We don't make that final call ... he don't really even make that final call.
An ugly first quarter from the Raptors saw them down by as much as 13 points in the proceedings, with everyone but Kawhi Leonard struggling to put points on the board.
The Warriors are going to need a lot more than just Thompson if they're going to beat this Raptors team which looks like they simply can't be beat at the moment, no matter what.
The Raptors did suffer some misfortune in the fourth quarter when guard Fred VanVleet was inadvertently elbowed in the face by the Warriors' Shaun Livingston.
The fact that Thompson, who hurt his hamstring in Game 2 and missed Game 3 because of the injury, was able to play and produce at such a high level over 42 minutes on Friday made a lasting impression on his teammates and coaches. "He hit every big shot, momentum shot that in that third quarter, it gave them the lead". But taking a step back, the Raptors' success employing "load management" as a way to save their star for the playoffs will have an impact that goes far beyond Toronto's first title. He shot 11-for-22 from the floor, 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and a flawless 9-for-9 at the free throw line. A 93-89 victory in Game 7 then made the Cavs the first National Basketball Association team ever to comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. Toronto got a massive start from Kawhi Leonard, who singlehandedly had 14 of the team's 17 points in the opening frame.
The Raptors won that game. Their biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason, DeMarcus Cousins, played just 15 minutes because he was ineffective offensively and slow defensively.
Likewise for forward Kevon Looney, who scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes while playing with a nondisplaced first costal cartilage fracture on his right side.
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"I just thought everybody was like, "okay, we know we are here, let's go".
"You just try to win one game", he said.
This is how Stephen Curry's night started Friday: A good look from outside that failed to make the mark. He was also an inspiration after losing a tooth, getting stitches for a bloody eye and returning to the court.
The Warriors came into the night 3-1 in Game 4s since their championship run began in 2015, and 17-7 following losses over the same span. They made such a show of their presence around Leonard the Raptors reported them to the league for tampering, and Doc Rivers eventually got fined for it.
At home, in what was at best the second to last game at Oracle ever, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, a gutsy Klay Thompson, and the rest of the Warriors needed to muster up a signature of their current run or risk watching their otherwise impenetrable dynasty crumble. He added four rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots.
Just one more win and the unimaginable will become a reality.