The Toronto Raptors edged out injury-shredded Golden State Warriors last night in Oakland and took their first NBA title.
Nick Nurse and his boys triumphed with 114-110, defeating the reigning champs in 6 games, and making a huge surprise.
Though, when we examine how Raptors played, this isn’t some sort of a shock or anything like that. Simply, the Canadians deserved to take the trophy. They were excellent throughout the entire playoffs, and they have magnificent Kawhi Leonard.
The Claw was named the MVP of the Finals, which he fully deserved. He was the absolute leader of the team, but we have to emphasize the contribution of his teammates too.
Their impact on the game could be seen last night. Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry scored 26 points each, recording double-doubles. Sikam had 10 boards, while Raptors playmaker had 10 dimes. Also, Serge Ibaka had 15 points off the bench, and Fred VanVleet dropped 22.
The backup guard had amazing importance in the playoffs. In a couple of situations yesterday, when all other players didn’t have a solution for GSW’s defense VanVleet was the one who made clutch shots. He often did that throughout the last 6 weeks.
Kawhi ended the night with 22 buckets also. The reason for a bit slower offensive night was the fact that Warriors’ defense often doubled the Raptors superstar, and he had to get rid of the ball. Luckily, the rest of the guests’ crew was more than inspired, and they accepted the chance to become helpful, executing from
all sorts of positions.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were not in their usual mood, but still, they were close. In general, neither of the teams had some big advantage, and two sides were a few points away from one another throughout the entire game. Just to realize how tight this event was, we will say that 18 lead changes took place at the Oracle Arena this Thursday night.
Klay’s Injury Changed Everything
Klay Thompson had one of his usual nights, but it ended with a tragic injury, which will separate the sharpshooting forward from the floor for a long time. Klay tore his ACL. While on the court, he scored 30 points in 32 minutes, shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 10 for 10 from the line.
Andre Iguodala had 22 buckets, while Steph Curry added 21 with only three downtown hits in 11 tries.
We have to mention Draymond Green. The strong forward had an amazing triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists, and 19 boards. But that simply wasn’t enough against the Raptors, who muscled their way towards this triumph.
Toronto is now celebrating. This is probably one of the biggest days in Canadian sports. There were just a few who believed in this when the season started. The mood among the fans wasn’t very good back then, because their idol, DeMar DeRozan had to leave the franchise unwillingly.
Kawhi Leonard wasn’t accepted warmly, but eventually, he brought the revolution to Scotiabank Arena. Though, many forgot the impact of the new coach Nick Nurse. He too changed a lot of things, and upgraded the Raptors offensive game. Nurse pretty much invented Pascal Siakam who, as the season went by, became one of the best two-way players in the league.
All in all, this is a historic season for the Raptors.