The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now the NBA finals are headed there.Finally. The NBA finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it will be the first time on this stage; for the Warriors, it will be an 11th trip to the finals and fifth straight as they look for a fourth title in the last five seasons. Game 1 is Thursday night in Toronto, which will become the first city outside the U.S. to host to a finals game — a milestone that comes about 73 years after Toronto was the site of the first game in NBA history. The Raptors weren’t around then: Toronto’s first NBA team was called the Huskies, who went 22-38 in their only season. The Raptors have been around since 1995, and in their 24th season will finally play for a ring. “They’re the champions,” Kawhi Leonard of the Raptors said of the Warriors. “We’ve got to go in, have the mental focus, enjoy the moment and take the challenge.” While it’s the first finals trip for the franchise,… Read full this story
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