Facing elimination in Game 5, the Golden State Warriors found a way to win and stay alive despite losing Kevin Durant early on in his 2019 NBA Finals debut.



Despite coming away with a narrow 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors victory came at a huge cost with Durant suffering what is presumed to be a torn Achilles tendon. If the reports ring true, Durant could be away from the basketball court for a very long time, but the official prognosis hasn’t been announced yet. Durant was forced from the game in the second quarter when he went to plant and came up lame.

The Warriors leaned on Stephen Curry after Durant’s departure. The guard led the way with 31 points, including a few timely 3s down the stretch to help lift Golden State to victory. The Warriors will certainly need to rely on the “Splash Brothers” going forward if they want to extend the series. Game 6 is Thursday night in what will be the final game at Oracle Arena before they move to the Chase Center next season.

Rich Paul basically takes the opportunity here to warn the Celtics that they should not spend any of their best assets to acquire Davis because he simply will not sign a long-term deal with Boston. It is an interesting proposition since Davis has noted that he wanted to play on a team that has an opportunity to contend for a title and the Celtics are still clearly in the class in the East.

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The Celtics could definitely be title contenders with Davis and Irving both being on the same team (if Irving chooses to re-sign). While the Celtics might be disappointed to hear this news, they could still potentially trade for him, and therefore have the entire season to sway him into signing a long term deal in Boston. Not only would trading for Davis be widely beneficial for the organization, but it could push Kyrie Irving to stay in Boston if they are able to finish the deal before free agency negotiations open up.

up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and there will be no Kevin Durant for the Warriors, who injured his Achilles in Game 5. Steph Curry and the Warriors rallied from a six-point deficit in the final minutes for a 106-105 win in Toronto. Now, Kawhi Leonard leads Toronto to Oracle Arena, where the Raptors won Games 3 and 4. Golden State is favored by 2.5 in the latest Warriors vs. Raptors odds, with the over-under set at 211.5. Before you make any Raptors vs. Warriors picks for Thursday, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine expert Zack Cimini, given the sizzling run he’s on.

Cimini is one of the fastest-rising handicappers in Vegas and has been finding major flaws in NBA odds and exposing them. He’s currently riding a 30-16 hot streak, raking in $1,237 in profit in a short amount of time to $100 players. He’s also hit on 15 of his last 23 picks involving Toronto and six of nine involving Golden State. Anyone who has been following along is way up.

Part of his success: He analyzes matchups from every angle and earned his nickname “Contrarian with Chutzpah” by not always backing what the masses are. Now, Cimini has studied Game 6 of Raptors vs. Warriors from every possible angle. He’s sharing that pick only at SportsLine.

Cimini knows Golden State looked like its usual self in Game 5, hitting 20 three-pointers. Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 12 of them and 57 points overall, while Durant was 3-for-3 from behind the arc in 11 minutes before his injury.

The Warriors went 30-11 at home during the regular season, the best mark in the rugged Western Conference. While it’s hard to expect a similar shooting night from most teams, it’s not for the Warriors, who rank No. 3 in threes per game (13) and three-point field goal percentage (38.3).


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