It’s the first Game 1 NBA Finals loss during the Warriors five-year run. Read the story.
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Join us Thursday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors make their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance when they take on the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.
The Warriors, who will be without two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant for at least the first two games in Canada, may be back in familiar territory in the Finals, but for the first time in four years LeBron James isn’t waiting for them. Instead, the Warriors must deal with Raptors All-Star Kawhi Leonard and a strong group of starters who helped Toronto go 58-24 and knock off top-seeded Milwaukee last week in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Golden State has had 10 days off since its four-game sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, which was just enough time for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to return from a torn left quad that sidelined him six weeks ago. Cousins, though, isn’t expected to have a huge role in the series, particularly at the outset.
The Raptors, who surround Leonard with four talented two-way players in guards Kyle Lowry and Danny Green, forward Pascal Siakam and center Marc Gasol, are making their first trip to the Finals. But, they shouldn’t be lacking confidence considering they swept both games against the Warriors in the regular season.
Leonard poured in 37 points in Toronto’s 131-128 overtime win over the Warriors at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 29. The Warriors got a 51-point effort from Durant as they nearly pulled off the win despite not having either Stephen Curry or Draymond Green available to play that night. The Raptors then completed the sweep a couple of weeks later when Lowry scored 23 points and dished out 12 assists in a 113-93 thrashing of the Warriors even though Leonard missed the game and the Warriors were fully staffed. That Dec. 12 victory was Toronto’s first victory in Oakland since 2004.
The Warriors could have an edge if they live up to their “Strength in Numbers” moniker as the Raptors typically only use three players off the bench — Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell in the frontcourt and Fred Van Vleet in the backcourt. Former Warriors Patrick McCaw and Jeremy Lin will likely only see action in a lopsided game.
Toronto is looking to reverse a trend that’s seen it trail in each of its three Eastern Conference playoff series. After needing to erase series deficits against Orlando and Philadelphia, the Raptors saved their best for last as they won four straight against the Bucks after falling into a 2-0 series hole.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series will be played Sunday night in Toronto.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C Jordan BellPF Draymond GreenSF Andre IguodalaSG Klay ThompsonPG Stephen Curry
C Marc GasolPF Pascal SiakamSF Kawhi LeonardSG Danny GreenPG Kyle Lowry
Green, Gasol, Siakam, & FVV finished 29-44 12-14 8-14
That’s…. pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Just the volume alone is a fantastic output.Remember when ‘Kawhi needs more help’ was a thing?All things considered, Steve Kerr liked DeMarcus Cousins in his return
Steve Kerr: “Our transition defense was awful…We gave up 24 fastbreak points, turned it over 17 times. That’s the game.”They sayin 4How bout a smooch? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73e7dkUcAIH39N.jpgWarriors without KD basically need monster games from all of their stars, without allowing them to the opponent. St… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…😂😂😂😂😂“Warriors need KD”
They need to play defense, that’s what they need.Steve Kerr said he thinks Andre Iguodala “is okay,” but they will have more details tomorrowDrake went full Daenerys on Draymond Green https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73a3vFV4AI60qL.jpgIggy looked like he re-aggravated his injury. He might be done.1 down, 3 to go.
#WeTheNorth | #NBAFinals https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73djTgVsAAKOi0.jpgA quick one from Game 1
thestar.com/sports/raptors…Warriors ran zero PNR, tossed around 748484 passes for no reason a possession, tripled Kawhi into a Siakam once-ina… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…@samesfandiari Trust your eyes. It was obvious. This isn’t complicated. The offense had no flow. Poor spacing. This… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Steph finishes w/ 34 but functioned primarily off ball. My guess is it’s mostly cause if he’s on ball and blitz it… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…I have all his 8-tracks.@pskills43 heard you, Canada. #WeTheNorth
Curry had 34 pts on a solid 44/44/100 splits. There’s still gonna be a lot of he didn’t show up takes. If anything,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…@timandsid #kawhileonardsignwithtoronto why wouldn’t you want to sign with the @Raptors cause they are as good as you are and you are great so let’s do this again.FINAL: Raptors 118, Warriors 109 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73bncoWsAAIKsW.jpgFirst #NBAFinals . First W. #WeTheNorth t.co
4-5 miracle shots. Some really tough whistles. Bad rotatations from Kerr.
