The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the 4-2 series.
An instant classic in every sense, the two teams went back and forth from the tip of the opening to the final buzzer. Once again another significant injury occurred when Klay Thompson fell with a knee injury late in the third quarter and left the arena on crutches. Golden State continued to fight, but short as they were, they couldn't find enough buckets while Steph Curry's potential 3-pointer went wrong.
Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raptors. Pascal Siakam also went for 26, while Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet added 22 each. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points and Andre Iguodala with 22 points.
Here are six important take-aways of the Raptors championship victory:
1. It is not a normal championship
Nothing on this NBA title that the Raptors have just won is normal. It is the first in the history of franchising, for beginners. These Finals concluded with five straight road victories, which is almost impossible to believe. Kawhi Leonard arrives in Toronto as a potential one-year rental, having sat down practically throughout the previous season, and perhaps ascends to the best player in the world when everyone has forgotten about him. The last season for the Warriors at Oracle Arena. Kevin Durant skips the first four games, then retires in game 5, just to rip the Achilles tendon and completely alter not only these finals, but the whole league landscape. Klay Thompson returns after straining a hamstring and losing game 3 to go nuclear in Game 6, just for . And somehow the Warriors are still inside, one in less than 10 seconds to play and the biggest shooter ever looks neat to send him to game 7 and keep the hope of winning four titles in five live years. And it is missing.
If you wrote this script and launched it in Hollywood, you would have laughed out of the room.
It would never happen. Make it at least half realistic.
2. Give the Raptors all the credit
Much is said about the Warriors' injuries and clearly influenced this series substantially. But the Raptors won this series by hitting the clutch after the friction shot. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant all the series and all the playoffs. Kyle Lowry? This man has erased any doubt that he has ever been placed on his shoulders. He could not miss in the first quarter and finished with 26 points and 10 assists in a decisive championship. I'm telling you that this team of Warriors, limping along with it, made Toronto earn every inch of this title, and it did. The Raptors made the shots. They got the stops. They rotated and fought and bounced and hit more shots and more shots and more shots, and they didn't stop until they had the hardware. And now they do it. Congratulations, Toronto. This is special
3. Give the Warriors credit too
When we talk about Warriors, we always think about shooting, glitz and glamor. Let's think about the show. But what is not talked about enough is the heart of this team. It looks like a cliché, but it's so true. This team absolutely refuses to stop. They were on the ropes against Houston when Durant went down, and won two straight. They were on the ropes against these Raptors of all series. When they lost Durant in game 5, so many teams would have settled at that time. The Warriors fought, and somehow they won, and then when Klay comes out in Game 6, honestly, how do you find the decision to continue playing and have a chance to win it in the end? Draymond Green. Stephen Curry. Andre Iguodala hits the ground for the entire track. Boogie Cousins goes from unplayable to vital gear making great comedies in the greatest moments. That's why you have to give so much credit to the Raptors, because the Warriors didn't settle. They threw every punch they had in the bag, and Toronto was just better.
4. Game 6 Klay appears again
Thompson was phenomenal before he fell with a knee injury at the end of the third which we still don't know about the extension of. He was going to bring the Warriors to victory, hitting so many clutch shots that it was difficult to keep track. He finished with 30 points on 4-of-6 from the depths, and the weight of some of those shots seemed much more than the points he was worth. When Klay injured his knee after being killed, he limped out of the field and into the locker room, only to be told if he didn't shoot at free throws, he couldn't get back to the game. He came out of the tunnel like Willis Reed to take down two free throws. The Warriors then pretended to take him out of the field, took him out, and never came back. But his legacy survives. This guy is a simple and simple stallion, and if the Warriors don't offer him a maximum contract to stay out of season, they would be the stupidest team in the league. I don't think they are. Klay will return with Golden State.
5. Fred VanVleet !!!!!!!!
It was a time in these playoffs when VanVleet verged on the unplayable. But Nick Nurse stayed with him, and wow, what a profit. To say that VanVleet was huge in these finals would be an understatement. Huge blow after a huge blow. One-man blanket on Stephen Curry. VanVleet concluded with 22 points out of 5 out of 11 out of 3, and a handful of those shots were of the backbreaking variety. They were the kind of shots that make you win championships. They weren't just VanVleet – Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol, Normal Powell were getting big minutes in a nail-biting closeout game, all the "others" on the Raptors were, in fact, in their contributions, in addition to the world, but no more so than VanVleet.
6. Steph Curry had an immortality shot
With less than 10 seconds to play following a round of business by Raptors, the Warriors had the ball on the side line of one. Steve Kerr has made a formidable play, eliminating the far side of the field for a pass that has diverted the attention of the defense just enough to allow Curry to get a screen and fly on the bow for a potential winner, inheritance – defining 3.
It didn't have to be.
In that situation, when everyone in the building knows that the Warriors are trying to bring the ball to Curry, and has double-and-triple the whole game, to make it open is so beautiful how Golden State and Curry could & # 39; never hoped. If he had made that shot, his legacy would have gone to another level. He would have been immortal. Now, people who believe they are not a friction player and cannot be depended on the biggest playoff moments, well, they still have their ammunition. Probably not right, but it is what it is. Curry had his shot and missed it.
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