Raptors Take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Raptors Take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is officially over. Though many fans were under the impression that the Raptors were an afterthought in this series (myself included), they were able to defeat the defending champs 118-109. This was a huge win for Toronto as they needed to establish themselves early to stay competitive with the Warriors. With Kevin Durant out, DeMarcus Cousins not at full speed, and a non-factor considering tonight’s game, and a slightly injured Andre Iguodala, the Raptors were walking into a must-win game, and they pulled it off.

The biggest contribution came at the hands of Pascal Siakam who put up 32 points (on an amazing 14-17 on field goals), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in an all around effort that Golden State just didn’t have an answer for. It seemed that their entire gameplan was to stop Kawhi Leonard. Though he put up 23 points and another 5 assists, he only shot 5-14 from the field and definitely seemed a step slower tonight. His lingering leg injury from the Eastern Conference Finals with the Bucks may come back to haunt Toronto in this series. Marc Gasol also had a huge contribution with 20 points, 7 boards, and some incredible defense throughout the game.

On a side note, the Warriors didn’t have a bad game by any means. Stephen Curry had 34 points and constantly found himself at the free throw line, hitting 14 of 14. Despite Draymond Green having 6 turnovers, he managed a triple double of 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Klay Thompson pulled off 21 points. However, some poorly timed passes, turnovers, a lot of foul trouble, and miscues helped the Raptors truly get over the hump by getting the lead, and keeping it.

This series might actually go longer than people think as the Raptors are putting their hearts out on the court in their first-ever Finals appearance in franchise history. They have home court advantage, which is huge, and this was the first time they didn’t rely on Kawhi to do absolutely everything. This is good news for Toronto fans as they need all the help they can get from every bit of this roster to defeat a team like the Warriors, especially when Durant comes back sooner rather than later.

Featured Photo Credit: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP

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