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Five Takeaways From The Second Week Of The NBA Season

Of the two teams that have yet to win a game in the early NBA season, one team painfully allowed for Stephen Curry to break the single-game record for most 3-pointers made in a game. Anthony Davis continued his outstanding start with 33 points and 13 rebounds…

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Of the two teams that have yet to win a game in the early NBA season, one team painfully allowed for Stephen Curry to break the single-game record for most 3-pointers made in a game. Anthony Davis continued his outstanding start with 33 points and 13 rebounds.

While Davis has emerged as an early season MVP candidate, his team has failed to pick up the slack. On the East Coast, the Philadelphia Sixers have now lost 43 consecutive (this is not a joke) games during the months of October and November. Things are not working out and it has become painfully awful for the last few years.

  1. While Steph Curry dazzled us with 46 points and a record breaking performance in 35 minutes, there is a underlying storyline brewing here. The Warriors have been out-rebounded in five of their seven games so far this season. Last night the team go to the line a grand total of 12 times. They are only getting to the line 22 times a game so far which is in the bottom half of the league compared to the 30 three point attempts a game which ranks in the top 10 of the league. It will be interesting to watch how they combat teams who out rebound them. When they are on they are nearly unbeatable, but when the shots are not falling and Durant and company are failing to get to the line they will struggle to win.
  2. James Harden has excelled in his new role so far this season while still putting up 31 points a game. So far his double-double average has him as an early MVP favorite alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillaird. The Rockets defense has lacked as expected but Harden has carried the load and has the team ranked in the top 5 for points per game.
  3. The Los Angeles Lakers have been a great team to watch this season. So far this season they have averaged 110 points a game, dominated the Warriors and have a young core of players that will peak around the time the Warriors decline. Five players average at least 13 points a game. Watch out for Los Angeles this year.
  4. The Cleveland Cavaliers will run through the East this season. Paul George complained about the Pacers lifeless play so far this season. The Hornets are 5-1 but have not beaten a quality team till this point. As of now there is no clear threat to the throne out east.
  5. The other Los Angeles team is off to a fast start currently sitting atop the Western Conference. The defense is key here. They rank first in in the league for fewest points allowed. If they can continue this trend, they will surely compete with Golden State and San Antonio for a spot in the NBA Finals. Like the Spurs, they have the big men to compete with Cleveland.

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to woj.

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to Woj.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

An instant classic in every sense of the word, the two teams went back and forth from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

There was once again another significant injury as Klay Thompson went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter, and left the arena on crutches. Golden State kept fighting, but shorthanded as they were, they couldn’t quite find enough buckets down the stretch.

Kyle Lowry came out firing, and he couldn’t miss in the opening minutes, racking up 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to start the game.

Pascal Siakam soon chipped in, and the Raptors built a quick nine-point lead, thanks to five early 3s. The Warriors weren’t going to just give up in the final game at Oracle, though, and hung around due to some nice shooting from Klay Thompson and a boost off the bench from DeMarcus Cousins.

The exciting back-and-forth action continued in the second quarter as both teams used mini bursts to temporarily take control of the game.

Lowry and Siakam continued to play well for the Raptors, which was important because they weren’t getting quite the usual production from Kawhi Leonard. Despite playing shorthanded, the Warriors were able to hang around thanks to some nice minutes from Andre Iguodala, who threw down two big alley-oops to pump up the Oracle crowd.

Plus, Thompson was happy to knock down free throws after being fouled twice on 3-pointers.

Early in the third quarter, the Raptors once again built themselves a decent lead, but the Warriors had yet another answer. It didn’t help Toronto that Lowry had to leave the game early in the quarter after he picked up his fourth foul on a questionable call.

From there, Game 6 Klay Thompson built on his legacy with a number of huge shots — at least until he landed awkwardly on his leg following a dunk attempt late in the frame. He immediately went to the locker room, but came back to shoot the free throws, making both to a huge ovation. He then returned to the locker room to be evaluated.

Despite Thompson’s absence, the Warriors kept battling, and were able to stick with the Raptors until the final seconds, finding baskets here and there from pretty much everyone that was still healthy to play.

After a late turnover by the Raptors, they even had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Steph Curry’s 3 didn’t go down. A bizarre sequence in the aftermath led to the Warriors calling a timeout they didn’t have, which effectively ended the game.

Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raptors. Pascal Siakam also went for 26, while Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet each added 22 of their own. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 22 points.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

Most notable among them is the calf injury that has kept Kevin Durant on the sideline since Game 5 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

However, after over a month on the shelf, Durant returned to action for Game 5 against the Raptors on Monday night. He got off to a great start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, his return was cut short in the second quarter when he appeared to re-injure his calf.

Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday for the first time since sustaining the calf injury, and he also participated in shootaround on Monday morning.

“He looked good,” Warriors head coach Kerr said of Durant to media members on Monday morning. “We’ll see where it goes.”

Kerr has previously stated that Durant could potentially play in the series after just one practice.

“It’s feasible,” Kerr said. “But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”

With Durant set to return for Game 5, one has to wonder about the level of rust that he will be dealing with after being sidelined for over a month. But, Durant at even 60 or 70 percent would provide a big boost to the Warriors, who have looked lost without him at times against the Raptors.

“You worry about the conditioning … the skill obviously is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get his shot off any time he wants,” Kerr said. “He’s Kevin Durant. So, if we have him out there, he’ll be a threat, we know that.”

Now that he’s finally set to return, Durant has a legacy-altering opportunity in front of him. His team dug themselves into a 3-1 hole without him, and if he can lead them out of that hole and to a third straight title, it would be viewed as an all-time accomplishment.

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