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“The first thing is Russell is a tremendous competitor

Tyronn Lue, the only player in Nebraska basketball history to win an NBA
Finals championship as a player and coach, and already a member of the
Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame, is having his Husker jersey retired.

When Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan report to training camp, they’ll do so
as Toronto’s unspoken leaders. After leading the team to its
franchise-best finish last season, taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to six
games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the All-Star backcourt led with
their play on court and examples of work ethic and focus away from it.

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but also highly intelligent,” Presti said. “He

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Lowry and DeRozan each collected a gold medal with the U.S. national
team in the Rio Olympics, but their roles with Team USA were decidedly
different than the ones they play with the Raptors. Shifting from first
options to coming off the bench is an adjustment, surely, but Lowry and
DeRozan adapted well. Fitting in seamlessly with their teammates, the
two earned respect from the coaching staff that had spend the previous
month working alongside them in Rio as well as in a training camp held
in Las Vegas.

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understands that the approach that we have to take in

The Nebraska Athletics Department honored Lue during the first quarter
of Saturday’s football game against Oregon and announced to the Memorial
Stadium crowd it will retire Lue’s jersey on Thursday, Feb. 2, when
Nebraska hosts Michigan State in men’s basketball at Pinnacle Bank
Arena.

“They know that they play to win,” Tom Thibodeau said after a training
session in Las Vegas. “They play within the team, and that’s really what
it’s all about. They’ve been great here. They’re a great fit with Team
USA. Just the way they conduct themselves, the way they concentrate in
meetings, the way they practice, the way they’re wiling to share and
sacrifice. It says a lot about them.”

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order to maximize ourselves is going to be one first,

“Tyronn has achieved at the highest level as both a player and a coach
and has been a great ambassador for Husker Athletics and the University
of Nebraska,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said.

Thibodeau will coach the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, but saw
plenty of DeRozan and Lowry during his five-year tenure with the Chicago
Bulls. He also coached DeRozan when he won a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA
Basketball World Cup and has been able to observe how he continues to
elevate his game as his career progresses.

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Lue, who coached LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the
franchise’s first NBA Finals championship in June, also was a member of
two NBA Finals championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He’s one of those guys that continues to get better every year,”
Thibodeau said. “He and Kyle, that backcourt is about as good as it gets
in the NBA. Both of them are great competitors. Smart, tough, and they
make their teammates a lot better. DeMar has added a lot to his game. He
scores in so many different ways. He puts a lot of pressure on you. He’s
athletic and he’s got a great demeanour about him. He doesn’t get
rattled. I watched them a lot this [past] year and I thought he had an
unbelievable season.”

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continually growing through the season. That’s always

Lue, 39, played at Nebraska from 1995-1998 and earned first team All-Big
12 honors his final season. He helped the Huskers win the 1996 NIT
championship and led them to the 1998 NCAA Tournament for the program’s
third straight postseason appearance. He still ranks among Nebraska’s
top 10 players in career points, assists and steals.

While DeRozan leads by example first, Thibodeau had high praise for his
ability to step away from the limelight and play the role that was asked
of him with Team USA.

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kind of been a staple of the organization.

“Tyronn’s talent on the basketball court was off the charts,” Nebraska
Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said. “However, perhaps
his greatest attribute is that he’s just a genuine good person who cares
about other people. We are honored to add him to an exclusive group.”

“His demeanour is great, his attitude is great and his approach is
great,” Thibodeau said. “There’s all different types of leadership, but
his leadership is the best because he leads by example. He does all of
the right things each and every day. That’s why his career has gone the
way it has. He’s never satisfied. He’s hard working. He cares about his
teammates. He cares about winning. That goes a long way.

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“One of the reasons why we have a lot of optimism and

Lue becomes the fourth Nebraska men’s basketball player to have his
jersey retired. It will hang in the north rafters of Pinnacle Bank Arena
next to jerseys of Stuart Lantz, Dave Hoppen and Eric Piatkowski.

No question, it’s his work ethic [that allows him to continue to
improve],” Thibodeau continued. “Obviously he’s talented. You can’t do
what he’s done without a lot of talent, but I think it’s also his drive
and his intelligence. That’s why each year, he’s gotten better and
better. You can’t say enough about the way that he plays. Each aspect of
his game has gotten better. You have to be alert and aware in
transition, half court, driving the ball, catch and shoot, posting,
cutting, keeps enormous pressure on your defence at all times.”

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excitement frankly about this season upcoming is the fact

“When you get your jersey retired, that’s definitely an honor,” said
Lue, who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season and was a
first-round selection of the Denver Nuggets before being traded to the
Los Angeles Lakers. “I knew not graduating from the University of
Nebraska, even though I got a degree on-line when I first started
coaching, not getting my degree from the University of Nebraska, I knew
they didn’t (retire jerseys).

Thibodeau’s compliments weren’t limited to DeRozan and Lowry. Explaining
that he’d watched his share of Raptors games the previous season prior
to taking the opportunity with the Timberwolves, Thibodeau was impressed
with the continued rise of the franchise as a whole.

连续三年骑勇会师决赛。

1. Dynasties eventually become ‘die-nastys’

that [coach] Billy Donovan has demonstrated a tremendous

“But it’s a great honor, and it’s one of the best honors you can receive
as a college basketball player, individually, or high school or NBA.
That’s one of the best things that could possibly happen. For them to
change the rule for me just really means a lot. It shows me that I mean
a lot to the program and what I’ve been able to do since I left the
program.”

“Dwane [Casey] has done an unbelievable job there, along with Masai
[Ujiri],” Thibodeau said. “The leadership from inside has been
terrific as well. When you look at what DeMar and Kyle have done, you
see the growth from year to year. I think when you have that type of
leadership, it makes your team coachable. It makes it enjoyable. The
winning is the fun. That’s what it’s all about. As I mentioned, each
year they’ve gotten better and better.”

回想当时的勇士,

1.王朝代最终变成了“死的鼻涕虫”

ability to be creative, adjust and evolve different

Lue, a native of Mexico, Missouri, who played at Raytown High School,
played 11 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Orlando,
Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Milwaukee. He served as an assistant coach
under Doc Rivers with Boston and the Los Angeles Clippers before joining
Cleveland as associate head coach in 2014.

Thibodeau wasn’t the only coach working with the U.S. national team that
has watched the Raptors closely. Jay Wright, coaching with the Select
team, had reason to keep tabs on Toronto because he’d coached Lowry at
Villanova. Nine years later, Wright remains one of Lowry’s closest
confidants. When he watches the Raptors, what sticks out most is the
relationship between Lowry and DeRozan. As the two have developed a bond
that extends far beyond basketball, Wright has seen how that connection
translates directly onto the court.

一冠封神,

Will we get one more game at Oracle Arena? The scene of so much
Golden State wonderfulness the past five seasons? A building about
to be abandoned when the Warriors move from Oakland to a
state-of-the-art arena across the Bay?

styles of play, and utilize a lot of our personnel.”

