Golden State Warriors Even 2019 NBA Finals
Toronto had control of this game in the first quarter with a 27-26 lead. Toronto also led 59-54 at halftime.
This was a game of two halves. Toronto controlled the first half. Golden State controlled the second halaf.
Golden State began the third quarter with an 18-0 run. Golden State led 72-59 before Toronto scored with 6:20 left in the third quarter.
Golden State made a defensive statement in the second half by causing Toronto's offense to go 0/8 on their first eight shot attempts to begin the second half. Toronto also had three turnovers that allowed Golden State to keep Toronto scoreless for the first 5 minutes and 40 seconds of the third quarter.
Toronto limited the bleeding. Golden State only led by 8 88-80 after three quarters of play.
Toronto did not go down without a fight. Golden State led 106-94 with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter. Toronto went on a 10-0 run for the final 5 minutes and 34 seconds before Andre Iguodala hit a three point shot to give Golden State a 109-104 win.
Point guard Kyle Lowry improved on his game 1 performance with 13 points instead of 7. Unfortunately, Lowry only had 2 assists instead of 9 and fouled out.
Power forward Pascal Siakam and center Marc Gasol both had 4 fouls. Those three starters combined for 14 of the teams 22 fouls. Toronto was very undisciplined in this game defensively. Even though I'm a Raptors fan there were bad calls agaisnt both teams due to the officiating in this years NBA Finals throughout the game.
Golden State's starting five came through once again. Everyone in the starting five scored 10 points per game except for small forward Andre Iguodala, who hit the game-winning three pointer to even the series at 1-1. In Game 1, Toronto's starting five came together as a team. That was the same story in game 2 except it was Golden State's guys who took care of business on Sunday Night.
Point guard Steph Curry had 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Shooting guard Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 25 points. Thompson also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists before leaving game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals with an injury. He's expected to have an MRI today.
Small forward Andre Iguodala only had 8 points, but he came through when it mattered the most. Power forward Draymond Green came the closest to a triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Center DeMarcus Cousins had a double double in his first start of the 2019 NBA Playoffs as well with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cousins also had 6 assists with everyone in Golden State's starting five having a minimum of 4 assists in game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
This series is tied 1-1 heading back to Golden State for the next two games. Klay Thompson is confident he will be ready for game 3, but there is an outside chance he isn't.
Thompson has left hamstring tightness. Its's not a serious injury and Thompson will be ready by game 4 on Friday if he cannot suit up for game 3 on Wednesday.
Toronto really needs to steal game 3 because you will have Thompson playing through an injury and Kevin Durant injured. Game 3 will decide everything in my mind.
If Toronto wins game 3 then I expect Golden State to take game 4 with the series going back to Toronto tied 2-2. Then both teams would win at home with Toronto having a fighting chance to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in Canada when game 7 of the 2019 NBA Finals takes place.
If Golden State wins game 3 then I expect Golden State to take game 4 with the Warriors leading this series 3-1. Toronto would win game 5 at home, but Golden State would probably win in 6 games in this scenario with the Warriors winning a third consecutive championship in the final game at Oracle Arena in franchise history before the Golden State Warriors move into the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. This would be a very fitting way for the Warriors to three peat.
Brian Bayless Posted on 6/3/2019.