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Warriors to face Raptors in NBA Finals with Bucks eliminated in Game 6

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Warriors to face Raptors in NBA Finals with Bucks eliminated in Game 6

The Warriors' road to a third straight NBA championship will run through The Six.

Golden State will square off with Toronto in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena, thanks to the Raptors' 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Saturday night's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Raptors trailed two games to none in the best-of-seven series, but they advanced to the first Finals in franchise history after winning four consecutive games. Toronto trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter Saturday, but outscored Milwaukee 29-18 in the fourth.

The Warriors lost both regular-season matchups with the Raptors, and Toronto was without two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Dec. 12. But the teams have not faced one another in over five months, and DeMarcus Cousins did not play in either of those games.

Golden State's center could return in time for Game 1 of the Finals after injuring his quad in Game 2 of the Warriors' NBA first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin Durant, meanwhile, has not been cleared to resume on-court activities.

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The Raptors are dealing with injuries themselves, with Leonard (quad) and Kyle Lowry (thumb) playing through pain during the postseason. But, just like the Warriors, Toronto won four straight games to reach the Finals.

Toronto very well might be a better matchup for Golden State than Milwaukee would've been, but we'll learn one way or another when Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off Thursday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

The legend of Klay Thompson continues to grow.

During his career with the Warriors, Thompson has had many moments -- from on-court heroics to off-court humor -- that have made him a hero in the Bay Area.

Most people love China Klay Thompson. His New York City scaffolding interview always will be the stuff of legend. There was his incredible answer to a question about Kevin Durant becoming a member of the Splash Brothers after KD tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

No matter the moment, Klay never seems to disappoint.

In his upcoming book "The Sixth Man," Andre Iguodala shared a previously untold Klay story that is sure to become a fan favorite.  The Warriors, as Iguodala tells it, were going around discussing moments in a game where they felt highest, when Klay delivered a masterpiece.

Via Time Magazine:

“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he scored 37 points in a quarter against Sacramento,” Iguodala writes. “I mean, that was an NBA record! But he didn’t. Instead he said, ‘My best moment was one night I caught a pass and I was like fifty feet from the basket and I was about to shoot it. And all of a sudden, I hear Andre being like, ‘What the f--k, Klay? You’re fifty feet out.’ And I thought about it for a second and shot it anyway. It went in, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Andre, f--k you.’ We all had a good laugh about that. I was like, ‘Wow, really dog? That was your best moment?'”

Never change, Klay.

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As for his on-court heroics, Thompson's exploits are well-documented. From his season-saving Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals to making two free throws on a torn ACL in Game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Thompson has done it all for the Dubs. 

After tearing his ACL in Game 6 against the Raptors, Thompson told head coach Steve Kerr he just needed a two-minute rest and he'd be back in the game, which shows how dedicated he was to his teammates and their quest for a three-peat.

Thompson will be a free agent this offseason, but all signs point to him signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors. He'll likely be out until at least February/March while rehabbing his left knee, but there's no reason to think he won't be the same Klay when he steps back onto the court. 

Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

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Attorney says deputy in alleged Masai Ujiri altercation has concussion

The deputy who the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri struck in the face is on medical leave after suffering a concussion, attorney David Mastagni told The Associated Press on Tuesday. 

Mastagni told KPIX on Monday that the deputy, whose name has not been released, also has "a serious jaw injury" as a result of the alleged altercation.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni told the AP.

KPIX reported Monday that Mastagni is representing the officer. 

Officials say that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face during the waning moments of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. With Ujiri's Raptors set to celebrate their first championship, the deputy prevented Ujiri from reaching the court because he didn't display the proper credentials, Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

KPIX reported Monday that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern "personally reviewed" footage from Oracle Arena's security cameras and the deputy's body camera, and he said he will recommend the district attorney charge Ujiri with misdemeanor battery of a police officer. Mastagni told multiple outlets that the deputy is considering filing a lawsuit against Ujiri. 

The Raptors said in a statement to NBC Sports Washington last week that the encounter "is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation." Warriors season-ticket holder Greg Wiener said he saw the incident, and he told the AP on Friday that Ujiri shoved, but did not strike the deputy after he "put his hand on Ujiri's chest and pushed him."

Wiener initially told the AP that the deputy did not mention that Ujiri lacked proper credentials, but recounted Tuesday “after thinking about it all weekend" that the officer shouted, "No one gets on the court without credentials.”

The 48-year-old Ujiri has run the Raptors' front office since 2013. The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri their top job, and NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the offer could include an ownership stake in the team and be worth up to $10 million per year.