Nostalgia aside, the Warriors need a victory to prevent the Raptors from becoming the second team in four years to clinch the NBA title on their home court.
Down 3-2 in the series after Monday’s gut-wrenching Game 5 victory in Toronto, the Warriors will need to summon the strength to get past the Raptors without Kevin Durant, who was lost for the series and likely for an entire year when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Toronto.
Toronto has won all three of its games at Oracle this season, including a pair of impressive victories in Games 2 and 3 of this Finals. The Raptors are the 35th team in NBA history to take a 3-1 series lead in the Finals and only once did a team blow a 3-1 lead (cough, the Warriors in 2016 against the Cavaliers).
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were deadly from distance on Monday, combining for 12 of the Warriors’ whopping 20 3-pointers. The Splash Brothers will likely need to perform well on 3-pointers again for Golden State to send the series to a winner-take-all Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday.
Stopping Kawhi Leonard will be a top priority for the Warriors. He scored a team-best 26 points in Toronto on Monday, but Golden State’s defense held him to 9-of-24 shooting while escaping with a 106-105 win.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C DeMarcus Cousins
PF Draymond Green
SF Andre Iguodala
SG Klay Thompson
PG Stephen Curry
C Marc Gasol
PF Pascal Siakam
SF Kawhi Leonard
SG Danny Green
PG Kyle Lowry