Fans in Toronto gather hours before start of NBA Finals

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Game 1 of the series on Thursday night is in Canada, the first time a finals game will be played outside the U.S. Raptors President Masai Ujiri is a native of Nigeria.

This is because Kevin Durant is now sidelined with a calf injury, having suffered it in Game 5 of the conference semifinals.

Last month, after the Warriors wrapped up their final regular season game at Oracle in a deciding win against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Steve Kerr thanked fans for 47 years of support. The two-time defending champions held an optional practice Tuesday before traveling.

Game 1 coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. "They're not a ideal team by any means, but they do it at a high level and they don't leave you very much margin for error".

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"A star player of Durant's stature is usually worth about five points, but Golden State keeps proving that's not his worth, and that's not to fault him", Bogdanovich said.

"We don't know when this is going to happen again", said Nimmock on his willingness to shell out so much for the tickets.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were all but dead after the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals before winning four games in a row over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks to get here.

The Raptors are new to this stage, but their players aren't. If you want to see all the theatres airing the games, you can go here. "So you just go out there and play hard and live with the results". He comes into the Finals off the back to two successive triple-doubles that helped Golden State sweep the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.

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And that's a big loss for Golden State as Durant is averaging a playoff-leading 34.2 points per game through 11 post-season contests.

They did so behind outstanding play from Kawhi Leonard.

"By the time they won three games, I computed they had a 74 per cent chance to win the series and sure enough they won the next game", he said.

"I think they're going to be wrong", he said.

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