These Raptors are no joke — the Warriors will adjust, but this is their stiffest Finals challenge yet

Golden State took the L in a rusty Game 1 in Toronto

Bonta Hill
May 30, 2019 - 11:05 pm

Despite losing their second-ever Game 1 under head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors felt good after a bruising night against the Toronto Raptors.

In their 118-109 loss, the Warriors looked befuddled trying to attack the Raptors half court defense, which may be the best defense they’ve faced since the 2016 Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors obviously were a bit rusty due to their nine-day layoff, but not having familiarity against the Raptors was something the defending champs harped on after the game.

Klay Thompson shook off a shaky start and finished with 21 points, and he had no credible answers for Pascal Siakam’s length and athleticism. Not that he made any excuses.

Steph Curry finished with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but the Raptors trapped and bumped him around all night. Overall, the Raps’ half-court defense forced 17 Warriors’ turnovers.

That’s a recipe for disaster, but no need to panic as the champs will surely make adjustments, especially against Siakam, who burned them for 32 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

We’ll see what happens Sunday night, a game in which Kevin Durant will likely not be participating in. Can the champs shed the rust and be more crisp against this very good and intelligent Raptors team?

We’ll see, but one thing Warriors fans should know is this will be their stiffest challenge at this stage. These Raptors are no joke, and it’ll be fascinating how this team that changed the game of basketball will respond.

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