This could have been a different game had the Raptors not had inexplicable offensive droughts to start the third quarter and to end the fourth quarter. They even still had a chance during the game’s final seconds before Iguodala slammed the door shut. Instead of being up 2-0, the Finals are tied and we’re heading into Oakland next. The question now is: how healthy will the Warriors be for Wednesday’s Game 3? Will Kevin Durant be back? Will Thompson and Looney be better? That might end up being the storyline, but the Warriors will have a few days to worry about that, they have to be happy with their victory for the moment.
That will do it from us here at the Guardian, thanks for following our live coverage of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, particularly those who contributed. Make sure to follow further reports on the Finals, including this evening’s game report linked below. Ciao!
Email from Paulo Sternberg:
Hah! Good lad; but Bogut had a very good year in Australia before Steve K called him. Won def awards, was not “nearly out of ball…” in addition to disagreements re minor issues, my major beef is that you continue to refer to the Dubs as the Golden state warriors, rather than the Oakland warriors.
Thanks for the coverage; don’t have BEIN on the basic Orange pack here in the wilds of the Pyrenees Oriental.
You’ree welcome. This just highlights the fact that the Warriors, who have been criticized for their lack of depth, won today on the backs of their role players. Curry had an iffy first half, Looney and Thompson were injured and Durant, of course, continues to be a question mark. Instead, players like Cousins, just barely returned from injury himself, and Bogut and Iguodala all had huge moments.
The Golden State Warriors have tied the NBA Finals at 1-1! What a heartbreaking loss for Toronto, who had so many opportunities late.
Warriors 109-104 Raptors, FINAL
Green misses a three-pointer and that will do it. The Warrior have won Game 2 of the NBA Finals!
Warriors 109-104 Raptors, 5.9, 4th quarter
They change the call. It’s going to be Raptors basketball. Looks like they got it right. Now can the Raptors capitalize? VanVleet tries a three… its no good, they get the rebound, can’t hit. Another rebound, no good and FINALLY Danny Green hits a three-pointer to cut it down to a single basket.
The Warriors keep it for a bit, the Raptors don’t foul and Iguodala drills a basket with 5.9 remaining on the clock! It’s a five-point lead and that might do it.
Warriors 106-101 Raptors, 51.4, 4th quarter
Huge possession for both teams here. Green drives to the basket and loses the ball, but the refs say it went off of Toronto. It looks like it just barely grazed Gasol’s arm but it’s hard to see.
After a few replays it actually looks like it’s just a clear loss by Green.
Warriors 106-101 Raptors, 1:08, 4th quarter
Steph Curry gets called for a technical after getting called for a standard foul and then throwing the ball in anger. Kawhi Leonard goes to the line for three free throws to cut the lead down to five points. Now, it’s a bit closer than the Warriors would like it. They call a timeout. This is now officially interesting.
Warriors 106-98 Raptors, 1:08, 4th quarter
The Warriors have gone ice cold and the Raptors can’t capitalize this is amazing. They are going to have so many regrets when this one is over.
Warriors 106-98 Raptors, 1:58, 4th quarter
Leonard fouls Cousins, the seconds keep ticking away.
Warriors 106-98 Raptors, 2:30, 4th quarter
Raptors are getting stops but they’re not converting the shots they’re getting and they’re running out of time.
Warriors 106-98 Raptors, 3:46, 4th quarter
Bad news for the Raptors, Lowry fouls out on an ill-advised reach-in. Toronto needed a better and smarter game from him.
Warriors 106-98 Raptors, 4:18, 4th quarter
Curry gets called on a foul. The refs look to see if it’s going to be a clear-path foul. Meanwhile, Thompson is diagnosed with hamstring tightness and will not return to this game.
It’s just a loose ball foul on Curry, so no free throws… except he immediately gets called for another foul. Kyle Lowry gets to the line and misses the first free throw, that’s not ideal, but he makes the second.
Warriors 106-97 Raptors, 4:46, 4th quarter
Bogut, in the midst of a potential podium game, gets called for his second foul. Siakam gets free throws, which is rather questionable, but the Raptors are going to take it. Siakam makes the first, misses the second, but the Raptors get the offensive rebound. They can’t make use of it first time around, or second, but finally VanVleet is able to tip in his own miss.
Warriors 106-94 Raptors, 5:22, 4th quarter
It’s probably not a good sign that Toronto immediately had to take another timeout.