Lue was promoted to head coach on Jan. 22 and became the third coach in
NBA history to take over a team in the middle of the season and win a
title that same season. He also became the first NBA coach to win his
first 10 playoff games, and he coached Cleveland to a 4-3 series victory
over Golden State in the NBA Finals, where the Cavaliers became the
first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit.

“[Kyle] doesn’t talk about their relationship, as much as he talks
about how much respect he has for DeMar and how much they love each
other,” Wright said. “I’m always watching the relationship. I’m watching
interviews, even some of the comical interviews where DeMar says
something and he makes fun of it and the way DeMar responds to him it’s
like, ‘Hey, it’s my older brother. I’ll take it from him.’”

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Donovan, who is entering his second season, struggled at

“In my eyes, a guy like Tyronn Lue and what he’s accomplished not only
as a player here, but as a professional player and coach, he’s most
deserving of this honor,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “He’s
represented himself the right way all the time. He’s true to his roots.
He still loves Mexico, Missouri, he loves and honors Nebraska and he’s a
world champion coach right now.”

“凯里经常谈论他有多尊重德马尔,他们有多么爱彼此,”赖特说,“我总是观察他们的关系,看他们的访问,甚至是有些搞笑的采访,当德马尔说什么的时候,洛瑞会在旁边开个玩笑,德马尔会回应说:’嘿,他是我哥,我已经习惯了。’”

于是乎海外淘了本原著,

Hold up. Asking one more game out of the Warriors seems a lot at the
moment.

times last regular season, but he guided the Thunder to

Miles said that while some people may forget where they come from and
what they’re about, Lue always stayed to true to his hometown, and to
Nebraska.

Wright has watched Lowry become a husband and father, and has witnessed
how both life events have helped him find a maturity and patience that
were sometimes lacking in the beginning of his professional career.
Thibodeau credits Lowry’s relentless nature for where his career has
taken him.

因为个人爱好,

等等。要求勇士队再打一场,目前似乎很难了。

the brink of the NBA Finals before Oklahoma City blew a

“Tyronn is great to our guys. Every time he gets a chance to talk to
him, he does, and that’s such a help right there,” Miles said. “But then
having a guy whose jersey you can look at in the rafters and say, ‘Hey,
that’s LeBron’s coach,’ is obviously a great deal for our program. It’s
more than a status symbol. It’s a statement of, ‘If you’re at Nebraska,
you can go anywhere. You can do anything.’ ”

赖特见证了洛瑞称为丈夫和父亲,见证了这两种身份如何让他变的成熟而有耐心,这两种品质在洛瑞职业生涯早期是比较缺少的。锡伯杜深知洛瑞的韧性是他取得现在这些成就的原因。

将其译为中文,

These guys just suffered their second consecutive home playoff loss
by 10 points or more, something that hasn’t happened to this
franchise in 50 years. After three straight games scoring precisely
109 points, the Warriors came up 15 short Friday. They are 0-9
overall this season when held to double digits, and 0-11 in the playoffs
(Steve Kerr era), when they score 94 or fewer.

3-1 series lead to Golden State.

Lue credited both Miles and former coach Doc Sadler for welcoming back
former players and making them a part of the program’s future.

“You learn from all of your experiences,” Thibodeau said. “For him to do
what he’s done in this league tells you how mentally tough he is. He’s
found a home and I think when you look at that backcourt, that’s a big
part of why they win the way that they do. You can tell the fans have an
appreciation for what they’ve done, but I think more importantly,
they’re teammates. They know that they play to win, they play within the
team, and that’s really what it’s all about.”

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这些队员刚刚经历了他们连续第二次主场季后赛失利10分以上,这是50年来这家球队从未发生过的事情。在连续三场比赛中准确得分109分后,勇士队在周五的比赛中突然差15分。本赛季他们的总分是0-9,而季后赛是0-11,他们的得分是94分以下

“It’s been tremendous to work with Billy. He is really

“That was really important, especially for me,” Lue said. “I think Erick
Strickland and myself and Mikki Moore, we went back more than normal. I
know Pike came back a few times. It’s not even about the guys who made
it professionally, it’s about the bond that we all have, the bond that
we shared, the relations we shared being an athlete at the University of
Nebraska.”

“你会从自己的经历里学到东西,”锡伯杜说,“从洛瑞在联盟中的所作所为你就能知道他是多么强硬的球员。他在猛龙找到了家,猛龙的后场组合是他们取得胜利的原因。你能判断球迷很喜欢他们两个,但是我认为最重要的是他们是队友。他们知道自己为了胜利打球,为了球队打球,这是最关键的部分。”

翻译不易,

come up 突然发生

committed to and invested in [success] for the

Now, having Lue’s legacy on display at Pinnacle Bank Arena can serve as
a catalyst for future success.

For Wright, the bond between Lowry and DeRozan was highlighted during
the first two rounds of the postseason when the Raptors were fighting
their way through a seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers and
then another against the Miami Heat. After All-Star seasons, Lowry and
DeRozan each had to work through their own offensive struggles under the
biggest stage either had played on. It was in those tough moments, when
things could have gotten dark, where Wright saw the depth of
understanding between Toronto’s two stars.

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organization,” Presti said. “We really saw his growth

365bet亚洲官方投注勇士队(Golden State Warriors)完了,一本有关库里的译作。“They want to keep moving forward and building a program,” Lue said.
“It’s a lot better when guys come back. It’s a lot easier to recruit
now. It’s been great. I’m very happy they were able to do this.”

对赖特来说,洛瑞和德罗赞之间的关系升华是在今年两轮季后赛中,当时他们通过两次抢七比赛分别战胜印第安纳步行者队和迈阿密热火队。经历过一个全明星赛季后,洛瑞和德罗赞必须克服他们在更高舞台上进攻端挣扎的麻烦。在这些艰难的时间里,情况快要陷入黑暗时,赖特看到了多伦多两个球星之间的理解深度。

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And now they’re on the wrong side of a 3-1 deficit, lacking everything
from certain healthy bodies to an edge, a sharpness that was missing in
the second half.

during the season, but I thought the most impressive

“I think that chemistry on the court, when times are tough, it proved
through the playoffs,” Wright said. “When they were in some tough
situations o the road, you can see how those two stick together. Nothing
is going to break them. It’s rare in professional sports. I think it’s
something special that Toronto has.”

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现在他们正处于3-1落后的错误一边,从身体健康到优势他们什么都缺,下半场缺少的敏锐度。

thing he was able to do last year was take a longer view

“我认为这是在困境中的化学反应,季后赛中已经体现出来了,”赖特说,“在前进的路上当他们遇到困难的时候,你看到他们两紧急团结在一起,没有什么能分开他们,这在职业体育中是很少见的。我认为这是多伦多拥有的特殊的恭喜。

‘I’ve never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies. I get
nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I’m ready
for the moment’ – Stephen Curry

1)edge 优势

and allow a commitment to the process of improvement to

12 MINUTES. 12 MORE MINUTES was all it took for Stephen Curry and his
Warriors to finally bring home the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy, and be
forever immortalized as champions. It was the 4th Quarter in Game 6 of
the 2015 NBA Finals, with the Golden State Warriors playing in the
Cleveland Cavaliers’ home ground. Going into the 4th quarter, they held
the lead and were just 1 more quarter away from winning an NBA
championship. However, just 3 games ago, the whole world was counting
the Warriors out.

a slight advantage over sb/sth

really drive our results. This season coming in, he’s

Being initially down 2-1 in the series against LeBron James’ Cleveland
Cavaliers, many fans started to entertain the thought that the Cavs
(even without their 2 superstars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) would
steal the championship away from the Warriors. After all, many people
thought that they didn’t even deserve to be in the NBA finals in the
first place.

