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SportsRaptors on the brink of history as they prepare for Game 5 against the Warriors

04:00  11 june  2019
04:00  11 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Warriors won't have Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney for Game 3 against Raptors

Warriors won't have Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney for Game 3 against Raptors OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors will be short-handed for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday forward Kevon Looney (costal cartilage fracture) will be out for the rest of the series after being hurt in Game 2, while star Kevin Durant (calf), who hasn't played since May 8, will remain out. Warriors star guard Klay Thompson, who left Game 2 in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, is questionable. "If there's a risk, we'd rather give him the next couple days to continue to heal and hopefully have him out there for Game 4," Kerr said. "It's literally day to day.

The Toronto Raptors will have to wait to win their first NBA title in franchise history . The Warriors were then called for an offensive foul, giving Toronto the ball, but Lowry’s three at the buzzer was way off and bounced off the backboard. The Raptors opened their historic playoff run by dispatching Orlando in five games. Warriors star Kevin Durant limps off after Game 5 return against Raptors .

The Warriors built a 13-point lead in the aftermath of Durant’s departure, but the Raptors whittled it to six by halftime and finally took the lead during a frantic Toronto remains one win away from the first championship in franchise history . After Kevin Durant went down with an injury in the second quarter

Raptors on the brink of history as they prepare for Game 5 against the Warriors© Steve Russell Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard draws a double team as the Toronto Raptors play the Golden State Warriors in game four of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Chasing history with an anxious nation ready to explode, the Raptors take to the Scotiabank Arena court tonight trying to close out the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered at communal viewing points from St. John’s to Vancouver and everywhere in between as the Raptors, up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, tries to eliminate the two-time defending champions.

Golden State got a boost with the return of former MVP Kevin Durant but they face an uphill challenge. Only once in 32 occasions has a team come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA title; ironically it was the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Warriors is 2016.

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "If we focus on that mission, our history kind of speaks for itself in terms of The Raptors have beaten the Warriors by double figures three times this season. Facing elimination isn't something the Warriors have done often, but they 've fared more than OK when put in

The Warriors avoided elimination Monday night against the Raptors but lost Kevin Durant to an Achilles’ tendon injury that could keep him out through next season. the Raptors , in front of an expectant sellout crowd, from clinching the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year history .

The Raptors were unaffected by the significance of the moment or the hysteria that’s accompanying it.

They remain singularly focused on the job, not the antics around the game or what could come.

“I just know we got to go win another game,” coach Nick Nurse said Sunday. “I've tried to do that all through the playoffs, just look at the next game and go win it. I imagine everything will take care of itself from there.”

Follow along with our Raps Tracker for live reaction from the Star Sports team all game long as the Toronto Raptors look to close out the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

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