Kings of the North: Barrie to broadcast next five Toronto Raptors games –

Kings of the North: Barrie to broadcast next five Toronto Raptors games -
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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) eye the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

At a Monday meeting, Barrie city council voted in favour of setting up free public viewings for the remainder of the NBA Finals games between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors.

“Im like, I just need a little space – and thats where I started to rush,” Curry said, according to ESPNs Jackie MacMullan. “I look back and think I could have easily gone around (Love) and gotten a two, and we could have gotten a stop, and then I could come back down and hit another shot, and we win another championship, instead of me going for the hero shot, which I felt like I could make.

Wednesday night’s game will be shown at the Barrie Molson Centre starting at 9 p.m. The venue will open at 8 p.m., and attendees can enter from the east and west gates.

The two-time MVP finished the title-deciding game with 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting – including a 4-of-14 mark from distance. Golden State lost three consecutive games to blow a 3-1 series lead, during which Curry averaged 24 points on 36.7 percent shooting while turning the ball over four times per game.

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But the one that got away still bothers star guard Stephen Curry. With the Warriors down three points to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the six-time All-Star hoisted an ill-advised 3-point shot over Kevin Love with 33 seconds left in regulation.

Barrie city staff are finalizing details for games 3 to 7. Once confirmed, more information will be released.

The Golden State Warriors are three wins from completing a three-peat and capturing their fourth NBA championship in five years.

The City of Barrie was supposed to hold a viewing party for the second game of the NBA Finals on Sunday at the Meridian Place, but it was cancelled due to extreme winds.

Cleveland secured the defensive rebound off Currys miss and LeBron James eventually iced the game with a late free throw.

Kevin Durant hasnt played yet this series. Klay Thompson left Game 2 injured in the fourth quarter and didnt return. Kevon Looney also left early and is out indefinitely. Even Steph Curry didnt look 100 per cent at times.

The Golden State Warriors will be without yet another rotation piece when the NBA Finals shifts to the Bay Area for Game 3. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that center Kevon Looney has a fractured collar bone and will be out indefinitely.

But one of Golden State biggest constants during the Finals – and the playoffs as a whole – has been Draymond Green.

While the big man hasn’t been ruled out explicitly, Woj adds that there isn’t great optimism that he’ll be back before the end of the series. Looney’s injury is a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture.

Green finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 2 (17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) as the Warriors defeated Toronto 109-104 to even the series at one game apiece. That snapped Greens streak of three straight triple-doubles dating back to the Western Conference Final. Hes one of three players to accomplish the feat in the postseason, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Russell Westbrook.

Looney played just 11 minutes for the Warriors in their Game 2 victory in Toronto, Sunday night, a game that saw Golden State head coach Steve Kerr lean on both DeMarcus Cousins and late-season veteran addition Andrew Bogut.

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His five triple-doubles during the playoffs – the highest single-year total in Warriors history – are the most since Magic Johnson had five for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984. Green is also the eighth player in NBA Finals history to record multiple triple-doubles. The others? LeBron James (10), Magic Johnson (eight), Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Walt Frazier and Bill Russell (all with two apiece). 

Hes taken his game to another level during the playoffs, increasing his scoring average by 6.2 points per game and has raised his shooting percentage from 44.5 per cent to 50.5. Hes also bumped his per-game average in rebounds, blocks, steals and free-throw percentage.

But it isnt just his offence. Green came up huge on the defensive end in Game 2, holding Pascal Siakam in check after a team-high 32-point performance in the opening game of the Finals.

Twitter user Audel Del Toro found a shirt for sale on Nikes website that has a list of every city that Durant has played in since high school. At the end of the list, Oakland, CA followed by San Francisco, CA. San Francisco is where the Warriors will be moving next season when they introduce their new arena.

Siakam went 0-for-6 from the field when guarded by Green Sunday and scored just 12 points on the night despite seeing a game-high 40:56 of action. Green also has a league-high 56 deflections this postseason and has led the NBA in each of the past two playoffs.

Nike has this @KDTrey5 shirt on the site that has all the Teams/Cities KD has played for. The last 2 are Oakland & San Francisco. GSW last season in Oakland is this season. Next season they are in SF. Did @Nike confirm KD back to Warriors? #NBAFinals #Warriors #NBA

His playmaking has been front and centre as well. The 29-year-old has created 267 assist opportunities this postseason, the most in the NBA and third-most over the last three years in the playoffs. The Warriors are shooting 56 per cent off his passes during these playoffs, compared to their team total of 49.1 per cent during the regular season.

There has been widespread speculation regarding the future of Kevin Durant. As the 10x All-Star prepares to hit free agency this summer, he will have to make a huge decision that will affect not only his playing career but the fate of the entire league.

Needless to say, Game 3 in a series tied 1-1 goes a long way toward determining the champion. With the series even at one game apiece, teams that win Game 3s go on to win the championship 81.6 per cent of the time (31-7).

A key for the Raptors will be finding a way to slow the Warriors in the third quarter. They did it in Game 1, but Golden States 20-0 run spanning the second and third quarters in Game 2 was the longest run in an NBA Finals game since the 1976-77 merger according to ELIAS. The previous record in that span was a 19-0 run by the San Antonio Spurs against the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 of the 2003 Finals.

Their 18-0 run to start the third quarter was the longest to begin any half in a Finals game since the merger. That run ended up being the difference as the Raptors entered Game 2 with a 56-5 record when leading at the half this season, which was the best record in the NBA.