Game 2 becomes most-watched NBA game on record in Canada with 4.3 million viewers – TSN

Game 2 becomes most-watched NBA game on record in Canada with 4.3 million viewers - TSN
Analysis: Strength in Numbers paying off big for Warriors
Its a catchy phrase on shirts, for sure, and its emblazoned plenty of places for all to see — even on one shoulder of Stephen Currys gray sweat suit, with the NBA Finals logo on the other side. But its hard to imagine a time where it means more to the Warriors than right now, when the only thing being tested more than their mettle is their depth.

The champions are heading home off a win ailing, but not trailing. Whether it was DeMarcus Cousins playing 28 minutes, or Quinn Cook tying a playoff career-high with three 3-pointers, or all 13 Warriors getting into the game — some of them for only four seconds, but in nonetheless — the two-time defending NBA champions found a way.

“When you get to this stage, our DNA shows up,” Curry said. “Its not just something you just throw out there to have nice shirts and give out to the crowd at Oracle and have all this marketing stuff. Its literally how we approach every day from training camp to June. How we support each other, how guys stay ready throughout the year … it shows itself over the course of a season.”

Kevin Durant — who missed his seventh consecutive game with a calf strain — was in the tunnel connecting the court and the visiting locker room as time expired, absolutely giddy to greet his teammates and repeatedly clapping his hands. Klay Thompson, who left early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring pull, gingerly walked out with just his uniform and socks on, icepack strapped to his leg, to give some hugs.

Durant and Draymond Green had a particularly high-profile argument earlier in the year. Seems like a lifetime ago now. The Warriors know whats at stake, and theyre clearly united.

For the record, the Raptors werent particularly impressed with themselves after winning Game 1 and werent particularly down about losing Game 2.

The Raptors knew this wasnt going to be easy. They also know an opportunity was missed Sunday night, but they werent sounding gloom-and-doom alarms.

“You guys didnt think this was going to be a sweep? I dont know what you guys thought this series was going to look like, but we went into it expecting a dogfight,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “And, yes, we won Game 1. I think everybody else outside of our locker room was a lot more excited than we were. We understand what this team brings and what type of effort its going to take to beat these guys.”

Kerr came up with the “Strength in Numbers” idea himself. It didnt originate in some white-board session among marketing people; it started in the Warriors locker room and then worked its way throughout the organization. By now, clearly, the Warriors believe in its meaning.

Durant got hurt late in Game 5 of the second round against Houston, in a close game at the time that could have gone either way. The Warriors won that night, then went to Houston and clinched the series in Game 6, then swept Portland in the Western Conference final — and head home after a split in Toronto.

Cousins just played 28 minutes after playing eight minutes, total, in seven weeks while recovering from a quad tear. Kevon Looney, whos been mostly excellent for Golden State in these playoffs, might be out with the chest or shoulder issue that sidelined him during Game 2 — the Warriors said it was a chest contusion, while Looney was clearly grabbing at his shoulder in pain.

“Weve got to go home and protect our home floor,” Kerr said. “And well see about all the injuries.”

Game 2 was the fifth consecutive game where the Warriors got down by at least 10 points at some time in the game. It was the fourth time they recovered and won. They keep getting themselves into messes, and they usually get out of them.

But if they must do this the hard way, that seems to be just fine with them. Kerrs mantra is getting heeded.

“We need three more wins and we need it to keep going,” Curry said. “But thats a part of who we are in our DNA. Its not just what we say.”

Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected]

TORONTO (AP) — The mantra for Golden State during Steve Kerrs five seasons with the Warriors has been Strength in Numbers.

Its a catchy phrase on shirts, for sure, and its emblazoned plenty of places for all to see — even on one shoulder of Stephen Currys gray sweat suit, with the NBA Finals logo on the other side. But its hard to imagine a time where it means more to the Warriors than right now, when the only thing being tested more than their mettle is their depth.

The champions are heading home off a win ailing, but not trailing. Whether it was DeMarcus Cousins playing 28 minutes, or Quinn Cook tying a playoff career-high with three 3-pointers, or all 13 Warriors getting into the game — some of them for only four seconds, but in nonetheless — the two-time defending NBA champions found a way.

When you get to this stage, our DNA shows up, Curry said. Its not just something you just throw out there to have nice shirts and give out to the crowd at Oracle and have all this marketing stuff. Its literally how we approach every day from training camp to June. How we support each other, how guys stay ready throughout the year … it shows itself over the course of a season.

Kevin Durant — who missed his seventh consecutive game with a calf strain — was in the tunnel connecting the court and the visiting locker room as time expired, absolutely giddy to greet his teammates and repeatedly clapping his hands. Klay Thompson, who left early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring pull, gingerly walked out with just his uniform and socks on, icepack strapped to his leg, to give some hugs.

Durant and Draymond Green had a particularly high-profile argument earlier in the year. Seems like a lifetime ago now. The Warriors know whats at stake, and theyre clearly united.

For the record, the Raptors werent particularly impressed with themselves after winning Game 1 and werent particularly down about losing Game 2.

The Raptors knew this wasnt going to be easy. They also know an opportunity was missed Sunday night, but they werent sounding gloom-and-doom alarms.

You guys didnt think this was going to be a sweep? I dont know what you guys thought this series was going to look like, but we went into it expecting a dogfight, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. And, yes, we won Game 1. I think everybody else outside of our locker room was a lot more excited than we were. We understand what this team brings and what type of effort its going to take to beat these guys.

Kerr came up with the Strength in Numbers idea himself. It didnt originate in some white-board session among marketing people; it started in the Warriors locker room and then worked its way throughout the organization. By now, clearly, the Warriors believe in its meaning.

Durant got hurt late in Game 5 of the second round against Houston, in a close game at the time that could have gone either way. The Warriors won that night, then went to Houston and clinched the series in Game 6, then swept Portland in the Western Conference final — and head home after a split in Toronto.

Cousins just played 28 minutes after playing eight minutes, total, in seven weeks while recovering from a quad tear. Kevon Looney, whos been mostly excellent for Golden State in these playoffs, might be out with the chest or shoulder issue that sidelined him during Game 2 — the Warriors said it was a chest contusion, while Looney was clearly grabbing at his shoulder in pain.

Weve got to go home and protect our home floor, Kerr said. And well see about all the injuries.

Game 2 was the fifth consecutive game where the Warriors got down by at least 10 points at some time in the game. It was the fourth time they recovered and won. They keep getting themselves into messes, and they usually get out of them.

But if they must do this the hard way, that seems to be just fine with them. Kerrs mantra is getting heeded.

We need three more wins and we need it to keep going, Curry said. But thats a part of who we are in our DNA. Its not just what we say.

Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected]