Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors: However, beating the Raptors will not be easy, especially if Toronto gets another brilliant game from Pascal Siakam. The power forward was dynamic in Game 1 with 32 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Siakam made 14 of 17 shots in his signature game with the Raptors.
While Siakam has been a key contributor throughout the playoffs, taking over the game and becoming the offensive leader was not part of the script. That role belongs to superstar Kawhi Leonard, and he did an outstanding job in a supporting role as he contributed 23 points and eight rebounds.
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The Raptors also received productive games from Marc Gasol (20 points) and Fred VanVleet (15 points), and their balance was more than the Warriors could overcome. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr was impressed with the Raptors’ all-around game. “I think they’re actually a lot like our team,” Kerr said, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. “They can switch and guard different positions. They’re tough, and they get after you and play well together.”
It was no surprise that Curry had a 34-point night and Thompson came through with 21 points in the Game 1 loss, but the Warriors felt the absence of Kevin Durant more in Game 1 off the NBA Finals than they did at any point in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The key for Golden State in Game 2 will be finding additional offense. Kerr said Durant is not going to be back for this game, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Earning a 1-0 led on the Golden State Warriors is no small feat. The Toronto Raptors did just that when they got the jump on the two-time defending NBA Champions with their 118-109 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Game 1 of the NBA Finals
If the Raptors are serious about taking the championship away from the Warriors, they most likely need to take a second consecutive game on their home court. Losing Game 2 would allow Golden State to claim home court advantage in the series, and that might be just what Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green need to take charge of the series.