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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, which means the Warriors may have to brace themselves for Drake sitting courtside at the NBA Finals.
On Thursday, reporters asked Warriors forward Draymond Green if the team is prepared to face the menace of Toronto should the Raptors defeat the Bucks in the East finals.
“Drake can’t shoot, nor can he pass,” Green said. “You ever seen Drake play basketball? I saw a couple highlights. They wasn’t so high. So I really don’t care.”
For those unfamiliar with the Toronto rapper and his notorious courtside antics, Drake has spent years roaming the first row and heckling opposing players at Raptors games. He has a history with Kevin Durant in particular.
In November 2016, Drake (unsuccessfully) attempted to stare down Durant while the former MVP was sitting on the scorer’s table getting ready to check back into the game, and in January 2018, the rapper let Durant hear it after a missed dunk attempt.
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Other notable Drake incidents include him nearly fighting Kendrick Perkins in 2018 and likely causing a five-second violation in a down-to-the-wire game against the Chicago Bulls in 2016.
Drake has been particularly active during the Raptors-Bucks series, and has drawn the ire of Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer.
“There’s certainly no place for fans — or whatever Drake is for the Raptors — on the court,” Budenholzer said earlier this week. “There’s boundaries and lines for a reason.”
Kendrick Perkins recently said that Drake’s behavior is normally grounds for removal from the arena.
“At the end of the day, if it was another fan that wasn’t Drake, they probably would be put out of the arena,” Perkins said. “So at the end of the day, my whole take is, support your team but it’s a fine line between there, because if things were to escalate like they did last year, that’d be a whole different problem.”
Perkins also believes the league needs to put “boundaries” on what the rapper can and can’t do while sitting courtside, since he gave Raptors coach Nick Nurse a quick neck massage in Game 4.
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals is Saturday night, and Game 7 — if necessary – is scheduled for Monday night.
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