Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 106-105 Game 5 win vs. Raptors


Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 106-105 Game 5 win vs. Raptors


TORONTO -- They’re taking it back to Oakland.

Knowing they would be without Kevin Durant over the final 34 minutes, the Warriors showed plenty of pluck Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and held on for a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 57 points, and the Warriors shot 20-of-42 from beyond the arc -- with a Thompson triple with 57.6 seconds remaining putting the Warriors ahead for good.

After Durant went down in the second quarter and Kevon Looney (aggravating his chest injury) joined him in the third quarter, the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to fight off the relentless Raptors. Toronto took a brief fourth-quarter lead before the Warriors closed it out.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which the Warriors showed an abundance of grit:

The Return of Durant

Durant’s return to the lineup after a 32-day absence due to a strained right calf was going wonderfully -- until he re-injured his calf with the Warriors leading 39-34 and 9:46 remaining in the second quarter.

Guarded by Toronto big man Serge Ibaka on the perimeter, Durant made a move to his left, landing with a lot of force on his right foot and immediately limped away holding his calf area. He was assisted into the locker room and did not return.

Durant left the arena on crutches and in a walking boot. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI test on Tuesday in the Bay Area.

The crowd initially rejoiced at Durant’s misfortune before Ibaka (a former teammate in Oklahoma City) patted KD on the head and urged the crowd to tone it down, at which point they cheered Durant’s exit.

Durant’s presence changed the entire dynamic of the Warriors at both ends, but his offense was surprisingly sharp. He scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep, and grabbed two rebounds. He played 12 minutes.

They overcame Curry's cool second half

Stephen Curry, clearly benefitting from Durant’s return, had a terrific first half, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep and 6-of-6 from the line. He looked energized and appeared to be headed for a big night.

Well, no. Curry never was able to find any lasting rhythm in the second half, scoring only eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-9 beyond the arc.

He, however, did produce eight assists and seven rebounds, playing 41 minutes and finishing minus-2.

Thompson’s 14 second-half points, including four 3-pointers helped offset Curry’s slide.

Boogie bounces back

After playing well in Game 2, DeMarcus Cousins struggled mightily in Games 3 and 4 in Oakland and was languishing on the bench when he entered the game to replace Andrew Bogut with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter.

The move, which corresponded with Durant’s exit, undoubtedly was made in an effort to provide some of the offense lost without KD.

[RELATED: Watch moment that KD's right calf popped during Game 5]

Cousins delivered, scoring nine points in six first-half minutes and also was solid in the second half.

The big man totaled 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He was minus-4 over 20 minutes.

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

It's Amazon Prime Day, so it's time to get in on those great deals.

In light of losing the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors and all the changes to the roster, Warriors fans might need some retail therapy.

So, we picked out five Amazon Prime items Warriors fans could use right now:

1. Steph Curry Swimming Pool Floaty

As you pass the time until the 2019-20 season starts, you're going to be spending a lot of time in pool. This is the most stylish accessory you can bring to the Splash Party. (Yes, we aware it looks nothing like Steph.)

2. Keep Calm and Curry On t-shirt

With Kevin Durant leaving for Brooklyn, it's time to put all your eggs back in the Curry basket. This is the perfect shirt to help you remember that everything will be fine as long as Curry is on the Warriors.

3. Warriors' NBA championship DVD set

Let's be honest with ourselves: The Warriors are going to take a step back next season. Until Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL, the defense won't be that good. If the games become tough to watch, you can just pop these DVDs in and remember better times.

4. Andre Iguodala's book "The Sixth Man"

The Warriors wouldn't have won three NBA titles over the last five years without Iguodala. He was as vital as Curry and Durant to the team's success. The best way to remember all that the 2015 NBA Finals contributed to the run is by reading his memoir.

5. Marcus Thompson's book on Kevin Durant

Warriors fans, we know you're still hurting from KD's departure. But we should be grateful that he spent three years playing in The Town. You can pass the time this summer by reading about what Durant put into his chase for glory.

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at 27 years old. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

[RELATED: Myers bids farewell to golden era of Warriors basketball]

"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era.

"We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."