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>> sky 7, high above oracle arena. we get set for game four of the nba finals between warriors and the raptors. here we go again. this could be the final warriors game ever in this building. a win tonight would guarantee a game six here next thursday. and that would be the finale after 47 years. walk on in and get your seat at oracle arena. we're down on the baseline. the dubs on 7. a lot of excitement here. we've got a bunch of kevin durant news to get to. we'll get to that in a moment. not a must-win situation for the warriors. they're down two games to one. i would describe it as a highly advisable game to win if you
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want the confetti coming down and popping champagne next being sometime. klay thompson is available to play and there is no minutes restriction. we saw play frustrated in game three because he was held out due to the hamstring injury. the warriors missed him on both ends of the court. >> i thought in the beginning of game three. oracle needs to come alive. this can't be the last game at oracle. we have to have another game. no team has beaten the warriors three times in a season. 1994, 1995. now is not the time to start. they need energy tonight and they'll get it with klay. >> when you look at the last game, three guys in double figures. six guys for toronto in double figures. we're already leading with k.d.
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not being here. what he does defensively is so much more important. i think that's going to be the thing moving forward. >> did marc gasol just take a shot at you? did he give you that? >> did somebody hit me? [ laughter ] >> it's a little big man love out here. >> you know what? go out there. and do it. do what you need to do. do it for the team. you're still getting paid. we've got some mystery and intrigue. from 3:30 to 4:00, the media was ushered off the court. they closed the curtains. the cameras were turned off. the microphones were turned off. why was this done? a secret workout, perhaps. for more on that, we go up top to abc7's mindi bach. >> reporter: yeah. that was the speculation that
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maybe kevin durant was getting in some work and steve kerr was asked about in his pregame press conference. can you clarify what was taking place between 3:30 and 4:00 behind the black curtain? no. he did give the update on kd. >> they were hoping he could play game five or six and everything in between. i decided, i'm not sharing. it's just gone haywire. it doesn't make sense to talk about it. he will either play or not and tonight he's not playing. >> reporter: so no k.d. tonight. the warriors get klay thompson back. they also get kevon lookey. he was thought to be rest for the rest of the nba finals when he went down with a cartilage strain. right under his clavicle. he was in a lot of pain. the doctors determined that he will not further injure himself if he does play as long as he can handle the painful so he was
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questionable. and then he said, they will get more defensive help for klay thompson against the very talented toronto team. and i'm watching steph curry warm up. i tell you, he has that killer look in his eyes. he is so focused, locked in. i think he's going for 50 tonight. >> i think they'd take 50. he only had 47 a couple nights ago. let's talk about the possibility of durant returning. he was injured on may 8th. we're talking a month ago. as a player, if you haven't really done any contact work. you're not scrimmaging with the team. if you've been out for a month, what do you bring to the table? >> that's the thing. i'm not comfortable with this. i would like to see kd go to a very vigorous practice. i would like to see how he responsibilities to that. the day after. and then i would like to see him go out and limit his minutes.
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if you put him in a situation, a do or die situation, the instinct for the player will take over. and the question is, what further damage would you do to the injury? that will be the biggest thing going into this. if it won't make it any worse, then everything will be fine. if it will make it worse, i don't think it will put him in that situation. >> how about from a cardio standpoint? >> it is only a conditioning issue. >> he's been off for a month. the game condition is very different than three-on-three. if he's healthy enough, i think he can overcome the cardio for a few days. to get to june 16th. clearly he's not ready. not even an issue. >> i think the bigger thing is that we're getting kevon looney tonight. the five spot between boogie, we need to have someone fill the
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void. >> we'll talk about the big as little later. steph curry channeling his inner messy there. he's doing some tv. steph, mindi said killer instinct was the look. we see andre iguodala now. he's going to be attempting the tunnel shots. let's talk about curry. it is a very bad miss here. we'll see how this goes. >> the raptors choose again to start their offense on this side of the floor. so 95 feet there. it was about two inches off. >> all right. he went for 47. shooting more conventional shots in game three. if the warriors come back to win this series, steph, you figure, would be in line to capture his
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first ever nba finals, mvp award. >> very well served. his ability to come on the code when kd got hurt and really stabilize the team. it is something that you'll look at and say, when you win, what was the reason? and his play so far in this postseason has been remarkable. >> mostly because he's healthy. and he's on the floor. now it's out of necessity. if they want to win the series, they'll need a repeated 40-point performance from steph. once, twice, if not three more times. >> we don't even talk about his dislocated finger anymore. >> whatever, he's fine. he's less injured. he's averaging 35 points, five rebounds, five assists per game. if that's good enough, klay thompson is back. kevon looney is back. kevin durant may soon return. i know you've heard that before. more to come on the dubs on 7
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pregame show. presented by xfinity. when we come back, you see jonas jerebko warming up. we'll hear from the pride of martinez, california. jeff van gundy will join us. don't forget, as soon as the game ends, stay with us for all the postgame interviews.
