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The Toronto Raptors Take A (3-1) NBA Final Series Lead Vs The Two Time (3 Of The Last 4) Champion, But Injured Golden State Warriors

June 8, 2019

The Toronto Raptors are on the precipice of their first NBA crown, after winning game 4 at the Golden State Warriors, to take a (3-1) NBA final series lead.

Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 36 points, 17 in the third quarter when Toronto outscored “G.S.” (37-21) to take a 12 point lead into the 4th quarter. Meanwhile Serge Ibaka, came off the bench and scored 20 points, shooting a superb 9 of 12 from the floor. Game 1 hero Pascal Siakim (32 points, on incredible 14 of 17 shooting on field goal attempts in that tilt) added 19 for the Raptors, who can clinch their first title with a win, Monday night at home.

While Klay Thompson, as expected (he had 28 points) returned and Kevon Looney unexpectedly returned, the Warriors were without Kevin Durant for the 9th straight game. They won the first 5, but now trail (3-1) sans home advantage, to the Raptors, who have won and covered 7 of 8 games since falling down (2-0) to the Milwaukee Bucks in the semi-final round.

Remember the city of Toronto is on a 6 game final round win skein (the last word for the benefit of that superb and appreciated proofreader, “Cheese”) dating back to 1960. The city is (13-8) in previous major North American sports league final round entities. (Baseball Blue Jays (2-0), hockey Maple Leafs (11-8)— (by the way the same final round record as a team from a city also one win away from a title for one of its teams, but in a less advantageous situation, namely St. Louis, whose Blues play game 6 at home tomorrow night vs the Boston Bruins, in a bid for their first title. The St. Louis team that is (11-8) in final round play/World Series being the Cardinals.)

This is the third straight time a Toronto team has won games 3 and 4 to go up (3-1) in a final round series, the baseball Blue Jays having done so in both ’92 and ’93, each time winning the crown in 6 games.

The Blue Jays clinched the ’93 title when Joe Carter joined Bill Mazeroski as the only players to hit a World Series ending home run. That Toronto title was the most recent for a team based in Canada.

 

Kawhi Leonard, pictured above, likely, but far from definitely, on his way to a second final round most valuable player award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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