2)The company needs to improve its competitive edge .

going to have encountered a lot of the different first-

All the skeptics begin to surface once more, as did the talk of the
Golden State Warriors being ‘lucky’ to have reached this far into the
NBA Playoffs in the first place. They were ‘lucky’ that the Oklahoma
City Thunder lost its MVP in Kevin Durant due to injury. They were
‘lucky’ that they weren’t contending with the previous champions, the
San Antonio Spurs. They were ‘lucky’ to be even contending for an NBA
Title at all.

公司必须提高它的竞争力。

time challenges any coach would encounter. He did an

These skeptics and haters were all too familiar to Curry. Throughout his
entire basketball journey (as you will learn throughout this book), he
has faced countless criticisms and doubts, only to overcome them all and
emerge triumphant despite adversity. He was determined to do it again
now in the biggest stage of basketball.

3)They have the edge on us.

exceptional job last year dealing with a lot of

Stephen Curry was intent in showing the world that he was not just
‘lucky’-he wanted to show that he deserved to be playing in the Finals.
He deserved to be the MVP. He deserved to win a championship. He
deserved to be recognized as one of the greatest players to ever play
this game.

他们略胜我们一筹。

uncertainties.”

From humble beginnings, as the 7th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft that went
relatively unnoticed, from having the one of worst records in the NBA in
his first year as a Warrior, from being cast aside by critics for being
always riddled with injury, he was now on the verge of ending all
speculation once and for all as to whether his name deserved to be
mentioned amongst the NBA greats.

Granted, Golden State once held a 3-1 edge in a Finals, all the way back
in 2016 … when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers chased them
down and became the only Finals team to claw out of a home. The
Warriors did the same to Oklahoma City in the 2016 Western Conference
finals
. So they not only have a blueprint, they have the know-how and
an opportunity to do it again.

The Thunder will have a dramatically different look. Not

All it took was just 12 more minutes, just l more quarter of basketball

诚然,2016年,金州队曾在总决赛中有过3比1领先……当时勒布朗·詹姆斯、凯里·欧文和骑士队将他们赶走,成为唯一一支总决赛球队命悬一线夺冠。在2016年西部比赛的决赛中,勇士队也对俄克拉荷马城队做出了同样的打击。因此,他们不仅有一个蓝图,而且有诀窍和机会再做一次。

only did Durant sign with the Warriors, but Presti

  • with the Cleveland Cavalier fans booing him, the critics doubting him
    and the whole world watching him – he would show them just what he’s
    capable of to succeed under pressure, a skill he had picked up and honed
    over all the years of his basketball life. After 12 minutes, the world
    would come to know of the legend of Stephen Curry – being one of the
    greatest shooters to ever play game of basketball. After 12 more
    minutes, Stephen Curry would be deemed a bonafide superstar. After 12
    more minutes, Stephen Curry wouldn’t be known as the guy who got ‘lucky’
    to be MVP – he would go from being just another all-star, to being an
    NBA Champion and solidifying his status as an absolute force to be
    reckoned with in the league.

1)claw out of home 在家挣扎出来,死里逃生,1:3落后夺冠

shipped longtime forward Serge Ibaka to Orlando for

This story is about the rise of Stephen Curry, the Long-Shot, the MVP,
and the Champion.

The loss of hope that misfortune can bring can send us into a deep
despair, from which we can find wonderful relief as we claw our way
out
or are rescued.

Oladipo. For nearly a decade, Durant, Ibaka and Westbrook

引言**

不幸所带来的希望的丧失会使我们陷入深深的绝望之中,当我们挣扎出来或获救时,我们可以从中找到奇妙的解脱。

were synonymous with Thunder basketball. Now two of the

“我从不惧怕大场面,我也会紧张焦虑,但这些都表明我准备好了”— 史蒂芬·库里

2)Western Conference 西部赛区

three are gone.

12分钟,只需要12分钟,库里和勇士就会将梦寐以求的拉里·奥布赖恩杯捧回家,加冕冠军,永垂不朽。那是2015年NBA总决赛第六场的第四节,比赛在克利夫兰骑士的主场进行,进入第四节时勇士领先,再赢下这节比赛就会获得NBA总冠军。然而就在三场比赛前,全世界都认为勇士会出局。

conference 体育协会

“Our ability to adapt and evolve is important and

勇士在对阵勒布朗·詹姆斯领导的克里夫兰骑士的系列赛中,先是2比
1落后,许多球迷开始认为骑士队(尽管两大巨星凯里·欧文和凯文·乐福都缺席)会赢得总冠军,甚至还有人认为勇士原本就不应该进入NBA总决赛。

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certainly has been a big part of our organization,”

再一次所有的质疑开始甚嚣尘上,就像人们说金州勇士是因为幸运才在NBA季后赛走了这么远。俄克拉荷马雷霆最优秀的球员凯文·杜兰特由于伤病没有参赛,所以勇士是幸运的;他们没有和前冠军队圣安东尼奥马刺相遇,所以勇士是幸运的;甚至他们能够角逐NBA总冠军就已经很幸运了。

Like Kerr before him on Friday’s postgame podium, Warriors forward
Draymond Green spoke of simply trying to win one basketball game, the
next game, as the proper way to dig out of this series hole. But
then he dropped his guard and mentioned winning three in a row,
something the Warriors have done often.

Presti said. “We’ve gone through several different

库里对这些质疑者和不喜欢自己的人都已司空见惯。在整个篮球生涯中(通过本书你将有所了解)库里曾面对无数批评和质疑,但他都一一攻克,在逆境中最终获得胜利。在这个最大的篮球舞台上,库里决定再次向世人证明自己。

就像周五赛后发布会上克尔讲的一样,勇士队前锋德雷蒙德·格林说他就想赢得一场篮球赛,下一场比赛,找到一个很好的方式爬出这个系列赛的深坑。但后来他放弃了防守,并提到连胜三场,这是勇士们经常做的事情。

cycles as a team and have tried to evolve off of a

库里想向世人证明自己并不仅仅是幸运,他想要证明他可以在总决赛打球,他可以成为最有价值球员(MVP),他可以赢得总冠军,也可以成为有史以来最伟大的球员之一。

dig out

foundation of principles. The vision of the team and what

库里起点不高,他在2009年NBA选秀中获得第七顺位,不太受人关注;他的新秀赛季,勇士队战绩联盟倒数;因为经常受伤病困扰,遭到评论家的嫌弃;而现在,库里将要彻底粉碎那些质疑他能否成为NBA巨星的言论。

挖出,挖掘出;找出,翻出(收存、藏起或遗忘很久之物)

we want the Thunder to stand for is steadfast.

