Nice guys don’t riot: The struggle of the ‘good’ Canadian sports fan

We Canadians are often branded as the worlds nicest people. The thing about stereotypes is that, like sports fandom, the performance can become self-targeted The morning after the Raptors won the NBA championship, bringing home Torontos first major league title ones in soccer, rugby and CFL attracted less of a splash to the city since the Blue Jays managed back-to-back World Series wins in the early 90s, countless videos of the street celebrations flooded social media. Mostly, the clips were uploaded with a sense of awe: at the huge number of people in the streets; at how the citys ambient nighttime sound was replaced wholesale by a symphony of car horns and gleeful shouting; at the force with which a …

‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music stars reputation for bringing bad luck His repeated interactions with athletes before critical games and their subsequent losses have earned Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose team lost to loss in almost two decades after defender Layvin Kurzawa posed for a picture with him. Also, boxer Instagram with the caption bout to break the curse only to subsequently lose to his little-known rival. Such is the extent of Drakes reputation for bringing bad luck that AS Roma enforced a tongue-in-cheek win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, which made them the first ever Canadian said: They said I was a curse, now they …

Raptors send Toronto into raptures as they beat Warriors to take first NBA title

The Raptors outlasted the Warriors in a dramatic Game 6 to win the franchises first NBA championship in the final game at Oracle Arena In front of a hostile Oracle Arena crowd that stood on their feet screaming from wire to wire, the Toronto Raptors made history. The NBAs lone Canadian team won the first NBA championship in their 24-year history, beating the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, in Game 6 of the finals on Thursday night. The game and series ended in thrilling fashion. With 9.6 seconds left and the Raptors up by one point, 111-110, the Raptors committed a costly turnover after Danny Green threw an errant pass to Pascal Siakam. The Warriors had a chance to win when …

Golden State’s error-strewn opener is bearable, but Game 2 now means everything

The Warriors wont panic after the Raptors emotional opening salvo. That Toronto showed it could win without Kawhi carrying the team, however, could prove ominous Game 1 of the NBA finals was hardly the best litmus test for this series. It was the Raptors first finals appearance in franchise history. Scotiabank Arena was going bonkers. Toronto played with some extra juice. The Warriors had 10 days off, fresh off a perfect sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Its their fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Some of the sheen has inevitably waned; this is just what they do. Golden States performance was slathered in rust and complacency. The devastating cutting, high tempo and genius-level passing, all …

Kevin Durant could return to Golden State Warriors for Game 3, report says

The Golden State superstar could return from a calf injury as soon as Game 3 of the NBA finals, Yahoo Sports reported Kevin Durant could return from a calf injury as soon as Game 3 of the NBA finals, Yahoo Sports reported. Durant was Toronto opened the finals with a win to take a 1-0 lead. Yahoo reported there is optimism within the organization that Durant could play in Game 3, which is on Wednesday But the stronger possibility considering conditioning and risk of re-injury is Game 4 (7 June) of the series is more logical. The Warriors had been 5-0 without Durant in these playoffs until Thursdays defeat. KDs an all-time great player on both ends of the floor, …

Drake’s Toronto superfandom: annoying, ludicrous and completely understandable

The rapper has spent the last six weeks making the Raptors playoff run about him rather than the team, but celebrity fans are part of the NBAs heritage To get the most obvious controversy out of the way first, the debate over whether Drake Of course Drake is annoying. Whether flailing his arms about in celebration of the most humdrum layup, counter-productively trash talking Players You Should Not Piss Off like Kevin Durant or Draymond Green, Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) DRAKE GIVES NICK NURSE ANOTHER SHOULDER RUB EXCEPT NOW THE RAPTORS ARE GOING TO THE NBA FINALS May 26, 2019 Weve come a long way since the days of Jack Nicholson in his shades at the Great Western Forum, grinning conspiratorially …

NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater wins Game 7 for Raptors over 76ers

Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history. NBA (@NBA) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific