OAKLAND, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors were down 15 late in the fourth quarter, and the sounds from the Oracle crowd were edging from disbelief to silence. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala were bent at the waist, gassed, clutching their shorts for ballast. Steve Kerr sat on the bench, hands threaded, looking like a man who was out of ideas. You didn't even need the scoreboard; the body language told you everything.
When the Toronto Raptors took a two games to one lead in the NBA Finals with a Game 3 win in Oracle Arena, the Warriors reacted with a shrugging defiance.