When: June 5th, 2019, 6:00 pm PST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Watch Live: ABC
We are in the bay area now for the Game 3 of the NBA finals where the Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.
Raptors made a statement after defeating the Warriors in Game 1, but then they fell back as Warriors got a road victory in Game 2 by 109-104 on Sunday. Now the series remains a tie at 1-1, and it will be interesting to see how things unfold in Game 3.
For Warriors, Klay Thompson led the squad with 25 points and five rebounds and assists each, Stephen Curry had 23 points with four assists, Draymond fell short of just one assist from notching another triple-double. He had 17 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists. Demarcus Cousins was included in the starting lineup, and he lived up to the expectation with 11 points, ten rebounds and six assists.
For Raptors, Kawhi Leonard led them with 34 points and 14 rebounds; Kyle Lowry had 13 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. From the bench, Fred VanVleet had 17 points, and four rebounds and Serge Ibaka had 7 points and ten rebounds.
The overall shooting for the Raptors went down. Raptors took twelve more shots than the warriors but made three less than them. Raptors took 94 field goal attempts and made just 35 of them shooting at only 37% compared to Warriors who took 82 and made 38 of them shooting at healthy 46%. A similar trend was observed in 3 Point shooting as well.
Another thing that draws the attention here is the number of assists made by both the teams. Raptors Had 17 assists in the game compared to 34 assists made by the Warriors which is just double from that of Raptors. Warriors shared the ball well on each possession to make sure that it gets to the right man and that’s how they shot the ball effectively with a good shooting percentage.
One thing that happened in the game and took the game from the hands of the Raptors was the 18-0 run by the Warriors just after coming back from the halftime in the starting of the third quarter. The Raptors were leading the whole game time during the first half and had a 5 point lead at halftime, but indeed, coach Kerr had different plans to start the second half for the Warriors, and the change of gameplan was visible in the Warriors offence and defence.
Warriors are going through not so healthy roster at the moment as in the last game, Klay injured his left hamstring and is day-to-day for the next match, and Kevon Looney injured his chest and is out for next game. They are already missing Durant on the roster and then came these two injuries in the Warriors roster to make thing difficult on the rest of the crew.
Kawhi was also seen limping in the last game and is probable to play in the next game. OG Anunoby is questionable for the next match due to appendix issue.
Warriors will be confident to play at home after winning the road game and will look to take the lead in the series at home as they have an excellent record at home playoff games. Whereas the Raptors will be looking to upset the Warriors as they look shorthanded with all the injuries they have to face at this point of time. I think that Warriors will be able to steal this victory in a very close game.
Predicted Starting Lineup:
Dream 11 Team: