National Basketball Association
Preview
Toronto at Golden State
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, June 13, 2019
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors look to even the NBA Finals at three games apiece when they host the Toronto Raptors on Thursday in Game 6 of the seven-game series. Toronto had the opportunity to close it out on Monday but suffered a 106-105 home loss during a contest in which Warriors star forward Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in his first appearance of the series.

Durant said on his Instagram account Wednesday that he underwent surgery and the Golden State squad will be thinking of him as it moves forward with its focus on winning two more games and claiming a third straight title. "That definitely comes into play," Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters of the extra motivation. "That's a guy who we all have seen his love for the game of basketball. For him to get back out there, as crazy as it sounds, I think he played for 11 minutes, I think those 11 minutes were enough to give us the spark that we needed." The Raptors will make a second attempt at clinching their first NBA crown after letting a six-point lead with three minutes remaining slip away in Game 5. "We understand that the moment is the moment, but we still are staying in it," Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry told reporters. "We're not too up, we're not too down. Just one game, hey, we lost it. Now we got to move on to the next one."

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

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Star forward Kawhi Leonard was just 9-of-24 from the field in Game 5 but still managed 26 points as his average in the NBA Finals dropped to 29.8. The soon-to-be free agent has a stoic look on the court that makes him appear immune to late-game pressure but he told reporters he definitely feels the stress of the situations. "Even before it gets down to the stretch, you feel like you want to play great," Leonard told reporters. "You want to make the next shot or get the next stop. To really say at that time like, 'Oh, I feel so much pressure.' You really don't. I think once your adrenaline is going, it's a lot different than you watching the game because your mindset is totally different."

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Center DeMarcus Cousins was going to receive diminished minutes in Game 5 but Durant's injury led to more court time and the nine-year-veteran was a key contributor with 14 points in 20 minutes. Cousins missed six-plus weeks with a quadriceps injury and is well aware that he and his teammates suffered a major blow with the loss of Durant. "It's not a concern. Lock in even more," Cousins told reporters. "We understand the void we have to fill. The next guy has to step up which has been done numerous times throughout this playoff run, so we expect the same thing."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Lowry scored 18 points in Game 5 for his second-highest output of the series but is just 1-of-10 from 3-point range over the past two games.

2. Warriors PG Stephen Curry is averaging 32.4 points in the series with a high of 47 and a low of 23.

3. Toronto backup PG Fred VanVleet has made 11 3-pointers in the series and has scored in double digits in four of the five games.

PREDICTION: Warriors 113, Raptors 108
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 73-32 L1 41-13 32-19 6-3 67-29 16-7 48-22
Golden State 71-32 W1 36-15 35-17 13-4 58-28 17-5 47-21
Last Meeting
Toronto Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
6/10/19 GS 106 TOR 105 105 43 44.7 106 37 46.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 26 37.5 6
Golden State S. Curry 31 43.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto K. Leonard 12 6 6
Golden State D. Green 10 2 8
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Leonard 6
Golden State D. Green 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 2346 49.2 563
Golden State S. Curry 2563 46.8 422
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto S. Ibaka 750 190 560
Golden State D. Green 694 97 597
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 722
Golden State D. Green 641
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points For 112.6 Points For
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.1 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 46.7 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.4 FG%
Toronto - Reb 44.6 Reb
Golden State - Reb 43.7 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points For 117.0 Points For
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points Against 106.7 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 48.8 FG%
Toronto - FG% 44.3 FG%
Golden State - Reb 45.6 Reb
Toronto - Reb 44.9 Reb