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Joe Lacob says Warriors should be proud despite loss to Raptors in NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is proud of the effort his team put out there through the course of this deep playoff run, aware that they were a play or two away from giving themselves a second wind against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors closed the deficit to a one-point game in the last minute of regulation, forcing a Danny Green turnover with 9.6 seconds left and giving themselves a chance to win the game.

Stephen Curry missed a clutch wing 3-pointer, which eventually spelled the end for the Warriors’ three-peat pursuit, losing to the Raptors in six games:

“Unbelievable. I’m so proud of our guys. Incredible effort,” Lacob told Marc J.Spears of The Undefeated. “Look, if Steph hits that shot, we’re going to a Game 7, maybe. And who knows what happens in a Game 7 even as banged up as we were. It was pretty substantial, obviously.

“Their heart is amazing. They all should be very proud. Shouldn’t be upset. Toronto is a very good team.”

Lacob admitted this week has been an absolute nightmare, given the injuries to Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles tendon) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL).

Circumstances might have played out differently had the Warriors been blessed with good health, but as the cards would have it, Golden State was forced to battle through a slew of postseason injuries, ones which arguably cost them the title against a terrific Toronto team.

As Lacob pointed out, there’s hardly a reason for the Warriors to hang their heads, having battled plenty of adversity against a worthy opponent, who claimed its first-ever NBA title.