Once again tonight … this could be the last Raptors game of the season. Toronto leads Golden State 3-2 and with a win, will bring the NBA Championship / Larry O’Brien trophy back to the 6ix for the first time in franchise history. Game time tonight is 9:00pm. All of the Jurassic Parks in the GTA open at 7:00pm. If the Raptors are not successful tonight, game 7 will be Sunday back here in Toronto. 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. Some models suggest the rain could end by game time but thunderstorms are also possible.
Tonight Sarah McLachlan will sing Oh Canada. Pat Monahan of Train will sing the American National Anthem.
? @patmonahan of the San Francisco-based rock band @train, will perform the U.S. national anthem, and Halifax native @SarahMcLachlan will perform the Canadian national anthem ahead of Game 6 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV 9pm/et Thursday on ABC & TSN! pic.twitter.com/UY622DQAzE
— NBA (@NBA) June 12, 2019
The TTC has added five additional subway trains and 25 buses to ferry people to and from the downtown core both before and after the game. The TTC says it’s Blue Night Network will run as scheduled all night.
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.
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.
Kevin Durant, who left in the second quarter of the Warriors’ Game 5 win in Toronto, did indeed rupture his Achilles tendon, and underwent surgery yesterday. Durant announced the news on his Instagram. “What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY,” Durant said. “My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.”
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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it.
Photo Credit: ABC / NBA / Toronto Raptors via Twitter screenshot
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 12, 2019