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2019 NBA Finals Afetr successful surgery, Durant faces long road to recovery

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OAKLAND — As rumors swirled on the extent of the lower leg injury he sustained in the second quarter of Game 5 last Tuesday, Kevin Durant turned to Instagram to set the record straight.

\”I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success,\” the Golden State Warriors superstar announced and posted a photo of himself at a hospital bed in the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in New York where he is presently recuperating.

There is no definite timetable for the return of the two-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP, but Dr. Alan Beyer, an orthopedic surgeon, told reporters that the entire process could take between eight to 12 months.

\”My road to recovery starts now! I got my family and loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I\’m hurting deeply but I\’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to out there that night because that\’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for a three-peat,\” Durant added.

Kevin Durant loses the ball after Monday\’s injury.

Durant is helped out of the Arena after the injury.

Durant was already nursing a calf strain when he ruptured his Achilles as he attempted to blow by Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka. After plating his feet for a rapid burst, Durant\’s right leg buckled under the strain and he immediately crumpled on the floor of the Scotiabank Arena.

Meanwhile, the 2019 NBA Finals resumes Friday morning (Philippine time) with Game 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland where the Warriors hope to force a Game 7 against the Raptors, who are eyeing their first-ever NBA title.

Game 7, if necessary, is Monday morning at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

LeBron James made history once again, and this time he got all the reasons to celebrate as his Los Angeles Lakers got an overtime road win against the New York Knicks, 129-123.

The 38-year old superstar moved up fourth all-time in the assists department, surpassing the great Steve Nash, while dropping a triple-double as well.

James finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists with a +22 efficiency.

Along with it, he also inched closer to become the all-time scoring leader as he is now less than a hundred points away from breaking the 39-year record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Supporting LeBron in the dub was Anthony Davis with 27 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Rui Hachimura made his presence felt in his second game in Lakers uniform with 19 markers, and nine boards.

Russell Westbrook continued to shine off the bench with 17-6-8 and three steals.

For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson had a night scoring a game-high 37 points, Julius Randle added 23 but it wasn’t enough to take down the purple and gold in overtime.

Next stop for the Lakers is at Indiana while the Knicks remain at home to welcome Miami.

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

The Boston Celtics had the last laugh against the Los Angeles Lakers after a 125-121 overtime win in the NBA’s rival week.

Jaylen Brown went take over mode in the extra period before finishing with 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Jayson Tatum supported with a double-double of 30-piece, 11 boards along with four assists plus the no-call on his foul on LeBron James potential game-winning layup at the end of regulation.

With four seconds left, game tied at 105, James got the inbound pass and went straight to the basket where he was challenged by Boston’s defense and Tatum clearly hit him in the forearm.

James was furious with the no-call and was on his knees full of frustrations.

Patrick Beverly, who made an insane putback slam in the clutch, brought out a DSLR camera to show the referee the obvious foul and got T’d up for it.

With the emotions running high, Boston took advantage and sealed the win.

James delivered another 41-point performance but it was not enough to carry the Lakers to a win.

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

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