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Kawhi imposed his will on the game and his team followed him. He gets the job done.

“He imposed his will on the game and his team followed him,” said Draymond Green. “He gets the job done.”

This is why Kawhi’s value to the Raptors is priceless. Until now, Toronto lacked a player with his presence, someone who forced other teams to gameplan differently, someone who seems to thrive when the stakes are highest and is driven in these situations. They didn’t have that with DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry, the leaders and best players of those teams that flourished in the regular season and failed in the postseason.

Leonard clearly has the Warriors rattled and their defense stressed whenever he’s in isolation or bracing to attack.

“He hit every big shot, every big momentum shot,” said Curry.

Just the same, the Kawhi-inspired defense weighed heavily not only in this game but for much of the series. With the exception of Curry’s monstrous 47-point outburst in Game 3, Toronto hasn’t yielded much from the Warriors — surely, Kevin Durant’s absence and Thompson’s missed game contributed. Yet the Raptors are floating Leonard around the floor, sneaking in doubles on Thompson and Curry, leaving Green open and encouraging him to shoot, and essentially making it tough for the Warriors to go on a big scoring spree. Toronto has outscored the Warriors in 13 of the 16 quarters of this series.

Hounded by the Raptors’ perimeter defense, and maybe gassed from two nights earlier, Curry made only a pair of 3-pointers Friday and never developed a rhythm. And while Thompson returned from his injury with 28 points, he was harmless in the fourth quarter and his team quiet.

“They’ve been aggressive all series in trying to take space away from me and Klay,” Curry said.

As the Warriors and the crowd disappeared from the arena, there was a sense of finality in the air inside Oracle. If the Warriors don’t win Monday, then the last memory of their home of nearly six decades will be a deflating one. Instead of dreamy visions of Curry and Thompson and Durant spraying jumpers, it will be Leonard punishing the Warriors and the home team powerless to stop him or from being pushed to the brink.

And speaking of Durant: Coach Steve Kerr has now gone radio silent about his superstar’s availability for Monday or beyond. The subject has become tiresome because there’s no resolution regarding someone who hasn’t played in a month.

Oh, something else: Nick Nurse, the first-year Toronto coach, kept pressing the right buttons with his various defensive schemes and substitutions as Golden State failed to break 100 for the first time this postseason. And the Raptors seized control of the series, ensuring that Scotiabank Arena will be a mixture of tense and hysterical Monday for Game 5 (9 ET, ABC). And that’s just from Drake. The crowd will be hyped, too.

This is the moment that the basketball population in Toronto has long awaited, to get a sense something special is about to happen, or at least could. And this was made possible by a former Finals MVP who, this time last summer, was in exile with his reputation, at least in San Antonio, in tatters.

By November, in Toronto, none of that mattered.

“Once we saw him early in the year, your team’s vision of who they can become changes,” said Nurse.

Leonard is a victory away from another Finals MVP and trophy, and mostly a sense of redemption. His passion and championship drive was evident Friday in two stages, both influential to his team.

He set an example early by showing pep from the opening tip, carrying the Raptors with 14 of their 17 points over the first 12 minutes.

And then, coming out of halftime, Leonard went scorched Earth once again. He posted 17 points and five rebounds in the third, and this time the Raptors lent support. Toronto outscored the Warriors, 37-21, and spent the rest of the game keeping a sneaker pressed on the Warriors’ throat. Kawhi tore through the Warriors constantly, totaling 36 points and 12 rebounds. Yet it was his tone that influenced the game just as much, if not more.

You understand exactly what the Raptors did Friday and how it was done? They emerged from the halftime locker room with fire and outclassed a team known for championship pedigree and owning third quarters in the postseason. Kawhi Leonard, who’s uplifting a team and a country, began the onslaught with a pair of 3-point jumpers. The Toronto defense, relentless most of the night and throughout the series as well, squeezed the Warriors and especially Steph Curry.

Time after time, Serge Ibaka delivered a counter punch with a key jumper off the pick and roll or a defensive stop. Ibaka had 20 points in 21 minutes in what was his first strong outing from jump to buzzer. Fred VanVleet, felled by a stray Shaun Livingston elbow to the chops in the third quarter, was left bloodied and missing a tooth in a scene that embodied Toronto's grit.

The Raptors simply wore down the more experienced Warriors and Golden State never came up with an answer. Toronto stole the atmosphere — a smattering of red-garbed Raptors fans suddenly cheered louder and stomped harder and stayed buzzed long after the buzzer — and sent the Warriors off the court with heads bowed and egos deflated.

OAKLAND, Calif. — What once began as a fantasy, then progressed as hope and then grew to a reasonable wish has now evolved and crystalized once again. And this time, everyone south of Saskatoon can begin to see it and maybe even buy in.

The Toronto Raptors have the scent of a champion.

This may come as a surprise to the nostrils of anyone who saw them crumble in past postseasons or figured their chances of getting out of the East this season were dicey … but Toronto just took a pair of NBA Finals games at Oracle Arena — and maybe closed it down in the process. The Raptors are headed home with one game to win and history on their side.

Thirty-four times in The Finals have teams taken 3-1 leads, and they sipped champagne all but once. (Let’s not discuss that lone team to lose; the Warriors are suffering enough.)

This latest Raptors victory was impressively convincing, especially considering the circumstances. They stared at a desperate home team, one that welcomed back Klay Thompson after a one-game injury absence … a two-time defending champion known for rising to the occasion … and the Raptors dusted them anyway.

