The NBA Finals are in full swing and the Raptors are more than making this a series. Many tipped a gentleman’s sweep at best for Toronto, but they’re looking good 1-0 up heading into Game 2.
Raptors Take Game 1
The Raptors entered Game 1 as favourites and didn’t disappoint.
Snatching the 118-109 win, they also comfortably covered the -2 line as history suggested they probably would.
Somewhat worryingly for the Warriors, Kawhi Leonard was below his best. Pascal Siakam is the man that picked up the slack finishing with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 14-17 shooting.
Steph Curry did all he could in scoring 34 points, but the Warriors missed Kevin Durant. Without the security and consistency of his scoring, the Warriors didn’t have enough points in them with Klay Thompson the only other player to score more than ten points.
The victory was impressive enough to see the Raptors go into Game 2 of the NBA Finals as significant $1.73 and -2.5 favourites.
Another note: the winner of Game 1 has gone onto win the series 71% of the time.
Nobody seems to know anything about Kevin Durant’s injury. It’s been called a calf strain, but many have speculated that the injury is a lot worse.
He’s missing Game 2 but is no certainty for Game 3 three days later either. The official line from the Warriors is that he’s Out and is yet to be cleared for practice. It’s the “cleared for practice” part that is important. He’s going to need one before suiting up in the NBA Finals.
Despite not playing or practising since May 8, Steve Kerr says it’s “feasible” that Durant could return after just one practice.
When will that practice be, though? He isn’t scheduled to practice on Tuesday after Game 2.
Prospect Goes Under The Knife
The Memphis Grizzlies have him lined up with the number two pick in the NBA Draft, but they will want to speak to a doctor first.
Ja Morant is to have surgery on his knee and won’t be fully recovered for up to a month. It’s nothing major, but isn’t something the Grizzlies and other potential landing spots will ignore either.
ESPN Sources: Point guard Ja Morant — the projected No. 2 pick in the June NBA Draft — will undergo a minor scope on his right knee to remove a “loose body” on Monday. He’s expected to be fully recovered in 3-to-4 weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2019
An exciting prospect after averaging 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 36.3% from beyond the arc at Murray State, Morant should still be expected to be selected after Zion Williamson ($1.01).
NBA Highlight Play of the Week
Pascal Siakam produced one of the great NBA Finals debuts and is worth another watch: