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Raptors began ring concepts before beating Warriors in 2019 NBA Finals

Raptors began ring concepts before beating Warriors in 2019 NBA Finals

The Raptors had a lot of confidence in themselves last season, despite facing the two-time defending champions in the NBA Finals. 

Peter Kanis, president of Baron Championship Rings, told reporters during halftime of the Raptors' season opener Tuesday that Toronto began making championship ring concepts before the Finals ended. Well, they put their money where their mouth is and beat the Warriors in six games. 

The Raptors received their championship rings before their 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans, and the team has made jewelry history.

There's a 1.25-carat diamond sitting on top of the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the ring, which is the largest single diamond in any professional sports ring. The ring has 14 carats worth of diamonds and more than 650 total diamonds. Both are the most ever in a professional championship ring. 

"It's the best one I've seen as far as championship rings," Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said to reporters, via ESPN. "Have to figure out how to wear it. It's a little uncomfortable on my hands."

Oh, and of course Drake received a ring. 

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One might say these rings are ... hotline bling. No? Either way, history has been made. 

Steph Curry says he plans to play again this season after injury heals

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Steph Curry says he plans to play again this season after injury heals

Steph Curry plans to play again this season.

The Warriors' superstar point guard announced his plans Monday night during a press conference before the game against the Jazz at Chase Center.

"I definitely expect to be ready to play," Curry told reporters. "I don't know when, but at some point in early spring. It's just a matter of the rehab process."

Curry revealed that he dealt with some nerve irritation when he initially broke his left hand during an Oct. 30 game against the Suns.

"With surgery, there's always potential for nerves to be irritated," Curry said. "I had a little bit of that. That's kind of why it took so long for the real diagnosis because I had to do so many tests because that was one of the symptoms.

"Something to monitor as we go through the process."

Curry addressed when he might be able to travel with the Warriors on road trips.

"Not for a while," Curry said. "Part of the rehab is I have to get a second procedure done in the beginning of December, probably, and remove some of the pins they put in there. So, the swelling is going to be something that is of the upmost priority early in the rehab process, to give me a chance to come back and get my range of motion back pretty quickly.

"So, traveling is not in the cards right now. But hopefully when the new year hits, I'll be on the road and progress quickly in terms of things I can do on the court, in the weight room, all that type of stuff, and obviously be around the team as much as I can."

After Curry underwent surgery on his hand, the Warriors initially announced that he would be re-evaluated in three months. That timeline came into question last week because of a report that Curry was "unlikely" to play again this season. The Warriors immediately refuted the report, and coach Steve Kerr said the team was "confused" by it.

[RELATED: Curry's promise came 10 years ago today]

Steph's press conference should put to bed any doubts that the two-time NBA MVP will lace up his Curry 7s again this season.

Warriors vs. Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- For years, the Jazz and Warriors have been among the top teams in the Western Conference. 

Now, following a three-game road trip, the Warriors enter Monday's matchup against the Jazz under a new distinction: The tied for worst record in the league.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:40 p.m.

Following Sunday's loss to the Thunder, the Warriors fell to 2-8, despite rallying from a 20-point deficit. Meanwhile, after an eventful off-season, the Jazz come to the Bay Area fifth in the Western Conference primed for yet another postseason appearance. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors
G D'Angelo Russell
G Jordan Poole
F Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Draymond Green

Jazz
F Bojan Bogdanovic
F Royce O'Neale
C Rudy Gobert
G Donovan Mitchell
G Mike Conley

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) out, Jacob Evans (left adductor strain) out, Draymond Green (left index finger sprain) is available, Kevon Looney (Neuropathy in hamstring) out, Eric Paschall (right hip contusion) available, Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain), Omari Spellman (left ankle sprain) is questionable, Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) is out.

Jazz: Ed Davis (left fibula fracture) is out, Dante Exum, (right knee rehab) is out, Emmanuel Mudiay (left hamstring tightness) is questionable. 

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Jazz: Mitchell has continued his rise in his third season, averaging 24.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists through nine games. 

Bogdanovic -- who was acquired this summer -- has been fantastic, averaging 21.8 points per game, shooting 49.2 percent from the field, including a game-winning jumper to help the Jazz beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday evening. 

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert is continuing his dominance, averaging a team-high 13 rebounds and a block per game. 

Warriors: Green is expected to return following a five-game absence at just the right time. Entering Monday's matchup, Golden State owns the league's worst defense, giving up more than 120 points per game.

Guard D'Angelo Russell is on a tear, averaging 37.3 points, 6.7 assists, and five rebounds over his last three appearances. 

Meanwhile, rookie Jordan Poole has struggled to start the season, shooting just 26 percent from the field through 10 games.

Following a one-game absence, rookie Eric Paschall is expected to return Monday evening to play against Mitchell, his childhood friend.

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Sean Wright (#4) Gediminas Petraitis (#50) JB DeRosa (#62)