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Pascal Siakam And Fred VanVleet Were Pure Joy Pascal Siakam And Fred VanVleet Were Pure Joy

The very end of Game 6 was like holding in a sneeze. At the end of the NBA Finals you might expect a satisfying, full release of tension, but that moment never really came. Instead the refs puttered and dithered over what to do with that ersatz timeout and then a foul on Kawhi Leonard and then how much time to put…

Report: Klay Thompson Tore His ACL Report: Klay Thompson Tore His ACL

Klay Thompson taking a nasty fall in Game 6, limping into the tunnel, then turning around to get back on the floor and drain his free throws was about as heroic as basketball gets. The Warriors guard even told head coach Steve Kerr he’d be back after a two-minute rest, only to leave the arena on crutches.

Kyle Lowry Deserves No Slander This Time Kyle Lowry Deserves No Slander This Time

Just to get this out of the way: Draymond Green got his fingers on the ball. The one body who guards two bodies like perhaps no other player in NBA history did it all over again. Green denied Marc Gasol the ball by fronting, then scooted out to poke Lowry’s potential game-winner behind the backboard. That the Warriors…

Dominic Thiem Got Closer, But Rafael Nadal Still Stepped On Him Dominic Thiem Got Closer, But Rafael Nadal Still Stepped On Him

Last year, in the first major final of his life, Dominic Thiem just seemed happy to be there. Flattened by a Rafael Nadal charging toward his 11th French Open title? That builds character. A dusty tennis great heartlessly roasting you at the trophy ceremony? Whatever, no shame in being outmatched.

Tennis Player Loses Match, Reacts With A Virtuosic Racket Smash

Mario Vilella Martínez played Tomislav Brkić today in the first round of the ATP Challenger in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Vilella Martínez broke in the third set to go up 5-3. With a chance to serve out the match at 5-4, he lost the game at love. Then he lost the next return game and began to crack.

Rafael Nadal Is Tennis Jail Rafael Nadal Is Tennis Jail

“If you want to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa,” Roger Federer said after his French Open quarterfinal, “because he’s that strong, and he will be there.”

Was Kyrie Irving At The Club With Nets Reserve Alan Williams? [Update] Was Kyrie Irving At The Club With Nets Reserve Alan Williams? [Update]

Soon-to-be free agent Kyrie Irving was on Manhattan’s Upper East Side yesterday, if you accept the word (and image) of a local real estate developer.

American Teen Amanda Anisimova's Singular Backhand Tore Up The Defending French Open Champ American Teen Amanda Anisimova's Singular Backhand Tore Up The Defending French Open Champ

Amanda Anisimova has a good backhand, so good as to foreclose any technical critique from the peanut gallery. She’s 17 years old and it has already been described by tennis commentators, perhaps accurately, as the best backhand on tour, and, hyperbolically, as the best of all time. I’ll leave those judgments to the…

Pizza God's Quick Thinking And Court Vision Prevent Messy, Costly Turnover Pizza God's Quick Thinking And Court Vision Prevent Messy, Costly Turnover

Here’s what we know: This is a pizza establishment. Okay, that’s all we know. Just enjoy the improvisation required to salvage this broken play:

The Golden State Warriors Will Be Pretty Crabbed For Game 3 The Golden State Warriors Will Be Pretty Crabbed For Game 3

A seminal description of Steph Curry’s 2012 ankle surgery inspired “crab meat” as in-house shorthand for serious sports injuries. But right now, with the NBA Finals tied 1-1, Curry might be the only Golden State Warrior who could not be consumed with melted butter and lemon. Nearly everyone else in the rotation…

What The Hell Are These Questions From The French Open Pressers? What The Hell Are These Questions From The French Open Pressers?

Today at the French Open, No. 7 seed Sloane Stephens lost her quarterfinal match. She went to press after, only to field this question, as noted by tennis writer Ben Rothenberg:

Bored Man Who Got Paid: "Board Man Gets Paid" Bored Man Who Got Paid: "Board Man Gets Paid"

As Kawhi Leonard plays the most impressive basketball of his NBA career, The Athletic’s Jayson Jenks checked in with Leonard’s teammates from his two seasons at San Diego State. It may not shock you to learn that Leonard was, even then, a man of few words. But the words that he did select were perfect:

The Greatest Tennis Match Of The Year Was A Filthy, Hectic War The Greatest Tennis Match Of The Year Was A Filthy, Hectic War

Forget the semifinals, the finals, or the shiny trophy ceremonies. The sweetest spot of a tennis major is the first weekend.

Marc Gasol Can Run With The Warriors, And Get Buckets Too Marc Gasol Can Run With The Warriors, And Get Buckets Too

Marc Gasol has been a prime component of the Raptors’ asphyxiating defense—one of the most switchable, responsive, obnoxiously needling teams in recent memory. His post D has been stout enough to knock Joel Embiid a notch down from series-defining to merely good. By Giannis Antetokounmpo’s own admission, Gasol had a…

Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Ready To "Think Like A Guard" Again Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Ready To "Think Like A Guard" Again

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a treasure. A kind soul before the basketball game, a rude leviathan during it, and, it turns out, a reflective conversationalist right after. The Athletic’s Eric Nehm checked in with the possible MVP throughout his postseason, spanning from the Bucks’ sweep of the Pistons to their 4-2 loss to…

Drake And The Raptors Both Got A Talking-To From The NBA Drake And The Raptors Both Got A Talking-To From The NBA

The Toronto Raptors will host Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight, and there’s no doubt Drake will be sitting on the sideline. He’s behaved like an unruly dingus courtside in Toronto, blurring the lines between participant and bystander in ways that would make Spike Lee blush. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, for one, …

A Calm But Occasionally Perplexing Interview With The Ex-NBA Scout Who Beefed With All His Critics On Twitter A Calm But Occasionally Perplexing Interview With The Ex-NBA Scout Who Beefed With All His Critics On Twitter

Bryan Oringher, a former video coordinator for the Wizards as well as a former scout for the Raptors and Hawks, has since left the NBA to make a career in public-facing basketball commentary. The one hitch in that plan is that he has struggled to peacefully interface with the public.

This Kawhi Leonard Ball Fake Is Hypnotic

Kawhi Leonard has been doing a lot that’s reminiscent of Michael Jordan. The raw scoring—Leonard is up to 31.4 points per game this postseason—the shimmying midrange work, the perimeter defense. Add a new entry to the list: ball fakes only possible with enormous mitts. Check out this possession in Game 5 where the…

How The Hell Did Rudy Giuliani Select This Obscure Atlanta Hawks GIF? How The Hell Did Rudy Giuliani Select This Obscure Atlanta Hawks GIF?

Rudy Giuliani, a poorly preserved bog corpse, burped up a response of some kind to a video that was disrespectful to Nancy Pelosi.

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