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On last night at Oracle Arena, Raptors and Warriors try to leave no regrets

Last Updated Jun 13, 2019 at 11:44 am PDT

OAKLAND – Someone is going to fail.

That’s the stage we’re at in the NBA season. After thousands of games — big ones, small ones, boring ones and electric ones — it’s come to this:

Between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, someone is going to fail, fall short and have to live with the regrets that come with the recorded fact.

The Warriors have been dealing with their regrets already. They might even be energized by them.

Even with a potentially series-ending Game 6 coming up Thursday night — the Warriors’s last game at Oracle Arena before they move across the bay to San Francisco — they were still looking back at the decision to play Kevin Durant in Game 5.

The aftershocks are still being felt after the Warriors star fell to the floor early in the second quarter and grabbed his right leg. He had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Wednesday morning.

His absence will hang over this series regardless of if the Warriors claw back from down 3-1 to claim their fourth championship in five years or if the Raptors make history and win their first.