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Bay Area ready to bask in Golden State Warriors’ 2018 title parade

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight year, throngs of Oakland fans will get to celebrate the Golden State Warriors with a parade for a team some are calling a basketball dynasty.

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line downtown Oakland streets Tuesday to cheer Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Warriors winning their third title in four years.

* Warriors.com:  2018 parade route, details

The NBA champions have gone back-to-back, beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a four-game sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between these clubs.

Oakland city streets have been lined with gold and blue banners and shop and restaurant owners along the parade route say they are getting ready to open their businesses during the celebration.

Fasil Lemma, who owns De Lauer’s Newsstand, said he will be selling the new championship T-shirts and gear from past championships.

“It’s very exciting,” Lemma told the East Bay Times. “We want to serve the community.”

Officials say as many as 1 million fans are expected to attend the parade, which will start at 11 a.m. at Broadway and 11th Street, wind through downtown streets and end on Oak and 13th Street.

Unlike other years, the parade won’t end at a rally near Lake Merritt. Instead, there will be large Jumbotron-type screens set up along the route that will feature members of the team talking in real time and answering the questions of a few lucky fans.

“We wanted to make it more intimate, free flowing and, frankly, more exciting,” Raymond Ridder, the team’s vice president of communications, told the newspaper.  “We will now have more fans along the parade route, creating more of a buzz, giving fans closer/direct access to players and, ideally, it will keep the event moving/flowing.”

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Golden State swept away Cleveland to secure its latest NBA title.

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Rajon Rondo sidelined with broken right hand

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo will miss “a few weeks” with a broken right hand, coach Luke Walton announced on Wednesday night.

Rondo suffered the injury during the Lakers’ 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Rondo finished the game with three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports Rondo is expected to miss four weeks due to the injury.

Rondo is averaging 9.3 points, 6.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds during his first 10 games with the Lakers



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LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on NBA’s all-time scoring list

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LeBron James hit another career milestone on Wednesday night as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

James reached 31,420 career points with an and-one free throw in the fourth quarter to pass Chamberlain.

 

LeBron James made history with his 31,420th career point on Wednesday night.

James, 33, now sits directly behind Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.



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Stephen Curry to miss at least next three games with strained groin

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)  — Stephen Curry won’t play during Golden State’s three-game Texas road trip as he recovers from a left groin strain, though he is traveling with the Warriors.

The team traveled Wednesday to Houston, where the two-time defending NBA champions will play Thursday night. They have games Saturday at Dallas and Sunday at San Antonio.

Curry was injured during a Nov. 8 game against the Milwaukee Bucks and has been sidelined the past three games. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The team says he continues to be monitored by the medical staff as he rehabs from his latest injury.

The two-time MVP played in only 51 regular-season games last season because of a left knee injury and a sprained right ankle. He returned from the knee injury for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals after sitting out the first round of the playoffs.

Curry, 30, is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.

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