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On last night at Oracle Arena, Raptors and Warriors try to leave no regrets

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OAKLAND – Someone is going to fail.

That’s the stage we’re at in the NBA season. After thousands of games — big ones, small ones, boring ones and electric ones — it’s come to this:

Between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, someone is going to fail, fall short and have to live with the regrets that come with the recorded fact.

The Warriors have been dealing with their regrets already. They might even be energized by them.

Even with a potentially series-ending Game 6 coming up Thursday night — the Warriors’ last game at Oracle Arena before they move across the bay to San Francisco — they were still looking back at the decision to play Kevin Durant in Game 5.

The aftershocks are still being felt after the Warriors’ star fell to the floor early in the second quarter and grabbed his right leg. He had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Wednesday morning.

His absence will hang over this series regardless of if the Warriors claw back from down 3-1 to claim their fourth championship in five years or if the Raptors make history and win their first.

While justifying playing Durant after he sat out 33 days with a strained calf and emphasizing the collaborative nature of the decision, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also said he wished they could have it all back, a do-over.

“This last month was a cumulative collaborative effort in his rehabilitation,” said Kerr. “And that collaboration included Kevin and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, our medical staff, his own outside second-opinion doctor, outside of our organization. Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved.

“Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right. But that’s easy to say after the results.”

It goes for everything, really, because we’re at the stage of the season that they are playing for everything, but you can’t fix anything.

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