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NBA Finals 2019 Raptors at Warriors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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NBA Finals 2019 Raptors at Warriors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Toronto Raptors have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals after a 123-109 victory in Game 3 Wednesday night. 

Friday night, the two teams square off in a pivotal Game 4. Looking to watch the game? Here's everything you need to know:

When is Raptors at Warriors Game 4?

Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Finals will take place on Friday, June 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET in Oakland, CA. The remainder of the Finals schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Toronto 118, Golden State 109, Toronto leads 1-0
Game 2: Golden State 109, Toronto 104, Series tied 1-1
Game 3: Toronto 123, Golden State 109, Toronto leads 2-1
Game 4: Fri, June 7, Toronto at Golden State 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: Mon, June 10, Golden State at Toronto 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 6: Thur, June 13, Toronto at Golden State 9:00 p.m. ET (if necessary)
Game 7: Sun, June 16, Golden State at Toronto 8:00 p.m. ET (if necessary)

What time does Raptors at Warriors Game 4 begin?

Opening tip of Game 4 of the NBA Finals will be shortly after 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 7 at Oracle Arena. 

What TV Channel is Raptors at Warriors Game 4 on?

Game 4 and all games of the 2019 NBA Finals will be broadcast on ABC. 

How to stream Warriors at Raptors Game 4

The NBA Finals can also be streamed online at ESPN.com or on a mobile device via the ESPN app. 

How to listen to Raptors at Warriors Game 4 on the radio?

You can listen to Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Warriors in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on ESPN 980 AM. 

Warriors at Raptors Game 4 Betting Odds:

The Warriors (-5) are favorites to win Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Finals, according to Odds Shark. 

What to Watch For in Game 4 of the NBA Finals:

Will the Warriors get their big names back?

Golden State played severely shorthanded in Game 3, both Klay Thompson (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (calf) missing out. Golden State assuredly needs at least one of them back soon if they have any hope of winning their third straight NBA title. 

Can Steph Curry keep this up?

Curry carried the Warriors on his back all night in Game 3, dropping 47 points on 14-31 shooting from the floor in the loss. It didn't prove to be a winning formula for Golden State Wednesday night, but Curry can at least keep them competitive if he plays like this. And as mentioned above, help may be on the way. 

Will Kawhi Leonard's supporting cast stay hot?

Leonard put in a superstar performance in Toronto's Game 3 win, scoring 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out six assists. But he got plenty of help from his friends, the other four Raptors starters all finishing in double figures, while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 11 points off the bench. A balanced attack night in and night out is exactly what Toronto needs to dethrone the Warriors. 


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Kevin Durant's return home came with starry and crumbling news, along with another Warriors win

Kevin Durant's return home came with starry and crumbling news, along with another Warriors win

CAPITAL ONE ARENA -- Kevin Durant found out part of his past came crumbling down.

Hordes of reporters and cameras awaited Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors’ other superstars outside the visiting locker room following Thursday’s 126-118 over the pesky Washington Wizards. They had questions, about the team’s ninth consecutive win and Durant becoming a 10-time All-Star hours earlier.

Friends and family attended the Suitland native’s lone regular-season appearance in his hometown. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco’s congressional representative and a rather important person on planet earth, stood by with her entourage to greet some of her most famous constituents.

They would wait. Durant, one of three Warriors with local connections, needed details on the place where he first garnered national attention.

Wearing a black t-shirt from soul singer Tina Turner’s 1993 “What’s Love” tour, the 6-foot-11 scoring machine stood inside a near-empty locker room. Media members were told Golden State’s main players would speak in front of a team-logoed backdrop in the hall. Having jostled for prime position, none budged, leaving ample space for Durant to chat peacefully.

One of the locker room attendants filled KD in on his alma mater. Montrose Christian, once a national prep basketball power in this century's first decade, no longer existed. 

Durant knew the school closed. His eyes grew wide when he learned the latest. The tiny non-descript campus steps from bustling Rockville Pike, which once served as proving grounds for future NBA players including Durant, Greivis Vasquez, and Terrance Ross, was mere rubble. 

Irony popped with this tear-down revelation. His trip home included the official opening of a new building, The Durant Center, an educational center in his native Prince George’s County. 

The high school wreckage disclosure also came after Golden State finally broke down the Wizards for its ninth consecutive win, the longest streak in the NBA this season.

“It feels good. Every win in the NBA is tough, it’s hard to win in the NBA, so we’re not going to take it for granted,” Durant said after scoring 21 points. “But we are striving for perfection every night, and I think tonight was a step in the right direction. We have played in spurts, but we can do better.”

Few players in the league perform at a higher level than the two-time Finals MVP. Fate landed him in Washington when the NBA announced he and Curry were selected starters for the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte next month.

“I appreciate all the votes and people that recognize my game and the rest of the All-Stars. It’s a joy that we share the court with players you respect and admire, and compete against every night,” Durant said.

Like Durant, Warriors guard Quinn Cook grew up in PG County. This game means plenty to a kid who grew up rooting for the Wizards. 

Cook's happy return home suffered a horrific twist before the reunion started. 

Cook took advantage of every opportunity in his youth to attend Wizards home games. He was one of those kids clamoring for player autographs. Alongside DeMatha teammate and current Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo, Cook honed his game hoping to reach the show. Now he’s the one the next generation seeks out with pen and paper. 

Undrafted after a standout four-year career at Duke, Cook bounced around looking for a professional home before latching on with Golden State for the 2017-18 season, the same year Durant arrived. Though he did not play Thursday, the 6-foot-2 guard has turned into a helpful piece off the bench for a Golden State team looking to win a third title in three years.

