Game 4 is tonight and the Golden State Warriors will be hosting the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant has been ruled out. Klay Thompson is expected to play, although he is not an absolute certainty given his hamstring injury. It was somewhat surprising that the Raptors won game 3, although it probably shouldn’t have been. Durant and Thompson were out and while Steph Curry went absolutely berserk, with 47 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds, the Raps are a very complete team and handled all challenges. Kawhi Leonard continues to semi-limp his way towards dominating all elite challengers.
A win by Toronto this evening would put them on pace to end the series in five games. They’d have home court back in Toronto for game 5. If anyone told you that Toronto winning the title was even in the realm of possibility a few months ago, you might well have chuckled. You might have said something like “OK if they advance and then KD and Klay get hurt, sure.”
You’re reading this, so you’re probably a huge Sixers fan and yes, the pain of “what if” you’re feeling is warranted. Had the Sixers advanced over these Raptors, which they almost did, there is a very distinct possibility they’d be going for the jugular this evening themselves. They can look back at the game 4 they hosted and lost over Toronto and wonder.... Can you imagine how you’d feel seeing Ben Simmons attempt two enormous free-throws in a pivotal finals match?
The final in game 3 was 123-109 and Leonard led the way, but players like Pascal Siakam, Klye Lowry, and Marc Gasol were all instrumental in their own right. You’d have to think there will be a sense of desperation tonight on the part of the active Warriors unit, but will that be enough?
Who: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
When: 9:00 pm EST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Listen: ESPN Radio