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The year in sport 2018: NBA

The Golden State Warriors won their third title in four years in 2018, but if the Houston Rockets had not missed 27 straight three pointers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, or if JR Smith knew the score in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors could have seen the title slip away.

Let’s look at 18 defining moments from 2018 in the NBA.

January 26th — DeMarcus Cousins tears his Achilles

January 29th — Blake Griffin is traded to Detroit Pistons

February 6th — Kristaps Porzingis tears his ACL

February 7th — Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks over THJ

April 21st — New Orleans Pelicans sweep Portland Trail Blazers in Round 1

May 29th — Rockets miss 27 three pointers in a row in WCF

June 1st — JR Smith forgets the score

June 9th — Kevin Durant wins Final MVP

June 21st — Phoenix Suns select DeAndre Ayton as number one draft pick

June 21st — Dallas Mavericks trade Trae Young for Luka Doncic

July 9th — LeBron James signs with LA Lakers

July 18th — San Antonio Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard for Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan

November 12th — Kevin Durant gets angry at Draymond Green

November 12th — Jimmy Butler is traded to Philadelphia 76ers

November 18th — Kemba Walker sets Charlotte Hornets record with a 60-point performance

November 23rd — Gregg Popovich criticises the three point line

November 29th — Steph Curry’s ‘Shoes for Girls’

December 4th — Markelle Fultz diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome

Featured photograph/Flickr/Michael Tipton

Thomas Kaiser
Thomas Kaiser is French, but he spent the majority of his childhood between London, Paris, and New York City. He speaks French and English fluently, and some Spanish. Thomas studied Sociology and Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is currently doing a Masters Program in International Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University. Thomas follows numerous sports across Europe and the United States. He has a passion for football (Arsenal Season ticket holder), tennis, the NBA, the MLB and college basketball. However, Thomas also has a strong appreciation for smaller market sports such as alpine skiing, biathlon, track & field, swimming, or cycling. While writing for the SportsGazette, Thomas wants to share stories of athletes from smaller market sports.
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