Considering the particulars involved, Kevin Durant's Achilles issue is as serious as basketball injuries get. One false step in his Game 5 return could result in a lost 2019-20 season and so much more.
After a season spent as the most unbeatable team in basketball, the Warriors find themselves on the brink. Now that Kevin Durant is officially returning, he is all that separate the Warriors from survival and defeat.
Serge Ibaka made a star turn in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, providing a back-breaking 20 points in Toronto's 105-92 victory. Thanks to his showing and another big night from Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors now hold a 3-1 lead over the Warriors.
Stephen Curry put together an all-time performance, but it didn't matter in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Raptors, who now lead the series 2-1, staved off the Warriors star's all-out effort for a 123-109 win.
The Raptors deployed a box-and-one to try to contain Stephen Curry in Game 2 of the NBA Finals—but can this strategy really work against a team of Golden State's caliber? The Crossover breaks down Toronto's defense against the two-time MVP.
The Warriors are accustomed to a life of luxury, but give them lemons and they'll make lemonade. With no Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson down the stretch, Golden State made the most out of what it had in Game 2.