The Golden State Warriors came home to Oakland on Wednesday night to take on the Toronto Raptors without two of their four major stars. And in the end, they would fall to the wayside to the Canadians, losing 123-109 to fall behind despite Steph Curry having a career playoff-high with 47 points. That’s because Toronto was ready for the pressure of Curry, hitting big shot after big shot to match what the game’s best shooter was doing. Kawhi Leonard led the visitors with 30 points, while Kyle Lowry and Danny Green chipped in to hit vital shots for them as well. The former had 23, while the latter added 18 of his own, helping the Raptors take full advantage of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant missing out on the action. Going into the fourth quarter, the Raptors had a large 96-83 lead, and even with a run of sorts by the Warriors in the final period, it never got closer down the stretch than a seven point gap. The Warriors now will turn their attention to Game 4, where they will try and even up the series at two games apiece. They will be crossing their fingers that Thompson and Durant can play, but there is definitely no guarantee that we are going to be seeing KD play anytime soon.
After months and months of speculation and conjecture, it appears that Craig Kimbrel has a landing spot. Reportedly, that is. The Chicago Cubs, allegedly, have a deal in place to sign the pitcher, a former Red Sox and Braves closer, in a deal that is said to be worth $43 million over three years. Prior to this news breaking, Kimbrel had been waiting seven whole months to finally ink a deal, sitting out the opening part of the season along with fellow pitcher Dallas Keuchel. He is expected to be ready to hit the mound in two weeks for the Cubs, who are in a battle in the NL Central with both the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals and will need all the help they can get.
He just can’t catch a break, can he? Neymar, the Brazil and PSG star, appears to be set for even more time on the sidelines this summer as he has officially been ruled out of the upcoming Copa America, on Brazilian soil, due to an ankle injury. The injury was picked up in the 21st minute of a 2-0 friendly win over Qatar on Wednesday night, and it only further adds to some personal issues that he has been dealing with. He missed much of this season’s Champions League as well, as well as last season’s and parts of the 2014 World Cup, too. No matter what you might think about him, that’s a rough injury history to have to deal with, and the watching world will once again be unable to watch his talents this summer.