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Steph Curry trolled Raptors with 'box-and-one' hoodie after NBA Finals loss

Steph Curry trolled Raptors with 'box-and-one' hoodie after NBA Finals loss

It was a mix of emotions when the Toronto Raptors pulled the "box-and-one" defense on Steph Curry during the NBA Finals. 

For one, Steph himself was "flattered," knowing they used it as an attempt to slow him down. But he also called the gimmick defense "janky" and his brother, Seth, noted it was something that he's never seen in an NBA game:

Nonetheless, it worked.

Curry was held to scoreless over the final 12 minutes of Game 2 when the Raptors first utilized the defense. And it appears Steph had some fun at the Raptors' expense by porting a box-and-one sweatshirt:

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The screengrab is from his Facebook documentary series "Stephen vs The Game" after the Warriors fell to the Raptors in the Finals.

The final show of the series detailed Curry's body and how it began to react to the long, tedious season.

That's when he knew it was over.

Why Clippers' win vs. Lakers should give Warriors NBA Finals déjà vu

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Why Clippers' win vs. Lakers should give Warriors NBA Finals déjà vu

The Los Angeles Clippers' acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George gave LA's other franchise what arguably is the NBA's most formidable duo. 

It turns out the Clippers are quite alright with just one of them in the lineup. 

Without George, who is out for about a month after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, the Clippers beat the cross-town rival Lakers 112-102 on the first night of the season Wednesday. The Clippers' win followed a playbook the Warriors know all too well after their NBA Finals loss in June, and it's one they'll surely see again Thursday night at Chase Center in Golden State's season opener. 

Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points Tuesday night, and he was the only Clips starter to score in double figures. The reigning NBA Finals MVP was aided by four double-digit scorers off the Clippers bench, though, as Lou Williams (21 points), Maurice Harkless (17), JaMychal Green (12) and Maurice Harkless (10) all shot at least 50 percent from the field. 

Sound familiar? It should, as the Clippers looked a lot like the Toronto Raptors did in a six-game NBA Finals win over the Warriors. 

Leonard led the way in June, but he got a lot of help from his former teammates. Five other Raptors scored at least 10 points per game in The Finals, including bench players Fred VanVleet (14.0 points per game) and Serge Ibaka (11.3). Toronto's depth out-shined Golden State, as only the Warriors' original big three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green scored in double figures during The Finals. 

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The Warriors were without Kevin Durant for all but 12 minutes of The Finals and lacked Thompson down the stretch in Game 6. Golden State will miss both of them Thursday, given Durant's offseason departure for the Brooklyn Nets and Thompson's continued recovery from a torn ACL. D'Angelo Russell was brought in to fill the void, but the Warriors' season opener Thursday could look a lot like the end of their last one four months ago. 

Down a star, the Warriors will have to stop Leonard and a very deep supporting cast. He will wear red, white and blue in San Francisco rather than red and black in Oakland, but in the absence of George, Leonard's early Clippers tenure is going to give the Warriors plenty of déjà vu. 

DA won't charge Raptors exec Masai Ujiri for alleged NBA Finals altercation

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DA won't charge Raptors exec Masai Ujiri for alleged NBA Finals altercation

Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri will not face criminal charges over an alleged altercation with an Alameda County sheriff's deputy during the NBA Finals, the County District Attorney's office told NBC Bay Area in a statement Tuesday. 

The sheriff's office alleged that Ujiri struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy as he tried to gain access to the Oracle Arena floor following Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 13. The district attorney's office received incident reports from the Alameda County Sheriff and Oakland Police Department in late July, conducting "additional investigation and witness interviews" until Sept. 1, a spokesperson from the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Ujiri, his attorneys and Assistant District Attorney Terry Wiley met Monday, focusing "on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom." 

In June, the sheriff's office admitted Ujiri showed his NBA identification before trying to get on the Oracle Arena floor following the Raptors' win but told The Globe and Mail in June that Ujiri didn't have necessary credentials to get on the court. The sheriff's office shared still images with The Globe that showed there was an altercation, though they did not allow the paper to publish the images. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern told KPIX-TV in June that he would recommend Ujiri face a charge of misdemeanor battery of an officer. 

In Tuesday's statement, a district attorney's office spokesperson said "[there] will be no further action taken" against Ujiri.