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Gabii na pildi ang Warriors. Mag lisod na sila ug bawi kay 3-1 naman. Usa ka game na lang ang dag-on sa Raptors. Unya ang sunod nga duwa adto man sa Toronto. Dako ug epekto ning home town crowd. Maayo pod ug mo champion ang Raptors kay po-ol na ang Warriors mag balik balik ug ka champion

Spying the Internet / Re: 10 Internet Terms Everyone Has To Know
« on: June 08, 2019, 08:54:59 PM »
7. http:// and https://

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Hypertext Transfer Protocol, which is usually shortened to HTTP is a tool that ensures all the content and data for a specific webpage are shown and work correctly in your web browser.

An improved version of this protocol is HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). Webpages that begin with “https://” have an extra layer of encryption that protects your personal information and passwords from being accessed by others.

This is especially important for e-commerce websites, governmental sites, and online banking because on these sites you use your ID and payment information. So, to know that a web page is secure, look at the URL address of the website and make sure it starts with an “https://” instead of just “http://”.

Spying the Internet / Re: 10 Internet Terms Everyone Has To Know
« on: June 08, 2019, 08:52:47 PM »
6. E-Commerce

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Electronic commerce sites, also called e-commerce, are online businesses that enable their customers to make purchases through a website. E-commerce has exploded in the past few years, and every day, billions of dollars are spent online.

E-commerce sites can either belong to a specific brand and offer a certain kind of goods, or it can be a retailer that usually offers a variety of different goods produced by other companies. eBay and Amazon are some of the most famous online retailers that sell just about anything, but nowadays, most businesses, starting from clothing brands and ending with pharmacies or grocery shops have websites as well.

When shopping online, you will have to enter credit card information or your PayPal information. Before purchasing something from an e-commerce website, make sure their webpage is secure, which we will teach you about below.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:07:41 AM »
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/US Navy

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:06:46 AM »
Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, previously described aircraft carriers as a "tremendous expression of US national power." A carrier strike group is an even stronger message. "CSGs are visible and powerful symbols of US commitment and resolve," US European Command said in a statement on Tuesday.

The USS Abraham Lincoln, a mobile sea-based airfield, is the lead ship for the carrier strike group that bears its name and is outfitted with a highly capable carrier air wing.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:06:12 AM »
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Aircraft carrier: USS Abraham Lincoln

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:04:17 AM »
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. US Navy photo
by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:02:57 AM »
The US military is deploying additional assets to the Middle East to deter a possible Iranian attack, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

The USS Arlington, an amphibious transport-landing dock used to move troops for expeditionary operations, and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery are on their way to the US Central Command area of responsibility

These assets will join the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and the B-52 bomber task force deployed to this region earlier in the week.
The US is sending even more firepower to the Middle East in response to unspecified threats from Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

The USS Arlington, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock used to move Marines, amphibious assault vehicles, conventional landing craft, and rotary aircraft, and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery capable of eliminating certain types of incoming missiles and aircraft are on their way to the US Central Command area of responsibility.

The deployment is part of an ongoing effort that began on Sunday to deter a possible Iranian attack on US forces or interests in the region, the Department of Defense said, stressing that the movement of US assets is "in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and our interests."

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:01:25 AM »
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The Army test fires Patriot missiles. U.S. Army photo

Spying the Internet / Re: 10 Internet Terms Everyone Has To Know
« on: June 08, 2019, 12:02:07 AM »
5. Social Media

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Any online media outlet that promotes interaction with other users can be called social media. These sites are free to join, and many of these sites have millions or even billions of users that can connect and interact with each other through a specific social media outlet. Facebook and Twitter are some of the largest social media sites out there, but there are a lot of others, too.

YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat and Reddit are all popular social media sites as well. When selecting a social media to join, ask your friends which one they use the most and decide what content you prefer to watch: if videos are your jam, YouTube is your best bet, but if you’re more into sharing photos or writing your thoughts, Instagram and Twitter respectively are best for you.

Apart from connecting with friends, social media offers all kinds of entertaining and informative content. Many public officials, community centers and businesses have official social media pages nowadays, which can be very useful. At the same time, beware of hackers and protect the information you share with others by managing privacy settings on your page.

Spying the Internet / Re: 10 Internet Terms Everyone Has To Know
« on: June 07, 2019, 11:59:42 PM »
4. Blog

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Think about a blog as an online version of a writer's column. Anyone can start a blog, and you can find blogs written both by amateur and professional writers on a vast variety of subjects starting from sports commentary to gossip to tech tips and everything in-between.

Blogs can be a good source of information, but they can also be not so credible, so always be critical and think about whether or not the author is qualified enough to give you advice in a specific field. Like a writer’s column, blogs are often written in a more informal style and are very personal, and you can often comment on a blog post in the comments section. Many blogs today are very highly developed and serve as a source of income for their authors.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: James Bond 25 April 8 2020
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:36:06 AM »
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Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: James Bond 25 April 8 2020
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:35:26 AM »
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Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: James Bond 25 April 8 2020
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:34:46 AM »
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Daniel Craig will return for his fifth, and final, movie as Bond.

Craig will return as Bond despite saying in 2015 that he'd rather "break glass and slit" his wrists than play Bond again.

Variety reported last year that he'd be paid $25 million for Bond 25.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: James Bond 25 April 8 2020
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:32:57 AM »
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