All or nothing night for Warriors in Toronto
The defending champions Golden State Warriors are 3-1 down in the NBA Finals seven-game series, after losing both homes games, and with the series moving to Toronto for Game 5 tomorrow, they need to win in order to remain in contention for the title.
The Raptors on the other hand, are on the precipice of making history with only one win away from winning the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year history.
The Warriors, will be looking to change their fate by winning the game and taking the contest back to Oakland, California for a Game 6 on their home court, and in the process avoid an early end to their quest for a threepeat.
Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry said: “It's just a matter of, can you win one basketball game right now? Can you go out tomorrow, play an amazing 48 minutes, quiet this crowd that's going to be probably unbelievable tomorrow, and slow down a team that's been playing amazing, especially these last two games, and just win one basketball game and take it from there?”
A major factor in Golden State’s performance over the past two seasons, has been injured superstar forward Kevin Durant, who has been out of action since suffering a strained calf on May 8.
He however participated in a team practice on Sunday, but his status for tomorrow’s game has not been determined. Reports are that he will be a game-time decision.
Popular opinion is that Durant will be a game changer and could save the Warriors from what many are already predicting could be and early end to the team’s fifth consecutive finals appearance.
“We know that it doesn't mean anything until someone has four wins. You never know what could happen and you got to take advantage of it and don't get overly hyped and excited,” said Raptors superstar forward Kawhi Leonard, who has had an outstanding Playoffs and Finals run.
Game 5 of the NBA finals will be played at the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto on Tuesday morning at 3am CAT and will available to the African market on NBA Africa’s YouTube channel.