The Raptors came into this contest after dropping a close game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were aiming to put that loss behind them without Kyle Lowry, who did not play due to back spasms. Landry Fields ended up leaving the game at halftime with flu-like symptoms and the team battled with the Warriors until the fourth.
Andrew Bogut returned to the lineup for Golden State and Dwayne Casey countered this by inserting Aaron Gray into the starting lineup. Gray, making the most of his opportunity, responded with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
It begged the question, did Gray really come into the game to guard Bogut? Did Bogut rush back from injury to counter Gray? It's food for thought.
Bogut's impact was telling as he improved his team's execution on both ends of the court. Western Conference All Star, David Lee, had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Stephen Curry, a player whom many felt was snubbed from the All Star Game, had 17 points.
Raptors' Run out of Gas Against Warriors
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