所有这些只需要12分钟——一节比赛的时间就足以证明。面对克利夫兰骑士队粉丝的嘘声、评论家的质疑以及全世界的关注,库里将会向他们证明自己能够在压力下取得成功,这是他在多年的篮球生涯中获得并磨练出来的能力。再有12分钟,世人将会了解库里的传奇,了解这位篮球史上最伟大的射手;再有12分钟,史蒂芬·库里将会被当做真正的巨星;再有12分钟,大家将不再认为史蒂芬·库里靠运气当选MVP,他将实现华丽转身,成为NBA总冠军,并继续巩固他在联盟中中流砥柱的地位。

But they’re a whole year removed from doing that in a Finals (last
year’s sweep of the Cavs). This is a more worn-down, tired team.

“The reason why we’re optimistic about the future is

这是一个有关史蒂芬·库里崛起,有关远程射手,有关最有价值球员,有关总冠军的故事。

但他们在总决赛中已经整整一年没有这样做了(去年对骑士队的横扫)。这是一支精疲力竭的队伍。

because I think we have a clear identity of who we are.

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In fact, Game 4 was more than Golden State’s 102nd game of 2018-19,
regular and postseason combined. It was the 102nd playoff game of
their five consecutive Finals runs, which means they have crammed an
extra season-plus into their schedules compared to the
underachievers on lottery teams sitting at home.

We know there are going to be inherent challenges. Our

事实上,第四场比赛已经超过了金州队2018-19赛季第102场常规赛和季后赛的总和。这是他们连续五场总决赛的第102场季后赛,这意味着,与那些坐在家里的乐透区成绩不佳的球队相比,他们已经把额外一个多赛季加进了他们的时间表。

job is to figure out how to make progress and how to

an extra season-plus 额外一个多赛季

continue the legacy of the organization, and how to

From the looks of it Friday, these guys are ready to be toppled,
like the Lakers in 1989 and again in 2004, like the Heat were shown to
be by San Antonio in 2014 and the Cavaliers were last June.

continue to create an environment where players and staff

从周五的情况来看,这些队员已经准备好被淘汰了,比如1989年的湖人队和2004年的湖人队,就像2014年的圣安东尼奥队和去年6月的骑士队一样。

can thrive and do their best work. That’s energizing for

The boisterous Raptors fans who staged their takeover of the
Warriors’ building near and after the end of Game 4 were merely
mirroring
what their favorite team did on the court from halftime on.
Golden State could not stop it. Rudy Tomjanovich might still be inclined
to scream into the darkness (“Never underestimate the heart of a
champion”). But pride only takes you so far, and that’s mostly what the
Warriors have left.

everybody.”

在第四场比赛结束前后,狂暴的猛龙队球迷们上演了他们对勇士大厦的接管,在第四场比赛结束前后,他们只是模仿了自己最喜欢的球队半场以后的表现。金州阻止不了它。鲁迪·托米扬诺维奇可能仍然倾向于在黑暗中尖叫(“永远不要低估冠军的心”)。但是骄傲只会带你走这么远,而这正是勇士们留下来的。

2. Third quarter? That’s Toronto’s now

It took the Raptors more than 18 minutes to score 30 points Friday
night, stymied by the pace of the game and particularly Golden State’s
scrappy, hustling defense.

2.第三节?那是多伦多的了

星期五晚上,猛龙队花了18分钟多的时间才拿到30分,他们被比赛的节奏所困扰,特别是金州队的激烈防守

Immediately after halftime, it took Toronto only 12 minutes to put
up
37.

上半场结束后,多伦多只花了12分钟就上演了37分。

The time of death for Golden State on Friday was immediately after Kawhi
Leonard drained consecutive 3-pointers – “F-you” shots, teammate Fred
VanVleet memorably coined them – that boosted Toronto from a 46-42
deficit to an early lead. The Warriors already had played well
enough to rightly feel they should have had a bigger cushion; falling
behind so rudely seemed to buckle the defending champs.

上周五金州队的死亡时间是在卡希·伦纳德连续三分球“F-You”得分后,队友弗雷德·万夫利特杜撰了令人难忘的“F-You”,帮助多伦多队46-42落后变成早早的领先。勇士队已经打得很好了,他们觉得应该有更大的缓冲;如此粗暴地落在后面,似乎压垮卫冕冠军。

1)drain 下雨,泼水

v.排空;流光;放干;流走,流出;喝光;喝干

n.下水道;排水管;下水道孔盖;消耗;耗竭;耗费

drained consecutive 3-pointers 连续投进3分

2)boosted Toronto from a 46-42 deficit to an early lead

帮助多伦多队46-42落后变成早早的领先

3)buckle 英 [ˈbʌkl] 美 [ˈbʌkl]

v.搭扣扣住;压垮,压弯;双腿发软

n.搭扣,锁扣

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buckle

That they feel third quarters are their birthright made the switcheroo
intolerable.

他们认为第三节是他们与生俱来的权利,突如其来的变化变得难以忍受。

switcheroo

突如其来的变化;私密交换;;偷换

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switcheroo 风云骤变

“We had a big problem with the third quarter in Game 2,” said Toronto
coach Nick Nurse. “We had to make some adjustment there to try to
combat the way they come out of the half. We made the decision to put
Fred in, [first] in Game 3 and then Game 4 again. Mostly it’s to try
to keep up pace of our offense going. It gives us two point guards
out there that can push the ball, get it in and get it going, and it
kind of paid off.

“我们在第二场比赛的第三节遇到了很大的问题,”多伦多教练尼克·纳塞尔说。“我们必须在那里做一些调整,以试图与他们走出半决赛的方式作斗争。我们决定把弗雷德首先放在第三场比赛,然后又放在第四场。主要是为了跟上我们进攻的步伐。这给了我们两个控球后卫,他们可以把球推进去,然后让球继续前进,这样就有了回报。

“I know Kawhi’s two big 3s to start the half really changed the whole
feel of everybody. Everybody was like, ‘Okay, man, we know we are here,
let’s go,’ and we just kind of kept going from those two 3s.”

“我知道川崎的两大号三分开下半场,真的改变了大家的整体感觉。每个人都说,‘好吧,伙计,我们知道我们在这里,我们走吧’,我们只是从那两个3分开始一直走下去。”

For the Warriors, who have done that to so many others, turnabout was a
pain in the rump. “Oh, this sucks,” Draymond Green recalled thinking, as
Toronto took control of the quarter. “It sucks really bad. You just try
and do whatever you can to change it. Get a stop, get a bucket, get some
momentum. Every time we did, they answered.”

对于勇士队来说,他们对许多其他球队都做过太多这样的事,反过来就是一种痛苦的感觉。“哦,太糟糕了,”德雷蒙德·格林回忆道,当时多伦多控制了这一节。“真糟糕。你只要尽力去改变它。停下来,喝口水,获得一些动力。每次我们这样做,他们都会回应。”

get a bucket=get a bucket full of water

喝口水

Green was asked about the difficulty of rattling the stone-faced
Leonard with whatever defensive tactic Golden State could muster,
and brushed the question aside. “I don’t think you’re ever going to
rattle Kawhi. Not sure we used that word one time in our scouting
report
, ‘We’re going to rattle him,’” Green said.

