Toronto Raptors Win 2019 NBA Finals
This game kept going back and fourth in the first three quarters. Serge Ibaka tied the game at 88, but the basket didn't count due to the third quarter ending. Golden State led 88-86 after three quarters of play.
Golden State made it 89-86. The Warriors led 99-96 at the six minute mark of the fourth quarter after having a 2 point lead with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Golden State did a good job maintaining their lead in the first half of the fourth quarter.
Toronto didn't regain the lead until 3:46 in the fourth quarter when Freddy VanVleet hit a three point shot to put Toronto ahead 104-101 after Toronto tied the game at 101. That shot would give VanVleet 22 points on the night with him playing shooting guard next to Lowry for much of the game as he came off the bench for Danny Green.
Toronto did not surrender the lead from this point forward. Toronto won 114-110 thanks to a technical foul by Golden State with 0.09 seconds left.
Golden State's run appears to be over if Thompson is out for all of next season just like Durant. Shooting guard Klay Thompson tore his ACL as did small forward Kevin Durant. Thompson is a Free Agent in 2019 and Durant will not play next season meaning Durant can get $31-million from Golden State just for riding the bench. Point guard Steph Curry and power forward Draymond Green will continue to be faces for the Warriors, but one has to wonder if Thompson suited up with Golden State for the last time after his injury in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Point guard Kyle Lowry had 26 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals for the Toronto Raptors playing a critical role in Toronto's win playing 41 minutes. Power forward Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds playing 46 minutes. Small forward Kawhi Leonard has 22 points in 41 minutes.
Center Marc Gasol struggled, but backup Serge Ibaka stpped up with 15 points off the bench. Toronto's group effort was enough to win the 2019 NBA Finals.
Toronto will be back as the front-runner to repeat next season. Milwaukee will be strong too and could challenge them in the Eastern Conference once again. Especially if Leonard leaves.
The Western Conference will be wide open next season with Houston and Denver being my front runners for next year at the moment. After those two teams a lot will depend on who makes the most upgrades in the 2019 NBA Free Agency period as well as the 2019 NBA Draft.
Brian Bayless Posted on 6/14/2019.