Tonight could be the last Raptors game of the season. And if it is, that means it is the most important game in franchise history. Carrying a 3-1 series lead into tonight, the Raptors are poised to win the NBA Championship (Larry O’Brien trophy) for the first time ever. If Toronto wins, this is the city’s first major sports championship since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. Torontonians poured into the streets that night to celebrate the victory. Game time tonight is 9:00pm.
For Golden State, superstar Kevin Durant did practice yesterday but it’s not clear if he will return to the floor tonight. He is listed as questionable. Durant has now been out for more than a month with a strained calf.
All of the Jurassic Parks in the GTA open tonight at 7:00pm. If the Raptors are not successful tonight, game 6 will be Thursday in Oakland. If Toronto doesn’t win game 6 … game 7 will be Sunday night in Toronto. Added security measures may be in effect at some locations. Please travel light if you are heading to Jurassic Park.
Dress for the weather if you’re heading down to Jurassic Park to watch the game tonight. It is expected to be chilly and we have rain in the forecast all day. 10-15mm is expected today. Some models suggest the rain could end by game time but it is difficult to predict at this point.
What Happens If Toronto Wins:
What happens if the Raptors win tonight? It’s fully expected that fans will pour into the streets to celebrate. Toronto Police have asked everyone to please celebrate responsibly. That means don’t do anything that could jeopardize your personal safety or that of someone else. And please be respectful of city property and the property of others. Police are working with the city on a plan, although details have not been made public.
Because of the Raptors game tonight, there are some big road closures in effect. First, Bremner Blvd is closed from Lake Shore Blvd to York Street starting at 7am and it will be closed until 2am tomorrow. York Street is closed between Lake Shore and Front Street and Bremner Blvd is closed between Lower Simcoe and York St beginning at 9am and staying that way until 2am. Bremner is also closed from Lower Simcoe to Rees St starting at 5pm and re-opening at 2am. Toronto police say additional closures and restrictions may be in effect for public safety purposes.
The TTC has postponed tonight’s scheduled early closures to accommodate everyone heading out to celebrate the Raptors game. The TTC is adding five additional subway trains and 25 buses to ferry people to and from the downtown core both before and after the game. The TTC adds it’s Blue Night Network will run as scheduled all night.
Starting halftime of Game 5 Monday, in support of our Raptors, Union Station Bus Terminal will need to close. GO Buses that normally come through the terminal will detour. If you travel on #GObus Route 61, 65, 71, 21, 31 or 16, visit https://t.co/fFDG0pUAyq for options. GO Raps!
— GO Transit Bus (@GOtransitBus) June 9, 2019
Photo Credit: Toronto Raptors via Twitter
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 10, 2019