It has come. It’s NBA Finals time.
Raptors fans have waited 24 years for this moment. Game one of the NBA Finals tips off tonight in Toronto. The Raptors have home court advantage over the reigning champions Golden State after finishing the regular season with a record of 58-24.
The Warriors finished the season at 57-25. Albeit in a much more difficult Western Conference.
Having home court is a nice perk for the Raptors after losing the first two games in Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals. But after losing the first two, the Raptors got hot and won four straight to advance.
The Raptors couldn’t come into this series any hotter. There’s a sense in the city that we can’t be beat. Gone is the thought of running into Lebron, the city of Toronto isn’t afraid of the dynasty going for a three peat. As well as their fourth title in five years.
The Warriors enter their fifth straight finals without superstar Kevin Durant who is still recovering from his calf injury that he suffered in their second round battle with Houston. Durant did travel with the team to Toronto but his return is still TBD.
Golden State easily handled Portland in the Western Conference Finals beating them in four games.
Steph Curry will try to stay hot in the city where he grew up for game one. Curry spent a portion of his childhood in Toronto as his father Dell Curry finished his career with the Raptors. Playing three years north of the border.
Curry spends a portion of his offseason in the Toronto area each year. One of the reasons is Ayesha Curry, his wife, was born in Markham.
Boogie Active for Game 1
Demarcus Cousins will be active for game one. Returning from his quad tear in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers.
For the Raptors to beat the Warriors the bench must continue to find success like they did in the final four games against Milwaukee. Especially Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell.
Game one is tonight, May 30th at 9PM EST.
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