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NBA finals Game 4: Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors – live!

In one respect, the Toronto Raptors have only done what they absolutely had to do to have a realistic shot of winning the NBA Finals. In a stretch of games where the Golden State Warriors have been without Kevin Durant, their best player, the Raptors won an emotional Game 1 at home and then took advantage of the additional absences of Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney in Game 3. With that, the Raptors struck their opponents when they’ve been at their weakest and now lead the series 2-1.

To say this is not to deny the Raptors their due credit. Heck, they even had their chances in Game 2 where they had a genuine chance to tie the game in the final minute. In an alternate universe, they have a 3-0 lead in the Finals right now. They’ve done all of this without even a hero game from Kawhi Leonard yet.

Hunter will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s Oliver Connolly’s look back at Game 3.

Related: The Toronto Raptors achieved a rare feat: intimidating the Warriors

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