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SportsWhat they’re saying about us: Raptors present the ‘greatest challenge yet’ for Warriors

15:31  13 june  2019
15:31  13 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.

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

We take a look at what international media is saying about Pascal Siakam’s astonishing performance, Kevin Durant’s absence and the Bay Area’s reaction to a certain billboard. After the Toronto Raptors delivered an upset victory against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, NBA commentators have

What they’re saying about us: Raptors present the ‘greatest challenge yet’ for Warriors© Frank Gunn The Toronto Raptors present “the greatest challenge yet” for the Golden State Warriors, writes Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.

As the Raptors get ready for Game 6 at Oracle Arena in the NBA Finals, fans from Toronto are doing quite possibly the most Canadian thing ever — apologizing.

Here’s what the U.S. media are saying about the Raptors ahead of Thursday’s game, where they will have a second chance at bringing home a championship.

Warriors against the wall

Despite superstars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson winning three championships since 2015 and building an NBA dynasty, columnist Scott Ostler called this attempted comeback against Toronto the Warriors’ “greatest challenge yet.”

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.

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 . It was a star-studded playoff game with big names—and in some cases, big drama—attracting international

Toronto presents a variety of challenges for the Warriors . Under coach Nick Nurse's tutelage, the Raptors won 58 games, finishing with the league's fifth-best offense. In the Eastern Conference finals, they held Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to just 44 percent shooting over the final two games.

“If the Warriors are going to stave off elimination, and maybe extinction, the Splash Brothers are going to have to party like it’s 2016,” he wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ostler says that while their offence is still a force of nature, NBA defences have caught up to the historical shooting performances we’re used to seeing from the Splash Brothers.

Their three-point shot opportunities are increasingly fewer, and it’s up top the Raptors to continue that trend in Game 6 tonight.

“The Splash Brothers will get their shots in Game 6. The questions are, how many shots, and how many makes?”

Flowers for Durant

When Golden State All-Star Kevin Durant hit the ground in Game 5, ultimately tearing his Achilles tendon on Monday night, several news organizations raised eyebrows at Raptors fans’ reaction of cheers to his injury.

Toronto Raptors take series lead with Game 3 win over Golden State Warriors

Toronto Raptors take series lead with Game 3 win over Golden State Warriors With a 123-109 win, the Raptors dominated throughout the game. At one point, the team had a 17-point lead over the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 30 points and Kyle Lowry had 23 points. READ MORE: Toronto Raptors fans in California rallying in numbers ahead of NBA Finals But it was Danny Green who had a break-out performance. He sunk six three-pointers, walking away with 18 points. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and Marc Gosal had 12. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry had a strong game. He led the Warriors with 47 points followed by Draymond Green with 17 points.

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 scrutinized by NBA commentators and sports journalists around the world.

As we do following each and every Raptors playoff game, let's check in to see what the out-of-market media are saying about Toronto's dominant Game 3 performance. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points and the Toronto Raptors took a 2-1 series lead with a 123-109 win over the Golden State Warriors .

Curtis Rush, a former Star reporter, called it a “public humiliation” in The Washington Post ahead of Thursday’s game. “The black eye over bad fan behaviour was still being felt here” after the Raptors’ Game 5 loss Monday night, Rush wrote.

NBC Sports quoted Warriors forward DeMarcus Cousins, who called the act “trashy.”

“F- them, f- them,” Cousins said at Scotiabank Arena following the Warriors’ 106-105 win.

But since then, Raptors fans are trying to make amends. One anonymous fan is apologizing “on behalf of Canada,” sending Durant a floral display, as reported by NBC writer Jessica Kleinschmidt.

The arrangement also had a ribbon that read “Canada is sorry KD” placed across it, Kleinschmidt wrote.

“That’s not only classy, but this individual took responsibility for an entire fan base, and made sure Durant and others didn’t think low of them,” she said. “You can’t help but smile about the gesture.”

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.

From an obsession with Drake to what’s being said about The 6, we look at what the international media is writing on leading up to the NBA Finals. All 10 of its experts picked the Warriors to win the NBA Finals. James Herbert notes that there’s “a near-total absence of useful data about the matchup.”

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt says that while the Raptors are still in a good position to secure a title following last night’s loss, the pressure is certainly rising The Raptors can’t just wait for the Warriors to cough up the title they ’ve held for the past two seasons. They can’t rely on Stephen Curry and Klay

Apologizing with philanthropy

Another Raptors fan took the extra step of creating a GoFundMe page to support Durant and quell some criticism directed at the fanbase for cheering Monday night, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The page has since garnered more than $24,000 by at least 900 people in a single day, which it says will be donated to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. The foundation aims to “enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs,” according to its webpage.

“This isn’t cool. This isn’t right. This isn’t what I expect from fellow Canadians,” Hamzah Moin from Hamilton wrote on the GoFundMe page, appealing to fans coast-to-coast and outside Canada.

“I’d like to at least do my part in turning lemons into lemonade and showing the world how uncrappy we are,” he said. “We wanted to say sorry.”

Business Insider said “while it might not have stemmed from their proudest moment,” Moin’s effort is making the best of the bad situation.

Toronto won’t be intimidated

Don’t let the apologies from Raptors fans fool you — Toronto will not be intimidated in this game. That’s at least what a CBS Sports staff panel determined ahead of Game 6.

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

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

The Raptors gave up an 18-0 run because they played really bad basketball and handed the Warriors the game after not being able to put them away in the first half, which stunned many people considering how poorly Golden State If only we had listened to the computers, or sought to see what they saw.

…Perhaps we have not spent enough time amid all of that calling Leonard what he now indisputably is: one of the greatest postseason performers in the history of the sport, the rare superstar who gets better in the playoffs. SB Nation — The Raptors won by out-Warriorsing the Warriors . The Raptors took a

“Just because the Warriors are back home and found their form in Game 5 doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Warriors vs. Raptors spread on Thursday,” they said. “Toronto won’t be intimidated by playing at Oracle.”

ESPN said the same, saying Raptors fans are “just excited” to have two more cracks at winning the series.

Toronto “still has to be considered the strong favorite to find a way to close these Finals out,” sports reporter Tim Bontemps wrote, pointing to a flurry of injuries for Golden State.

But still, Botemps doesn’t think it’ll be easy, “the title won’t be handed to them.”

“Toronto knows it is facing the two-time defending champions, and injuries or not, the Warriors are going to need to be taken out of the series if they are going to lose,” he said.

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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