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About Last Night: Raptors take advantage of shorthanded Warriors

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About Last Night: Raptors take advantage of shorthanded Warriors

WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Raptors take advantage of battered Warriors

Toronto had to have this one. Not just to take a 2-1 series lead, but because the seemingly invincible Golden State Warriors were as vulnerable to being upset as we’ve seen them on the biggest of stages: the NBA Finals. 

No Kevin Durant (calf), Klay Thompson (hamstring) or Kevon Looney (collarbone), the Warriors did what you would expect and that’s lean on their two-time league MVP Stephen Curry. He did his part, scoring a career-high 47 points. 

But the Raptors played a determined brand of basketball that even at full strength, would have made for a tough game for Golden State to win. 

The Raptors did what they needed to do and that’s beat an injury-depleted team. But with Thompson likely back for Game 4, Toronto will be in for a much sturdier challenge in Game 4.

SO... THAT HAPPENED


THEY SAID IT

"Everybody wants us to lose, so I'm sure people are happy [our guys] are hurt.''

— Draymond Green, after the shorthanded Warriors lost Game 3 at home Wednesday night

NUMBER OF NOTE

50/40/90 — The Raptors shot 52.4 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from three, and 95.2 percent from the line in Game 3, becoming the third team to shoot 50/40/90 in NBA Finals history, joining the 2017 Warriors and the 1986 Celtics.

WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD

  • Raptors 123, Warriors 109 (TOR leads series 2-1)

WHAT WE'LL BE WATCHING

Klay Thompson factor

For those who question how important Klay Thompson is for this Golden State Warriors team, look no further than Game 3 when Thompson sat out because of a hamstring injury.

He is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, no question. But he’s also one of the more versatile defenders you’ll find, the one thing more than anything else was missing from Golden State in Game 3. 

The Warriors scored more than enough points to get the win, but their defense gave them no shot at that happening. And with Thompson hitting free agency this summer, Game 3 was a reminder of sorts to potential suitors of what it looks like to have him on your roster but not playing.

And by no means should what happened in Game 3 be lumped into the “It’s just one game” category, either. Because losing games without Thompson is actually more common than most might think. 

Looking back on the last two regular seasons for him in Golden State, Thompson has missed a total of 13 regular season games. 

Golden State’s record in that span?

They’re 5-8. 

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Celtics join FaceApp craze with hilarious photos of 'old' players

Celtics join FaceApp craze with hilarious photos of 'old' players

Who needs Uncle Drew, anyway?

If you're on social media, then your feed most likely has been filled with hilarious (and kind of disturbing) FaceApp photos of aged celebrities and athletes. The Celtics decided to get in on the action by using the "old age" filter on a few C's players, and well, here were the results. . .

Jaylen Brown's photo was so good that Jayson Tatum couldn't help but send it along to his 22-year-old teammate.

Of course, we had to properly celebrate #TackoTuesday with a FaceApp photo of our own:

And lastly, just in case you were wondering how Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will look in roughly 30 years from now, it appears he'll resemble... Brett Favre?

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Anthony Davis gives interesting answer to question on his Lakers future

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Anthony Davis gives interesting answer to question on his Lakers future

Newly acquired Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis might end up playing for the Purple and Gold a long time, but so far he hasn't been willing to publicly proclaim he will re-sign with the historic franchise when NBA free agency 2020 rolls around.

Davis was asked during his introductory press conference last Saturday about being ready to commit to the Lakers long term, and his answer was interesting.

"I'm focused on this season," Davis told reporters, via the Washington Post's Ben Golliver. "When I got traded here, my goal was to bring a championship here with the team that we have. When that time comes around next year, you can ask me that question and we can revisit it. Right now, my focus is on this year and figuring out how I can help this team and help this organization become a championhip team."

Davis basically took the opposite approach Kyrie Irving did last fall. Irving famously told Boston Celtics season ticket holders before the 2018-19 season that he planned to re-sign with the team. Maybe Irving really meant it at the time, but after a disappointing season for the Celtics highlighted by the superstar point guard's leadership struggles, he bolted for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency earlier this month.

Davis has a $28,751,775 million player option for the 2020-21 season, and it's hard to envision him, or any player, exercising that option when a long-term max contract almost certainly would be available.

The list of the top free agents in the summer of 2020 goes downhill really quick. Davis clearly is the best player who could be available. The gap between him and the second-best player, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, is enormous. If Davis ever made it known he was open to considering other teams in free agency, the list of interested suitors likely would be a lengthy one. After all, he's arguably a top-five player in the league and will be just 27 years old next summer.

It wouldn't be surprising if Davis eventually re-signs with the Lakers, but there's absolutely no reason for him to commit, especially publicly, to L.A. before playing any games alongside LeBron James.

Click here for a list of the best NBA free agents in 2020>>>

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