The Brief: As the Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors for the NBA Championship, the internet can't help but obsess over (mostly Drake) memes.
In Game 1 of the series, the Toronto Raptors took down reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors. In Game 2, the Warriors tied the series 1-1. While many sports fans seem hyped about the possibility of dethroning the Warriors, it seems the internet is even more invested in the NBA Finals meme potential. We all have Drake to thank for that.
This isn’t the first time the Canadian rapper has inspired viral meme trends. Drake has also been very vocal about supporting his hometown Raptors, so it’s no surprise that he’d drag the opposing team, especially one as prolific as the Warriors.
— Z – R Ø (@The__Realest1__) June 3, 2019
Drake may be the 2019 NBA Finals meme fave (scroll down for his greatest hits so far), but he certainly isn’t the only meme to come out of the series.
Steph Curry vs. Klay Thompson Memes
During Game 2 of the series, Twitter users were quick to point out the alarming size difference between Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
This meme features an image of the two players seated side-by-side on the team bench.
why does Steph look so small next to Klay pic.twitter.com/leBOhkX9BA
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 3, 2019
Visual illustration of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson basketball skills pic.twitter.com/ggdOQtuaoJ
— IamLegendDFS (@IamLegendDFS) June 3, 2019
While Thompson does have some extra inches on Curry, it was later revealed that he is also seated on some extra chair cushions in the photo.
“Am I too high again or is Steph really that small” – Klay pic.twitter.com/FGzj6KqMMh
— PLAYOFF Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) June 3, 2019
This film reference is for all the Millennials…
Lol. Honey who shrunk the curry? Lols. https://t.co/3rOYUji2MB
— Ya girl Bex! 💋 (@rebdab) June 3, 2019
And this one’s for anyone struggling to find their #MondayMotivation.
I am Steph Curry, and Monday is Klay Thompson. pic.twitter.com/scRbvfXnsZ
— S.Q. Trinh (@sontrinh) June 3, 2019
#NBAFinals TikTok Memes
Many #NBAFinals memes showcase fans watching and/or playing basketball.
This one roasts basketball superstar Lebron James. Believe it or not, this is the first NBA Finals in 9 years without LeBron James.
Happy Drake vs. Angry Drake Memes
Happy Hour / Hangover pic.twitter.com/zKpYHXjAn1
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) May 31, 2019
new N64 for Christmas!
only game you got was Diddy Kong Racing. pic.twitter.com/BUygOpe7yh
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) May 31, 2019
The Happy Drake vs. Angry Drake memes show side-by-side photos of the rapper, one of him smiling and one in which he sports an angry pout.
godzilla (2014), godzilla: king of the monsters (2019) pic.twitter.com/kcvIsZLqdO
— Pete Volk (@Pete_Volk) May 31, 2019
getting my chipotle delivered and then realizing they forgot the plastic fork pic.twitter.com/hPimDBcl7D
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) May 31, 2019
Drake’s Smile Memes
Supposedly, Drake was captured on camera yelling, “You guys trash,” at the Warriors following their Game 1 loss. When some Warriors tried to respond, Drake fired back with this smirk:
Drake looking at the Warriors after the Raptors Game might be the meme of the year. pic.twitter.com/zmTO3Kc7QR
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 31, 2019
These Drake memes got me cryin 💀😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/cOiwMS1HoX
— Ty (@Ty__Banks) May 31, 2019
Looks like Drake’s smarmy smile might be the new ultimate clapback!
Drake and Draymond exchanging trash talk the most predictable thing in NBA Finals history pic.twitter.com/kcJDHiwlyz
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 31, 2019
Drake has even been likened to some of pop culture’s favorite villains, like Thanos…
— Eddie 🌎 (@Edworrld) May 31, 2019
Or Game of Thrones‘s Daenerys.
Drake went full Daenerys on Draymond Green pic.twitter.com/TRp0FIi7EZ
— Dan Favale (@danfavale) May 31, 2019
Drake just remixing memes at this point pic.twitter.com/S8Q9ZGD6tb
— Eric (@ECal15) May 31, 2019
Seems like social media is here for it.
I might buy a Drake album just because he did this. Not to listen to, just to show my support.
— Dan Jenson (@dsjenson) May 31, 2019
Drake “KEVIN?!?” Memes
All aboard the Drake meme train! In Game 2 of the series, Drake threw shade at Warriors forward, Kevin Durant, who has been MIA from the first two games due to a calf injury.
Just before tipoff, Drake rolled up to his seats wearing a hoodie with Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister on the back. The caption below the photo read, “KEVIN?!?!?!”
Drake trolls KD and Warriors with a “Where’s Kevin” Home Alone hoodie. This dude really the 🐐 at trolling😂🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/otRcyrrHP3
— Hoop Fiends 🏀💉 (@hoopfiends) June 3, 2019
Drake really knows how to troll
Where's Kevin?!😂 pic.twitter.com/17jOAfvi55
— Will, not Smith. (@UncleWill14) June 3, 2019
NBA stans were convinced that the hoodie was a jab at the injured Durant.
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) June 3, 2019
Drake put the wrong picture on his sweatshirt, right? Shouldn’t it be Kevin’s mom? He can’t even get memes right and he’s in like half of em pic.twitter.com/m55K2wTs2v
— Michael C. Stibbs (@Stibbs) June 3, 2019
Will the real Kevin McCallister please stand up?
Perhaps the best thing to come from Drake’s “Kevin?!?” stunt was actor Macaulay Culkin’s Twitter response. For those confused Gen Zers, Culkin played the role of Kevin in Home Alone.
— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) June 3, 2019
Okkuuurrr, Drake? Sometimes your own memes turn on you.
See you in the bay Aubrey 😂 pic.twitter.com/TFy22oI4Ht
— Sultan (@San_alanazi) June 3, 2019
— goejii13 (@goejii13) June 3, 2019
The 2019 NBA Finals kick off Game 3 this Wednesday, June 3rd. We’ll just have to wait until then to see what Drake does next…
My dog when I put on my shoes vs my dog when I leave without walking her pic.twitter.com/4tsmzsRhzc
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) May 31, 2019