The Golden State Warriors will be out for revenge on Sunday, June 2nd when they tangle with the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Tip off is 8:00 p.m. EST at Scotiabank Arena with the Raptors opening as 2.0-point favorites.
Siakam Got Spicy in Game 1
The Warriors zeroed in on Kawhi Leonard on Thursday night, sending waves of defenders at the Raptors forward. The strategy limited the three-time All-Star to 23 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but it opened the door for Pascal Siakam, who responded with his most dominant performance of the postseason. The Cameroonian forward finished with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting from the floor and nailed two of his three three-point attempts.
32 Pts | 8 Reb | 5 Ast | 2 Blk | 82 FG% pic.twitter.com/GHe5bKy1jC
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019
Siakam credited Toronto’s hyped-up crowd for supplying him with the energy he needed for his career night. “The fans are amazing, man,” he gushed afterwards. “I just want to say that. From coming out for warm-up to the end of the game, it was just the support and then going crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that.”
Boogie Came Back
Game 1 marked the return of DeMarcus Cousins, but the four-time All-Star failed to make much of an impact. Boogie finished with three points and two assists in eight minutes and, more often than not, found himself on the wrong end of many highlights. There’s no questioning the fact that Cousins is an elite talent when healthy, but he appeared badly out of sync on Thursday night after missing the Warriors’ past 14 games while rehabbing a tear to his left quadriceps.
Draymond Green on DeMarcus Cousins getting dropped into the Finals after a lengthy injury rehab: “It’s kind of like some kid who grew up in the suburbs going to private school and then one day you just got dropped in the hood and told to survive.” Full soundbite. pic.twitter.com/Jnvcs7Bzms
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 29, 2019
Durant Not Expected to Return Until Game 4
The Warriors will likely have to wait until Game 4 before welcoming back Kevin Durant. Golden State didn’t miss the two-time Finals MVP against the Trail Blazers, but Portland was badly banged up. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic was unavailable and Damian Lillard and Enes Kanter were both hobbled with injuries.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 31, 2019
Durant’s offense will help, of course, but it’s his defense that the Warriors missed most in Game 2 as Siakam ran roughshod when Golden State double-teamed Leonard. KD was averaging 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per game in the postseason before going down with a strained calf, and has the length and athleticism to limit easy looks and shut down lanes.
— Givi (@Conlabrisa) May 31, 2019
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|114.9 (1st)||Offensive Rating||112.5 (5th)|
|117.7 (2nd)||Points||114.4 (8th)|
|29.4 (1st)||Assists||25.4 (13th)|
|49.1 (1st)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.4 (5th)|
|38.5 (3rd)||Three-Point Percentage||36.6 (6th)|
|+6.5 (2nd)||Plus/Minus||+6.1 (3rd)|
|108.5 (11th)||Defensive Rating||106.8 (5th)|
|111.2 (16th)||Points||108.4 (9th)|
|44.4 (3rd)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.9 (5th)|
|34.7 (11th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.5 (8th)|
|47.1 (7th)||Points In The Paint||47.5 (9th)|
Expect Fewer Points in Game 2
The Warriors and Raptors combined to score 227 points on Thursday, but oddsmakers aren’t expecting the same kind of offensive fireworks in Game 2 as they’ve set the game total at just 215. Golden State is 49-50-0 over/under this season while Toronto is 54-47-0.
History Favors the Raptors
There’s still plenty of basketball left to be played, but it’s worth noting that teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series at home win the series 85% of the time.