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Drake, E-40 exchange jabs ahead of Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals showdown

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Drake, E-40 exchange jabs ahead of Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals showdown

Well, that didn't take long.

With the Raptors knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night to claim the Eastern Conference crown, Toronto now will face the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors for the right to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

The Warriors-Raptors matchup will be chock-full of interesting matchups, including a clash between rappers E-40 and Drake.

Drake has been antagonizing opposing players, coaches and fans for quite some time, so it's only natural the two rappers would engage in some good-natured trash talk ahead of Thursday's Game 1. 

E-40 got it started Monday by posting a picture of him and Drake to Instagram. 

Drake was quick to fire back.

Drake obviously is thrilled that his Raptors made it to their first NBA Finals in franchise history, but the global icon also has tattoos honoring Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, which is going to be a little awkward over the next few weeks.

[RELATED: KD-Drake trash talk could be fun subplot of NBA Finals]

Either way, the trash talk will only get ramped up from here on out.

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Warriors superstar Steph Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand during Golden State's loss to the Suns on Oct. 30.

He underwent surgery on Nov. 1, and then had a second procedure last Friday.

Why did he go under the knife twice? 

"Because it was really really bad. Not a normal regular 'I fell off my bike' break. He just doesn't complain. My silent slayer," Curry's wife, Ayesha, said Wednesday afternoon on Instagram.

The follow-up surgery was to remove pins that were inserted during the initial incision, which helps explain the longer rehab process.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted last month:

Curry is out until at least February, which is when Golden State will provide another update on the two-time NBA MVP's status.

[RELATEDWhy sitting with broken hand is hardest part of Steph's career]

Let's end this on a positive note:

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Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall believes he will be available for tip-off.

"Yeah, I think so," Paschall said after shootaround Wednesday morning. "I'm pretty sure I'm playing but I feel like I'm fine."

In an injury-ravaged season for the Warriors, the rookie has been a rare bright spot for Golden State. In 24 appearances, he's averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes. 

Entering Wednesday, Paschall -- who missed a 114-108 loss to the Thunder on Nov. 9 with a hip injury -- was listed as questionable for Wednesday with soreness in his left hip. Still, Paschall believes he will be in the lineup after a brief rehab schedule. 

"Got treatment on it all yesterday and I got treatment this morning," he said. "It's all good and I feel like I should be able to play tonight."

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If Paschall has to miss the game, there will be more minutes available for big men Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stein and newly-recalled Alen Smailagic.