Raptors 37-38 Warriors, 9:34, 2nd quarter
Ibaka with a hookshot to regain the lead. Cousins his the ground and is slow to get up, but he stays in the game and scores the next basket and the Warriors now have the lead. Perhaps a ping-pong affair tonight.
Raptors 35-36 Warriors, 10:12, 2nd quarter
Thompson draws a foul, which is being called in the act of shooting but they’re checking to see where his foot was to see if that’s two or three shots. It looks like it’s going to be for two, he makes them both and the Warriors have another lead.
Raptors 35-34 Warriors, 10:45 2nd quarter
Lowry gets fouled and gets to the line to start the scoring with two made free throws. He already has 17 points. Looney finds Shaun Livingston, who gets his first points.
Raptors 33-32 Warriors, 11:45, 2nd quarter
We start the second quarter with a missed
Susan Myer needs help and sadly I don’t know the answer to this particular question:
I’ve watched Sky Sports 1 for the previous five NBA finals games and now it’s broadcasting the US Open. Do you know what channel the game is on? I am visiting London from the States and watching from my hotel room.
Raptors 33-32 Warriors, end of the 1st quarter
And both teams are hot now. Lowry makes a three-pointer answered by Steph Curry, his first field goal of the game. Ibaka, who has been invaluable for Toronto all series, scores as does Leonard.
Curry gets to the line as the first quarter winds down, that’s another foul on Lowry, and Mr. Automatic makes them both. The Warriors cut it down to a one-point game at the end of the first quarter.
Raptors 26-27 Warriors, 1:51, 1st quarter
And just like that, the lead has evaporated. Draymond Green has an open look and drills it and the fans at Oracle make noise. Ibaka misses on the other end.
Raptors 26-25 Warriors, 2:55, 1st quarter
VanVleet misses a three-pointer out of the timeout, it just bounces out. Cousins, swarmed at the basket, lays it in and gets fouled. He makes his free throw to close out the three-point play. It’s a one point game.
When I first started liveblogging it’s not something I ever noticed and I got in trouble for going home team vs road team in my headings. So, I’m sympathetic, that always made sense for me.
Raptors 26-22 Warriors, 3:17, 1st quarter
DeMarcus Cousins is in the game and he gets close to the basket and scores past defenders. The Raptors take a timeout. They have outplayed the Warriors in every facet and yet it’s a four-point game.
Raptors 26-20 Warriors, 4:07, 1st quarter
Gasol gets fouled by McKinnie on the way to the basket, but can only convert one of his free throws.
Raptors 25-20 Warriors, 4:14, 1st quarter
Klay Thompson pulls up and hits a long-two. Marc Gasol tries his first attempt of the game and it’s just that, an attempt. Thompson hits another three, he’s been doing his part early on. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Fred VanVleet answers with a three of his own.
Raptors 22-15 Warriors, 5:26, 1st quarter
Leonard scores his first points. Bogut misses a shot and then falls down. Alfonzo McKinnie then fouls Kyle Lowry he does to the free throw line. Lowry makes one of two.
Raptors 19-15 Warriors, 5:52, 1st quarter
Andrew Bogut is in for Looney, who we can expect to have plenty of rest this game. The Raptors turn it over on their end, but the Warriors respond with a turnover on their end. Siakam dunks to increase the Raptors lead. It’s about time for Thompson to check-in for Golden State, which he does with a trademark three.
Okay, the best possible start for Toronto and Kawhi hasn’t scored yet. I’m not sure the three-point shooting is sustainable however.
Raptors 17-12 Warriors, 6:57, 1st quarter
Draymond Green finds Iguodala for a basket and Thompson tips in an Iguodala miss and it’s just a five point game. The Warriors take a timeout.
Raptors 17-8 Warriors, 7:46, 1st quarter
Steph Curry gets to the line for the Warriors and of course he makes both of his free throws, that’s a foul on Lowry. You’ll never guess what the Raptors respond with: Siakam makes yet another three-pointer. The Raptors are beating the Warriors with their own game.
Raptors 14-6 Warriors, 8:36, 1st quarter
Well, can’t say that Looney isn’t doing his part early on, he draws a goaltend to cut into the Toronto lead. Unfortunately, Siakam hits a three to get it back and then some.
Raptors 11-4 Warriors, 9:19, 1st quarter
Looney with an easy dunk to get the Warriors on the board but Lowry hits yet another three. He’s beyond on fire to start things off. Iguodala responds by getting a basket and drawing a foul. He misses the foul shot however.
Raptors 8-0 Warriors, 10:17 1st quarter
Kyle Lowry hits two straight three-pointers and the Raptors already have an eight-point lead. The Warriors turn it over yet again but Leonard’s three is no good.
Raptors 2-0 Warriors, 11:18, 1st quarter
Kyle Lowry scores the first basket of the game, good sign for Toronto. The Warriors turn it over.
Raptors 0-0 Warriors, 12:00, 1st quarter
And we’re off!
One last prediction before Opening Tip
The Finals broadcast can keep the constant Stevie Wonder songs they have used going into breaks, though. I can’t complain about that.
Okay we should be ready to go shortly. Apple time, Apple time.
Email from Stephen Hodson:
Hello Hunter, greetings from just North East of Toronto.
I’ve really been enjoying your coverage and insights into this thrilling NBA finals series. Having grown accustomed to some excellent Raptors teams falling short in the playoffs in recent seasons, this time has been a breath of fresh air. The cool professionalism of Kawhi has been awesome to behold.