格林被问到用金州能采取的任何防御策略来对付面对石头面孔的伦纳德有多困难,他题置之不理。格林说:“我不认为你会让卡维大吃一惊。不确定我们在球探报告中曾经用过这个词,‘我们要把他吓坏了’。”

But it’s not just Leonard now. It’s the Raptors. Time after time,
whenever Golden State revved up with a couple of scoring
possessions
, signaling to their fans they ready to make a run, Toronto
snuffed it with a 3-pointer or a well-executed pick-and-roll.
They’ve got a team of Kawhis-in-training, unflappable lately if not as
inscrutable.

但现在不仅仅是伦纳德,而是猛龙队。一次又一次,每当金州队在进攻中刚要发动,向球迷们发出准备开跑的信号时,多伦多队就用一个三分球或一个执行良好的挡拆球将其扼杀。他们有一支川西队在训练,如果不是很难理解的话,他们最近很镇定。

1)revved up 发动

adj.(为重要或激动人心的活动)做好准备的

rev

快速运转

when you rev an engine or it revs , it runs quickly

The taxi driver revved up his engine.

出租车司机把发动机发动起来

I could hear the car revving outside.

我可以听到外面汽车发动的声音。

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rev up his engine

2)scoring possessions 进攻控球

“Most teams will take cues from their leaders or their star players, so
I think that spreads around a little bit,” Nurse said. But he also
praised vets such as Marc Gasol, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry and VanVleet
for how steady they’ve been.

Nurse说:“大多数球队都会从他们的领袖或明星球员那里得到提示,所以我认为这会鼓励到他们。”但他也赞扬了像马克·加索尔、丹尼·格林、凯尔·洛瑞和范维莱特这样的老兵,他们的状态是如此稳定。

Now, with the temptation to imagine hoisting a championship trophy,
the Raptors might be expected to buy into the stat that, of the
34 teams in the Finals who have led 3-1, 33 of them got their rings.

现在,有了举起冠军奖杯的诱惑,猛龙队可能会相信统计数字,在决赛中以3比1领先的34支球队中,有33支获得了冠军戒指。

But this team is so focused, so resolute in taking care of business
down to the smallest and most mundane task
, that all Nurse might have
to do is remind them how many aspiring champs won three games in a
Finals and still headed into summer empty-handed.

但这支球队是如此专注,如此坚定地将业务注意到最细微平凡的任务,以至于Nurse可能要做的就只是提醒他们,有多少想得冠军的球队在总决赛中赢得了三场比赛,但仍然空手进入夏天。

(It’s 19.)

No trophy, no rings.

没有奖杯,没有戒指。

3. A surge from Serge

The chemistry between Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry was evident in their
playful banter on the podium Friday night. Each slipped into his
role, Lowry as the instigator, Ibaka as the silent target of his
jibes.

三。谢尔盖的涌现

星期五晚上,谢尔盖·伊巴卡和凯尔·洛瑞在讲台上开玩笑时,他们之间的默契很明显。每一位都扮演了自己的角色,洛瑞是煽动者,伊巴卡是玩笑的无声目标。

surge 急剧上升 英 [sɜːdʒ] 美 [sɜːrdʒ]

v.涌;汹涌;涌动;使强烈地感到;急剧上升;飞涨;激增

n.突发;急剧上升,激增;大量;一大批;奔涌向前;突然的向上运动

“You joining me?” Lowry asked, as Ibaka got to the podium a half minute
after him. “Serge Ibaka, everybody. You all know him. Nice outfit. Worth
a lot of money. Is that jacket real leather?”

“Yes, it’s real leather,” Ibaka said.

“Pants too tight, he can’t even sit down,” Lowry said.

“你加入我吗?洛瑞问道,伊巴卡在半分钟后走上讲台。“Serge
Ibaka,各位。你们都认识他,很漂亮的衣服,值很多钱的,那件夹克是真皮的吗?“

“是的,这是真皮的,”伊巴卡说。

“裤子太紧了,他甚至不能坐下,”洛瑞说。

On court, Ibaka’s defensive impact and 20 points in reserve dampened a
lot of Warrior enthusiasm.

在球场上,伊巴卡的防守冲击和备用20分打压了很多勇士队的热情。

in reserve

英 [ɪn rɪˈzɜːv] 美 [ɪn rɪˈzɜːrv]

留出备用;保留;储存

There are nights when Ibaka comes across like Chief in “One Flew Over
the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a large, lumbering and rather stiff option near the
rim with very little to say. Some nights, he even seems to be asleep.

有些晚上伊巴卡会像《飞过布谷鸟的巢》中的首领一样出现,这是一个巨大的,笨拙的,在篮筐附近相当僵化的选择,没有什么可说的。有些晚上,他甚至似乎睡着了。

But still waters often run deep, too deep for the Warriors in Game 4, it
turned out. Ibaka’s here today, gone tomorrow shooting touch had him
playing in a way that none of Golden State’s three centers – DeMarcus
Cousins, Kevon Looney or Andrew Bogut – could match.

但事实证明,对于第四场比赛中的勇士队来说,死水常常很深,太深了。伊巴卡今天在这里,明天死水就不复存在了,他的投球方式,金州的考辛斯,鲁尼或者博古特三个中锋都不是他的对手。

“You know,” Nurse said, “once he gets into the series, which he did in
Game 3, with the blocked shots and the rebounding and stuff, he seems to
stay in the series. He usually gives you all of it.”

“你知道,”Nurse说,“一旦他进入了第三场比赛中的系列赛,在盖帽、篮板和其他方面,他似乎就留在了系列赛中,你要什么他通常给什么。”

Said Lowry, about knowing when a Serge surge is coming: “He doesn’t say
anything. When Serge is effective defensively is when he’s at his best.
I think the scoring just comes. We’re going to make sure he gets that
pick-and-pop jump shot, he’s rolling … When he brings that
intensity and that fierceness, it’s kind of tough to stop him on both
ends of the floor.”

洛瑞说,他知道什么时候会有Serge出现:“他什么也没说。当Serge有效防守时,他就处于最佳状态。我想得分就有了。我们要确保他能得到挡拆跳投的机会,他能挡拆……当他达到那种强度和凶猛程度时,要在球场两端阻止他就有点困难了。”

4. Stephen Curry had a bad game

One of the most famous pieces of magazine journalism ever was entitled,
“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” by Gay Talese, a profile written when
Sinatra obviously was ill of body and temper, and didn’t even grant
Talese an interview. So our headline kind of tells the story as his did:
Curry, one of the top five players in the NBA and probably the greatest
overall shooter of all time, was not his two-time MVP self. He wasn’t
even the Game 3 version (47 points).

