NBA Finals Breakdown

Warriors v Raptors - 2019 NBA Finals

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NBA Finals Breakdown

2019 NBA Finals

2019 NBA Finals

2019 NBA Finals

Cole Pesolano, Writer

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This Thursday, the Eastern Conference Champion Toronto Raptors will host the West’s Champion, the Golden State Warriors, to see who will reign supreme over the NBA. This year’s Finals are like a heavyweight boxing match. In the blue corner, the two-time defending champs are without their reigning Finals’ MVP, Kevin Durant. But the Warriors still have plenty of star power to go around. Stephen Curry is a two-time league MVP, Klay Thompson is one of the best three-and-D guys in the league today, and Draymond Green was an All-Defensive team member this past season.

 

In the red corner, the challengers are led by their one-year rental of Kawhi Leonard. ‘The Claw’ absolutely dominated the likely league MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and his Milwaukee Bucks in the Conference Finals. Leonard has certainly stolen the show, but don’t discredit the other guys who will be in white jerseys on Thursday. Kyle Lowry has been in five straight All-Star Games, Pascal Siakam is up for Most Improved, and Fred VanVleet has averaged over 16 points per game since his son was born last Monday.

 

 

Game 1 is arguably the second-most important game of a seven-game set. Game 1 sets the tone for the rest of the series. So, who will take the first game? I think it will be Golden State. The Warriors have had nine days off since knocking out the Trail Blazers in four games, compared to the Raptors, who have sat for just three days. Kawhi Leonard is tired, and I feel as if he will not have a great game on Thursday. For the Raptors to win, they would need at least 20 from Leonard, plus at least 20 from any pair of Lowry, Ibaka, Siakam, and VanVleet combined. It takes alot to stop Curry, Thompson, and Green. It will be a close one, but the Golden State Warriors will take Game 1, 110-102, behind 30 points from Curry, and 15 from both Green and Thompson, with the former getting a double-double. Former Finals MVP, Andre Igoudala will put up a strong performance on Kawhi, limiting him to just 17 points. Fred VanVleet will keep up his double digits streak, getting 10 points.

 

When it is all said and done, the Warriors will end up taking this series, in six games. With the Warriors likely not only getting back Kevin Durant, but also DeMarcus Cousins, the Raptors don’t stand a chance against the reigning champs. Golden State will win it’s third in a row, and their fourth in five years. But hey, there’s always next year, when Durant’s in New York, right?

UPDATE: 3:45PM 5/30

Cousins is back in the lineup tonight which is a lot sooner than I thought. Changing my prediction to Warriors in 5.

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