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Last year, the Raptors exited the playoffs at the hands of Lebron James again. After being repeatedly owed by Lebron, the raptors finally thought it was time to make some changes. After firing the head coach Dwyane Casey the Raptor made a massive move to acquire Kawhi Leonard in the 2018 offseason. Many felt that the move wouldn’t benefit the team in the long run and that Kawhi Leonard would be a part of the team for one year and then go somewhere else. The President of Basketball Operations, Masai Ujiri made it known to the team and fans that the 2019 season was championship or bust. Masai Ujiri took a roll of the dice and it paid off big time, granting the Toronto Raptors its first NBA Championship in franchise history.
“O Canada! Our home and native land. True patriot love in all our sons command…”
After the Golden State Warriors went down 3 – 1 in a tough defeat, the Canadian team only had to win one more game to be crowned the new champions of the NBA. In game 5 Kevin Durant went out with an Achilles injury and in the next game, Klay Thompson suffered an ACL injury late in the 3rd quarter. With those two huge injuries to the Warriors, it was only a matter of time until “The 6” got themselves an NBA championship.
The Raptors beat the 2-time defending champion Golden State Warriors by 4 with a score of 110 to 114 in game 6 of NBA finals, that ended with a Steph Curry missing a game-winning 3-pointer. “Your 2019 NBA champions the Toronto Raptors,” Adam Silver said as he congratulated the team by giving them the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. The Toronto Raptors accomplishment meant a lot to the city of Toronto, the nation of Canada, the rapper Drake, and to all those who didn’t want Golden State to three-peat, including the Sacramento Kings who put out an interesting tweet congratulating the new NBA champions.
As “Jurassic Park” went crazy over the Raptors first NBA title, Drake who is now free of his curse, had some interesting words to say when asked about the win saying, “this is poetic.” The Toronto mayor John Tory has told Toronto employers to give their employees time off for the Raptors championship parade. Even the “Fun Guy” Kahwi Leonard can be seen doing dances and squirting champagne as he celebrates his team’s victory.
As we can tell from a long history of basketball winning a championship is not at all easy. You must go through an 82-game season and win enough games to make it to the playoffs. You must win 3 rounds in a best of 7 series or in the Raptors case, against the Pistons, a tough Sixers team, and a favorable Bucks team. Once you make it to the finals you must beat the best of the best, the Golden State Warriors for the championship and you must give the Raptors credit for staying healthy, being positive, and fighting through adversity.
Kody Felix is going into his Junior year at Texas Southern University majoring in Radio, Television and Film and is an intern at KYOK AM 1140 & 92.3 FM. “Yung Kody” can be heard at various times Monday through Friday from 12-2pm on the Lunch Break Sports Talk Show with the host AJ Jones. Follow him on Twitter @kody_felix & on Instagram @kodyfelix.
“Keeping It 100”
Astros clinch A.L. West
Some say that, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” I guess the defending World Series champs didn’t get that memo. On a night were the Houston Astros won their 100th game for the second consecutive season, they also clinched another AL West title. The Astros became the 5th defending World Series champion to win that amount of games since 1970. After Houston defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada 4-1, they had to wait for the outcome of the Oakland A’s vs Seattle Mariners to find out if they would clinch a second consecutive AL West title. One person who was not waiting around for that outcome due to its late start was the Astros skipper A.J. Hinch.
“Do you hear my voice? I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and figure it out,” Hinch said when asked if he would watch the game. “I’m going to bed.”
In a shot heard around the world, or at least in Houston, Texas. The Mariners defeated the A’s in extra innings on a walk-off homerun by pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann. That loss combined with a Houston victory put the A’s in a winner-take-all matchup with the Yankees in a wild-card game.
For the Astros, 3B Alex Bregman continued to show voters around Major League Baseball why they should make him the 2018 A.L. MVP. Following in the footsteps of 2017 A.L. MVP Jose Altuve, Bregman has been very consistent throughout the year and that did not stop on Tuesday. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning (his 31st of the year) to set the tone in the game that he would also extend his streak of reaching base safely on the road to 53 games which is a new club record.
“We really haven’t played our best baseball until lately,” Bregman told the Associated Press. The MLB leader in doubles at 51 is also the 5th youngest player to with a 50-double, 30-homerun season before turning 25.
Houston has 5 remaining games left and will close out their season in an afternoon game against the Orioles on Sunday. I expect that a lot of their starters will receive multiple days off as they head into the postseason where they will face the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series on Oct. 5th at Minute Maid Park.