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SportsWhat they’re saying about us: Raptors take advantage of weak Warriors

16:55  06 june  2019
16:55  06 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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The Warriors ’ bench took a hit from a string of injuries on the team. Klay Thompson, who is suffering a mild hamstring strain, had to “ Warriors had exactly zero non-Steph players in their rotation who can create a shot; the Raptors , who are very very very good at basketball, did what they were supposed

“ We ’ re in the same boat they kind of were in coming here,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said . Our whole roster just took advantage of it. … Although they generated numerous open looks, the Raptors hit just 6 of 22 three-point attempts in the second half and couldn’t find alternate sources of

What they’re saying about us: Raptors take advantage of weak Warriors© Steve Russell While Step Curry made 47 points during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, his performance was not enough to secure a win for the Warriors Wednesday.

While the Raptors dominated the court during Game 3, their performance was not without it’s hiccups. From a pesky Stephen Curry to a disrespectful fan, here’s what media outlets are saying about the Raptors following Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Weakened lineup leaves Curry all alone

The Golden State Warriors “Strength in Numbers” motto could not have been farther from the truth during Game 3, according to CBS Sports’ Colin Ward-Henninger.

The Warriors’ bench took a hit from a string of injuries on the team. Klay Thompson, who is suffering a mild hamstring strain, had to sit out of Game 3 after injuring himself during an awkard landing on Sunday.

Kyle Lowry jumps into stands, gets into altercation with Warriors fan

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Here’s what people are saying about the Raptors and Toronto. Here’s what people are saying about the Raptors and our city It will be because [Pascal] Siakam is taking advantage of mismatches, Kyle Lowry is running the offense and [Danny] Green is knocking down three-pointers

Also: Warriors ’ minority investor Mark Stevens has been fined 0,000 for shoving and swearing at Kyle Lowry during Game 3 and has been given a While the Raptors have come into their own this season, proving to anyone who might still have doubted their place in the championship that they ’ re

Kevin Durant was also out after straining his right calf during the Western Conference semifinals and forward Kevon Looney will be out indefinitely after he suffered a fracture during Game 2.

With a depleated bench, Steph Curry carried the team as far as he could — but was unable to beat the Raptors all on his own.

“It was a herculean display from the 6-foot-3 point guard, who occasionally looked like a varsity player teamed up with a bunch of seventh-graders in the state championship game,” said Ward-Henninger. “His heart, the leadership and greatness were undeniable.”

The performance was “miraculous,” as the point guard looked for his shot early and often, and the offensive burden of the team resting on him, wrote Ward-Henninger.

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The Toronto Raptors lost a tight Game 5 that brought out both the best and worst in fans. Here’s what U . S . media are saying about us . That’s according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who called it a “most terrible win for the Golden State Warriors after Kevin Durant reinjured himself in the 106-105 win on

After defeating the Golden State Warriors in Oakland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night FiveThirtyEight’s algorithm says there’s an 89 per cent chance that the Raptors will take home the The North takes over Oracle Arena. Amidst the sea of blue and gold, Raptors fans nonetheless had a

The 31-year-old Curry put up a career-playoff high of 47 points, and led the Warriors in rebounds, assists and steals, according to Deadspin’s Chris Thompson.

In spite of Curry’s amazing performance, the Golden State Warriors were not able to clinch a Game 3 win — especially without some of their best players, both writers note.

“Warriors had exactly zero non-Steph players in their rotation who can create a shot; the Raptors, who are very very very good at basketball, did what they were supposed to do,” wrote Thompson.

Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic that he expects Thompson to be back in action for Game 4, but Durant’s status is still unclear.

“(Curry) is a brilliant, amazing basketball player, but even he can’t realistically hope to topple a team like the Raptors by himself. He did as much as can be reasonably asked,” said Thompson. “The situation now calls for reinforcements, for everyone’s sake.