Golden State have been so dominant year after year we didn’t dare believe it could come down to this – and yet here we are on the brink having taken two already in Oakland. I predict a close game like game 5, but this time the Raptors to prevail 105-95.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks! I was highly skeptical of the Raptors’ ability to compete before the start of the series but they really made believers of me.
If this is the last game of the series can I make one more vote for Doris Burke to actually call the game and not be stuck on the sidelines next time around? I just want to get that out of the way before the actual game starts (and we’re indeed approaching that moment).
“O Canada” is performed by Sarah McLachlan! Holy cow, this was designed just to appeal to those of us who were angsty teenagers in the ‘90s and I am for this pandering. 10/10.
The Warriors bring in the lead singer of Train for “The Star Spangled Banner.” 0/10. They are going to lose just for doing this to us.
Golden State Warriors starters
Wow, Kevon Looney is starting despite the injury. I mean, you have to admire him for his toughness but still it’s hard to praise hurt players rushing to hit the floor after what we witnessed last game.
Steph Curry – G
Klay Thompson – G
Draymond Green – F
Andre Iguodala – F
Kevon Looney – C
Email from Stu Berger:
Subject: Warriors get it done
Golden State will still win this series. In the end, Toronto seriously choked away game 5 and that will forever haunt them. Class and experience will prevail…….
They have a hill to climb, but anything goes in this series.
The NBA Countdown crew is talking about who will step up for the Warriors, which is a big question. The answer can’t be “nobody,” after all. I mean, it could be but this one will be over rather swiftly unless Curry has like a 50+ point game. They also point out that Draymond Green is a tech away from a suspension, so he’s going to have to be very careful tonight.)
(Note: Steph Curry is 100% capable to have a 50+ point game, so take this with a grain of salt.)
(Additional note: Draymond Green might not be capable of avoiding an additional technical foul.)
While I’d love to be here on Sunday, these liveblogs are always fun on my end, it will be a relief in not having to tolerate this much Jimmy Kimmel while waiting for “NBA Countdown.”
Why am I still making predictions? I keep making them and the games keep going the exact opposite of the way I think they are. I have become Paul Pierce, destroyer of words.
In any case, I’m going to once again say that the Raptors are going to close this out tonight. I feel like the Warriors managed to win Game 5 partly because they were inspired by Durant’s injury and a segment of the Toronto’s crowd rude reaction towards it. They’ve now had a few days to reckon with his absence, maybe it’s weighing on them. They have to win today and in Sunday’s Game 7, while the Raptors need just one more victory.
This is all armchair psychology on my part but it feels like knowing that Durant won’t be back to play hero has to have some sort of effect. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are going to have to step up and the Warriors’ supporting cast is going to have to contribute… something, like they did in Game 2, Golden State’s only win without any contribution from Durant.
I don’t see all that happening, maybe you do! Send me your predictions either through email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet (@HunterFelt). In any case, I have the Warriors and Raptors battling up to overtime and Golden State just not having enough juice to push through.
Before the game, head coach Warriors head coach Steve Kerry said that center Kevon Looney, who also hurt his chest in Game 5 (while playing through a collarbone injury) would attempt to play in today’s game. Kevin Durant’s Achilles is going “are we really sure you want to do that?” right about now.
To read more about the ongoing controversy around Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury and the Golden State Warriors medical staff from an insider’s perspective, Etan Thomas wrote earlier today about why he believes team doctors don’t have the players’ best interests at heart.
Somehow, we’ve reached Game 6 of one of the oddest and most impossible to predict NBA Finals I can remember in a long while. It feels like the Toronto Raptors should have wrapped things up in Game 5 when they took a lead heading into the game’s final minutes but the Golden State Warriors were able to finagle a comeback and just manage to survive and pull off a 106-105 win.
All of his means there will be, in fact, one final game at Oracle Arena and the Warriors have a chance to feed off the energy of their hometown crowd in Oakland one last time before they abandon them for San Francisco. (Hey, the NBA is a cold business for fans sometimes.) It’s still an elimination game, mind you, and these Raptors remain a tough opponent. If Draymond Green hadn’t gotten a piece of Kyle Lowry’s attempted buzzer-beater in Game 5’s closing seconds this one might already be over.
Now, they officially will be without Kevin Durant, whose Achilles injury will be looming over whatever time remains in these Finals. There are plenty of questions now about whether the Warriors pushed him too hard to return too early. It’s also thrown free agency in complete disarray, given how much everything was revolving around Durant’s decision. While it may seem to be too soon to think about such things, the offseason could come to an unofficial beginning in the next few hours.
The Warriors, however, will be looking to keep it alive for one final game. So, today we find out if that’s the end of the NBA season or if they take a page from the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs and give us all a Game 7. Stay tuned here to see how things go and, as always, feel free to contribute with your comments and questions, either by sending them via email (to email@example.com) or Twitter (to @HunterFelt). It’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena! Opening Tip is scheduled sometime after 9:00pm EST but we’ll be back before then.
Hunter will be here shortly, in the meantime here is the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury:
Kevin Durant confirmed what everyone most feared: He underwent surgery for a ruptured right achilles tendon.
Durant posted on social media Wednesday the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA finals in Toronto in his return from a strained right calf that sidelined him a month.
The 30-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in a hospital bed and wrote: “I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.”
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