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The Golden State Warriors have made it clear all along: They knew this formidable roster wouldn’t stay together forever. Now, if the two-time defending champs can’t rally back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, it could be the end of an era, perhaps a dynasty dismantled. Yet these Warriors have come from behind before, beating Oklahoma City in the 2016 Western Conference finals after trailing 3-1. The next step of this latest test comes in Game 5 in Toronto.
Not long before the postseason started Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard. The conversation was about the 82-game regular season. Leonard shrugged and described those games as “just practice.” That’s when Nurse knew Leonard was going to have another gear in the playoffs. Now the Raptors are one game away from winning the NBA title. They lead Golden State 3-1, with Game 5 on Monday night.
Kevin Durant limped off the floor at Oracle Arena a month ago – Game 5 of the second round – with what the team called a mild calf strain. It’s apparently the most severe “mild” calf strain in the history of injuries, because he hasn’t played since and there’s no way of knowing if that’s going to change on Monday.
Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.
Toronto’s Danny Green couldn’t make a shot for about two weeks going into the NBA Finals. Seems like forever ago now. The finals are a happy stage for Green, who has been in the title-deciding series three times now and has put up big numbers in each of those trips. The trend has continued in this series against Golden State, and Green’s six 3-pointers were a huge factor in the Raptors’ Game 3 win to take a 2-1 series lead.
Two-time reigning finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out, however. Durant strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals. Toronto leads the best-of-seven finals 2-1.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse plays to the beats of his own drum. And that’s not even one of the instruments that he’s trying to master with these days. Nurse says he’s not much of a musician yet. His Raptors are making plenty of sweet music so far in the NBA Finals. Toronto leads Golden State 2-1 in the series, which resumes Friday.
The Golden State Warriors’ executive who shoved Kyle Lowry has been banned for one-year and fined $500,000 by the NBA. The Toronto Raptors guard wanted Mark Stevens ousted from the league. Stevens is a Warriors’ investor and a member of the team’s executive board. Lowry said Stevens “shouldn’t be a part of our league.”
Toronto fended off a playoff career-high 47 points from Stephen Curry and beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
40 years ago, a team composed of young, unheralded players came together to win the 1979 NBA Finals, bringing Seattle its first and only NBA title.
Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway spent two seasons as members of “Run TMC” and six years as teammates at Oracle Arena, back when it was called the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. The nostalgia is flooding back this week. The Golden State Warriors’ era in Oakland is ending. Only two or three games remain, starting with Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. When Mullin and Hardaway got together this week, they couldn’t help but reflect on what the building means.
Toronto star Kawhi Leonard has more than a few things on his mind these days. He’ll be a free agent in a few weeks and will decide where he wants to play next season. He’s apparently headed to federal court to solve a disagreement with Nike. He’s clearly dealing with something that isn’t right in his lower body. And there’s the NBA Finals. Leonard and the Toronto Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in Game 3, and he says that’s where his attention is.
Kevin Durant still isn’t ready to return for the Golden State Warriors as he works back from a strained right calf he suffered during the Western Conference semifinals.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has a mild strain in his left hamstring that forced him out of Game 2 in the NBA Finals and he is listed as questionable for Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
The Toronto Raptors feel good mentally, and they are certainly in better shape physically than the Golden State Warriors.
Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on their way to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night that tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece.
Hate to turn this column into a visitors bureau pitch, but you should know something: It has been amazing to experience the first NBA Finals in this pulsating city.
The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.
Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109.
The Golden State Warriors’ road to a fifth straight NBA Finals has detoured to a new destination – and this one requires a passport. The Toronto Raptors, a team that arrived in the NBA 24 years ago as the dinosaur-logoed basketball franchise in a hockey-loving country, have finally made it to the championship round and will host Game 1 on Thursday night. It’s the first time the finals will be played outside the U.S.