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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:36:38 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:25:17 AM »
After his frigid second quarter, Curry answered with 13 points in the third. By the end of the third, Golden State had pulled within seven despite committing 10 more turnovers and shooting 10 percent worse than Toronto.
Siakam, meanwhile, continued to dominate in his Finals debut. The Kia Most Improved Player finalist scored 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the third quarter. Several of his baskets came even when guarded by Green, who just days earlier had proclaimed himself basketball's "best defender ever."

With a Finals lead at stake, Toronto relied on the depth. Then, Leonard then hit a step-back 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to double digits with 6:21 remaining.
The lead never fell below seven after that, and Lowry — the longest-tenured Raptor on the roster — sealed the Game 1 victory with a 29-foot 3-pointer.


The Raptors now find themselves in a position no other team has enjoyed over the last half-decade: leading the Warriors 1-0 in The Finals.

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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:12:15 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:11:50 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:11:26 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:11:03 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:10:42 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:10:17 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:09:50 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:09:21 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:08:57 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:08:28 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:08:01 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:07:45 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:06:50 AM »
The Raptors and Warriors swapped the lead seven times in the first quarter, which saw Marc Gasol score eight points. That was an encouraging sign for Toronto, which is 8-1 in the 2019 playoffs whenever he scores at least that much
Curry kept the Warriors in play, scoring 11 points on a flurry of quick-trigger 3-pointers — including the 100th Finals 3-pointer of his career.

Role players made their mark in the second quarter. Simply put, the Raptors had more who did more. Pascal Siakam made his presence felt everywhere. Fred VanVleet kept up his post-baby hot streak. Gasol continued to be an issue for the Warriors' big men, one not even the return of Cousins could solve. By halftime, Toronto enjoyed a 10-point lead.
Curry, meanwhile, had cooled completely. The former two-time Kia MVP shot just 3-for-10 over the first two quarters, a clip only marginally worse than the Warriors' mark (36.6%).

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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:04:52 AM »
For the first time since 2010, there is a new king of the East. In LeBron James' place stands Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, who are enthusiastically enjoying their first Finals appearance in franchise history.

If anyone knows how to overthrow defending champs, it's Leonard. The star forward won Finals MVP when the San Antonio Spurs beat the James-led Heat in The Finals in 2014. Leonard and the Spurs led the Warriors by 25 points in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals — before he went down with an ankle injury that limited him to just nine games in 2017-18.
Now Leonard is in Toronto, the same city where the NBA debuted more than 70 years ago. On Thursday, the spotlight shifted back to Canada for the ultimate showdown between The North and The Bay.

On the other side of The Finals are a familiar set of faces. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors ride into their fifth straight Finals appearance — the longest streak since Bill Russell's dynastic Celtics of the 1960s.


Yet as hot as the Warriors (winners of seven straight) have been, questions remain. Kevin Durant would not play in Game 1 due to a strained left calf. DeMarcus Cousins is back, but how he would be reintegrated was unclear.
Amid that uncertainty stands the original core of Golden State's dynasty. Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green entered The Finals playing with the same energy and passion that punctuated their pre-Durant days. Would that be enough to steal Game 1 in Toronto?

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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:02:22 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:01:57 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:01:30 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: NBA Finals Game 1
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:00:59 AM »
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