Raptors’ VanVleet concussion-free and ready to perform in pivotal Game 5

Raptors’ VanVleet concussion-free and ready to perform in pivotal Game 5

As the Toronto team heads into Game 5 of the NBA Finals, now with a 3-1 lead on rivals the Golden State Warriors, everything is still to play for.

Appearing before reporters, Kerr said Durant would practice with the team Sunday as they stay on the court for a much tougher workout with reserve players. Without Kevin Durant in the lineup in the last four contests, the Golden State Warriors have managed only one victory, and by all accounts, it was a game the Raptors let slip away due to poor shooting.

"For me, just try to focus on maximizing my potential each night and giving my team the best chance to win, and like I said, we got to go out there and do it again tomorrow". But whether it's (Monday) or Game 6, we just have to do everything in our willpower to help him get back, If that's win a game and be patient, then we got to go do that.

"That's what I did from that point on, bet on myself and trust that I really felt what I was doing and really believed in it".

"One of the things that has been a bit of the struggle with the injuries is finding the combinations in terms of the numbers that we have and the minutes guys are playing", he said.

Previously this series, Kerr and the Warriors have ruled Durant out the day before each game.

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The 25-year-old has averaged 12.8 points, three assists and 1.5 steals off the bench.

"If he plays, he's an MVP, he's an All-NBA player, he's an All-Star, Finals MVP", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.

Over the course of these Finals, no Raptors defender has seen Curry almost as much as the 132 possessions VanVleet has and in that time VanVleet has given Curry fits, forcing him to 8-of-26 shooting overall and 3-for-14 from three-point range. I was at 80 percent the other night. "I know what type of competitor he is".

"I hate wearing mouthpieces", VanVleet said.

"We'll be able to adjust in transition pretty smoothly".

While Toronto has been the healthier, steadier and more impressive team throughout this series, Thompson allowed himself to dream about the possibility of a Durant-led comeback.

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