This series is turning out to be a lot better than I thought it would be. I predicted this series would go 7-games if Durant did not play, but I didn’t expect any of those games to really be close. I thought if the Raptors won a game it would likely be one of those poor shooting games for the Warriors which would lead to a blowout. And I thought that if the Warriors came anywhere close to playing their type of game, that would lead to a Warriors blowout. Last night proved that I was wrong. I think the Warriors played their kind of game last night. They got double digit scoring out of 4 of their starting 5. Igoulda had 8 points, 6 assist, and 8 rebounds. (He also hit the game clinching shot with the shot clock running down). The Warriors also got pretty good production out of their bench, led by 9 points off of three big time three point shots from point guard Quinn Cook. The Warriors got some really good minutes out of Demarcus Cousins who was inserted into the starting lineup for last night’s game (28 min., 10 reb., 6 ast., 11 points). If I wouldn’t have watched the game, and had just checked the stats, I would’ve assumed that these stats would lead to the Warriors blowing out any opponent. But this game was close. The Warriors had a few double digit leads, but the Raptors fought back to get back into the game every time. The scrappy Raptors team was led by Kawhi Leonard who dropped 34 points and added 14 rebounds. Fred Van Fleet came up big off the bench once again with 17 points. The Warriors held off the late run by Toronto to take the win 109-104. Game-3 is on Wednesday. The Warriors are home for the next 2 games. Durant is expected to be back for game-3. If that happens, I don’t think the Raptors have a real shot at winning another game. Here’s some highlights from game-2 in Toronto.
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