After back-to-back wins on the road in Oakland, California, the Raptors lead the series and are one game away from a historic first NBA title. Toronto beat Golden State at its own game in Game 4 on Friday night, hanging on for the first two quarters before blowing the defending champions away in the third period. Kawhi Leonard was again a dominant force for the Raptors, finishing with 34 points, 12 rebounds and four steals as Toronto became only the second team since Cleveland in to win two NBA Finals games at the Oracle Arena. Bar the decisive period in Game 2, Golden State has looked second best all series and travels to Canada facing more questions than it ever has over the last five years.
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Durant was officially listed as questionable before Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed the two-time Finals MVP would indeed take the court for the first time since the Western Conference semifinals "He's been cleared, so he's going to play," Kerr said roughly 90 minutes before tip. Durant has been sidelined for more than a month with a strained calf.
The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors in the title series, meaning their quest for a third consecutive NBA championship could end Monday. Durant spent about 25 minutes on the court before leaving toward the end of the Warriors' shootaround session for continued treatment.
Additionally, Kerr had said that if Durant does play tonight, there would be no firm minutes restriction for him. He was cleared by the Warriors' medical staff after Game 4 of the NBA Finals and practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since his injury.
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Kerr said the plan was to see if Durant could clear some hurdles that he hasn't crossed during his recovery. Kerr said earlier in the series that Durant could return after completing one practice. In a lighter moment after Monday's shootaround concluded, Kerr nailed a shot from halfcourt that drew cheers from Warriors players.
In the 1, Raptors games since, the most anyone has scored against them is 51 points - done twice, done both times in Toronto, and done both times by Durant. Kevin Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday in Toronto. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. All rights reserved.