TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors feel good mentally, and they are certainly in better shape physically than the Golden State Warriors.
The Raptors know they have outplayed Golden State for perhaps 90 of the 96 minutes of the NBA Finals, and they almost overcame the one brutal stretch where they didn’t. Despite being blanked for nearly half the third quarter of Game 2, the Raptors were within two points in the final seconds.
Golden State held on to win 109-104, tying the series that moves to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4. The Raptors lost the game and home-court advantage, but not any of their belief that they can win the series.
“We fought back and we know that going towards Game 3 we’ve got to play a lot better, and it’s going to be even harder on the road,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said, “but we’re capable and we know what we bring to the table.”
The Warriors aren’t quite sure, at least as it relates to their health.
They are hoping Kevin Durant is close to returning from a seven-game absence with a strained right calf, and that Klay Thompson can play after he limped off the court…