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The unusual circumstances surrounding this Suns-Bucks NBA Finals

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Milwaukee hasn’t won an NBA title in a half-century. Phoenix hasn’t won one since … ever.

No player on either roster has ever earned a ring, either.

No matter who wins, they’re going to be newcomers making history — even if it’s a venerable legend like Suns guard Chris Paul finally getting his shot, or two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo shrugging off his June 29 left knee injury.

“Walking into here, seeing Mr. Larry on every poster. It gave me goose bumps,” Suns center Deandre Ayton said, referring to the Larry O’Brien Trophy. “I don’t know if I was a part of it or I’m just here to look around or I’m just here for the NBA. I do not feel like I’m a player right now, but I am.”

Every player on both of these rosters couldn’t be blamed for feeling that way.

These NBA Finals aren’t going to be the typical names like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. It’ll be more unusual circumstances than usual suspects.

The Suns hadn’t made the playoff for a decade before their 8-0 bubble paved the way for a 2021 Final. They went all in, traded for the 35-year-old Paul, and his guiding hand helped get them here. Well, that and some amazing luck.

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Devin Booker and Jrue Holiday
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In the first round, they unseated a defending champions Lakers team bereft of injured Anthony Davis. Then Paul averaged 25.5 points to beat a Denver team sans Jamal Murray. Finally, came a Clippers team without Kawhi Leonard.

On Tuesday, they could play Game 1 without having to face Antetokounmpo, who hyperextended his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final versus Atlanta.

Make no mistake, the Suns are a gifted, well-coached, fast-improving team. But how their playoff path has just opened up for them strains credulity.

“We’re not here to justify what we’re doing to anybody else, for real,” Devin Booker said. “We’ve had goals for this group and aspirations for this group since Day 1. We keep those in-home for that reason. We compete against each other and we’re on the constant pursuit to get better every day.”

And win a title, the same as Milwaukee. And the Bucks’ path is just as crazy. After posting the NBA’s best record the past two years only to suffer early exits, they had one foot out of the playoff door in their second-round series versus the Nets.

But James Harden’s hamstring injury just seconds into the series (and return in a compromised state), Kyrie Irving’s ankle injury after landing on Antetokounmpo’s foot and Durant’s toe just tickling the line on what would’ve been a series-winning 3 saw the Bucks survive. And they claim they’re stronger for it all.

“Everything we’ve been through is just experience. You learn from it. The postseason failures we’ve had so far, we’ve found a way to use that as motivation and just use that and let it teach us how to be better,” Khris Middleton said.

“One of the keys is just looking back and reflecting on what we’ve been through this season, what we’ve been through in the playoffs and then looking at our goal,” Jrue Holiday added. “Everybody on our team has had the same goal and we’re so close to reaching it.”

To get that goal, Holiday and Middleton may have to pick up the playmaking slack if Antetokounmpo can’t play. They could rely on Brook Lopez as a roll man.

How they handle Paul and Booker in the pick-and-roll without Antetokoumpo’s ability to switch 1-through-5 remains to be seen.

Booker — who averaged 25 points and 4.3 assists — has boosted that to 31.7 and nine in the Suns’ three Game 1s, all wins. Ayton has also had hot starts, averaging 20.3 and 11.7 in the series openers.

Still, despite those hot starts they’re fully aware of how the Bucks have adjusted and come from behind in series. And the Suns are acutely aware the job is four wins away from finished.

“Like coach says, ‘We don’t get happy on the farm,’ ” Ayton said. “The job’s not done. I guess the team hasn’t been here in awhile, but as a group we know we ain’t done nothing yet.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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