WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
Raptors take advantage of battered Warriors
Toronto had to have this one. Not just to take a 2-1 series lead, but because the seemingly invincible Golden State Warriors were as vulnerable to being upset as we’ve seen them on the biggest of stages: the NBA Finals.
No Kevin Durant (calf), Klay Thompson (hamstring) or Kevon Looney (collarbone), the Warriors did what you would expect and that’s lean on their two-time league MVP Stephen Curry. He did his part, scoring a career-high 47 points.
But the Raptors played a determined brand of basketball that even at full strength, would have made for a tough game for Golden State to win.
The Raptors did what they needed to do and that’s beat an injury-depleted team. But with Thompson likely back for Game 4, Toronto will be in for a much sturdier challenge in Game 4.
SO... THAT HAPPENED
THEY SAID IT
"Everybody wants us to lose, so I'm sure people are happy [our guys] are hurt.''
— Draymond Green, after the shorthanded Warriors lost Game 3 at home Wednesday night
NUMBER OF NOTE
50/40/90 — The Raptors shot 52.4 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from three, and 95.2 percent from the line in Game 3, becoming the third team to shoot 50/40/90 in NBA Finals history, joining the 2017 Warriors and the 1986 Celtics.
- Raptors 123, Warriors 109 (TOR leads series 2-1)
WHAT WE'LL BE WATCHING
Klay Thompson factor
For those who question how important Klay Thompson is for this Golden State Warriors team, look no further than Game 3 when Thompson sat out because of a hamstring injury.
He is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, no question. But he’s also one of the more versatile defenders you’ll find, the one thing more than anything else was missing from Golden State in Game 3.
The Warriors scored more than enough points to get the win, but their defense gave them no shot at that happening. And with Thompson hitting free agency this summer, Game 3 was a reminder of sorts to potential suitors of what it looks like to have him on your roster but not playing.
And by no means should what happened in Game 3 be lumped into the “It’s just one game” category, either. Because losing games without Thompson is actually more common than most might think.
Looking back on the last two regular seasons for him in Golden State, Thompson has missed a total of 13 regular season games.
Golden State’s record in that span?
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