Raptors offer new challenge, vibe for Warriors

Arnold Nichols
May 31, 2019

Toronto swept the season series between the two teams, 2-0.

The Raptors face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, starting Thursday in Toronto.

The Warriors waited almost a week to find out who they'd be lining up across from in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals.

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Even though he thinks the Raptors are going into Game 1 as the underdogs, he's throwing his full support behind the Canadians.

The Raptors' point guard - who played for Jay Wright at Villanova - is in the NBA Finals for the first time.

"Different for us obviously, having been in Cleveland four straight years", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder confirmed Durant was on the two-time defending champions' team plane that took off early afternoon West Coast time and landed late in Canada.

"The little advantage comes with the extra home game and home court gives an advantage", Rosenthal said, admitting he's a fair-weather Raptors fan who is now fully on the bandwagon. "So you just go out there and play hard and live with the results".

"The whole backrub thing, I didn't know it was happening until the next day, somebody sent me a picture. There are a lot of days in between games during the Finals and that helps us, so we'll see".

"It is my hope that our city staff will be able to make Jurassic Square the hotbed for Raptors' excitement in Brampton", Williams said. Milwaukee got the most, by far, of any non-finals team - after finishing with the NBA's best record and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks will share $2,516,774.

During the first half of each game, 500 burritos will be given away.

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