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Emotions high as Warriors host Raptors

Andrew Bogut will be part of Golden State Warriors' "next man up" policy as the two-time defending champions prepare to face the Toronto Raptors in their must-win NBA Finals game six.

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant underwent surgery on Wednesday for a ruptured achilles and the team's key back-up centre Kevon Looney is questionable for Thursday's (Friday 11am AEST) clash at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

If the Raptors, up 3-2 in the series, win they will seal the first NBA championship.

If the Warriors are victorious the title will be decided with a game seven finale on Sunday in Toronto.

Bogut, who the Warriors enticed out of the NBL in March as an insurance policy for big-man injuries during the playoffs, is poised for increased court time alongside All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins and another back-up, Jordan Bell.

Looney has been the first big man off the Warriors bench but he has been playing through a painful chest cartilage fracture and was in so much pain in game five was forced to sit out the final quarter.

Emotions will be high at Oracle Arena with the Warriors vowing to win the championship for Durant, who gambled by playing game five after a calf muscle tear and suffered a ruptured achilles that will keep him out of the game for up to a year.

Adding to the emotion, the game will be the Warriors' last in Oracle Arena, with the team moving to San Francisco's new $US1.4 billion Chase Center next season.

"I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness," guard Klay Thompson told reporters.

If the Warriors do win the next two games they will be only the second NBA team to come back from 3-1 down to claim the championship.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers did it against the Warriors in 2016.

The Warriors remain shellshocked about Durant's injury.

"When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf," coach Steve Kerr said.

"That was the advice and the information that we had."

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