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Photograph: Kyle Terada/ USA Today Sports. The Raptors outshot the Warriors , 54.5% to 35% in the period. And they made five of their seven three-point attempts, after shooting a The shellshocked Warriors cut their hole to eight points with just under three minutes left after Stephen Curry made a

For the rest of us , it means we 've got to be ready for the opportunity when the kickouts come." But as Siakam continued to wreak havoc in transition, the Raptors were able to maintain their lead wire The Warriors were hardly devastated by the events of Game 1, though they were most certainly irritated

‘Supporting cast’ steps up

While the Golden State Warriors’ — aside from Curry — faltered during Game 3, the Raptors dominated the court, finishing with a 14-point lead over their Californian counterparts.

While Raptors superstars Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry finished the game with 30 and 23 points respectively, it was the Toronto team’s “supporting cast” which was creating buzz amoung sports writers.

“On a night where the Warriors’ supporting cast was depleted, the Raptors’ supporting cast won them the game,” wrote Ward-Henninger, noting that six of the team’s players had scored in the double-figures.

Of particular note was Raptors’ shooting guard Danny Green, who nabbed 18 points for the team, according to Micah Adams of the NBA.

As of Wednesday night, the player is ninth on the all-time finals list for made 3-pointers — that’s more than Michael Jordan, said Adams.

“Of the 35 players in Finals history that have attempted at least 50 3-pointers, he is the only one who’s made over half of them,” he writes.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Green’s performance during the game “boosted (the) whole team’s confidence.”

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Serge Ibaka is also being hailed as a standout performer in Game 3. The center had six blocks and six points by the end of the game; he made the Warriors “pay for trying to get anywhere near the basket,” said New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman and Marc Stein.

Overall, the Raptors domination in Oakland has made them more likely to win the finals, according to FiveThirtyEight. On Tuesday, the site gave the Raptors a 49 per cent win probability, but following Wednesday night’s game the team had a 69 per cent chance of winning the NBA Finals.

The Raptors aren’t in Canada anymore

The Raptors are playing Games 3 and 4 in the Oracle Arena in Oakland, which means the team doesn’t have the homecourt advantage and die-hard fan support they usually do in Toronto.

While that didn’t seem to stop the Raptors from claiming victory Wednesday night, it certainly was the cause for a scuffle between Kyle Lowry and — it’s fair to assume — a Golden State fan.

It all happened in the fourth quarter, when Warriors’ point guard Quinn Cook attempted a layup, but was stopped by Raptors player Ibaka. The centre player swatted the ball away from the net which went flying towards the sideline, said Thompson from Deadspin.

Lowry ran after the runaway ball trying to keep it inbounds, and in the process the Raptor ended up sailing into the stands—and fans. That’s when a man in a court-side seat shoved the player, said Thompson.

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“It’s also unmistakably an unnecessary and rude thing to do, and is for sure not the sort of thing NBA fans should be doing when they come into close proximity with players,” wrote Thompson. “Lowry was obviously pissed, and appeared to be both yelling at the fan and asking officials to take action.

Following the game, Lowry told Scott Van Pelt of SportsCenter that the man was thrown out for his behaviour. “He reached over and put his hands on me for no reason then he said a couple vulgar words to me...in our league there’s no place for that.”

The guard said he hopes the handsy fan is banned from all NBA games.

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Tweet drops the ball

Being in their rivals territory, the Raptors wanted to let the Warriors and their fans know that they were unfazed and ready to win.

So two hours before the game, the Raps twitter account posted an intimidating image of the team on the Golden Gate Bridge, with a #WeTheNorth flag flying in the background. “Crossed the bridge. Ready for battle,” reads the caption.

The only problem with the tweet was that the team was standing on the wrong bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco, not in Oakland — where Game 3 was being held.

“The trash talk between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors has been nonstop during the NBA Finals. It should be expected,” writes CNN’s Kendall Trammell. “Their pregame tweet could have continued on its way through the Twittersphere, but now it’s making its rounds online not because it was a funny but because the Raptors messed up.”

The bridge the Raptors should have been on is the San-Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, or the “Bay Bridge.” That’s the bridge that can be seen in Oakland, California — the home of the Warriors.

Despite the online fumble, the Raptors won the Game 3 “battle.”

Emma Sandri is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @emmarosesandri

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