4.斯蒂芬·库里的比赛很糟糕

《新闻学》杂志上最著名的一篇文章是《弗兰克·辛纳特拉感冒了》,作者是盖伊·塔雷斯,他写的一篇文章中,辛纳特拉明显的身体和脾气不好,甚至没有给塔雷斯一次采访。因此,我们的头条新闻和他一样讲述了这个故事:库里,NBA前五名球员之一,可能是有史以来最伟大的总射手,他不是两次获得MVP的自己。他甚至不是第三场比赛的版本。

The Warriors’ point guard scored 20 fewer points in this one, and was
2-of-9 from 3-point range. He missed all five of his shots from the
arc in the first half and he picked up some obvious frustration
fouls
. Curry played 43 of the 48 minutes, and Golden State was
outscored by 11 points when he was on the court.

“It wasn’t his best game,” Kerr said.

勇士队的控球后卫在这场比赛中少拿了20分,并且在3分的射程9投2中。上半场,他五次都没能从弧顶投进,他领到了一些明显的伤势的犯规。在48分钟中,库里打了43分,他在球场上金州队落后11分。

“这不是他最好的比赛,”科尔说。

Evaluating Curry, for the Warriors, was going to come down to breaking
down video and keeping the faith. Evaluating him, for the rest of us, is
getting complicated these days by a sense that Curry did get his due in
past Finals – at least in terms of winning the Bill Russell Award as
Finals MVP.

对勇士队来说,评估库里,将下来要分析视频,保持信念。对于我们其他人来说,最近对他的评价变得越来越复杂,因为有一种感觉,库里确实在过去的总决赛中得到了应有的成绩——至少在赢得比尔·拉塞尔总决赛MVP奖方面是如此。

But that’s no excuse to don rose-colored glasses every time he hits the
floor. As scintillating as his performance was in defeat
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raggedy and unproductive.

但那不是每次他一落地就戴上玫瑰色眼镜的借口。正如他在周三战败中的出色表现一样,他是勇士队唯一健康的威胁,他的第四场比赛表现糟糕,毫无成效。

“They have been aggressive all series and trying to take space away from
me and Klay,” Curry said. “I missed some shots early that I usually
make, especially from the 3-point line. But overall, I thought I got
good looks.”

库里说:“他们在所有系列赛中都很有侵略性,试图抢走我和克莱的位置。”“我很早就错过了一些投篮机会,尤其是在3分线的时候。但总的来说,我觉得我长得不错。”

Every game doesn’t need to be a referendum on the level of Curry
appreciation. He might have deserved more consideration as Finals MVP in
2015, when Andre Iguodala snagged it with a strong performance in the
clinching game. And even though Kevin Durant was an easy choice in 2017,
there were some who felt Curry was more essential (including this
voter).

每一场比赛都不需要在库里升值水平上进行全民公决。在2015年的决赛中,伊戈达拉凭借出色的表现赢得了MVP,他或许应该得到更多的关注。尽管凯文·杜兰特在2017年是一个公正的选择,但也有一些人认为库里更重要。

In some cosmic and just way, Curry probably should have been recognized
with hardware somewhere among the three.

在某种宇宙的、公正的方式下,库里可能应该在这三者中的某个地方被当作硬件识别出来。

But all signs are pointing to Leonard now, so Curry might have to muddle
along with only those two Maurice Podoloff trophies for regular-season
MVPs, along with his All-NBA berths and assorted accolades, his
ginormous contract and bounty of commercial endorsements, three
rings (unless this series turns around) and a better life than most
people who’ve ever walked the planet.

但是现在所有的迹象都指向了伦纳德,所以库里可能只能混在常规赛MVP的两个莫里斯·波多洛夫奖杯,以及他所有的NBA铺位和各种各样的荣誉,他巨大的合同和大量的商业赞助,三枚戒指(除非这个系列有转机)和比曾经在这个星球上行走过大多数人生活更好过。

5. Durant to play in Game … 8?

It’s possible that Durant will come walking through Rick Pitino’s
proverbial door and seize what’s left of the championship series by
the throat
, playing like the two-time Finals MVP he is. Failing that,
if there’s a Game 6, maybe that’s the night Durant at least does a
Willis Reed impersonation, limping through the Oracle tunnel to a
thunderous roar and hitting a couple of early shots to inspire his
teammates to something special. (There still, alas, would be a pesky
Game 7 for which to account, back in Toronto, likely muddying the
drama.)

5.杜兰特参加第八场比赛?

有可能杜兰特会穿过众所周知的里克皮蒂诺大门,系列赛剩下的一切抓住冠军喉咙,像两届总决赛的MVP一样。如果失败了,如果是第6场比赛,那可能就是杜兰特至少模仿威利斯·里德,一瘸一拐地穿过甲骨文隧道,发出雷鸣般的轰鸣声,并打了几个早期的球来激励他的队友去做一些特别的事情。(唉,在多伦多,仍然会有一场令人讨厌的第七场比赛,这场比赛很可能会把这出戏搞得一团糟。)

Then again, maybe Durant doesn’t come back at all. For the Finals or
with the Warriors, period.

再说一遍,也许杜兰特根本就不回来了。为决赛或与勇士队,不再说了。

Speculation at this point is all over the map. Some think the Warriors
planned to hold him out until things got really dire, to buy extra
healing time and maybe not use him at all. Others now believe Durant’s
rehab process of his strained right calf back-slid to some degree on
Thursday, when he participated in a checkpoint workout with the training
staff. A few folks think he never was going to play in this Finals,
regardless.

在这一点上的猜测到处都是。一些人认为勇士队计划把他留在外面直到事情变得非常艰难时,赢得额外的治疗时间,也许根本不用他。当他和训练人员一起参加边防站训练时,其他人现在认为杜兰特的右腿拉伤恢复过程在周四有所下滑。一些人认为他无论如何都不会参加决赛。

After all, the All-NBA forward hasn’t played since May 8, missing nine
fairly important games. This is a league where injuries typically face
an “If this were a playoff game, would he play?” threshold. Durant has
been nearly as absent from this NBA postseason as LeBron James.

毕竟,全NBA的前锋自5月8日以来就没有打过球,错过了9场相当重要的比赛。这是一个伤病通常会面临“如果这是一场季后赛,他会打吗?”“门槛。杜兰特几乎和勒布朗·詹姆斯一样缺席NBA季后赛。

Look, all injuries are different, and even the same type of injury can
have different timelines with different sufferers. Klay Thompson rushing
back from his hamstring issue after skipping only Game 3 is at the
crazy-resilient end of
the durability scale. Kevon Looney basically
rose from the ashes, giving the Warriors a rim runner and 10 points,
with six rebounds, in 20 minutes off the bench. He had been ruled out
for the rest of the series after suffering a rib cartilage fracture
in his crash to the floor in Game 2.

