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Toronto at Golden State
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, June 7, 2019
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Klay Thompson will return to the lineup while Kevin Durant will again be sidelined when the Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors on Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Thompson (hamstring) is back from a one-game absence and Durant (calf) has yet to play in a series in which Toronto holds a 2-1 lead.

Golden State suffered a 123-109 home loss in Game 3 without Thompson while speculation percolates that Durant isn't close to making a return. "We expect (Thompson) to play, barring something unforeseen," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Thursday. "He's continued to improve and so that's good news. Kevin will continue to get treatment and get on the court and continue to work but will be unavailable for Game 4." Toronto can put itself in a highly favorable position with another win, particularly with two of the final three games slated to be played in Canada. "To me, this is a one-game series (Friday)," Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters. We're just trying to take them like each game's critical. We need to put a huge effort in because I think if we put a huge effort in and we're the hardest playing team, then we're going to deserve to win. And that's all we're focused on."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC, TSN (Toronto)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Star forward Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points in the Game 3 win - his 13th 30-point outing of the postseason - as he continues to carry a franchise that now stands two wins away from its first NBA title. "If we didn't feel like we could be here, we wouldn't be here right now. Simple as that," Leonard told reporters Thursday. "I have the same confidence. You can't let losses or wins affect that. It's about what you think and feel that's in your body, your inner thoughts and what you portray to your team and what your team is telling you and what we all feel." One guy who has been feeling it is shooting guard Danny Green, who scored 18 points on six 3-pointers in Game 3 and is 11-for-22 from long range in the series.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Thompson wanted to play in Game 3 before reluctantly agreeing with the training staff's view that it was too risky in terms that a reinjury might sideline him for the rest of the series. "My body feels really good," Thompson told reporters Thursday. "And just that extra night of rest really helped, and I just can't wait to get out here (Friday)." Guard Stephen Curry was a one-man show in Game 3 as he poured in 47 points for his sixth career playoff 40-point outing as well as contributing eight rebounds and seven assists.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors C DeMarcus Cousins, recently back from a quadriceps injury, is averaging just six points on 4-of-17 shooting in the series.

2. Toronto PG Kyle Lowry scored 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Game 3 after averaging just 10 points on 6-of-20 shooting over the previous two games.

3. Golden State investor Mark Stevens has been banished from the rest of the NBA Finals, banned from attending games for the entire 2019-20 season and fined $500,000 by the NBA after intentionally pushing Lowry and showering him with obscenities when the latter flew into the stands chasing a loose ball in Game 3.

PREDICTION: Warriors 116, Raptors 112
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 71-30 W5 41-11 30-19 6-3 65-27 16-7 48-22
Golden State 69-30 L1 36-13 33-17 13-4 56-26 17-5 47-21
Last Meeting
Toronto Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/30/19 GS 109 TOR 118 118 36 50.6 109 38 43.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto P. Siakam 32 82.4 2
Golden State S. Curry 34 44.4 14
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto K. Leonard 8 1 7
Golden State D. Green 10 0 10
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 9
Golden State D. Green 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 2220 49.5 522
Golden State K. Durant 2475 52.1 557
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto S. Ibaka 725 183 542
Golden State D. Green 658 92 566
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 698
Golden State D. Green 608
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points For 112.8 Points For
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.2 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 46.8 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.4 FG%
Toronto - Reb 44.7 Reb
Golden State - Reb 43.7 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points For 117.5 Points For
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points Against 106.8 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.0 FG%
Toronto - FG% 44.4 FG%
Golden State - Reb 45.8 Reb
Toronto - Reb 45.1 Reb