Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rick Zamperin: Raptors - Warriors offering us a preview of NBA Finals?

Rick Zamperin: Raptors - Warriors offering us a preview of NBA Finals?

However, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says he will play again against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Draymond Green and Alfonzo McKinnie will also miss Thursday's game (Friday, PHL time) against the Raptors.

The circus came to town on Thursday night, but it just wasn't the same without the NBA's main attraction. "The defense did matter, but I was able to make a couple shots".

Kawhi Leonard's Raptors got the best of Kevin Durant's Warriors in an epic battle of two of the NBA's best.

"There's going to be some games where we've got a great team game going, we can beat people with our offence from moving our bodies, moving the ball and there's going to be some games where I've got to go and get buckets", he said.

Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Jonas Jerebko had 16 of his 20 in the fourth quarter and overtime, but Golden State had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost to Toronto for the first time since March 2014.

"You've just got to kind of treat 'em like they're a win over anyone equals one win over everyone else".

"If this were a playoff game, he would absolutely be playing", Kerr said.

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"There's a lot of familiar faces that I look forward to seeing every year", Curry had said.

Kevin Durant had 51 points in the losing effort.

Durant hit the 50-point mark for the sixth time in his career.

Expect Jordan Bell, who averaged 15 minutes over the last three games - after averaging three minutes in the previous three games - to get an opportunity in what should be an uptempo game.

The matchup against the Warriors will hold special meaning to backup center Zaza Pachulia, who won two rings with them the past two seasons.

Kerr, who dressed more conservatively, said Nurse "definitely nailed" his colorful coat. "He's just such a part of the history of this game and a good friend, and we miss him".

Golden State's training staff had decided on Wednesday that with so much to play for and a gruelling trip just getting started (and with the team stabilizing after some stumbles early in Curry's absence), an abundance of caution was the proper prescription.

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