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SportsWhat they’re saying about us: With Durant out, Raptors are the favourite once again

18:18  12 june  2019
18:18  12 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5

Warriors say Durant will practice before Game 5 TORONTO — Kevin Durant was playing basketball on Sunday. The Golden State Warriors hope he will again on Monday. With the Warriors' backs to the wall now in the NBA Finals, Durant — now out for more than a month with a strained calf — was taking the practice floor on Sunday in an effort to determine if he will be able to play in Game 5 of the title series on Monday night. The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the series, and need three straight wins to capture a third straight championship. "He'll get some extra work in with some of our younger players and we'll gauge it from there," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Durant was not made available to comment.

We take a look at what international media is saying about Pascal Siakam’s astonishing performance, Kevin Durant ’s absence and the What are the odds? After the Raptors ’ Game 1 victory, polling and statistics website FiveThirtyEight’s algorithmic projections say there is a 62 per cent chance that the

Here’s what people are saying about the Raptors and Toronto. Game 2 of the Toronto Raptors -Golden State Warriors matchup didn’t just see a tough loss for the Raptors . But others point out that the Raptors are no strangers to rebounding—after all, they won their series against the

What they’re saying about us: With Durant out, Raptors are the favourite once again© Steve Russell Can the Warriors beat the Raptors without Kevin Durant? Some media are suggesting Toronto has been the better team when Durant is out.

Toronto is preparing for another chance at winning the first championship in team history as they carry a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Here’s what the U.S. media sites are saying about the Raptors ahead of Thursday’s potentially historic game:

A missed opportunity

That’s at least according to former Star reporter Curtis Rush, now a sports writer for Forbes Magazine, who says things are only just getting interesting for the NBA Finals as the Raptors head to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors Thursday night.

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.

As the Raptors looks ahead to Game 2, we look at what’s being said about the team and our city. As the Raptors look ahead to Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m. tonight, their Game 1 victory is still being He continues on to say it’s “fair to say Siakam won’t do that again this series.”

Numerous analysts have said the Raptors are beating the Golden State Warriors at their own “ They are what they destroyed for years.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Bruce Jenkins says that the “The Toronto Raptors have a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals partly because they have overwhelmed the Tim Legler of ESPN also agrees, and says the Warriors’ defence needs Kevin Durant to come back.

Rush thinks the loss of Game 5 can be pinned down to one simple reason: “they couldn’t shoot straight.” But the chance to clinch the series is far from over, he writes, as they head to Oracle Arena with a one game lead.

The Warriors without Durant?

It’s almost too easy to find a metaphor for Warriors foward Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury from Monday night, but several news sites are doing just that — contemplating whether the team can beat out the Raps without their all-star.

A panel from ESPN discussed the impact of Durant’s absence on the Warriors. Without him playing, “it’s hard to see how Golden State can summon enough to pull off two more games, no matter how much championship DNA remains,” says NBA writer Tim Bontemps.

“Toronto is firmly the favourite once again,” he says.

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. 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.

Jalen Rose (live from…Union station?) says even if Kevin Durant returns for Game 5, the Raptors have already taken care of business in this series and predicts there will be parties on the streets across Canada tonight What they ' re saying about Raptors being one win away from NBA Championship.

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt says that while the Raptors are still in a good position to secure a title following Raptors fans have mostly been delightful throughout this series. During Game 1 in Toronto, they Customize your Sportsnet lineup for the latest news from your favourite leagues and teams.

NBA analytics expert for ESPN André Snellings says the Raptors have been the better team when Durant is out.

“They are longer and more athletic than the Warriors, able to maintain offensive and defensive pressure that Golden State seems unable to overcome,” Snellings writes.

Rob Mahoney from Sports Illustrated certainly seems to agree.

“There are some events in the NBA so consequential as to shift the ground beneath the entire league,” wrote the NBA reporter who thinks Durant’s injury is a “tidal force in the championship series.”

Not in deep water — yet

“The pressure is starting to increase” for the Raps, writes USA Today reporter Jeff Zillgitt who covers the NBA.

Zillgitt doesn’t think the Raptors are in trouble yet, but they certainly didn’t want to go back to the Bay Area for Game 6. And yet that’s what they’re doing.

“And if there is a Game 7, even more pressure will be on the Raptors,” he wrote ahead of Thursday’s game. “It won’t be easy to beat the two-time defending champions who have won three titles in the previous four seasons.”

Raptors fan starts fundraiser to support Durant's charity

Raptors fan starts fundraiser to support Durant's charity When Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, some Toronto Raptors supporters were seen cheering and waving goodbye. Now, one fan is trying to make things right by encouraging others to donate to Durant's charity. A GoFundMe campaign was launched Tuesday to raise money for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which helps at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletics, and social programs. "On behalf of the level-headed and true fans of Raptor Nation - from Toronto to Vancouver to Iqaluit to St.

It was the Raptors ’ game to lose. The Warriors came out to a smoking-hot start, then lost Kevin Durant to a soul-draining achilles injury and Kevon Looney, a key piece of the rotation, who re -aggravated a fracture in his chest. Golden State proved once again they are battlers, champions.

Raptors . What they ’ re saying about us : Warriors doomed without Durant . Also: Warriors’ minority investor Mark Stevens has been fined 0,000 for Maybe we ’re watching a basketball empire crumbling, or maybe we just saw a great team that needed a wake-up. We ’ll find out in Game 2, Dave

The New York Times pointed to the last five minutes of Monday’s game as Toronto’s reasons to “regroup” before Thursday, which culture reporter Sopan Deb wrote so far, “hasn’t been an issue for this team.”

“Each time Toronto has been challenged, it has overcome,” Deb said.

Jumping on the bandwagon

Looks like U.S. news sites are still amazed by Canada’s love for the Raptors this season. Several articles and listicles featuring the many Jurassic Parks have popped up on outlets including ESPN, Business Insider and USA Today.

A Sports Illustrated article with “evidence” about Canada’s bandwagon love is particularly interesting with its showcase of a Regina football stadium filled with more than 2,500 people watching Monday’s game.

“The scene was absolutely incredible,” wrote Dan Gartland.

Missed call on Gasol

After every game, the NBA releases a “Last Two Minute Report,” which clarifies any incorrect calls made by officials in the final two minutes. Raptors fans probably would have been better off not seeing the report from the Game 5 loss.

It said that with 49 seconds left and the Raptors down 106-103, Toronto centre Marc Gasol was fouled by Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, but the call was missed. The NBA said Cousins moved into Gasol, “initiating contact that affects his driving shot attempt.”

The correct call would have led to two free throws. The Raptors ended up losing by one point.

Temur Durrani is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @temurdur

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