Warriors vs Raptors : The Toronto Raptors are the only team the Golden State Warriors haven’t beat this season. Taking both regular-season matches and Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Raptors have had the upper-hand over the two-time defending NBA champions this season.
Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
How to watch Game 5
Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV channel: ABC
Live stats: GameTracker
Odds: Raptors -3 (Over/Under 212.5)
Warriors vs Raptors
Watch Game 2 LIVE across the TSN Network and on TSN Direct at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.
Heading into Game 2 of the NBA Finals, teams that take a 2-0 series lead are 30-4 all-time. The last team to come back from down 2-0 are the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers against the Warriors.
Holding the Warriors to 44 per cent shooting in Game 1, the Raptors are 11-3 when holding their opponent to under 45 percent shooting in the postseason. The Raptors’ 41.8 percent opponent field goal percentage is the lowest since the Warriors held opponents to 41.7 percent shooting during their 2015 run to the title.
The Warriors come into Game 2 hoping to get a lot better on defense after watching the Raptors (and Pascal Siakam, in particular) take advantage of some lackluster Golden State transition defense while notching a 118-109 Game 1 victory. Sure, the Warriors slowed down Toronto stars Kawhi Leonard (23 points on 5-of-14 shooting) and Kyle Lowry (seven points on 2-of-9 shooting), but Siakam erupted for a whopping 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. Siakam’s primary defender? Draymond Green, who vowed to be much better on defense Sunday after playing pretty well on offense again — notching a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Toronto’s fifth straight postseason win was also made possible thanks to some strong play from 34-year-old center Marc Gasol, who had 20 points in 30 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors did it, winning Game 1 — the first NBA Finals game in team history — against the mighty defending champion Golden State Warriors, 118-109. Can they do it again in Game 2 in front of another raucous crowd? Or will the Warriors bounce back in their hopes of a fourth championship in five seasons?