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Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert recovering after stroke symptoms

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DETROIT (AP) —  Cavaliers owner and billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is recovering after suffering symptoms of a stroke and seeking hospital care.

Officials with Detroit-based Quicken Loans said in a statement that Gilbert “received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably” after going to a Detroit-area hospital early Sunday with “stroke-like symptoms.” Gilbert is the company’s founder and chairman.

No other details were provided on Gilbert’s condition, a diagnosis or prognosis. The company said Gilbert’s family requests privacy at this time.

Gilbert has owned the Cavs since 2005.

The 57-year-old introduced new Cavs coach John Beilein at a press conference Tuesday at the team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio.

His hospitalization comes a month before his Rocket Mortgage is to host Detroit’s first PGA Tour event. It also follows his launch of a ballot drive just days earlier to push auto insurance reform in Michigan. The state Legislature passed a landmark insurance reform bill Friday.

While best known as the Cavs’ sometimes outspoken owner, Gilbert is connected to numerous business ventures that that have propelled urban recoveries in Detroit and Cleveland.

Under his ownership, the Cavs have gone to five NBA Finals and won the championship in 2016, the first major sports title for any Cleveland franchise since 1964.

Gilbert famously wrote a scathing letter to Cavs fans after superstar LeBron James left as a free agent in 2010. But the two men patched up their differences, which led to James re-signing with his home state team in 2014.

Beyond his business ties, Gilbert has been deeply involved in raising millions to fight neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic nerve disorder that afflicted his 23-year-old son, Nick. The younger Gilbert had surgery last year to remove a brain tumor.

Gilbert and wife Jennifer have five children.
 

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Klay Thompson tears ACL in Game 6 of Finals

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson left Game 6 of The Finals with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced after their season-ending loss to Toronto. 

Thompson was injured after being fouled by Toronto’s Danny Green and landing awkwardly on a breakaway dunk attempt with 2:22 left in the third quarter as the Warriors, down 3-2, fought to keep their season alive. He fell and immediately grabbed his left knee, writhing on the court in obvious pain as Golden State’s medical staff raced out to provide attention. 

Thompson was helped off the court, then returned briefly to shoot a pair of free throws before limping back off. He was seen jogging in the hallways of Oracle Arena on his way to the Warriors’ dressing room but was eventually ruled out. Thompson was later shown leaving Oracle on crutches.

 

Klay returned briefly to shoot free throws after tearing his ACL.

Thompson made both free throw attempts, pushing his point total to 30 on just 12 shot attempts. Even with those foul shots, the Raptors outscored the Warriors 34-25 after he was hurt. 

Thompson’s injury came on the heels of a nightmare Game 5 for the Warriors, who won the game but lost Kevin Durant for the remainder of the series and beyond with a torn Achilles tendon. Durant had missed roughly a month before that with a strained calf. 

Recovery times vary, but ACL tears typically take roughly six months to rehab, with additional time after that to regain full strength and mobility. 



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The Finals Stat, Game 6: Fred VanVleet shoots Raptors to first title

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The stat

53 percent: Fred VanVleet’s 3-point percentage over the Raptors’ last nine playoff games and since his son, Fred Jr. was born.

The context

That’s 30 makes on 57 attempts, a remarkable turnaround for the undrafted VanVleet, who had shot 6-for-42 (including 3-for-24 from 3-point range) over his previous nine games. In Game 4 of the conference semifinals in Philadelphia, a game the Raptors needed to avoid a 3-1 deficit in the series, VanVleet played just seven minutes.

He continued to struggle with his shot through Game 3 of the conference finals. But the 6-footer gave the Raptors some important minutes in that double-overtime victory over Milwaukee after Kyle Lowry fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, and his one make (on 11 attempts) was a big 3-pointer late in regulation.

Then, on May 20, the day between Games 3 and 4, Fred Jr. was born. VanVleet returned home to Illinois for the birth and then got back to Toronto for Game 4, having barely slept.

In Game 4, VanVleet shot 5-for-6, draining all three of his 3-point attempts. Two nights later, VanVleet was 7-for-9 from beyond the arc in a huge Game 5 victory in Milwaukee, after which he offered the quote of the night when asked about his recent success:

“Zero sleep, have a lot of babies, and go out there and let loose.”

The hot streak, which included a plethora of big shots, continued through Game 6 of The Finals, when VanVleet scored 22 points (his high in 37 career playoff games). He was 6-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Three of those five 3s, along with a trio free throws after being fouled by Shaun Livingston on a 3-point attempt, came in the fourth quarter. The first two both came with just two seconds left on the shot clock. The first was a relatively clean pull-up from the left wing that tied the game at 91 with just over nine minutes to go. The second was a contested 3 (again from the left wing) over Stephen Curry that put the Raptors up one with a little more than seven minutes to go.

The last of VanVleet’s 22 points came on the shot that gave the Raptors the lead for good. With a little less than four minutes to go, he got a high screen from Siakam. And when the Warriors’ defenders — Quinn Cook and Draymond Green — each went with Siakam’s roll to the rim, VanVleet calmly stepped back into a 3 from the top of the arc.

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP. But the Raptors don’t win this championship if not for the remarkable turnaround from Fred VanVleet. The biggest shots in Game 6, along with some other huge buckets over the last nine games, came from the smallest man on the floor.

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Report: Klay Thompson tears ACL in Game 6 of Finals

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson left Game 6 of The Finals with what his agent says is a torn ACL in his left knee, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported after the Warriors’ season-ending loss to Toronto. 

Thompson was injured after being fouled by Toronto’s Danny Green on a breakaway dunk attempt with 2:22 left in the third quarter as the Warriors, down 3-2, fought to keep their season alive. He immediately grabbed his left knee, writhing on the court in obvious pain as Golden State’s medical staff raced out to provide attention. 

Thompson was helped off the court, then returned briefly to shoot a pair of free throws before limping back off. He was seen jogging in the hallways of Oracle Arena on his way to the Warriors’ dressing room but was eventually ruled out. Thompson was later shown leaving Oracle on crutches.

Thompson made both free throw attempts, pushing his point total to 30 on just 12 shot attempts. Even with those foul shots, the Raptors outscored the Warriors 34-25 after he was hurt. 

Thompson’s injury came on the heels of a nightmare Game 5 for the Warriors, who won the game but lost Kevin Durant for the remainder of the series and beyond with a torn Achilles tendon. Durant had missed roughly a month before that with a strained calf. 

Recovery times vary, but ACL tears typically take roughly six months to rehab, with additional time after that to regain full strength and mobility. 



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