Warriors' injured star Steph Curry to return in Detroit

Warriors' injured star Steph Curry to return in Detroit

Sure, it could show us what we already know about the Raptors - that they're a real title contender - or on the flip side, what we already know about the Warriors without Curry-Green-Cousins - that KD and Klay can score like insane, so much so that they can beat even the best National Basketball Association teams in one game just by running up the numbers.

Curry, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, got off to a strong start this season as the Warriors launched their bid for a third straight NBA title.

It was nearly as if Kawhi was in a different gear for a game of this magnitude, as he finished the night with 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting by scoring at all three levels.

Leonard connected on his first six shots of the game and scored 13 points in the first quarter. It was an early season win over a Warriors team missing several key stars.

Instead of shying away from the moment, Kawhi relished in it, and that can take this Raptors team to new heights.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drives around Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half of a game in Toronto, on November 29, 2018. That was thanks in large part to near-perfect shooting from Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka, who went a combined 13-for-13 until Leonard missed a three at the three-minute mark. Golden State coach Steve Kerr leaped to his feet in need of a timeout to reset his Warriors just five minutes into the game. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded. His club erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit and with time winding down, Durant sent the game to overtime with a corner three that left Scotiabank Arena silent.

Kevon recorded a season-high tying 10 rebounds. So he sat on Golden State's bench in a suit in Toronto, the city where he had played some youth basketball while his father Dell had been a Raptor.

For those still sleeping on the Raptors, or refusing to realize that this isn't the same old Raptor team that's had great regular season success and failed to maximize potential in the playoffs, maybe they have something to learn watching this game? Withstanding runs and remaining poised in high-pressure situations is crucial, and the Raptors did enough of that to win Thursday night. We are taking care of this now! Siakam also stepped up to knock down seven of his eight free throw attempts, including three to ice the game late.

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