The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to win Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors in their Eastern Conference Semifinal tilt. It was a weird game, as the Cavs never lead in regulation, but they were still able to come out on top and steal home court from the 1-seed in the conference.
But the weirdest moments came right before the half as Cleveland was walking back into the locker room after the game. Reserve big man Kendrick Perkins jawed with Drake, who is a fixture at Raptors home games. It seemed like there was legitimate bad blood between the two, to the point that Drake was inviting an altercation with the veteran center.
While all eyes will be on whether Toronto can bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday evening, there will obviously be intrigue as to whether Drake and Perkins go at one another again, because it was baffling that it seemed like there was a chance that we’d see the two get into an intense confrontation.
But according to Josh Peter of USA TODAY Sports, that might not happen, because both the NBA and the Raptors have told Drake to knock it off.
The NBA has warned Drake after the rapper’s verbal confrontations Tuesday night with Kendrick Perkins, a backup center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, during Game 1 of the Cavaliers’ playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, a league official told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
The Raptors, who have named Drake a global ambassador for the team, also discussed the matter with Drake, according to the official who requested anonymity because of the nature of the matter.
It’s safe to wonder if this is one of those situations where Drake got away with some type of punishment outside of a stern talking to because he’s Drake, and banning him from attending Raptors games because of this could be a PR nightmare. Still, this is one of those things where the NBA and the Raptors decided to get out in front of this before things had the chance to potentially escalate in Game 2.
(Via USA TODAY Sports)