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SportsKevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you

16:30  31 may  2019
16:30  31 may  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you
Kevin Durant, please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Warriors need you

TORONTO — Those weren’t the Northern Lights flaming brightly over this lovely city as midnight closed in Thursday.

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Without Kevin Durant , for whom the Warriors rightfully dumped all their depth nearly three years ago, Golden Toronto couldn’t have executed much better defensively. The Raptors need to clean up on the defensive The Warriors destroyed the Blazers, and beat the Rockets twice without Durant .

That was the Warriors’ version of the Bat-Signal, beamed into the night sky. Actually the KD Light, summoning superhero Kevin Durant.

Durant could not answer the call, except as a great cheerleader. He was with the team at Scotiabank Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, pumping up his boys while he lurked in the back hallways, in civvies, wearing a hoodie inscribed with “Been through the fire.”

We got your fire right here, the Warriors said to Durant, losing the Finals opener 118-109 and looking out of sync and in need of a man many consider the world’s greatest player.

Even though Toronto’s two superstars, Kawhi Leonard and Drake, were relatively ineffective, the Raptors simply outplayed the Warriors.

Golden State’s Warriors-World problems, all those trivial and soap-opera-ish travails, now pale in comparison to their real problem, that they’re down 1-0 to an inspired and completely competent crew that is backed by a hungry country.

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The Warriors are far too experienced and poised to panic after losing one game. However, the Raptors have exposed the fact that without Durant, the Warriors’ margin for error is as thin as a loonie, the cute little Canadian coin (no relation to Kevon).

Durant no longer seems like the ultimate luxury, the bauble you like to show off but don’t really need. Against an elite defense — and the Raptors appear to feature the most elite defense the Warriors have seen in the playoffs — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson might not be enough.

So much for the suggestion the Warriors are a better team without Durant. The Warriors have been telling us that anyone taking that line of thinking is loony. They hurt their argument, though, by winning five straight playoff games without Durant, in beautiful fashion.

Now, they have shown us the light.

“They’re long and athletic and they’re tough and they get after you,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said of the Raptors.

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Long and lean and fast were the operative adjectives for the Raptors, who, athletically, are like real raptors, only not extinct.

You know who else is long and lean and tough and gets after you? Kevin Durant. The Warriors’ big failing was transition defense, and Durant might have been a handy player to have around for that. In uniform.

The Warriors might be prettier without Durant — who, ironically, is one of the prettiest ballers ever — but they are grittier with him.

Durant not only gives the Warriors stone-cold and spectacular scoring when the opposition clamps down on the Splash Brothers, but he is a considerable boost to their defense.

Toronto’s third-year forward Pascal Siakam was a handful, scoring 32 points, torching Draymond Green and whoever else the Warriors tried on him. You know who might cause defensive problems for the long and slippery Siakam? Kevin Durant.

Durant’s not ready, though. He will not play in Game 2 on Sunday night. Kerr said it was a “long shot” that Durant would practice Saturday, and practicing would be only the first step in returning to active duty.

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If anyone on the Warriors’ staff knows when he might be cleared to practice, he’s not saying.

If nothing else, Game 1 must have made Durant feel needed. Being a close follower of media and social media, Durant is acutely aware of the unflattering comparisons of the Warriors With Durant and the Warriors Without Durant.

For anyone looking for a ray of hope that Durant will decide to re-up with the Warriors next season, here’s your ray: Durant, based on outward appearances of interaction with his teammates, is a good teammate who likes this crew and the way it plays ball.

That’s a future thought, though. More immediately, the Warriors will be searching for a way to get out of the rut in which they played Thursday.

In the six games without Durant, the Warriors have fallen into the bad habit of falling behind by large margins. It was dramatic and almost charming when they came back from deficits of five, 17, 18 and 17 to sweep Portland. Before that, without Durant, they came from seven down to close out the Rockets in Game 6 of that series.

It made the games fun to watch, and maybe fun to play in, but the fun stopped here Thursday. They fell behind early and didn’t mount a Warriors-like sustained run. They were down 10 at halftime

A reminder: This is the playoffs, the Finals, in which fans and observers inevitably overreact wildly. The champion often is crowned after Game 1, and then the league rules that the series will go on, nonetheless.

One thing is clear: It’s time to stop feeling sorry for the Raptors, who were supposed to be the sacrificial dinosaurs of this matchup for North American bragging rights. Not that Canadians brag.

If this keeps up, though, they might pick up the habit.

Scott Ostler is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Email: sostler@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @scottostler

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