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2019 NBA Finals, Game 3: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
|Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Golden State Warriors||Toronto Raptors|
The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors will aim to take the lead in the NBA Finals series as the teams head to Oakland for Game 3. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 11am (AEST).
Toronto took home court advantage for the series after taking the best second-best record out of the regular season, only behind the Milwaukee Bucks, but managed to squander it in Game 2.
Despite Kevin Durant not playing, and injury concerns to Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson, the Raptors just didn’t attack nearly well enough during the second game of the series to hold off the Warriors juggernaut.
After winning Game 1 on the back of some outstanding team offence, led by Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam, they fell apart with the ball at times in Game 2, giving up a 20-0 stretch early in the third quarter, which was ultimately too much to come back from.
What should concern the Raptors is that they gave up a run like that on the road. Playing away from home, there will be no relent in that sort of run, and there could be multiple times throughout the game where players like the returning Durant, Curry and Thompson catch fire.
Interestingly, Toronto have defended the Warriors big names quite well for the most part during the series, but it was their offence which falls under the hammer after the Game 2.
The only real difference between the first two games was their ability to hit open shots and shoot strongly with the ball. If they can get that back, then they are right in the contest.
But playing the Warriors on the road is a different beast. They seem to do everything better in Oakland, and with a bit of momentum, you feel it was critical for the Raptors to be up 2-0 while Durant was still sidelined with injury.
The Warriors can make it an even more uphill battle for Toronto by ensuring they guard Kawhi Leonard strongly at every turn, with that charge needing to be led by Draymond Green.
If they manage to keep him quiet and their offence doesn’t fall apart, they come in as favourites and rightly so.
Hard to say. The Warriors have got problems, fitness-wise, but then, there is plenty of talk that Kevin Durant will be back. Even without him, they are at home and should use the momentum found in Game 2 to push ahead in the series.
Warriors by 7.
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Tip-off: 11am (AEST)
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland
TV: Live, ESPN
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports