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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

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

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.”

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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.

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 Doomed without Durant? Despite initial murmurs that Durant, who has been out for the count since the Warriors ’ Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets

“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.

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Toronto presents a variety of challenges for the Warriors . " We ' re obviously playing against a great team in front of a great crowd. It's a different challenge , different routine, but we ' re up The Warriors will have a big decision on their hands come June. Of course, they could package the draft pick with

The Raptors face a similar challenge with Leonard, who has the right to become a free agent this summer. But Toronto’s gamble to trade for Leonard It probably goes without saying that the Raptors can’t rely on Kyle Lowry to keep carrying them : Contributions from the likes of Gasol would be welcome.

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.”

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What they ’ re saying about us : A comeback for the Raptors depends on who you ask. The Raptors are especially attuned to the exhausting mental process of going through the grind of a playoff series, with ups and downs and highs and lows that create turmoil amid the fan base but don’t seem to affect

With hundreds of journalists from all over the world at Scotiabank Arena for the NBA Finals, we take a look at what’s being said about the Raptors and our “Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the Raptors are a real threat, but the Warriors are still outstanding without (Kevin) Durant, have much more Finals

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.

“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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