Kevon Looney Will Play in NBA Finals Game 4 After Fracturing Collarbone
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 08, 2019,
Jun 08, 2019, 21:41
That's how we're preparing ourselves.
"The small things break and your vehicle doesn't run, so we need everyone to be ready because you never know when you're going to need someone". "We haven't done anything yet". Toronto made up for their three-point shooting woes at the line, where the team was a flawless 7-for-7 in the quarter.
The Raptors were still riding their momentum from an all-around impressive display in Game 3, where they controlled the tempo throughout and never let the Warriors get within striking distance, even if Steph Curry put forward a superhuman effort. The Raptors shook off their playoff doldrums early, jumped on the burly back of Leonard, and dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors, 37-21, with a stifling defense that forced rushed shots or shots against multiple defenders.
Closing time: Toronto did not trail in the final quarter.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the Raptors will have to maintain their singular focus as they head home. "But tonight especially, we've got to get back in the series and take it from there".
"But I don't think any of us have smiled yet".
The two-time defending champions' quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy. The Warriors are still without Kevin Durant, endured a night where Stephen Curry struggled, and where their biggest boosts came from Klay Thompson returning from a balky hamstring and Kevon Looney playing through the pain of a cartilage injury in his upper body. Kyle Lowry drove to the rim and scored on a layup to extend Toronto's lead to 14 points with 1:33 remaining.
Livingston was coming down after a layup attempt when his elbow connected with VanVleet's face, leaving the third-year guard bloodied.
What was presumably VanVleet's tooth was later seen on the floor by cameras.
Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points, and Kyrie Lowry had 10 points and 6 assists. The Warriors need a win to extend the series and give themselves one more game at Oracle Arena before moving to San Francisco next season.
"I've been on the wrong side of 3-1 before". They squeezed down the stairs to gather close to courtside game's end to sing "O Canada".
KBLX program director Elroy Smith makes no apologies on his decision, telling Variety: "The Golden State Warriors will 3-PEAT".
Golden State has been hampered by injuries throughout the series, and Toronto took advantage of the opportunity on Wednesday night.
Doctors believe Looney's fracture near his collarbone won't get worse. "The first half it was pretty good".
As big as Danny Green was in Game 3, he was not the same three-point marksman in Game 4.
Still, only six points down, the Raptors were more than willing to live with that deficit despite such a poor shooting quarter. The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday. This was Leonard's 14th time scoring at least 30 points this postseason.
And then in Game 4, Kawhi Leonard, the key component to this entire Raptors season, showed out with a signature performance for the ages.
The loss marked what could potentially be the Warriors' final home game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors held a closed pregame shootaround 2 1/2 hours before game time. Our listeners are in absolute support of the station's decision to ban all Drake music until the National Basketball Association finals are had by Stephen Curry and the Warriors. It steeled them. Toronto got better every step of the way.
"We're hoping he can play Game 5 or 6", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It's apparently the most severe "mild" calf strain in the history of injuries, because he hasn't played since and there's no way of knowing if that's going to change on Monday.