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Janky is No Problem (Warriors 119, Raptors 104)

The “blueprint”, if one existed, for beating the dynastic Golden State Warriors was primarily authored by Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors, who famously won the 2019 NBA title at the Warriors’ expense (admittedly aided of course by catastrophic injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant). The key to everything was (of course) Stephen Curry, with the new wrinkle being the sheer amount of attention that Nurse and the Raptors were willing to grant him. Selling out to stop Steph has always been a “acceptable” playoff strategy, with comical side effects: uncontested 3s for Klay Thompson, uncontested dunks for Kevin Durant.