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Canada Did Something Very Non-Canadian in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs

This is an article about Canada, disguised as an article about basketball. Keep reading, I promise it’s worth it.

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors are in the midst of the NBA finals, with the Raptors currently leading 3-2 over the Warriors.

In case you’re wondering why this is at all interesting:

  • The Golden State Warriors have won two championships in a row, and three in four years. They’ve basically been an unstoppable force, and a whole lot of fun to watch.
  • If the Raptors win, this will be their first Championship ever, and pretty impressive to win over the Warriors.
  • With the Warriors currently down 3-2, they still have to win one more game on the road, and they’re a team littered with injuries. Raptors just have to win one more game, and Warriors MUST win both of the remaining games.

While the series started off being relatively boring, with Game 3 getting the lowest ratings in 10 years of NBA playoff games, things have started to heat up. In Game 5, one of the Warriors star players, Kevin Durant, returned after being out with a calf strain. People were pumped. Despite being stacked with some of the elite players in the league, the team had been struggling without him, and played another game in the series without another star player, Klay Thompson.

Game 5 Highlights and Lowlights

Because this is a yoga-focused magazine, I’m going to go out on a limb and presume you don’t care too much about detailed highlights you might find on a sports site. That’s good, because I’m mostly in it to see if the Warriors make it to the finish line; whether Beyonce is going to roll her eyes again; and, how extra Drake will be in this particular game. The answer to that last one… always Extra: Level 100.


  • Kevin Durant is back. Klay is back. The whole Warriors team is playing for the first game of the series.
  • Toronto Raptors are probably considering naming Drake their new team mascot. Unless they’re tired of him overshadowing the teams amazing success in the playoffs, so far.
  • In the first half, Warriors were up by double digits, and it looked like the team had finally hit a groove.  It was (finally) an exciting game to watch.

Lowlights 😟: 

  • In the second quarter, Kevin Durant looked unstoppable, being the star that he is, when he pulled some fancy footwork, only to re-injure himself. Injuries are never fun to see happen in sports, and quite frankly, often unwatchable. But this one wasn’t like that. It was just straight sad. You didn’t see any visible “injury” but you could see it on Durant’s face. He knew he was hurt. He immediately hobbled for few steps, only to sit down on the floor to be consoled by his team. TL;DR- it was a really sad moment. The f-word flew out of my mouth, because it was just that kind of moment. As Durant was being helped off court, the same f-word flew out of his mouth, so I think we were on the same page. He was f’ed. Game over.
  • In very non-traditional Canadian etiquette, Raptors fan cheered as Kevin Durant was injured. With a squeaky-clean reputation for just being the nicest country in the world, this was a blemish on that report card. Not cool, Canada!

OH, so that’s why this is a story on Bad Yogi Magazine

Yep… took a bit to come full circle, but this article is actually about Canada. As mentioned above, Canada stepped out of true character for a quick moment and cheered as Kevin Durant was re-injured. These were likely cheers because they realized that this injury was their best shot to win the Finals, but bad timing, poor form, Canada!

Raptors players, and unofficial team mascot, Drake, pretty immediately halted the cheers, demanding respect for Durant. But still, it happened.

But wait… there’s more. In TRUE Canadian fashion, one anonymous fan wanted to make sure that the cheering didn’t reflect poorly on sweet, sweet Canada. The fan sent this floral display to the Warriors’ offices to apologize “on behalf of Canada”. The display even included a ribbon that read “Canada is sorry KD” across it. Oh, Canada! You ARE the best.

Alright, Canada. That’s not only classy, but this person took responsibility for the entire fan base, making sure that Durant and others didn’t think poorly of Canada. I mean, come on… you can’t help but smile, and then forgive Canada right away and put them back in your good graces.

Kevin Durant is definitely out the rest of the Finals, and may be facing a long road to recovery, but we’re fairly certain Canada is going to be rooting for his full recovery. I’ll leave you with some Drake extra-ness.

Congrats- you’re now up to speed on all things basketball and Canada. You’re basically a sports analyst now with all the knowledge you’ve just gained in this article. 

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  1. Jeanne Slattery

    Jeanne Slattery

    June 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t care about basketball and don’t know why I would care about Drake, but I really, really like this fan’s response. It matters what we say and how we act, all the time, as even a game is real life. Be true to yourself, Canada – and guide the rest of us!

    1. allison howell

      allison howell

      June 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Canada knows how to live life well, don’t they? 😉

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