Whatever you think of Golden State, whether you admire them or hate them, that team has amazing character.
They lost DeMarcus Cousins for most of the playoffs - he’s played just 36 minutes since suffering a serious injury in the first round all in the last two games - and Kevin Durant has missed the last seven games with a calf injury.
In Game 2, Steph Curry was apparently sick and Klay Thomas had a hamstring injury.
None of it mattered.
The Warriors tied the game on the road and head back to California knowing that Curry will likely be better, Cousins will continue to improve and Durant is nearly healthy again.
Toronto might be able to match the talent but they won’t win unless they can match Golden State’s heart as well. And right now that’s not going to be easy to do.
No matter what happens in this series, Golden State is a great team where everyone understands his role. That includes Duke grad Quinn Cook, who came off the bench in this one to score nine on three threes after Thompson went out. He can’t be Curry but he can bring major energy and defensive effort. He’s as responsible for Golden State’s big win as is anyone.
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