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Terrence Ross’ hard work in the off-season is paying with an impressive pre-season. (Getty Images)

Ross could be team's X-factor

Terrence Ross has been gifted with considerable natural ability. He is as athletic as just about anyone in a league filled with supreme athletes and can be a great three-point marksman when he heats up.

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell celebrates after scoring a three-pointer during second-half Round 1 NBA playoff action against the Indiana Pacers in Toronto on May 1, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Powell proving to be big bargain

LAS VEGAS — Norman Powell first served notice that the Raptors might have landed a steal with the 46th pick of the 2015 draft here last year when he averaged some gaudy numbers (18 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and assists per game).

In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, holds up his 2014 NBA championship ring during a ceremony prior to an NBA basketball game between the Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, in San Antonio. Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Legendary big man Tim Duncan retires

Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports.

Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts while taking on the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP)

Cavs' Thompson shouldn't be overlooked

LeBron James and Stephen Curry will get the bulk of the attention — good and bad — following one of the most memorable finishes in NBA history, Cleveland’s 93-89 Game 7 title win late Sunday evening, but Tristan Thompson deserves his share of the spotlight as well.

LeBron James shows Kevin some love. GETTY IMAGES

Do we really have to like LeBron now?

The Cleveland Cavaliers capped a stunning comeback Sunday, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and bring the northern Ohio city its first major championship in 52 years.