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NBA Eastern Conference Finals open thread: When sports and rap collide

The Cavs play the Raptors for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight, but, more importantly, a local radio station has banned Nelly in support of the San Jose Sharks.

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I'm not sure there's much to say about the Eastern Conference Finals.

In short, the Toronto Raptors would pretty much need new personnel to compete with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with any kind of consistency.

But the upside is that the Raptors losing means plenty of mocking Drake's superfandom.

Anyway, the Cavs face the Raptors tonight at 5:30 and this is your open thread for that.

But Drake is not alone among rappers getting clowned for their connection to a professional sports team from their hometown (though doesn't Drake seem like the type of guy from suburban New Jersey who would claim NYC?).

As you may know, the San Jose Sharks are currently in the NHL's Western Conference Finals playing the St. Louis Blues. For some reason, Nelly, a rapper from St. Louis, is often played on radio stations around the Bay Area. So Q102 made a decision that I've wanted someone to have the guts to make for years: they have banned Nelly songs for at least the duration of the Sharks' series against the Blues.

I don't know why it took a hockey series for someone to stop playing Nelly, but I'm thankful to the Sharks for inspiring this decision and hope the policy stands well beyond the conclusion of this year's NHL WCF.

I've sworn that I will not let the Sharks get me invested in them again after they lost that series to the L.A. Kings a few years ago, but it's getting hard to ignore them right now. So for anyone watching them tonight, Game 3 of their series starts tonight at 6 p.m.

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