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18:10  07 june  2019
18:10  07 june  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Warriors send appropriate tweet during Eastern Conference Finals

Warriors send appropriate tweet during Eastern Conference Finals The Golden State Warriors were just as entertained by Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals as you were. The Warriors clinched their spot in the NBA Finals with a win in Game 4 over Portland on Monday. They had the week off and got to watch Game 6 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors to see their next opponent. They apparently enjoyed themselves watching the competition: pic.twitter.com/OMA1GVNBRH — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 26, 2019 Game 6 between Milwaukee and Toronto was close throughout the fourth quarter and included a comeback by the Raptors, who had been down by 15 in the third quarter.

Now, with the Warriors down two games to one in NBA Finals against the Raptors , Durant will not play in Game 4 . Prior to Wednesday's Game 3 loss, Kerr said Durant could participate in a scrimmage during Thursday's practice, which would give him a chance to return in Game 4 of the

Golden State will be without two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant for the ninth consecutive game . Game 3: Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for room to work against Warriors defender Stephen May 29: Warriors forward Draymond Green answers questions during media day.

NBA Finals: Burning questions for Raptors-Warriors Game 4© Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports The Golden State Warriors are facing a must-win scenario Friday at Oracle Arena in their NBA Finals Game 4 matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

Game details: Here’s a look at the start time, television information, and odds for Friday night’s Raptors-Warriors Game 4.

  • When: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • TV: ABC
  • Betting Line: Golden State -5 / 216 points

The big picture: Kawhi Leonard and Co. stole back home-court advantage on Wednesday to go up 2-1 in the series. The 123-109 shellacking against a battered Warriors team that was without two of its top stars set the tone for what is going to be a tremendous final stretch.

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The 2019 NBA finals are here and there are plenty of burning questions waiting to be answered. The 2019 NBA Finals are now set. After the Toronto Raptors completed their impressive six- game conference finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks, they will move on to their first ever NBA finals

The Raptors did what so many teams have struggled to do before them: beat the Warriors in their own backyard. But none of that was enough to threaten the Raptors , who responded with a 6-0 run and went on to push their lead to a game -high 17 points after Kawhi Leonard made a driving layup with 5

A banged-up Warriors squad must dig deep to find a way to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole — a deficit only one team in the history of the NBA Finals has dug itself out of.

Here are the biggest questions we have ahead of Game 4.

How healthy is Klay?

The Warriors missed Klay Thompson on both ends of the court on Wednesday night. Out with a hamstring injury in the last game, he’s expected to play in Game 4. But just how healthy is he?

Thompson has a history of playing through pain and wanted to play in Game 3, even with the hammy being testy. Hamstrings are notoriously tricky, though, as they can be aggravated easily and tend to linger. On top of that, Thompson will be tasked with keeping up with Kawhi Leonard. That’s tough even at full health. So, Thompson’s health (or lack thereof) will have a lot to do with how Game 4 plays out.

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The NBA Finals are upon us. When Game 1 tips off on Thursday, it’ll mark the first-ever championship appearance for the Toronto Raptors , and it’ll set up But even as we gaze deeply into our crystal ball for answers, we still have plenty of lingering questions as we inch closer toward the coronation of this

Game 4 is Friday (9 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Warriors are in a precarious situation. They can’t afford to lose the next game and head to Toronto with the Raptors in position to close out the series. The Warriors are down 2-1 in the Finals for the first time since 2015 — when they won three consecutive

Which Kyle Lowry will show up?

When Lowry is on his game offensively, the Raptors are extremely difficult to beat. He certainly was in Game 3, hitting 5-of-9 from three, scoring difficult buckets in the paint and finishing with 23 points and nine assists.

The problem is that Lowry hasn’t consistently been showing up from night-to-night during the playoffs. In the first two games combined, he had 20 points and 11 assists.

However, one would expect him to come out with some fire Friday night at Oracle after what happened in the stands with Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens. If he has another big game, then Toronto will have an excellent chance to go up 3-1.

Will Boogie bounce back?

Warriors fans have been treated to a mixed bag when it comes to what DeMarcus Cousins has brought to the table in the NBA Finals. He was practically a non-factor in Game 1, scoring just three points. Then, he exploded with a spectacular all-around Game 2 performance before petering out once more Wednesday night in the loss at home.

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The injury-plagued Warriors will go without two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant for Game 3 in Oakland. The series with the Raptors is tied 1-1. And we'll just keep updating you when we have something." The Warriors have not said this publicly, but targeting a Game 4 return is not out of the question .

With Durant still out of commission heading into Game 4, Golden State needs Boogie to bounce back in a big way. Stephen Curry can’t do it all on his own, and Thompson won’t be at full strength, even if he doesn’t have a setback. If Cousins does not have it early, look for Andrew Bogut to continue getting more run.

Will Danny Green keep lighting it up?

For most of the postseason, Toronto’s veteran shooting guard has been practically invisible on offense. He averaged under nine points per game in the first two rounds, scored just 3.5 points per game against Milwaukee in the conference finals, and was at 9.5 points per in the first two games against Golden State.

Then, out of nowhere in Game 3, Green hit 6-10 from behind the arc en route to an 18-point effort.

Green’s big night showed just how dangerous Toronto can be when everyone’s clicking offensively. Was that performance an outlier, or was it a sign of things to come?

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Can the Dubs rediscover their D?

Leonard dominates as Raptors take 3-1 Finals lead vs. Warriors

Leonard dominates as Raptors take 3-1 Finals lead vs. Warriors The Toronto Raptors are one win from their first NBA title. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Serge Ibaka came off the bench to score 20 points and the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. BOX SCORE: RAPTORS 105, WARRIORS 92 Pascal Siakam scored 19 for the Raptors. Game 5 is in Toronto on Monday. The Warriors need a win to extend the series and give themselves one more game at Oracle Arena before moving to San Francisco next season. Klay Thompson scored 28 points and Stephen Curry scored 27 for the Warriors.

That’s four of the Golden State Warriors ’ most important players dealing with injuries ahead of Game 3 in the 2019 NBA Finals . With Durant sidelined for the first two games in Toronto, the Raptors and Warriors appeared evenly matched. Even after Golden State barely escaped Canada with a victory

The Warriors will officially be without Kevin Durant in Game 3. slug: nba - finals -2019- warriors -hope-kevin-durant-does-enough-in-practice-to-make- game - 4 -return-against- raptors | sport: basketball Barring a setback, Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is expected to return from a right

The Warriors are known for their potent offense. However, a big reason this team has won three titles the past four seasons is that it dominates the defensive end of the court as well.

That didn’t happen on Wednesday night. Instead, Toronto practically had a layup line going to the hoop at times, and the Raptors had plenty of open shots from the perimeter as well. If Golden State is giving up easy buckets again, it might just foreshadow the end of this series.

Can Steph will his Warriors back to Oracle one last time?

Stephen Curry was magnificent Wednesday. He went off, scoring 47 points, hauling down eight boards and dishing seven assists while adding two steals. But it didn’t matter, as his Warriors were demolished in front of their home crowd.

The stakes are even higher in Game 4. Not only would the Warriors fall into a nearly insurmountable hole with one more loss, but such an outcome would also likely mean the end of Golden State’s tenure at Oracle Arena.

Set to move to their brand new stadium in San Francisco next season, Friday night’s game in Oakland really could be the team’s last.

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