Warriors Show Champions Grit in Game 2 Win
Golden State came into Game 2 with many questions on whether they can overcome their latest challenge in their historic run. The team again did not have Kevin Durant and lost Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney during the game to injuries. Despite all of these challenges, the Warriors would not waver as they claimed Game on Sunday night.
Andre Iguodala with 5.9 seconds left nailed a 3-pointer that ended the Raptors hopes after they scored ten straight points to cut the lead to two.
Thompson led all Warriors scoring 25 points before suffering a hamstring injury that ended his night. Stephen Curry scored 23 points, and Draymond Green chipped in 17 points coming one assist shy of another triple-double.
Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors while Fred VanVleet finished with 17 points off the bench as the second leading scorer.
The problem for the Raptors was the other role players failed to have the same impact they had in Game 1. Pascal Siakam came back to earth scoring 12 points on 5 for 18 from the field. Kyle Lowry finished with 13 points and fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors big issue came after halftime where they held a 5-point lead but failed to score a basket to 6:20 left in the third quarter. The Warriors opened up a 13 point lead during the stretch that had them outscore the Warriors 18-0.
A pleasant surprise for the Warriors was the impact of DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins joined the starting lineup and finished with 11 points, ten rebounds, and six assists. The Warriors center impact on the game hurt the Raptors by stymying the effectiveness of Marc Gasol and Siakam. The Raptors ended the game shooting a putrid 37% compared to the Warriors shooting 46% from the field.
The Raptors will look to find secondary scoring and possibly take advantage of additional Warriors injuries in the next game.
Game 3 will take place on Wednesday night as the series moves to Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Siakam and Raptors Surprise Warriors
The stat that looms the most pivotal in Game 1 of the Finals comes from an expected source in Pascal Siakam.
Memphis Trade Conley in Preparation for Ja Morant
The Memphis Grizzlies on the eve of the draft traded starting point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, and Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in today’s draft, and a future first-round pick.
2019 NBA Draft
The 2019 NBA Draft is in in the books. The top three picks in the draft three picks were Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans), Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and RJ Barrett (New York Knicks).