看,所有的伤害都是不同的,即使是同一类型的伤害,不同的患者也有不同的时间表。Klay
Thompson在仅仅过第三场比赛后,就从腿筋问题中冲了回来,这是耐用性等级中最具弹性的部分。基冯·鲁尼基本上从伤病中振作起来,在20分钟的替补席上给了勇士一个保护篮框者和10分,6个篮板。在第二场比赛中,他在摔倒在地板上肋骨软骨骨折,这让他在接下来的比赛中被排除在外。

rise from the ashes 死灰复燃,浴火重生,迅速崛起

After anticipation of Durant’s availability got out in front of his
reality for a few days, the chatter is more tempered now. There’s a
shrug and a whiff of uncertainty folded into every mention. If Durant
had his Thursday workout, he would have played Friday. If he had a
setback …

在杜兰特的现实暴露了几天之后,期望杜兰特出场的谈话已经变得更加温和了。每提到一次,都会有耸肩和一丝不确定的感觉。如果杜兰特星期四锻炼的话,他星期五就可以上场了。如果他有挫折…

Heck, at this point it might be more pragmatic for the medical peeps to
declare him out and let the Warriors who’ve come this far see this
through, yea or nay.

见鬼,在这一点上,医学窥视宣布他出来也许更务实,并让勇士队这么远就看穿“打与不打”这一点。

“As far as KD, there’s been hope that he will come back the whole
series,” Draymond Green said. “So that’s not going to change now.
Obviously we hope to have him, but we’ll see what happens. We don’t make
that final call, he don’t really even make that final call. His body
will tell him if he can get out there or not. And if he can, great. And
if not, you still got to try to find a way to win the next game.”

德雷蒙德·格林说:“就杜兰特而言,人们一直希望他能重返整个系列赛。”“所以现在不会改变。很明显,我们希望有他,但我们会看看会发生什么。我们没有打最后一个电话,他甚至没有打最后一个电话。他的身体会告诉他是否能出来。如果可以的话,太好了。如果不行,你还得想办法赢得下一场比赛。”

The Warriors had been holding out hope for Durant’s return as if he
was their ace in the hole, imagining him with zero rust or rhythm
issues once back and no limitations on his gait.

勇士队一直对杜兰特的回归抱有希望,就好像他是他们的A牌一样,还想象他一回来就没有生锈或节奏问题,步态也没有限制。

But he has passed the “In case of emergency, break glass” point of
urgent help possibilities. Now Durant resembles more the keg hanging
from a Saint Bernard dog’s collar. It’s a nice concept, but when was the
last time one of those dogs saved somebody who literally drank from the
little barrel?

但他已经通过了“紧急情况下,打破玻璃”点的紧急帮助的可能性。现在,杜兰特更像是圣伯纳德狗项圈上挂着那个水桶。这是一个很好的概念,但是从小桶里喝水被狗救命的人,最近的是什么时候?

Toronto is in a foreign land, by NBA standards. But it ain’t the Alps.

按照NBA的标准,多伦多在国外。而不是阿尔卑斯山。

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him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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1. Dynasties eventually become ‘die-nastys’

Will we get one more game at Oracle Arena? The scene of so much Golden
State wonderfulness the past five seasons? A building about to be
abandoned when the Warriors move from Oakland to a state-of-the-art
arena across the Bay?

Hold up. Asking one more game out of the Warriors seems a lot at the
moment.

These guys just suffered their second consecutive home playoff loss by
10 points or more, something that hasn’t happened to this franchise in
50 years. After three straight games scoring precisely 109 points, the
Warriors came up 15 short Friday. They are 0-9 overall this season when
held to double digits, and 0-11 in the playoffs (Steve Kerr era), when
they score 94 or fewer.

And now they’re on the wrong side of a 3-1 deficit, lacking everything
from certain healthy bodies to an edge, a sharpness that was missing in
the second half.

Granted, Golden State once held a 3-1 edge in a Finals, all the way back
in 2016 … when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers chased them
down and became the only Finals team to claw out of a home. The Warriors
did the same to Oklahoma City in the 2016 Western Conference finals. So
they not only have a blueprint, they have the know-how and an
opportunity to do it again.

Like Kerr before him on Friday’s postgame podium, Warriors forward
Draymond Green spoke of simply trying to win one basketball game, the
next game, as the proper way to dig out of this series hole. But then he
dropped his guard and mentioned winning three in a row, something the
Warriors have done often.

But they’re a whole year removed from doing that in a Finals (last
year’s sweep of the Cavs). This is a more worn-down, tired team.

In fact, Game 4 was more than Golden State’s 102nd game of 2018-19,
regular and postseason combined. It was the 102nd playoff game of their
five consecutive Finals runs, which means they have crammed an extra
season-plus into their schedules compared to the underachievers on
lottery teams sitting at home.

From the looks of it Friday, these guys are ready to be toppled, like
the Lakers in 1989 and again in 2004, like the Heat were shown to be by
San Antonio in 2014 and the Cavaliers were last June.

The boisterous Raptors fans who staged their takeover of the Warriors’
building near and after the end of Game 4 were merely mirroring what
their favorite team did on the court from halftime on. Golden State
could not stop it. Rudy Tomjanovich might still be inclined to scream
into the darkness (“Never underestimate the heart of a champion”). But
pride only takes you so far, and that’s mostly what the Warriors have
left.

2. Third quarter? That’s Toronto’s now

It took the Raptors more than 18 minutes to score 30 points Friday
night, stymied by the pace of the game and particularly Golden State’s
scrappy, hustling defense.

Immediately after halftime, it took Toronto only 12 minutes to put up
37.

The time of death for Golden State on Friday was immediately after Kawhi
Leonard drained consecutive 3-pointers – “F-you” shots, teammate Fred
VanVleet memorably coined them – that boosted Toronto from a 46-42
deficit to an early lead. The Warriors already had played well enough to
rightly feel they should have had a bigger cushion; falling behind so
rudely seemed to buckle the defending champs.

That they feel third quarters are their birthright made the switcheroo
intolerable.

“We had a big problem with the third quarter in Game 2,” said Toronto
coach Nick Nurse. “We had to make some adjustment there to try to combat
the way they come out of the half. We made the decision to put Fred in,
[first] in Game 3 and then Game 4 again. Mostly it’s to try to keep up
pace of our offense going. It gives us two point guards out there that
can push the ball, get it in and get it going, and it kind of paid off.

“I know Kawhi’s two big 3s to start the half really changed the whole
feel of everybody. Everybody was like, ‘Okay, man, we know we are here,
let’s go,’ and we just kind of kept going from those two 3s.”

For the Warriors, who have done that to so many others, turnabout was a
pain in the rump. “Oh, this sucks,” Draymond Green recalled thinking, as
Toronto took control of the quarter. “It sucks really bad. You just try
and do whatever you can to change it. Get a stop, get a bucket, get some
momentum. Every time we did, they answered.”

Green was asked about the difficulty of rattling the stone-faced Leonard
with whatever defensive tactic Golden State could muster, and brushed
the question aside. “I don’t think you’re ever going to rattle Kawhi.
Not sure we used that word one time in our scouting report, ‘We’re going
to rattle him,’” Green said.

But it’s not just Leonard now. It’s the Raptors. Time after time,
whenever Golden State revved up with a couple of scoring possessions,
signaling to their fans they ready to make a run, Toronto snuffed it
with a 3-pointer or a well-executed pick-and-roll. They’ve got a team of
Kawhis-in-training, unflappable lately if not as inscrutable.

