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SportRaptors say they're simply staying in the moment

04:20  13 june  2019
04:20  13 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

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When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We' re often happiest when we' re lost in the moment .

They both involve a highlight that you’ll see on TSN’s Top 10 Raptors regular season moments . Most importantly, they involve Kawhi initiating the smile Bontemps made me put my vacation in the mountains on pause, just so I could re -listen and over-analyze every single syllable. I’m siding with

Raptors say they're simply staying in the moment© The Associated Press Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard shoots during a team practice in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The Raptors are scheduled to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a predictable sting that pained the Toronto Raptors after Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

They were so close.

And then they had to fly so far.

Whatever they were feeling after Monday night's loss to Golden State is in the past, which is consistent with the way the Raptors have tried to handle their business throughout playoffs. Game 6 of the title series — one where the Raptors have outplayed the two-time defending champion Warriors — is Thursday night, when Toronto will take a second shot at grabbing its first NBA title.

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- Staying in the moment -. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with guard Kyle Lowry (7) after game four of the 2019 NBA Finals "We just have a bunch of guys that are in the moment , understanding we' re just going to keep playing and keep working." Leonard was inspired by

This simple mantra helps me stay in the present when I trick myself into thinking the future is going We constantly move our happiness to a moment that never comes. Simply come to Depression to Expression at this time and I will guide you through a peaceful meditation with others around the world.

"The moment is the moment, but we still are staying in it," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. "We're not too up, we're not too down. We're just, 'One game, hey, we lost it.' Now we've got to move on to the next one."

The next one — the next chance to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy — has arrived.

Golden State's 106-105 victory in Game 5 sent the series back to Oracle Arena, which the Raptors have basically turned into Jurassic Park West this season. The Raptors are 3-0 on the Warriors' home floor, all three of those wins coming by double digits, two of them in this series.

Thursday is the last NBA game that'll be played at Oracle. The place will be rocking.

The Raptors won't mind whatsoever.

"You've got to be a little more tough-minded on the road," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

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"We' re focused. We know that it doesn't mean anything until someone has four wins," Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said . "Just stay in the same routine and just focus on what's in front of me. Staying in the moment . For Lowry, there's a sense of gratitude that sustains his composed manner.

In the moments the Raptors have trailed this post-season, the 27-year-old has settled them down. That’s kind of the staying - in - the - moment thing that I’ve always lived by. We’ re among the luckiest people on earth,” Kerr said . “It’s all perspective. We are incredibly lucky to live the lives that we do

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His team has been tough-minded everywhere.

Take away Golden State's 18-0 run at Toronto to start the second half of Game 2 — a game where the Warriors still needed a final-seconds 3-pointer from Andre Iguodala to close the win out — and a 9-2 run to pull out a dramatic comeback victory for the champs in Game 5, also in Toronto, this series has largely been controlled by the Raptors.

Not many probably expected that to be the case.

Through five games, the Raptors have been outscored in only four of the 20 quarters. They've won every fourth quarter, albeit by small margins. They've struggled guarding Klay Thompson — he's 20 for 35 from 3-point range in the series — but the rest of the Warriors, Stephen Curry included, are being held to 33 percent from beyond the arc.

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Simply being is more our way. Or, at least, that’s the idea. But they can intimately revisit what it was like in the living room/bar/airport departure lounge when it happened. They ’ re about feelings. The Raptors are creating a lot them at the moment . This isn’t a basketball franchise any more.

TORONTO — They are on the cusp of history, these Toronto Raptors , with a truly golden opportunity staring them in the face. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article. For unlimited access to the best local, national With that being said , they help us stay focused in the moment .

And now the Warriors know Kevin Durant's not coming back to help the cause.

"Toronto is tough to guard because they have got a lot of passers and a lot of shooters and they put you in some difficult spots," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "But everybody who came in (Monday) was prepared to play and they were flying around and rotating. We did everything we could to hang in the game on the road and we were able to pull it out. So we know that's what it's going to take here as well."

Raptors coach Nick Nurse, to his credit, hasn't changed his principles much during the playoffs. When his team was down 1-0 to Orlando, down 2-1 to Philadelphia and down 2-0 to Milwaukee, he kept insisting that the score of the series doesn't matter until someone wins four games.

Same rules apply now.

Up 3-1, now up 3-2, it's still eyes on the prize — even though the ultimate prize was seconds away from being in hand Monday.

"They all hit you hard," Nurse said. "Listen, I'm like anybody that was there. The outcome of that one changes things a little bit. But I'll say this: I'm absolutely thrilled to be coaching in another finals game. This is awesome."

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The Raptors maintain a stoic manner even if they are on the verge of securing their first NBA crown "Just stay in the same routine and just focus on what's in front of me. Human beings, we do think in the "We just have a bunch of guys that are in the moment , understanding we' re just going to keep

Of course, it’s natural to spend moments of thought in the past or in daydreams of the future. Identifying impending dangers through associations with The only true reference point we have to this moment in time, and to this thing we label “existence”, is a feeling of presence, of being here in this

One last win, and it'll be the most awesome night in Raptors history.

And the missed chance of Game 5 will be forgotten.

"You don't want to dwell on it, you don't want to harp on it, you don't want to let it seep in or leak out or let it drain you, because that can be an emotional blow if you let it," Raptors guard Danny Green said. "But we don't want it to be an emotional blow to our team. We want to stay physically and mentally and emotionally confident and not doubt ourselves and understand that we know we can play better."

Raptors say they're simply staying in the moment
Raptors say they're simply staying in the moment
Raptors say they're simply staying in the moment
Raptors say they're simply staying in the moment

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