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As we enter to the later stages of the NBA Finals, a unique opportunity has risen. It’s rare that we are this close to the end of the season with both teams having the ability to make NBA history. The Golden State Warriors are currently down 3-2 against the Toronto Raptors going into game 6 Thursday night at 9 P.M. EST.
Before we touch on the topic at hand, let’s realize that the Raptors became the first team in NBA history since the merger to host an NBA Finals game outside of the United States.
The Raptors could win their first championship since the inception of the franchise in 1995. In addition, Toronto could be the first general sports team outside the United States to hoist up the trophy in the last 25 years.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are aiming to become only the second team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 in the NBA Finals. One game out of the 3 necessary to complete the comeback has officially happened. The time before that? Look back to the 2015-16 season when the Cleveland Cavaliers did it against a similar Golden State roster. The Warriors were 31-13 in the postseason before Kevin Durant arrived and are 41-12 since he joined the team in 2016-2017 season.
If the Warriors are able to pull it off, we may see this as more of the norm occurring, as it would of happened twice in the last four years. However, if the Raptors win, the history books will be completely re-written.
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