“Most teams will take cues from their leaders or their star players, so
I think that spreads around a little bit,” Nurse said. But he also
praised vets such as Marc Gasol, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry and VanVleet
for how steady they’ve been.

Now, with the temptation to imagine hoisting a championship trophy, the
Raptors might be expected to buy into the stat that, of the 34 teams in
the Finals who have led 3-1, 33 of them got their rings.

But this team is so focused, so resolute in taking care of business down
to the smallest and most mundane task, that all Nurse might have to do
is remind them how many aspiring champs won three games in a Finals and
still headed into summer empty-handed.

(It’s 19.)

No trophy, no rings.

3. A surge from Serge

The chemistry between Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry was evident in their
playful banter on the podium Friday night. Each slipped into his role,
Lowry as the instigator, Ibaka as the silent target of his jibes.

“You joining me?” Lowry asked, as Ibaka got to the podium a half minute
after him. “Serge Ibaka, everybody. You all know him. Nice outfit. Worth
a lot of money. Is that jacket real leather?”

“Yes, it’s real leather,” Ibaka said.

“Pants too tight, he can’t even sit down,” Lowry said.

On court, Ibaka’s defensive impact and 20 points in reserve dampened a
lot of Warrior enthusiasm.

There are nights when Ibaka comes across like Chief in “One Flew Over
the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a large, lumbering and rather stiff option near the
rim with very little to say. Some nights, he even seems to be asleep.

But still waters often run deep, too deep for the Warriors in Game 4, it
turned out. Ibaka’s here today, gone tomorrow shooting touch had him
playing in a way that none of Golden State’s three centers – DeMarcus
Cousins, Kevon Looney or Andrew Bogut – could match.

“You know,” Nurse said, “once he gets into the series, which he did in
Game 3, with the blocked shots and the rebounding and stuff, he seems to
stay in the series. He usually gives you all of it.”

Said Lowry, about knowing when a Serge surge is coming: “He doesn’t say
anything. When Serge is effective defensively is when he’s at his best.
I think the scoring just comes. We’re going to make sure he gets that
pick-and-pop jump shot, he’s rolling … When he brings that intensity and
that fierceness, it’s kind of tough to stop him on both ends of the
floor.”

4. Stephen Curry had a bad game

One of the most famous pieces of magazine journalism ever was entitled,
“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” by Gay Talese, a profile written when
Sinatra obviously was ill of body and temper, and didn’t even grant
Talese an interview. So our headline kind of tells the story as his did:
Curry, one of the top five players in the NBA and probably the greatest
overall shooter of all time, was not his two-time MVP self. He wasn’t
even the Game 3 version (47 points).

The Warriors’ point guard scored 20 fewer points in this one, and was
2-of-9 from 3-point range. He missed all five of his shots from the arc
in the first half and he picked up some obvious frustration fouls. Curry
played 43 of the 48 minutes, and Golden State was outscored by 11 points
when he was on the court.

“It wasn’t his best game,” Kerr said.

Evaluating Curry, for the Warriors, was going to come down to breaking
down video and keeping the faith. Evaluating him, for the rest of us, is
getting complicated these days by a sense that Curry did get his due in
past Finals – at least in terms of winning the Bill Russell Award as
Finals MVP.

But that’s no excuse to don rose-colored glasses every time he hits the
floor. As scintillating as his performance was in defeat Wednesday as
the Warriors’ only healthy threat, his Game 4 work was raggedy and
unproductive.

“They have been aggressive all series and trying to take space away from
me and Klay,” Curry said. “I missed some shots early that I usually
make, especially from the 3-point line. But overall, I thought I got
good looks.”

Every game doesn’t need to be a referendum on the level of Curry
appreciation. He might have deserved more consideration as Finals MVP in
2015, when Andre Iguodala snagged it with a strong performance in the
clinching game. And even though Kevin Durant was an easy choice in 2017,
there were some who felt Curry was more essential (including this
voter).

In some cosmic and just way, Curry probably should have been recognized
with hardware somewhere among the three.

But all signs are pointing to Leonard now, so Curry might have to muddle
along with only those two Maurice Podoloff trophies for regular-season
MVPs, along with his All-NBA berths and assorted accolades, his
ginormous contract and bounty of commercial endorsements, three rings
(unless this series turns around) and a better life than most people
who’ve ever walked the planet.

5. Durant to play in Game … 8?

It’s possible that Durant will come walking through Rick Pitino’s
proverbial door and seize what’s left of the championship series by the
throat, playing like the two-time Finals MVP he is. Failing that, if
there’s a Game 6, maybe that’s the night Durant at least does a Willis
Reed impersonation, limping through the Oracle tunnel to a thunderous
roar and hitting a couple of early shots to inspire his teammates to
something special. (There still, alas, would be a pesky Game 7 for which
to account, back in Toronto, likely muddying the drama.)

Then again, maybe Durant doesn’t come back at all. For the Finals or
with the Warriors, period.

Speculation at this point is all over the map. Some think the Warriors
planned to hold him out until things got really dire, to buy extra
healing time and maybe not use him at all. Others now believe Durant’s
rehab process of his strained right calf back-slid to some degree on
Thursday, when he participated in a checkpoint workout with the training
staff. A few folks think he never was going to play in this Finals,
regardless.

After all, the All-NBA forward hasn’t played since May 8, missing nine
fairly important games. This is a league where injuries typically face
an “If this were a playoff game, would he play?” threshold. Durant has
been nearly as absent from this NBA postseason as LeBron James.

Look, all injuries are different, and even the same type of injury can
have different timelines with different sufferers. Klay Thompson rushing
back from his hamstring issue after skipping only Game 3 is at the
crazy-resilient end of the durability scale. Kevon Looney basically rose
from the ashes, giving the Warriors a rim runner and 10 points, with six
rebounds, in 20 minutes off the bench. He had been ruled out for the
rest of the series after suffering a rib cartilage fracture in his crash
to the floor in Game 2.

After anticipation of Durant’s availability got out in front of his
reality for a few days, the chatter is more tempered now. There’s a
shrug and a whiff of uncertainty folded into every mention. If Durant
had his Thursday workout, he would have played Friday. If he had a
setback …

Heck, at this point it might be more pragmatic for the medical peeps to
declare him out and let the Warriors who’ve come this far see this
through, yea or nay.

“As far as KD, there’s been hope that he will come back the whole
series,” Draymond Green said. “So that’s not going to change now.
Obviously we hope to have him, but we’ll see what happens. We don’t make
that final call, he don’t really even make that final call. His body
will tell him if he can get out there or not. And if he can, great. And
if not, you still got to try to find a way to win the next game.”

The Warriors had been holding out hope for Durant’s return as if he was
their ace in the hole, imagining him with zero rust or rhythm issues
once back and no limitations on his gait.

But he has passed the “In case of emergency, break glass” point of
urgent help possibilities. Now Durant resembles more the keg hanging
from a Saint Bernard dog’s collar. It’s a nice concept, but when was the
last time one of those dogs saved somebody who literally drank from the
little barrel?

Toronto is in a foreign land, by NBA standards. But it ain’t the Alps.

* * *

Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail
him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA,
its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.