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Why does Raptors fan Drake have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant tattoos?

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Why does Raptors fan Drake have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant tattoos?

Well, this is awkward …

Drake must be ecstatic that his Toronto Raptors finally are in the NBA Finals, but he’ll also be repping the opponents when Game 1 is played Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena. That’s because the rapper apparently has tattoos honoring Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on his left arm.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Dieter Kurtenbach reminded everyone of Drake’s Steph and KD ink right after the Raptors clinched their Finals berth Saturday night in Toronto.

Drake has a long history with the Warriors. He has attended games at Oracle Arena and jawed with/befriended many of the players, including Curry, Durant and Draymond Green. He’s a huge basketball fan who seemingly attends college and pro games whenever and wherever he can, and his habit of wearing different teams’ gear and posing for pictures with athletes has led to the infamous “Drake curse."

That curse wasn’t in effect during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals -- Drake sat in the front row as the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks for the right to meet the Warriors in The Finals. Perhaps the tattoos, which The Heavy points out Drake seemingly has never confirmed, are a long play, cursing the Warriors’ biggest stars so his Raptors finally can win the NBA championship. Perhaps they're just the latest additions to Drake's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover-esque collection of tattoos that include tributes to Sade, Rihanna, Aaliyah and various family members and friends.

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Whatever the reason, Drake has the tattoos. Whether they’re a curse or an honor remains to be seen, but you can bet he’ll cover them up during The Finals.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey admits Warriors' injuries changes philosophy

Rockets GM Daryl Morey admits Warriors' injuries changes philosophy

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors superstar Kevin Durant sustained a torn right Achilles tendon.

In Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors star Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL.

Even if both players re-sign with the Dubs in free agency, they are expected to miss most -- if not all -- of next season.

Does Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey change his philosophy this offseason because of Golden State's injuries?

"Yeah, it does a little bit," Morey admitted Tuesday morning on The Dan Patrick Show. "In the past we knew like 90 percent plus we gotta beat Golden State to win the title. Obviously, those odds are a little different.

"And Golden State does force you to play differently, fives (centers) in particular have trouble against Golden State -- some of that is Draymond, some of that is just all their off-ball switching..."

At this point, unfortunately, Morey lost reception on the call. And when the conversation continued, they moved on to a different topic.

We are still weeks away from knowing next season's title favorites, as free agency doesn't open until June 30. The balance of power might shift dramatically.

Morey volunteered that the Rockets are currently pursuing "one of these top free agents," which can only be acquired via a sign-and-trade because of Houston's salary cap situation.

He also said that Houston will be using the midlevel exception this summer and that should land them a very solid rotation piece.

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The Rockets' roster is nowhere near completion yet Morey remains very confident in his team's title aspirations.

"We feel like we're the favorites in the West going into next season," he said.

With the uncertainty surrounding Golden State, he certainly isn't the only one who feels that way.

And the Rockets have to believe that in 2020 the Warriors won't eliminate them from the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

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NBA odds: Steph Curry given fourth-best chance to win MVP in 2019-20

NBA odds: Steph Curry given fourth-best chance to win MVP in 2019-20

Steph Curry will have to score a lot of point for the Warriors to win next season. A whole lot. 

Re-signing Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in free agency won't help him either, at least not for the 2019-2020 season. Durant will miss the entire season with a ruptured right Achilles and Thompson will be out until at least February or March with a torn left ACL. 

Though defenses will flock to stop Curry, expect the star point guard to put up huge scoring numbers. For those reasons, Curry has the fourth-best odds win the NBA MVP next season, according to Caesars Palace sportsbook. 

Curry's odds at winning the award are currently at +600, which places his behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. But Curry is ahead of LeBron James and his newest Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis.

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Even with Durant and Thompson in the fold, Curry still averaged 27.3 points per game this season. That number was good for the second-highest of his career, and nearly four points higher than his first MVP (23.7 points per game) in the 2014-15 season. 

If Curry does win, he'd become the ninth player in NBA history to be voted MVP at least three times.