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welcome back. we count down to pivotal game four between warriors and the raptors. we're only three games into this series and we've had some bizarre stories already. we have a minor dust-up, we've had death threats, a slew of injuries, and here to call tonight's game with all of that in the back drop, jeff van gundy. one of my first takeaways is, are you good with beyonce? there are no issues with beyonce? >> i don't really pay too much attention to that. i hope everybody keeps cool head. >> let's talk about the return of klay thompson. the warriors made a calculated gamble knowing it would be hard to win without him. in hindsight, do you think they made a good decision. kind of a virtual must-win.
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>> i don't think it was a decision, really, that was up to them. i think he was not healthy enough to play. i think the way they looked at it. and you're right. to me, there was no way they were winning that game. they didn't have enough fire power to win. and their defense let them down. toronto without durant to me is a more talented team. so klay thompson will have to play well and the defense will have to be more game two like. where they limit toronto in the low 100s. >> you mentioned durant. he's a huge factor. who knows if or when he'll be able to play in the series. if he does come back, he will have been out for over a month. what can you expect him to be able to do out a month? >> i would say this.
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for most people, you can't expect much. with an all time great like durant, i think he'll be at the very least really good. he may not be dominant great but i think he's so good. so different. and it helps so much being able to put iguodala back on the bench. that it would make the rotation so much better. >> we've had so many injuries. the warriors were able to take advantage and lebron couldn't carry it to victory. are you surprised that since we're in the load management era, one of the worst terms ever coined, that so many guys are down? >> the whole idea of load management brings about that it is a scientific thing. it's not. it is your best guess. there's no way to predict. i think sometimes we now can be
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deconditioned. we don't practice as much or as long. we don't play as many minutes. now when they get to the post season, and the minuteses ramp up, i'm not so sure their bodies are ready for the extra workload. so i think there's a lot more study to be done. because what you see now is everything is done to prevent injuries. but it doesn't seem like it's been effective. >> we'll wrap it up with this. as people long, you and your brother grew up, part of your childhood in martinez definitely they play box and one against van gundy brothers? either of you in high school? >> stan, yes. at alhambra. me, never. >> no? >> i sort of boxed myself with my lack of skillful so yeah. >> so stan was the man. he was the durant of martinez. >> that's a stretch. that's a stretch. >> that was really more for stan
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than anyone else. >> thank you, thank you. >> much more to come on the pregame show. we'll talk about the warriors' center shuffle and the surprise
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welcome back to the dubs on 7 pregame show. brought to you by x-in. klay thompson out and warming up after sitting out game three because of a hamstring injury. he's back. and just as he ran past us, a big smile on his face and he said he's good to go. by the way, did we happen to mention, it's national doughnuts day? ? that was damian jones from last year. that's an adonal foyle size
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doughnut. >> he loves doughnuts so much. i don't love doughnut that much. he can eat whatever he wants. >> it a nice transition into our center. jordan bell started in it game one and then boogie cousins was very good in game two, struggled in game three. andrew bogut in game three. maybe we'll see more of him. we will definitely see more of kevon looney. we thought he had a broken collar bone. it might just be a rib injury. you are watching him after the warm-up. >> yeah. when he came out to warm up, he is about to talk to try to describe what the injury is and although i wasn't standing next to him, he was going through motions and using his hands. when it was forward and when it was back. convex and concave. so it is more this way than up
