"The mindset is let's make sure there's two more games here (and not just the one on Friday)", Kerr had said before the game.
As the second half was about to begin in Game 4 with the Raptors trailing 46-42, it felt like the team that would take control of the third quarter would not only win, but gain the upper hand in the series, even though momentum isn't real and life is a series of Tolstoy coincidences. Kawhi Leonard has 14 and Kyle Lowry has eight for Toronto.
Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points, and Kyrie Lowry had 10 points and 6 assists.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the media before Game 4 on Friday that Kevon Looney would be able to play but Durant would be out.
"Once he starts blocking a couple shots then the offense comes and the rebounding comes and a putback here and there, and even his jump shot seems to come once he gets into the game defensively", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
It's very possible they made that walk at Oracle for the last time.
If that Game 5 call in the Stanley Cup wasn't bad enough for Boston sports faithful, they are now watching the Celtics' division rival literally do what they fantasized, projected, and predicted the Celtics would do this season.
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And ESPN's Brian Windhorst suggests the two-time Finals MVP has likely had people in his ear telling him to be careful on trying to push himself to return.
The Warriors have struggled to score points without Kevin Durant on the floor. The Raptors went on to outscore the Warriors 37-21 in the period, turning an 11-point first quarter deficit into a 13-point third quarter advantage, a 24-point reversal.
VanVleet, who had eight points on the night, took a massive elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston - and lost part of a tooth in the process - a couple of minutes into the fourth.
The stadium's doors open at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, with the game's tip-off at 7 p.m.
The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 after Wednesday's 123-109 win. The ticket does not include assigned seating so if you are coming with a group of friends, we recommend that you come early to the event. "It's not a good feeling right now, obviously, but we have been on both sides of it".
"Two games away, four games away ... it doesn't matter until you get that fourth win", Leonard said. "And everything in between I've decided I'm not sharing because it's just gone haywire". He's either going to play or he's not. They were down by four at the half, but would a mandatory third quarter explosion from Golden State be on the cards?
The loss marked what could potentially be the Warriors' final home game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.