Kevin Durant to practice before Warriors-Raptors Game 5 of NBA Finals

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Updated: June 10, 2019

Kevin Durant to practice before Warriors-Raptors Game 5 of NBA Finals Kevin Durant to practice before Warriors-Raptors Game 5 of NBA Finals By Dalton Johnson June 09, 2019 9:16 AM Kevin Durant's status for Game 5 of the NBA Finals is still unknown, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr had a big announcement Sunday Durant will practice with the Warriors on Sunday and get extra work in with some of the younger players on the roster before Monday's Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena, Kerr said "What he's doing today, he hasn't done He's doing more today, and then we'll know after that," Kerr told reporters in Toronto Durant has been sidelined since straining his right calf on May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets Monday will mark his 10th straight game missed “I know how badly he wants to play He’s one of the best competitors I’ve been around," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said to reporters

The Warriors have gone 6-3 without Durant in the playoffs, but all three losses have been in the NBA Finals.

With their star forward still nursing his injury, the Warriors are on the brink of elimination going into Game 5 against the Raptors Prior to his injury, Durant was dominating in these playoffs Over 11 games, he was averaging 342 points, 52 rebounds and 4

9 assists.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP was shooting 513 percent from the field and 416 percent from 3-point range

“He will be very welcomed," Thompson said.

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"He’s propelled us to two championships It would be pretty storybook if he could do the same” Raptors fans line up for Jurassic Park days before Game 5 of NBA Finals Raptors fans line up for Jurassic Park days before Game 5 of NBA Finals By Dalton Johnson June 09, 2019 11:26 AM Raptors fans refuse to miss their chance of witnessing history

With Toronto one win away from winning the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, fans are already lining up for a chance to watch Monday's Game 5.

But this isn't to watch the game at Scotiabank Arena Instead, it's to see it outside at what has been dubbed Jurassic Park, the outdoor fanzone outside of the Raptors' home stadium Some fans began lining up as early as Friday night

Two of these people got in line for Jurassic Park Friday at 10:30.

The other two set up camp at 2pm today.

Tents and camping gear They’ll be here until gates open Monday afternoon #NBAFinals pictwittercom/3eZo34Tgwx — James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) June 9, 2019 "This is a one-time opportunity to see the Raptors make history," Tyler Seaton, a 31-year-old Raptors fan who began waiting outside of Jurassic Park on Saturday morning, said to SportsNet

"This is worth it.

" The Raptors currently hold a three-games-to-one lead over the Warriors in the best-of-seven series A win Monday night would bring them their first championship in the franchise's 24-year history These fans mean business One win away from an NBA Championship, Raptors focused on task at hand One win away from an NBA Championship, Raptors focused on task at hand By James Ham June 09, 2019 11:14 AM TORONTO -- Cool, calm and collected

The Toronto Raptors walked off the floor at Oracle Arena on Friday evening looking more like the film poster from Reservoir Dogs than a team that had just dealt a crucial blow to the two-time reigning NBA champions.

There was no celebration, only focus The job isn’t done They know who and what they are up against and they have all seen what a motivated Warriors team can accomplish “We believe, if you look at the other series, we were the same way,” veteran center Marc Gasol said Sunday after the team's practice session “It means a lot to win on the road and we understand that the job is not done and the job gets harder and harder as you move on” The Raptors have one of the greatest teams in modern NBA history on the ropes and no one expects the champs to lay down, regardless of who steps on the floor for the Warriors “I think it's just we're focused,” Kawhi Leonard said “We know that it doesn't mean anything until someone has four wins You never know what could happen and you got to take advantage of it and don't get overly hyped and excited Still a great basketball team on the other side” It’s possible the Raptors have fallen under the spell of Leonard He’s an unassuming superstar that lulls the media to sleep with his off-court demeanor He’s taken over the series, but the Raptors are a veteran team with plenty of other voices in the locker room “Kawhi certainly sets that tone, but so does Kyle [Lowry], so does Marc [Gasol], so does Danny [Green] -- those four guys,” head coach Nick Nurse said “And then I think the younger guys take the cue from them I think they like playing together I think they know there's work to be done” Ravaged by injuries, Golden State is facing an incredible uphill battle against a group that seems unfazed by the moment After faltering in the playoffs in past seasons, there is a collective mindset to this group They have one objective and they are getting dangerously close to accomplishing it “We haven't done anything,” Kyle Lowry said “You don't do anything in this league unless you win the trophy You can accomplish this or that, but at the end of the day we have certain goals and standards that we want to reach” The Raptors aren’t walking in wearing matching suits and combat boots on Monday evening They don’t have a crafty team slogan and they’ve allowed a rapper to steal the show and deflect much of the attention away from their success

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