Leonard almost single-handedly delivered the Raptors the title in Game 5 on Monday night, pouring in 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to give Toronto a six-point lead with just over three minutes to go.
They have every conceivable motivation to draw from.
After suffering a likely significant Achilles injury that will sideline Durant for the foreseeable future, speculation has arisen regarding the possibility of Durant opting into his current Warriors contract. Same for me. So it just comes down to having the chemistry we do with the team and just playing that ball movement type of basketball. However, As Canada continues to bask in Raptors-pride, The Toronto Sun took to the streets of Toronto to ask basketball fans, "Should the Raptors bring in more Canadian-bred talent?" and their response was clear.
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.
Game 5 was Durant's first game in over a month.
"Our guys competed like insane", coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday.
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Louis' expense. "We came into the season with a lot of hopes, and we let each other down a bit for the start of the season". So much of that can be traced back to Berube's changes when he took over as interim coach for Mike Yeo in November.
"The main thing is our concern for Kevin". Toronto is tough to guard because they have got a lot of passers and a lot of shooters and they put you in some hard spots. But one of the fans felt guilty and condemned the actions, calling them "dumba**es". Mystery surrounds the way Durant's injury was managed and who is to blame. The Warriors made a "collaborative" decision to clear Durant to play - with the input of Durant and his representative - and had no idea that Durant risked a serious achilles injury by returning from a strained calf, Kerr said. "That's just how we play, how they play".
Meanwhile, the rest of the Warriors are practicing and revving up for Game 6 on Thursday at the Roar-acle.
Durant has a player option worth $31.5 million for 2019-20 that he could technically pick up and avoid free agency altogether.
The former longtime British and G-League coach still has his team leading the series, 3-2, and hasn't gotten almost the respect he has deserved - even getting mocked for his youth-basketball box-and-one defense earlier in the series that actually worked. I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand this world. We all know that, the LA Clippers know that, and the rest of the league knows that as well.
Durant's availability for Thursday's Game 6 at Oracle Arena had been in doubt.