Raptors relishing opportunity: 'This is awesome'
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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Toronto Raptors came about as close as a team can to winning an NBA title Monday night.
Up by six points with three minutes to go against the Golden State Warriors, and then having multiple chances to tie or win the game in the final minute, the Raptors came within a couple Draymond Green fingertips of a shot to win a championship at the buzzer of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena.
But rather than being upset about the opportunity it let slip away, Toronto is instead excited to have two more cracks at winning this series — beginning with Game 6 on Thursday night here at Oracle Arena.
“Did it hit me any harder? Not really,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said during his news conference before his team practiced Wednesday afternoon. “They all hit you hard. Listen, I’m like anybody that was there that understands the outcome of that one changes things a little bit.
“But I’ll say this: I’m absolutely thrilled to be coaching in another Finals game. This is awesome, right? All these things when