Down 2-1 heading into Game 4 of th NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors knew they were in must-win mode against the Toronto Raptors. Teams that take a 3-1 lead in the Finals have a 33-1 series record - 97.1 per cent. Toronto got a massive start from Kawhi Leonard, who singlehandedly had 14 of the team's 17 points in the opening frame.
Most NBA fans would like to have the highest quality of play possible during the biggest times of the year, and every fan would prefer to have their star at 100% going into April than to see them get banged up in February.
The Raptors won that game. "It sounds cliché - and for us that is literally the only way we're going to get back in this series - is give everything we got for 48 minutes, everybody that sets foot on that floor in Game 5". We're going to make sure he gets that pick-and-pop jump shot, he's rolling. They were down by four at the half, but would a mandatory third quarter explosion from Golden State be on the cards? He's played elite-level defense against the combination of Kawhi Leanard, Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors have made history by reaching the National Basketball Association finals. Curry had 10 points to lead the Warriors in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to close the gap built by Toronto's huge third quarter. "They're too freakin' good, guy".
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the Raptors will have to maintain their singular focus as they head home.
A CNN article posted early Saturday put that showdown at a 2-2 tie, with Walk Off the Earth and Brampton, Ont. -based Alessia Cara notching wins for Canada in Games 4 and 2, respectively.More news: Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russian Federation amid U.S. crackdown
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No, you can't assume the Warriors would be as banged up in this alternate universe.
"I just want to play and just let people remember that I played hard at both ends of the floor, I was a victor, and that's basically it".
"Nobody's going to feel sorry for us at all", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. His shot was so awful that it was like he was trying to build a sacrificial brick house that would be torn down instead of Oracle Arena. After Game 3, the Warriors were optimistic that Durant would be able to participate in 3-on-3 scrimmages and be cleared to play Friday. "The first half it was pretty good".
Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. History rarely remembers details, so while Golden State's injuries did play a large factor in what has happened over the last week and a half, odds are it won't be remembered that way. Just like that, the Raptors were up. Obviously pumped in front of the home crowd in Oakland, this veteran let the emotions get a hold of him.
Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first. But they brought a tremendous energy to the game, creating an electric environment throughout. And, thanks to his latest sublime showing, and yet another piece of evidence in an ever-growing number of them declaring that he has become, in fact, the best player in the world, Toronto has moved to within one win of a championship few could see coming.