Just when it appeared the Toronto Raptors were clawing their way to a 2-0 Finals lead, the Golden State Warriors decided they had other plans. After a sluggish first half to Game 2, the defending champions came to life after the break to pull out a 109-104 victory, despite losing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney to injuries. 

After getting off to a slow start, Stephen Curry turned things on in a big way, finishing with 23 points, four assists and three rebounds. Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 25 points in 32 minutes before leaving the game with a hamstring injury, which has left him listed as questionable for Game 3 on Wednesday night.

On the other side of the equation, Kawhi Leonard was superb once again for the Raptors as he finished with a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds. Yet, in the end, that wasn’t enough to get the job done.

The Finals now shifts to Oakland as the Warriors host Game 3 and 4, beginning on Wednesday night.

Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors

How to watch Game 3

  • Date: Wednesday, June 5
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • Location: Oracle Arena — Oakland, California
  • TV channel: ABC
  • Streaming: WatchESPN
  • Live stats: GameTracker
  • Odds: Warriors -5.5 (Over/Under: 213)

Finals series schedule (Series tied 1-1)

*All times Eastern 

  • Game 1: Raptors 118, Warriors 109 (Box Score)
  • Game 2: Warriors 109, Raptors 104 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at GS): Wednesday, June 5, 9 p.m. — TV: ABC
  • Game 4 (at GS): Friday, June 7, 9 p.m. — TV: ABC
  • Game 5 (at TOR): Monday, June 10, 9 p.m. — TV: ABC
  • Game 6* (at GS): Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m. — TV: ABC
  • Game 7* (at TOR): Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. — TV: ABC

*If necessary

TV listings

All games during the NBA Finals will air on ABC. 

Odds and Analysis

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Warriors: Golden State enters the series with the chance to make major NBA history by becoming one of the few teams to complete a three-peat. The future is uncertain for the Warriors, but they seem determined to maximize the present. Their biggest concern heading into the series is the health of Kevin Durant, as it is not yet known if he will be able to play in the Finals — at least the start — but at the end of the day, they could very well still take care of business without him. 

Raptors: Just making the Finals can be viewed as a victory for the Raptors, who have never made it there before in franchise history. It can also be viewed as a victory in terms of the team’s efforts to keep Kawhi Leonard around long-term. The team couldn’t have made a much better pitch in terms of on-court product, even if Leonard did have to do a lot of the heavy lifting himself. Like the Warriors, the Raptors also face an uncertain future, but this season couldn’t have gone much better. 

Matchups to watch

  1. Toronto’s backcourt vs. Splash Brothers: How well Toronto’s backcourt is able to control — and keep up with — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will go a long way toward determining the outcome of the series. If the Raptors are able to get some consistent production on the offensive end and dedicated defense from their rotation of Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Norman Powell, they will give themselves a chance. If not, this one could get ugly quickly. 
  2. Superstars vs. health: The Finals should be a showcase of two of the best two-way perimeter players that the game has ever seen in Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but both are hobbled by injury issues. Durant missed the entirety of the Western Conference finals following a calf strain that he suffered against the Houston Rockets in the second round, and his status for the Finals remains uncertain. On the other side of the floor, Leonard has been bothered by his own lower leg injury, though he has continued to play through whatever it is exactly that is ailing him. Ultimately, the Raptors need Leonard more than the Warriors need Durant, but how these players are impacted by their injuries will be something major to monitor over the course of the series. 
  3. Battle of the benches: We know all about the stars and starters in the series, and those players will be relied on heavily, but both teams will also need big bench boosts in order to seal the deal. The Warriors will need guys like Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie to step up and make plays, while the Raptors will continue to need legitimate production from Fred VanVleet, Powell and Serge Ibaka. Whichever team gets more production from its contributing players will have an advantage. 

Finals prediction

Warriors in six: The Warriors are four wins away from their third consecutive NBA title, and though the Raptors represent some stiff competition, ultimately Golden State will walk away with the hardware. The Warriors have both the talent and the experience to overcome virtually any opponent in a playoff situation, and heading into the Finals they appear to be clicking on all cylinders, despite the injury issues that they have dealt with throughout the postseason. Steph Curry looks as good — and confident — as he has in recent memory, and the same could be said for Draymond Green. Also, Klay Thompson seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder, and being snubbed from the All-NBA teams should only add to that. 

The Raptors might be able to take a pair of games from the Warriors in the series, due to the fact that Kevin Durant will miss at least one game, and that Kawhi Leonard has been playing arguably the best basketball of anyone in the playoffs. Ultimately, though, Golden State’s combination of talent and experience will prove too tough for Toronto to overcome. 

2019 Playoff Bracket


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