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and down. >> it makes him more oo l he'll be able to go tonight which is big. we need time to fill the 48 minutes. >> he didn't seem to be in any discomfort. so it might be that he's okay. >> let's talk of kawhi leonard. you knowett get the point in the series. one of the things killed the warriors was the back court play. with danny green. they combined for 11 threes. that can't happen in the game. >> one of the things that kawhi leonard does so effectively. you s him going for the open guys. he doesn't have his lift yet. you see every at the
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foul line. the warriors have to be patient. be strategic. if you're going to give kawhi 30, you can give them 15 or 20. >> obviously klay thompson's return should help on the defensive he said for the warriors. i know you went through the tape of game three. there were a lot of defensive breakdowns and you're going to break down one of the breakdowns. >> you and i are watching the game here. we kind of saw a sequence. this is a 7-0 run that gets him within 10. now they're down 7. if we convert this after a turnover, it becomes five. these are plays that have to happen in the nba finals. there's one of those threes. andre keeps you involved. counter act.
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this is the one that really bothered me, i think. as they're figuring out what's going on, look at shawn and look at draymond. there was no pressure on the raptors to shoot the threes. the game never put any pressure on. >> the warriors played warrior-like, it should have been a 15-2 run. i didn't feel like they were there from the start. there's no defensive mindset. >> we'll see if the return of klay as well as an energized fan base that does not want this to be the final warriors home game at organizele can get everybody pumped up. they don't fall behind by double digits. it seems to be custom as of late.
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i know where he'll be. heading for those drinks as we continue with our dubs on 7 pregame show. brought to you by xfinity. we'll make our predictions. i don't know whether you saw it. vegas now has the raptors favored to win the series. we'll get it to that have fast internet a littland now the besthat you mobile network too? yeah and get them together and save hundreds on your wireless bill. wow, that's great. oh, and this looks great. are these words for sale? no. go, go, go, go. now you can get fast, reliable internet and save hundreds on your wireless bill. that's simple, easy, awesome. taxi! should i have stopped her? get started with a limited time offer on xfinity internet for $19.99 a month for 12 months, plus ask how to get
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thank you. i'll be in touch. >> well then, i guess good luck in new york. >> who says i'm going to new york? >> oh, everybody. >> you know, for a free agent, you're very loyal to house clippers. >> loyalty is what dogs do best. >> hey, kd? my turn to sit on the throne. >> man, we love game. zones. special thanks to bleacher would bar to bek here for game six next c the last time n this arena after 47 years. we welcome you back to the dubs on 7 pregame show. sponsored by xfinity.
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they're feeling confident. maybe they snuck in and saw the alleged kevin durant workout. which we can't confirm at this point. but it is prediction time. i'm just going to jump. man, i should have worn that. and say, i feel very good about the warriors scoring 109 points. exactly since that's what they have scored in the previous three final games. >> is it going to be 124-123? the roof may come off. i think the raptors may end up with 108. >> 109-108? is that what you're saying? to then. i think the warriors have shown, the character of the team is that they play better under
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adverse tiflt it is not a must-win but they don't lose two in a row. >> i mentioned at least one sports book in vegas has filmed their prediction thinking the raptors are favored overall in the series. >> oh-oh! boo! >> so you're confident because you think he's coming back. >> and in vegas, they just don't think it's going to happen. >> all right. in a few hours, we'll know exactly how this all plays out. 109-10 aeflt i see snoop dogg is in the house. getting ready for game four of the nba finals. ibigger, tastier strips spicy chof juicy chickenbo. with crunchy batter. spice them up with hot sauce or cool them down with buttermilk ranch.
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