PLAYER OF THE DAY

Klay Thompson (NBA) is a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors. With a little over two minutes left in the third quarter, Klay Thompson landed awkwardly on his left knee on a fast break dunk attempt. He was helped off the court, walked gingerly down the tunnel to the locker room but in remarkable fashion, turned around and headed to the free throw line. He came back out to shoot his two free throws, which hit nothing but net. He was not going down easy. That was it for him on the night, though. 

In addition to losing KD to a torn Achilles, losing Game 6 at home, and being eliminated from the NBA Finals, the Warriors likely lost Klay Thompson for most of next season. It was revealed postgame Klay tore his left ACL. Klay must’ve had quite the adrenaline rush come back out for those free throws.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Toronto Raptors Are NBA Champions
#WeTheNorth
(NBA) 
It wasn’t easy, but they did it. The Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Their 114-110 Game 6 road victory over the Golden State Warriors ended a dramatic and injury-filled 2019 NBA Finals.

A year ago, things were tumultuous in Toronto. Constantly mocked for their playoff shortcoming, the Raptors knew there needed to be change across the board. They fired their coach and added some studs to their roster. They traded for  Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, then added all-star center Marc Gasol at the trade deadline. Then, they developed one of, if not the best defense in the league.

Leonard dropped 22 points to help lead the Raptors to the title-clinching victory, and capped it off with the Finals MVP title. He’s actually the first player to win the Finals MVP in both conferences. That’s pretty dope. You cannot give credit to just Kawhi for this Finals victory though. The depth of the roster continued flexing its muscle in Game 6. Fred VanVleet made a huge difference, finishing the night with 22 points. Pascal Siakam capped off a strong showing this series with 26 points and Kyle Lowry hit huge shots down the stretch.

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It’s A Cycle
Cycle of what?
(MLB) 
Shohei Ohtani, the “two-way talent” for the Los Angeles Angels (both a high-level starting pitcher and hitter), is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, so he hasn’t been pitching as he normally would. He’s still batting, though, and notched an impressive and historic milestone in last night’s 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ohtani is the first Japanese-born player to ever hit for the “cycle” in a Major League game, and he joins Jorge Polanco as the only players to hit for the cycle this season. “The cycle” is hitting a single, double, triple, and homer in the same game. 

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ON THIS DAY

In 1994, the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, ending a 54-year drought. This still goes down as the longest Stanley Cup title drought in NHL history. The Blues were approaching that territory, but snapped theirs with a Game 7 win at Boston the other night.

The current longest streak belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs, at 51 years and counting. We’ll see if the Leafs can make like their basketball counterparts, the Raptors, in the upcoming seasons in order to avoid “beating” that 54 year streak.


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