this offseason. Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris are free agents, while Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Sixers could get a free agent meeting with Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Over the past 7 years, the Los Angeles Clippers have been building momentum. With their Staples Center rivals struggling, they have made major strides to try and break away from the notion that they are the Lakers’ “little brothers”.
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship in Oakland on Thursday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the NBA Finals.
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title on Thursday night, winning Game Six in Oracle Arena to defeat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in a dramatic, often extraordinary, series.
Well, here we are again. Another season in the books. Thirty(-ish) teams came into this season with high hopes and dreams of getting their hands on the coveted Naismith trophy at the end of it all. Out of those thirty teams we're now down to two. The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from another planet. The sort of moment that belongs in Space Jam. The Philadelphia 76ers were gobsmacked and eliminated in the cruellest way possible. Joel Embiid was in tears. Brett Brown was aghast. The Sixers were the first team in NBA Playoffs history to lose a Game 7 to a buzzer-beater.
Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers meet in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, starting in Canada on Saturday evening. The Raptors overcame the Orlando Magic in five games to progress, while Philadelphia won four straight to beat the Nets after a disappointing Game One display.
Toronto Raptors have had their fair share of playoffs struggles, but they are the dark horse in the Eastern Conference this NBA postseason.
As the Clippers stand on the brink of a playoff run, it will be down to the front office to secure many future successful seasons for the organisation.
The New York Knicks officially traded Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and Dennis Smith Jr. as well as two future first round draft picks for the Latvian Porzingis alongside the hefty contracts of Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr and point guard Trey Burke.
The NBA All-Star starters were announced on Thursday. Despite the draft format being introduced last season, teams are still selected based on conference, as shown below.
Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers are already having problems. The NBA's front offices will be busy if he becomes available again.