Armstrong: Raptors Know They Can Win At Oracle

Toronto is 3-0 at Oracle Arena this season

Taz and the Moose
June 11, 2019 - 9:49 am
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The Toronto Raptors were up by six points with three minutes to go in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. They were oh-so-close to beating Golden State, ending the Warriors’ dynasty, and winning the first title in franchise title. Instead, the Warriors went on a 9-2 run to win, 106-105, and force a Game 6. 

How does the complexion of this series change for the Raptors? Especially after they were unable to close at home?

“The complexion changed for both teams,” Raptors TV analyst Jack Armstrong said on Taz & The Moose. “KD has 11 points in that game. If you take those points away, does Golden State win?”

Perhaps not. Durant, who missed more than a month with a calf injury, exited Game 5 in the second quarter with a reported Achilles injury. Game 6 is Thursday in Oakland at 9 p.m. ET.

“I understand that the Warriors are playing at home on Thursday night,” Armstrong said, “but the Raptors have won all three games this year at Oracle Arena. Four of the five games that have been won in these Finals have been won by the road team. Go figure, right? It’s crazy. So I think it changed for both teams, quite frankly. The Warriors, what are they going to look like on Thursday (without Durant)? Kevon Looney got banged up again. For the Raptors, with a chance to close and win a title with the trophy in the building and now you got to travel 3,000 miles, that’s a tough break.”

If there’s a silver lining for Toronto, it’s this: the Warriors made 20 threes and outscored the Raptors 60-24 from distance – and still only won by a point.

“I feel pretty confident that the Raptors know deep down, based upon playing these guys, that they match up well,” Armstrong said. “If they do the things they’re capable of doing, they’re going to have a chance to win on Thursday night, and if it doesn’t work out Thursday night, they’ll have a chance to win Sunday. They just got to play better.”

Click below to listen to Armstrong’s interview in its entirety.