The first NBA Finals game staged outside of the United States took place last night, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 118-109. It set the stage for Game 2, which will go down at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday evening. It is a virtual must-win for a Golden State team that is used to winning big games. All fans interested in purchasing NBA finals Game 2 Tickets can easily do so now.
A few minutes into the live telecast, announcer Mark Jackson said, “in all of my years in the NBA, this is the loudest environment I’ve ever seen.” It set the stage for an incredible evening, in which the Raptors got out to an early lead. While Drake played a very subdued role in his signature sideline seat, the team overpowered the Warriors on the fast break, getting whatever they wanted on the offensive end to the surprise of prognosticators who imagined other things. Pascal Siakam scored 32 in his Finals debut.
When a squad goes up 1-0 in a seven-game series, it means that the opposing team needs to win four of the next six games in order to advance. In this case, there is no advancing – as a victory in this seven-game series means the ultimate accomplishment, which comes with hoisting the trophy in front of fans as confetti rains down. Because the Eastern Conference has the home court advantage this year, things are shaping up for the confetti to rain down inside of Scotiabank Arena in the next few weeks.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors became a thing in the early 1970s. In 1975, they won the NBA Finals by beating the Washington Bullets 4-0. After contending for the championship in the following years, the franchise mostly toiled in mediocrity until about six years ago. They won the NBA Finals in 2015, exactly 40 years after they last did so. NBA Finals victories in 2017 and 2018 mean that the squad has reached the jagged and difficult summit of the NBA three of the last four seasons. They will have to win four of the next six games in order to do so this year, while not possessing home-court advantage.
The Toronto Raptors toiled in similar mediocrity up until the 2015-16 season, when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals but ultimately lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-2. They were swept by the Cavs in the following year at the same juncture of the postseason. When the same 4-0 fate happened in the following season, Head Coach Dwane Casey was relieved of his duties, even though he had won the Coach of the Year Award in the aftermath of that season.
Current Toronto Head Coach Nick Nurse has done amazing things throughout the regular-season and the postseason, including totally shaking off the seriousness of the Drake shoulder massage. The Canadian-born rap superstar was largely subdued while seated in his usual front-row spot during Game 1. Whether or not this was a result of an NBA message related directly to him and his people or the fact that he is confident in Toronto’s ability to win the series is anyone’s guess. But the subplots run very deep in this seven-game affair that many expect to go the full distance.
Kawhi Leonard will be a free-agent in this upcoming off-season, which gives him an abundance of options. After San Antonio traded him to Toronto, savvy basketball fans foresaw a shift in quality in the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. He has proven to be an amazing force that has propelled the Raptors further than they have ever gone before. Announcer and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy recently commented about how Leonard has advanced every year he’s been in the league.
Game 2 Tickets
Game 2 is going to unfold at 8 PM Eastern time and 5 PM Pacific on Sunday evening. Game 3 is scheduled to tipoff at 9 PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific on Wednesday, June 5 inside of Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Game 4 will take place just two days later on the evening of Friday, June 7. Game 5 will go down on the evening of Monday, June 10 back at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Game 6 is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at 9 PM Eastern time and 6 PM Pacific. If the series goes a full seven games, as some experts have forecasted, the amazing, high-stakes affair will go down at 8 PM Eastern time and 5 PM Pacific on the evening of Sunday, June 16. All fans interested in purchasing 2019 NBA Finals Tickets to any of these games can quickly and easily do so now for surprisingly affordable prices.