Tag: Leonard, Kawhi

N.B.A. Superstar Duos Remake the League

The N.B.A. has fractured into an assortment of tag teams vying for the crown, while general managers keep their eyes peeled for who is next to ask out. Superteams are now dynamic duos. It’s not the Avengers fighting Thanos anymore — Batman and Robin are taking on Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. A wild — […]

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‘My Head is Spinning:’ Billy Crystal Reacts to the Clippers Getting Kawhi Leonard

Welcome to Marc Stein’s newsletter. Stein has covered Jordan. He’s covered Kobe. And LeBron vs. the Warriors. Go behind the N.B.A.’s curtain with basketball’s foremost expert. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. As curious as he naturally was, given the decades he has invested as the Los Angeles Clippers’ foremost fan, Billy […]

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Are Kawhi, Durant and LeBron Too Powerful?

ImageKawhi Leonard’s unorthodox maneuvering toward the Los Angeles Clippers is prompting many in basketball to consider the ramifications for N.B.A. free agency.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images One week into N.B.A. free agency, two historically woebegone franchises have reveled in the splashiest acquisitions. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers outdueled the far more glamorous teams in their […]

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The Los Angeles Clippers Won Kawhi Leonard and Paul George by Winning

The Clippers did what they could last season to make an impression in a market long dominated by the Lakers, their roommates at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Unlike the Lakers, who were a grease fire in LeBron James’s first season with the team, the Clippers produced a winning campaign. They played aggressive defense. […]

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Join the Clippers in Stunner

After a week of deliberations, Kawhi Leonard committed to sign a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers early Saturday morning, Leonard’s sister confirmed via Instagram. Leonard, though, agreed to choose the Clippers only after they agreed in principle on an equally stunning trade to acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to […]

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Helicopters, Cap Spikes and the Decision: The N.B.A.’s Wildest Off-Seasons

So many marquee names. So much money for teams to spend. This Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, the N.B.A. could witness one of the wildest off-seasons in league history. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to lure Kawhi Leonard out of Canada after he just led the Toronto […]

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The N.B.A.’s Hot Stove Has Burned Down the League

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. It was a night of trades and tears and a seemingly insatiable social media thirst for the sort of drama that the N.B.A. generates like no other league once its gyms go dark and the balls stop bouncing. It was […]

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After the Injuries, What’s Next for the Warriors?

OAKLAND, Calif. — The past five years were so often magical for the Golden State Warriors, so frequently charmed, that they somehow found a way to win even when they lost. The last time the Warriors were toppled in the N.B.A. finals, remember, they emerged with Kevin Durant as a consolation prize. You’ll recall that […]

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Raptors Holding Off Warriors, 60-57: Live Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Halftime The Raptors were better, the Warriors were scrappier and Toronto went into halftime at Oracle up, 60-57. The […]

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Raptors vs. Warriors: Live Score and Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. 1st Quarter: Klay is in Game 6 mode. Nick Nurse brought in Serge Ibaka and Steve Kerr countered with […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Can the Raptors Close Out the Warriors?

ImageGame 6 is the final night of the season for Oracle Arena, but will it be the end of the Golden State Warriors’ season, too?CreditNathan Denette/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Who: The Golden State Warriors vs. the Toronto Raptors What: […]

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Warriors vs. Raptors Game 5 Live Updates and Score

ImageGolden State’s Kevin Durant, left, is back for Game 5, but Toronto’s Marc Gasol has been making big plays.CreditNathan Denette/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press 2nd Quarter: The Raptors are not scared. Toronto has muscled its way back to a six-point disadvantage, 54-48, with 3:28 remaining in the half thanks to some tough play from […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Warriors vs. Raptors Score

ImageGolden State’s Kevin Durant hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the first quarter of Game 5.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images 1st Quarter: The Raptors are getting it done on defense. With an incredible 9-0 run, the Raptors were able to take a 21-19 lead and were up, 23-21 when Fred VanVleet fouled Stephen Curry when Curry was in […]

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Warriors Finally Meet Their Match: A Raptors Team With Their Playbook

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors openly admitted it when these N.B.A. finals began. The two-time defending champions said they didn’t know the Toronto Raptors as intimately as they would have liked at the start of a series this big. “Not very familiar with this team” were the words Klay Thompson used after Golden […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Raptors vs. Warriors Score

ImageStephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got off to a much better start in Game 4 of the N.B.A. finals against the Toronto Raptors.CreditCary Edmondson/USA Today Sports, via Reuters 4th Quarter: One last gasp. Golden State making a last ditch effort here. Curry hits a 3 to cut this lead to 8 with less […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Raptors vs. Warriors Game 4

ImageStephen Curry had a career night in Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals, but Golden State still lost. He has some reinforcements for Game 4.CreditSergio Estrada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Starting lineups Warriors — Raptors Stephen Curry — Kyle Lowry Klay Thompson — Danny Green DeMarcus Cousins — Marc Gasol Draymond Green — Pascal Siakam […]

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N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Tie Series With Raptors

TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors drastically changed their starting lineup for Sunday night’s Game 2 of the N.B.A. finals, missed 24 of their first 33 shots, sank into an early double-digit deficit and lost two more key contributors to injury. The Warriors also managed to overcome it all to do what they seemingly always […]

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With Just 7 Points, Kyle Lowry Was Still the Raptors’ Steadying Force

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry left the Raptors’ locker room late Thursday night wearing a contraption on his left hand that looked like an oven mitt. He is not 100 percent healthy at this late stage of the N.B.A. playoffs, and that does not make him unique among his peers. But he revealed this week that […]

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