Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 2, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors own homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals, but it still came as a bit of a shock when they took Game 1 from the two-time defending champions. The Raptors were not among those surprised by their success and still think they can improve when they host the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 tonight.
Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the floor and got strong performances from the likes of Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol in a 118-109 Game 1 triumph. “For the most part, I think we played with good energy and effort,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters. “There are always some breakdowns or things you would like to do a little harder, a little better. A little bit more ball pressure, a little bit more when there’s a mistake somebody covering up that mistake as quick as possible, and then somebody covering up for that guy who just covered up for it.”
The Warriors are still missing superstar Kevin Durant (calf) and swingman Andre Iguodala (calf) is banged up, but the team is not in panic mode following the early loss. “The experience helps,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “Winning multiple championships helps because you have seen it all. There’s also just the knowledge that you’ve been here before. You’ve been down. We have been up 3-1 and lost a series. We have been down 3-1 and won a series. Everything in between. So, nothing is going to catch these guys off guard, and they are very accustomed to the rhythm and tone of a seven-game series and how long it takes, how many twists and turns there are.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC
ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Golden State was 6-0 without Durant, including the game in which he was injured against Houston, before falling in Game 1, but are not going to rush him back before he’s ready. “The thinking is, when he’s ready to play, he’ll play,” Kerr told reporters. “It’s not like this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore, whatever, and you can play through it. This is a tricky one. If you reinjure the calf, then that’s it and then he’s done for the series. So, when he’s ready to play, he’ll play. That’s our approach.” Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points in Game 1, Klay Thompson added 21 points and Draymond Green recorded a triple-double, but no other Warriors player reached double figures.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Durant’s absence was felt on the defensive end as well while Siakam was going off for a postseason career-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Nurse told reporters of Siakam. “That’s a pretty big stage for a guy to put that kind of performance on. … That motor he’s been given; he’s using that to the best of his ability. He soaks up things. He takes it to the court. He works, works, works. He takes care of himself. He’s really got a burning desire to be a very, very good player in this league. I give him all the credit for that for using those abilities to the best that he can.” Leonard (23 points) and Gasol (20) completed a dominant effort for the Toronto frontcourt.
- Warriors C DeMarcus Cousins (quad) played for the first time since the first round in Game 1 and managed three points in eight minutes off the bench.
- Toronto PG Kyle Lowry was held to seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in Game 1.
- Golden State C Kevon Looney is shooting 73 percent from the floor in the postseason.