The 2019 NBA Finals are tied 1-1. So many plot lines and subplots have developed in the wake of injuries and other interesting things as the Golden State Warriors attempt to win their fourth NBA Title in five years, and the Toronto Raptors aim to do it for the first time ever. An abundance of surprisingly affordable tickets are available now to Game 3 at Oracle Arena in Oakland on the evening of Wednesday, June 5.
NBA Finals Recap
Following Game 1 of the NBA Finals in which the Toronto Raptors defended their home court and dominated the game from start to finish, Game 2 became increasingly important. It appeared as though the Raptors had Golden State exactly where they wanted them once again 24 minutes into the affair, as they lead 59-54 at the half. But Coach Steve Kerr is a master of halftime adjustments.
An 18-0 run by Golden State to begin the third quarter not only made up the gap, but put Toronto in the rearview mirror and silenced the crowd that had been incredibly vocal throughout Game 1 and the first half of Game 2. Announcer Mark Jackson remarked about the intensity and energy of the crowd, which he said was the highest he had ever seen in all his years of playing, coaching or announcing during last Wednesday’s initial affair.
But the action that unfolded on Sunday night once again proved that the Warriors can do amazing things. Bruce Lee spoke of the philosophy regarding the reed being able to bend as far as it can without breaking – as opposed to the mighty oak that would fall with cataclysmic proportions once the moment came.
Golden State proved to be the reed, and Klay Thompson poured in 25 points while Steph Curry went for 23. Draymond Green fell just one assist short of setting an NBA postseason record for consecutive triple doubles, but he will be the first to tell you that a victory is all that matters. Even though Golden State scored just a few points in the final five minutes of the game, they were able to hang on for a 109-104 victory that moves the series back to the West Coast with the future outcome being anyone’s guess.
Golden State has suffered some injuries that are likely to have an impact in the final games of the 2019 NBA season. Kevin Durant is still day-to-day with his calf strain, and André Iguodala is banged up but making the best out of his reserve tank. Backup big man Kevin Looney had demonstrated some very impressive moves and skills throughout these playoffs, but he is also out for the remainder. If Klay Thompson cannot go in Game 3, Steph Curry may have to go for 50.
Toronto has demonstrated the ability to fend off the advancement of opponents like an amazing war general. Kawai Leonard is the closest thing the NBA has to Michael Jordan, even though coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers was recently fined $50,000 for saying that. Leonard is able to impact a game in so many ways. If he leaves the Raptors after the 2019 season, it will create a unique situation.
Leonard will be one of the most coveted free agents in NBA history in the upcoming off-season. A guy who can get 34 points and 14 rebounds in a loss is very impressive. A guy who can get 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a dramatic victory is perhaps even more so. Whoever ends up signing Leonard to a short or long deal will have one of the most unique superstars in modern-day NBA history.
The Raptors sprang into the NBA in advance of the 1995-96 season. Although they did not qualify for the playoffs in their first four seasons, the drumbeat of success was clearly resonating throughout the gigantic Canadian metropolis. Three consecutive playoff appearances came in 2000, 2001 and 2002 before another four-year drought.
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In recent years, the franchise has fully embraced their identity as the northernmost, and they have made their way into the Conference Semifinals each of the last four seasons. The first three were ultimately thwarted by the accomplishments of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is no longer a situation. Dwane Casey won Coach of the Year last year, but he was fired. Nick Nurse took over for a talented squad that is now on the brink of doing the biggest thing in Canadian basketball history.
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