Danny Green scoffs at notion title is tainted by Warriors’ injuries
Danny Green insists the Toronto Raptors will continue to savor winning an NBA title despite conjecture that the team got off easy because the Golden State Warriors were decimated by injuries during the NBA Finals.
The Warriors saw their hopes for a three-peat and a fourth championship in five seasons vanish first by a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered by Kevin Durant in Game 5 and then when Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee in Game 6.
It goes without saying that the Warriors simply did not have enough firepower to overcome such devastating injuries. Still, Green sees no reason why the Raptors should have to apologize.
In a phone interview Monday night, Toronto’s Danny Green forcefully scoffed at the asterisk question before I could even finish the sentence, The New York Times’ Marc Stein writes, via NBC Sports. “We don’t care,” Green said. “Doesn’t matter to us.”
It merits noting that the Raptors entered Game 5 staked with a 3-1 series lead, though it merits noting it was the only game in which Durant played, as the star had been sidelined for nearly a month with strained calf.
That said, it’s certainly not the Raptors’ fault that the Warriors had to deal with injuries to two of their best players, nor would Golden State have felt sorry for Toronto had the situation been reversed.
Injuries unfortunately are a part of sports, and when they occur with so much riding on the outcome, as was the case with the Warriors in the Finals, their impact is magnified.
Still, there’s no reason for the Raptors to feel any guilt over how they won their title, nor should there be something as absurd as an asterisk next to their championship in the record books. While such things are fodder for debate — not to mention lament for those on the losing side — the Raptors are the world champions, regardless of how they got there.