With Dubs reeling, Raptors let Game 2 slip away

VanVleet chases Curry

You could call the TV ratings for the 2019 NBA Finals so far a "tale of two cities"-or two countries".

The Golden State Warriors held on to steal Sunday's Game 2 in Toronto, but it was far from a walk in the park for the defending champions.

Golden State, trailing by five points at half, opened the third quarter on a massive 18-0 run - completely stealing away any momentum the Raptors had accumulated in the first half. It transformed a 59-54 halftime deficit into a commanding 72-59 lead that has altered the tenor of this series.

"I'm very proud of our team - and in particular all the guys off the bench", Kerr said.

Durant, rehabbing a strained right calf he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, still has not been for full contact.

The Warriors will hope to have enough healthy bodies to get through it. Thompson landed awkwardly after a 3-point attempt early in the fourth quarter and limped off soon after, with backup center Kevon Looney already missing the second half with a chest injury.

"That's all we got to do is get one".

"It was all about our defense and we held them to 37 percent and forced 15 turnovers and guarded the 3-point line well", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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Iguodala, 35, is used to being an afterthought despite a glue-piece role on five straight Finals teams. "And I paid that for a 300-section ticket, which is kind of insane when you think about it". "So we have seen that movie before".

The late game times aren't just happening because Toronto is playing a California team. "He's a fan. He talks and it gets more attention because he's Drake".

Now go back and watch the above video again. "So many people are complaining about it, like, 'You don't let any other fan do that.' Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn't be able to do that". Raptors fans in the North can't cash in on a free taco because the offer is not available in Canada - only US residents are eligible, adding insult to injury after Kawhi Leonard and company lost a very winnable game. "And, yes, we won Game 1, I think everybody else outside of our locker room was a lot more excited than we were". They rushed, they pressed and they crumbled under the weight of Golden State's incessant pressure.

Ballgame. NBA Finals tied at one game apiece. It looked like the Raptors were on their way to a 2-0 lead in this series.

"That", said Kawhi Leonard, "was pretty much the game".

He added three assists, but turned the ball over five times. Golden State bumped and bodied him and made him earn every look at the basket.

"And when you come to the timeout after a couple runs like that and everybody's involved. the vibe is just solid, and we know that we have taken control of the momentum and then it's just about sustaining it down the stretch".

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