Looks like they lost Andre tho, gonna really affect game 2.FINAL: Raptors 118, Warriors 109 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73bncoWsAAIKsW.jpgFinal 📊
Jordan: 2p/3r/1a https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73bholUcAElcKh.jpg@DougGilmour93 step aside Killer we have a new Killer in town @pskills43 @Raptors #Raptors #Pascal @timandsid @ItsDeanBlundell These players averaged the most points-per-game in an NBA Finals series:
That was a fine loss. Worrisome is completely dominated. Toronto made insane shots all game and hung on. Big Game 2… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…What an incredible showing for Pascal Siakam! In the Raptors’ Game 1 victory, the 25-year-old had 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal. He was 14-17 from the field, 2-3 from three-point range and 2-2 from the free-throw line. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73bD0hWsAAsnuT.jpgRaptors open -1 in Game 2.Lots of 🌶🌶🌶🌶 takes coming from folks whos fav team already at home courtesy of GSWFVV to the locker room as fans chant “FREDDY”
The sharps knew, man.First time in this run Golden State has lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals.Canada is very happy about basketball.
These aren’t your 14 month-old brother’s RaptorsThe Raptors only needed 30 points from their 2 all-stars – Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry – to beat arguably the best team ever built in an NBA Finals game.LET THE GREAT GAME 1 OVERREACTIONS COMMENCEThe Toronto Raptors just won an NBA Finals game.Raptors are 3 wins away from the 🏆. That’s pretty cool.Back at it Sunday https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D73aQhcX4AAa_0A.jpgDraymond goes chest to chest with Drake on his way to the tunnel and he doesn’t look happyRaptors finish with a 118-109 Game 1 win over Warriors. Warriors never lost a Game 1 during their recent Finals run. Game 2 on Sunday in TorontoBall game. Raps win! t.co
The Toronto Raptors are 3 wins away from an NBA championship.So much for that nine-day layoff for Andre Iguodala. Just like in Portland series, Warriors might be monitoring an Iguodala injuryPlayoff career high (32 points) for Siakam, who finally missed (after 11 straight makes) but got his own rebound.LOOK AT NOVA SCOTIA MY HEART IS SCREAMING. twitter.com/cbccolleenjone…Iggy injury looms massive if it’s long-term. Leonard held in check all night.Too many bail out fouls with the shot clock running down. Couple bad calls, most bad plays by W’sGasol fouls out. Green comes in and the Raptors go small to close. FVV-Lowry-Green-Kawhi-Siakam.Andre Iguodala limping on his left leg after that made hook. To be monitored in coming 48 hours. Would be a brutal… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Over 215 cashesNoWould be the most unlikely Finals MVP since Iggy.And those of us that got intoo early at 215…BET ON THIS
Lowry and Gasol both playing with 5 PFs and 2:35 leftAnother hail mary lol…Just put your FVV comments in reply hereI need to start having children, clearly.Seems notable that the Warriors, whose defense has been bad all year and everyone said “they’ll turn it on when it matters” even as it was bad vs. THE BLAZERS has been badWhen the Spice hits ya hard 🌶️
There it isHow many shots has Steph taken in the 2H?Drake has spoken.Green sold it like a vet@HPbasketball Somehow maintaining that Raps halftime lead thru the third was UNREAL to watchUncharacteristic for Klay. He got T’d up for arguing his offensive foul call. It also looked like he inadvertently bumped the official.It’s odd to not feel like 11 is just two Warriors possessions. This feels like a legit deficit they can’t get past.a lot was made of lebron not playing the warriors in the finals but have we considered pascal siakam is better than lebronDray/Andre 4/15
Ugly shooting night.VanVleet is 4 of 6, so I think this is incorrect twitter.com/HPbasketball/s…Big time find 💪
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