Game 5, Toronto is 3-1
Great odds on the Raptors. This is the affect of possible Kevin Durant return. That being said, maybe we should wait and catch later even better odds if turns out he is really going to play. In any case, with or again without KD, Warriors chances are slim if you ask me. What more, I would like to see him on the court cause that could be only helpful for Toronto and for this bet.
It's very clear how much Warriors are afraid of Raptors. But not just from the Raptors, in fact GSW were insecure for entire playoffs. They know very well they are not good any more and that there were teams this season better than them. I mean, I never saw that someone was trying so hard to hide the health status of its players like GSW did in this postseason. I never saw someone was so desperate to lie constantly about its players.
You remember when KD got injured. They say one to two games, and look how much time passed since then. Cousins also allegedly wasn't in too bad condition but in fact he was so long out. And how he has played since returning, obviously he is not recovered and it would be better he wasn't back at all. Klay Thompson, they said he is going to play but he missed that one game after all. Probably the biggest joke was with Kevon Looney for whom they said he is out for rest of the season but he showed up right away. Steve Kerr completely lost the compass. Like Raptors care at all who is going to play or not for Warriors. All what Raptors care is their own game cause they know if they play its best game, they wins again.
IMO Raptors can play their best game. They play for biggest success in franchise history. Of course sometimes it could happen to such team choke but hardly this is going to happen with Toronto. Cause Toronto Raptors have in its roster the best player in today's NBA . It's Kawhi Leonard of course. He already was there, won it, was MVP. Danny Green with plenty experience in the Spurs too. Ibaka without title but was in the finals before. Gasol, so experienced, former best defender in NBA and still one of better. Even Kyle Lowry who was known as someone who always chokes when playoffs arrives, but look him now. Everyone called him biggest playoffs loser but obviously it's one thing when you play in pair with star like DeRozan and it's quite different thing when you have beside you Superstar like Kawhi Leonard.
Young Pascal Siakam also was huge factor for Raptors in this postseason and I expect this to be the case also tonight. Fred VanVleet was so bad early in this postseason but look him now against GSW. He is only small concern cause he was hit in the head last time and got several stiches but he was back later from the locker room and looked good. Definitely he is ready for Game 5.
So, I have full confidence about Raptors' roster.
Back to GSW, for me they are done. I already said, it's good if KD plays cause what he could do? In offense surely to hit some shots but in defense injured player, that's 5 on 4 for Toronto whenever Raptors have possession. Something similar like with Thompson who scored lot of points but playing injured was big disadvantage in defense. Curry in any case is weak defender, even James Harden for me is top defender if we compare him with Curry's defensive skills. Overall, GSW are banged up and I just don't see them capable to cope with Toronto Raptors.
I already mentioned how injured KD on the floor would be only plus for Raptors. But if you ask me if I think he is going to play, I'm closer to believe he is not. Cause Steve Kerr said how Durant if plays, it's going to be without restricted minutes. That's a joke. If he can play regularly without restricted minutes, then he definitely could play also in some of previous two games. Simply, it's not logical he to play. He was on practice but not on real practice. It was just light training and not with rest of the guys but with some of young players. The bottom line about KD, I really hope he shows up in this Game.
I need also to mention Raptors crowd. This is real home advantage, something you can't see so often in NBA. Even that Drake thing, I mean, the guy is a clown but everything he is doing definitely helps the Raptors.
And for the end, the biggest clown around NBA, Stephen A Smith who was wrong every time since 2011 when predicting winner of NBA finals, obviously is going to be wrong again. His prediction was GSW in 6, that's lost already while also GSW champion is also with very slim chances. Also he was so excited about this possible KD comeback but if you ask me, Toronto Raptors are going to finish this tonight.