Uh Oh! Raps lose game 2 at home and now head to Oakland where they will need a road win.
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, June 3, 2019
With Raptors in big foul trouble early, the Warriors won the battle and even the series up at one
Game 2 of the NBA Finals was a show! We all knew Golden State would be hungry and would do anything to prevent them from going down 2-0 in the series. With many thanks to Klay Thompson, they were able to even up the series at one a piece. Some celebrities at the game were Shawn Mendes, Drake , and Barack Obama! You know it's a good series when Obama comes to Canada to watch. There was still no OG Anunoby and no Kevin Durant. Which is beneficial for both teams. OG brings great defence with his long body and Durant brings...well, any and everything there is to bring. He is (in my opinion) one of the best players in the world and will only be getting better.
It was a slow start for both teams. Lowry put up Toronto's first five points, as did Thompson for the Warriors. Actually, Thompson put up their fourth nine points! He was on fire! Thompson would be the teams leading scorer with 25 pts, 5 ast and 5 reb. He was why Golden State took the game. From the jump, he was locked in. Just as much as they were putting up points, they were also picking up fouls. Demarcus Cousins, who started this game, picked up two fouls before the eight minute mark in the first quarter. Toronto had a few starters in foul trouble before the half even ended. A player that particularly scared everyone with his foul trouble were Kyle Lowry. Mr. “5x All-star” would foul out of the game and make Warrior fans very happy with 3:52 to play in the game. Leaving his squad with an eight point deficit. Lowry finished with 13 pts, 2 ast and 1 reb.
The Warriors went on a 10-0 with under three minutes to play in the first frame. It was an impressive run keeping the Raps from scoring until Fred VanVleet Sr. hit a corner three. Fast forward to the second half where the Warriors went on another impressive run, this time, 18-0 until once again VanVleet Sr. hit a corner three breaking their momentum. This , in my opinion is what broke the Raptors. The Raptors (until last night) haven’t lost a game to the back to back defending champs this season. I personally hope this doesn’t ruin their vibe and this is the end of the NBA Finals. Toronto is a mental team, so this loss will be a true test.
Stephen Curry would pick up a technical foul from referee Ed Malloy sending Leonard to the line to shoot three. Guess what? He hit all three, cutting the lead to five. 106-101 Warriors with 1:08 to play. Speaking of Curry, he struggled in the first half. He didn’t get his first field goal until the second quarter. Sources say he wasn’t feeling well and that contributed to his lack of stats in the first half. But, not to worry, its Steph Curry! He must have had some Pepto Bismol at half time because he shined the last two quarters putting up 23 pts, 4 ast and 3 reb.
I want to give some recognition to a younger player on Golden State who worked really hard last night and was crucial to the Warriors keeping their lead. Quinn Cook. Cook came off the bench and played twenty-one minutes going 3/6 from beyond the arc. Those three 3-pointers came at very important times in the game. Another Golden State Warrior who had a good game (although only playing seven minutes) was Andrew Bogut. Statistically, no. Energy wise, yes! Allof Bogut’s 6 pts were on the receiving end of an alley-oop. The fact that the whole team contributed was exactly what the Raptors did in game one.
There are two things that I think Toronto didn’t do well this game and that was why they lost. One; foul trouble. From the first quarter on, to have that many players pick up fouls so quick is nerve wracking Two; in the last seven seconds Andre Igoudala had the ball and every single one of the Raptors players just looked at him. It was they were all NBA 2K players and the system glitched. You do not leave Igoudala alone with the ball when the seconds are counting down and you are down by 2 pts. If they contested that shot and he missed, they would regain possession and could win or at least tie the game and head into overtime. With that possession alone, Golden State deserved to win game 2.
The series will head to warmer weather in Golden State Wednesday night with tip off at 9:00 p.m. This is a very important game because this will get one team a leg up and the confidence to hold Larry in their hand. As mentioned before, Toronto is an emotional and mentally driven team so if they want to win on the road, they need to focus and not worry about the last possession.
Golden State 109-104 Toronto