The Golden State Warriors are matching up against the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
This is the Warriors fifth straight NBA Finals and the first Finals for the Raptors in franchise history.
Kawhi Leonard led Toronto to an Eastern Conference Championship against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors won in six games behind the playoff experience of Leonard, who is a former NBA Finals MVP with the Spurs.
Kevin Durant did not play in any of the four games of the Western Conference Finals and was out for Game 1 of the Finals and doubtful for Game 2. Warriors center, Demarcus Cousins, was available in Game 1 after being out since early April.
In Game 1, the Raptors were up by ten at the half and won by nine points to take the 1-0 series lead.
Pascal Siakam scored 32 points, and Leonard and Gasol combined for 43 points. Cousins only played eight minutes, and Andre Iguadola seemed to be pulling at his hamstring after making a layup late in the fourth quarter.
In Game 2, injuries continued to pile up for the Warriors, as Klay Thomson left with a left hamstring injury and Kevon Looney exited as well.
Following the game, Coach Steve Kerr remained content the Thomson injury is not bad. “Klay said he’ll be fine, but Klay can be half-dead and he’d say he’s [fine].”
Golden State was able to prevail 109-104 to even up the series going back to Oakland for games 3 and 4. Iguadola hit a late three-pointer to increase the lead.
Durant might return at some point during the next two games, as he has been out since the conference semifinals with a calf strain.