Craig Battle
@cthomasbattle
The assistant managing editor of Sportsnet.ca, Craig Battle regularly contributes stats-focused analysis on the NBA and NFL. He is also a recurring guest on the Sportsnet Hot Stove radio show.
Kawhi Leonard tops June 2019 list of Canada’s most Googled athletes
Craig Battle
The list of most-searched athletes in Canada for the month of June is dominated by NBA players. And who else but Kawhi Leonard could be at the top?
2016 NBA Re-Draft: Where will Siakam, VanVleet land?
Craig Battle
Kawhi Leonard’s 10 best games of the 2019 NBA playoffs, by Game Score
Craig Battle
Kawhi Leonard was the best player in the 2019 NBA playoffs. But which games were his best? We pulled the numbers to find out.
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Warriors rally to steal Game 5 after Durant's dramatic return and exit
Craig Battle
They responded well in the face of losing not only Durant but also Kevon Looney for a second time to the same costal cartilage fracture injury he suffered early in the series. But can they do it again?
U.S. TV ratings aside, Raptors-Warriors is dream matchup for NBA
Craig Battle
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Emotional Green continues to lead Warriors by whatever means necessary
Craig Battle
There are no question marks next to Green, who will show up in Game 3 and do what his team needs — no matter what that is.
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7 surprising Raptors stats ahead of Game 2 of NBA Finals
Craig Battle
The Toronto Raptors took care of business in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Here are seven surprising stats to get you ready for Game 2.
For once, Warriors’ inability to overcome slow start costs them Game 1
Craig Battle
Warriors shrugging off Durant, Cousins absences ahead of Game 1 vs. Raptors
Craig Battle
On the eve of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, you might expect the Golden State Warriors to sweat over their missing stars. But you'd be disappointed.