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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.

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Through his first 10 NBA seasons, Steph Curry has won two league MVPs (one unanimous) and three league titles with the Warriors. He's been named to six All-Star teams and has a scoring championship under his belt. He's on pace to destroy the all-time record for most career 3-pointers.

By most accounts, he's changed the way young players shoot the basketball.

That should be enough to make Curry a Hall of Famer, right?

Not according to Michael Jordan.

"He's still a great player," Jordan said Monday on NBC's "Today." "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."

MJ, you're the GOAT, but this is a freezing cold take.

How did this come up? About six years ago, Jordan was asked to pick four players he'd want to team up with in a fictional pick-up game. He chose Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy.

NBC's Craig Melvin asked Jordan if anything had changed since he picked those four and if he'd swap out any of them for current NBA players.

Jordan said he would not, and Melvin threw Curry's name out there, asking His Airness if the Warriors star should be offended.

"I hope not," Jordan said, before claiming Curry isn't yet a Hall of Famer.

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Curry has revolutionized the way the game is being played, just like some guy named Jordan did in the 1980s and 90s.

Jordan did a lot of good during his playing career, but since he hung up that Wizards jersey, not much has gone right for him. These comments are just another black eye on Mike.

 

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

Kevin Durant is unlikely to step on the court in an NBA game this season. The last time he did, he tore his Achilles, one of the toughest injuries for basketball players to fully recover from.

The person that began defending Durant on the play on which he was injured was none other than Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who previously played alongside the two-time Finals MVP while both were members of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The two former teammates recently met up for the newest episode of Ibaka's Bleacher Report show, 'How Hungry Are You?', and Durant confessed what was going through his mind at the moment when his Achilles gave out.

"I felt like my whole basketball life flashed before my eyes," Durant told Ibaka. "I thought about everything I did from like the first time I played until then. That was the first time that something like that ever happened to me on the court. 

"I guess it just relaxed me a bit as I thought about it because I'm like, 'Man, I've been through everything and this is something else I've got to get over, so let me get my ass up, walk to the locker room and figure out what's next."

Before such a serious thought crossed Durant's mind, a far more comical one did so first.

"First of all, when you switched out on me, I was like, 'Why would y'all switch Serge out on me?" Durant questioned with a laugh. "Even though I'm a little hobbled right now, this a bucket. That's what I was thinking.

"And it's crazy how fast your mind switches, cuz in a matter of the next second, it was like I was on the ground thinking about my whole basketball career. It happened so fast, and once I got back to the back and realized what happened, I was just like, 'Alright, man, let me figure out ... when can I get surgery?'

"I was just trying to move on to the next step so fast and not dwell on it too much."

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Little did we know at the time that Durant's next step would lead him to Brooklyn.

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