“Puts things into perspective of how far you came on your journey,” Cook said pre-game of his return home. “You see all the people that helped you get to where you are.  It’s humbling. Gives you a little more motivation when you leave because you know what you’re doing it for.”

This visit came with fresh pain.

Around the same time Cook attended the opening of The Durant Center Wednesday night, Oladipo suffered a brutal season-ending knee injury.

“I was messed up,” Cook said upon learning of Oladipo’s fate. “My girl told me about, and I saw it. I talked to [Victor] last night. He’s in good spirits. That’s part of the game. You never want to see somebody go down like that. If anybody could come back from that, he could.”

Former Georgetown standout Marcus Derrickson rounded out Golden State’s local contingent. The power forward on a two-way contract chatted with reporters before the game about his rookie season and the current happenings with the Hoyas. 

Such reunions provide nostalgia, perspective, and news. Durant, Cook, and Derrickson received healthy doses of each on Golden State’s dime. 

Durant put up plenty of his money -- $10 million – toward helping students with needed academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to achieve their college and career goals.

“It feels good doing something that impacts where you came from,” Durant said. “I’m sure everybody probably feels the same way about their community.”

Communities change, buildings rise and fall. Durant experienced both in one trip back home along with another team win. The game, No. 48 on the season, was worth the wait.


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Even in loss to Warriors, Wizards prove recent success is no fluke

Even in loss to Warriors, Wizards prove recent success is no fluke

The game had technically already started to slip away. The Wizards were down 10 with just over three minutes remaining when Bradley Beal was whistled for an offensive foul. He fell, got up and attempted to set a pick on Stephen Curry. Curry dropped to a knee and pointed at Beal to sell the contact. It worked and the ball went the other way.

After the loss to Golden State on Thursday night, Beal made his opinion of the call very clear, while doing his best to avoid a fine from the league.

"That summed up the whole night, the officiating," guard Bradley Beal said. "If you think that was an offensive foul, we've gotta do something better. We've gotta be better."

The fact the Wizards, a team missing three key rotation players including John Wall due to injury, could look back on one specific call after playing the Golden State Warriors is in many ways remarkable. They were going up against a team that has five All-NBA players in their prime. Two have won the MVP award in recent years. 

The Wizards weren't just underdogs. If they had won, it would have amounted to their biggest upset in years. It would have been one of the least likely wins in Beal's seven-year NBA career.

These Wizards, however, don't buy into the odds. They are intent on defying them and they have done just that for several weeks now since Wall went down for the season with surgery on his left heel. They came into their matchup with the two-time defending champions winners of seven of their last 10 and, clearly, they believed they had a real shot at pulling off the win.

With the way they played, it's hard to argue against that belief. They lost by only eight points to a team that has now won nine straight and sits atop the Western Conference. With DeMarcus Cousins in the fold, the Warriors are by all accounts among the most talented NBA teams ever assembled. 

The Wizards, meanwhile, are playing a rotation that includes their backup point guard in Tomas Satoransky and two castoffs they brought in midseason in Sam Dekker and Chasson Randle. They are starting a 32-year-old journeyman in Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant, a 21-year-old they pulled off waivers last summer.

It is not how the Wizards drew it up in the offseason, but it's working. And the way they went toe-to-toe with the best team in the NBA bodes well moving forward. 

With Wall out, the Wizards have to pass more and score with more balance. Beal can't do it all by himself. So, they have to spread the ball around. 

Before Wall went down, the Wizards were 26th in the NBA with 279.3 passes per game. Since his recent injury, they are fourth in the league, averaging 321.5 passes.

They have had no choice but to play cohesive, physical defense without Wall, Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris. When Wall left the lineup on Dec. 28, the Wizards were 28th in the NBA with a 112.5 defensive rating. In the 12 games since, they are fifth in the NBA with a 107.7 defensive rating.

The sample size may still be small, but any questions about whether the style they are currently playing is sustainable may be put to rest.

"I think we're turning a corner. We're still not there yet. We've still gotta dig ourselves out of this hole we're in and we've got a short amount of time to do it," Beal said. 

"If we play like this, like we played against this team, an elite team with five All-Stars on the floor at one time; we competed our tails off, and if we continue to do that we will be alright."

Despite the end result on Thursday, there was plenty to like about how the Wizards played. All five of their starters reached double-figures, including Trevor Ariza with 27 points and Satornasky with 20. Bryant got 14 points in 21 minutes while going up against Cousins, one of the game's best centers.

The Wizards committed only 10 turnovers and held the Warriors to seven threes. If Washington shot better from the free throw line (15-for-21), grabbed more rebounds or saw Otto Porter Jr. score more than seven points, they may have had a chance to win.

The margin for error is razor thin against the Warriors and the Wizards made a few too many mistakes to pull out the victory. But this was still a marked improvement from the first meeting between the teams, on Oct. 24, when the Wizards got trounced by 22 points. They continue to show progress and with only 2 1/2 games between them and a playoff spot, have a real shot at making something of what could have been a lost season.

The Wizards also found initial success without Wall last season when they won 10 of their first 13 when he had knee surgery in late January. They ultimately ran out of gas and posted a worse record without him than they did with him.

This time, however, it feels different. Beal has taken his game to new heights and so has Satoransky. Green and Bryant add new dimensions and Ariza is as steady as they come.

It doesn't get any harder these days than playing Golden State. By competing with them, the Wizards showed they can hang with anyone.

"We hung right in there and we fought until the end," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I'm proud of our effort."