Raptors vs. Warriors: Best Highlights, Comments from Game 3 of 2019 NBA Finals

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 6, 2019

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles against Golden State Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The Golden State Warriors lost at Oracle Arena for the first time in the NBA Finals since Game 7 in 2016 on Wednesday night. 

The Warriors, who were playing without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, failed to hold serve at home against a Toronto team that received 106 of its 123 points from its starting five. 

Perhaps the most surprising performance out of the Toronto lineup came from Danny Green, who finished with 18 points on six three-pointers. 


Danny Green is FEELIN' IT. 💰 #NBAFinals https://t.co/GOKX4N4V62

Green also came up with a massive block in transition at the start of the fourth quarter, as he hustled down the floor to deny Quinn Cook at the rim. 

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Danny Green is EVERYWHERE! https://t.co/ZIvGoAe1pG

Before Wednesday's game, Green received some advice from NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, per NBA.com's Steve Aschburner. 

"I just brought him over here because I saw him messing around in warm-ups," O'Neal said. "I said 'hey man, this is the Finals. Leave it and stop f--king around. Get your game right." 

Green joked about O'Neal's qualifications after the game, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

Danny Green on Shaquille O'Neal offering him some shooting tips: "He's a pure shooter. I don't know if you guys knew that or not."

Eleven of the 17 points from bench players came from Fred Van Vleet, who delivered the dagger from three-point range during a wild sequence late in the fourth quarter: 

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

VanVleet from JURASSIC PARK! https://t.co/mRatlaq8YX

Kawhi Leonard continued his impressive postseason with a 30-point performance that led the Raptors in scoring: 

Toronto Raptors @Raptors

TOOK IT LEFT 🖐🏽 https://t.co/1SacY3baC0

After Game 3, the Raptors players and head coach Nick Nurse revealed the phrase "Let It Rip" was written on the whiteboard in the locker room, per ESPN's Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

Nick Nurse is talking about the whiteboard in the Raptors locker room; which was mostly full of instructions from the coaching staff...except for a line of scrawl from one of the players, saying “let it rip.”

Toronto certainly let it rip, as it became the third team in NBA Finals history to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line, per ESPN Stats and Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The Raptors are the 3rd team in Finals history to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from three and 90% from the free throw line, joining the Warriors in 2017 and the Celtics in 1986. https://t.co/fQEVeWrMsk

With Thompson and Durant inactive for Game 3, Stephen Curry did his best to keep the Warriors in the contest. 

Curry scored 17 of his game-high 47 points in the first quarter and never slowed down from three-point range, as he hit six shots from beyond the arc:


Steph just dropped 17 PTS (3 3PM) in the first quarter... 🔥 #StrengthInNumbers | #NBAFinals https://t.co/F2t6GLZSiV

The Golden State guard was also able to work his way into the paint to score some key baskets and keep the Warriors within striking distance. 

Although the Warriors face a bit of a tough task to get back into the series, Draymond Green laid out the strategy to win the title in the simplest way possible, per NBA on TNT:


Draymond's plan is simple. 😳 https://t.co/k3VZi8MBci

"We just have to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto win Game 5, come back to Oracle win Game 6 and then celebrate," Green said. 

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic that he expects Thompson to be on the floor for Game 4, while Durant's status is still to be determined: 

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

Steve Kerr just told me that he expects Klay Thompson to play in Game 4 on Friday. Kerr said he doesn’t know yet about Kevin Durant’s status for that game.

Durant told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he would know more Thursday morning about his status for Game 4: 

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN

When asked about playing in Game 4, injured Warriors forward Kevin Durant told @TheUndefeated: “I will know more in the morning.”

While it had to be frustrating to see Thompson on the bench for Game 3, Green provided some perspective on his teammate sitting out, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron

Draymond Green: You don't sacrifice a Finals game to be healthy for the next one, because anything can happen. But at the same time, you have to be smart."

If there is any team that knows that a series is far from over after three games, it is the Warriors, who were up 2-1 and then 3-1 before collapsing against Cleveland in 2016. 

With that in mind, the Warriors will not panic going into Game 4 and should be able to level the series before it goes back to Toronto.

If the Raptors somehow win a second game at Oracle Arena, then panic might set in about Golden State's title chances.


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Statistics obtained from NBA.com.