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Why Drake and Beyonce are talk of the courts at the NBA Finals

The two musicians have got the internet buzzing

Beyonce and Drake have been making headlines thanks to their behaviour at the NBA Finals 2019. AP Photos
Beyonce and Drake have been making headlines thanks to their behaviour at the NBA Finals 2019. AP Photos

You'd be forgiven for thinking the NBA Finals should be all about the basketball. But, in 2019 at least, you'd be wrong: it's more about Drake and Beyonce. Here's why...

Drake, the Toronto Raptors superfan and real 'MVP'

For the past two weeks, no one's forgotten about Drake. As a Toronto Raptors superfan and the Canadian basketball team's global ambassador, he's made international headlines as the number one troll at this year's NBA Finals (so much so that the NBA chiefs have actually had to talk to the Raptors about Drake's pesky behaviour). The God's Plan singer has been stealing the show from the sidelines, but how?

For instance, he started things off by wearing a vintage Dell Curry jersey to the first game of the 2019 NBA Finals, when the Raptors hosted opponents Golden State Warriors.

This was a dig at Stephen Curry, who is Dell's son and one of the Warriors' star players. It turns out, Stephen had planned to wear one himself to game two. But Drake beat him to it.

Then he trolled Warriors' player Klay Thompson. Thompson had been asked whether he'd be listening to any Drake tunes during the playoffs. Although he recognises Drake's talent as a musician, he responded by saying he'd be skipping any of the singer's tracks if it was a “bad song".

He said: “If it’s one of his soft R&B songs, I'm [going to] skip it because I’m in kill mode right now, trying to get these four games so I’ll skip ‘Hotline Bling’ or anything along that line.”

Drake was listening, because as soon as Thompson was picked up on a technical foul, the Canadian rapper baited the player with a few Hotline Bling dance moves. It was his most meme-worthy moment yet.

In another viral moment, Drake wore a Home Alone sweatshirt with Macaulay Culkin's face on it and got everyone talking during the second game of the finals. The jumper's caption read: "Where's Kevin?" and was a reference to the face that Kevin Durant, who's considered one of the best players in this year's finals (and whose player number Drake quite possibly has tattooed on his arm) and has been injured for much of the series.

Durant hasn't said anything about the move yet, but Culkin, who played the character Kevin, has. "Hey @Drake I'm right here, bro," Culkin wrote on Twitter next to a picture of the rapper wearing the sweater in question. "DM me. See you at the BBQ."

Not even former president Barack Obama's presence at the second game distracted people from this one.

What did Beyonce do?

Well, the Halo singer managed to overshadow Drake, for one. As the Toronto Raptors superfan carries on trolling the Warriors' players, Beyonce has been dishing out digs of her own. Or so it seems...

With husband Jay-Z by her side, cameras have been watching Beyonce's every move on the sidelines of the playoffs. And they managed to capture a particularly shady moment when the singer seemed to "casually" bump into the woman sitting next to her, while she was attempting to lean over Beyonce to talk to Jay-Z.

That woman was Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors' owner Joe Lacobs, and Twitter users have been loudly wondering whether or not the shoulder bump was in fact intentional. Whether it was or not, it certainly proved to be internet gold. The now-viral video clip has almost 19 million views and counting.

Updated: June 8, 2019 02:58 PM

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