Warriors 106-94 Raptors, 5:39, 4th quarter
Livingston finds Green for an alley oop, a go-to play for the Warriors this game. Leonard misses a shot that could cut the lead down to single-digits. Instead, Bogut, perhaps drawing inspiration from haters such as myself, dunks yet again.
The Raptors take a timeout and now the clock is starting to be a factor.
Warriors 102-94 Raptors, 6:38, 4th quarter
Livingston gets to the line, makes both free throws. On the other end, Leonard gets to the basket and scores and draws a foul on Draymond Green. He makes his free throw.
Warriors 100-91 Raptors, 7:36, 4th quarter
Thompson landed awkwardly and eventually tried to call for a foul to stop things. He’s out for the moment. The Warriors need Thompson desperately, so they have to hope that apparent leg injury isn’t serious.
Meanwhile in game news, Livingston makes a layup to get the Warriors to 100.
Email from Paulo Sternberg:
Following your gamecast from Catalunya Nord at 4 in the morning.Why hating on Oakland? Also, your Bogut comments are silly; he has had very good minutes, yes limited, for Oakland, since Steve K called him up at the start of the playoffs.
I want to make it very clear that I have nothing but respect for the Golden State Warriors, who are on one of the greatest runs of any NBA team. I also want to add that I absolutely do mean disrespect to Andrew Bogut. I am not going to pretend otherwise.
Warriors 98-91 Raptors, 7:59, 4th quarter
Two straight three-pointers for Cook quiets the crowd down. Ibaka hits a three right back. This is starting to get interesting.
Except Klay Thompson is hurt. Eventually the Warriors take a timeout, this could be a series-changer here.
Warriors 95-88 Raptors, 9:04, 4th quarter
Lowry hits a three to cut the Warriors lead down to 5 but Cousins drives to the basket. It would quite the crowd but Danny Green hits a HUGE three to cut the lead down to four.
Warriors 90-82 Raptors, 9:49, 4th quarter
Siakam tips in an Ibaka miss, so the Raptors avoid a long scoreless streak this time around.
Warriors 90-80 Raptors, 11:15, 4th quarter
Cousins with a layup to start off the fourth quarter scoring. Of course the Warriors strike first.
Warriors 88-80 Raptors, 12:00, 4th quarter
The Warriors are twelve minutes away from tying up the Finals.
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Warriors 88-80 Raptors, end of the 3rd quarter
Powell makes a shot for the Raptors. Curry hits yet another three, maybe he’s not hurt at all. Leonard cuts into the Warriors lead with a layup and that will bring us to the end of the third quarter where Golden State very much dominated as predicted.
Warriors 85-76 Raptors, 1:22, 3rd quarter
Leonard on the line makes both free throws and…
This is just brutal, Bogut makes his second straight dunk. This guy was nearly out of basketball very, very recently.
Warriors 83-74 Raptors, 1:46, 3rd quarter
Leonard hits a three-pointer. If Leonard can be the Playoff MVP that we’ve seen in the first few postseason series, the Raptors can steal this one.
Although putting Curry on the line, where he makes both free throws, isn’t going to help matters.
Warriors 81-71 Raptors, 2:17, 3rd quarter
Curry misses, the crowd cheers. Curry steals and gets the ball to Quinn Cook who gets it to Green who gives it up to Siakam who has the half-court all to himself and scores.
But Cook makes a three-pointer to settle things down.
Warriors 78-69 Raptors, 3:13, 3rd quarter
Leonard gets to the line, that’s also a good sign for the Raptors, and makes both.
Warriors 78-67 Raptors, 3:42, 3rd quarter
McKinnie is scoring. It doesn’t matter who has the ball for the Warriors at this point, they’re going to score on the Raptors. Ibaka answers, so at least the Raptors can score points again.
Warriors 76-65 Raptors, 4:26, 3rd quarter
Leonard scores and gets fouled, just what Toronto needs. He makes the free throw. It’s a nine point game, briefly. Andrew Bogut… Wait, Andrew Bogut is on the Warriors? He lays down a Steph Curry assist. That’s just embarrassing.
Warriors 74-62 Raptors, 4:50, 3rd quarter
Okay, it’s just a 10 point game. The Raptors can calm down and make some shots here and be right back in it. There’s a lot of time left.
Or Draymond Green can carve up their defense and score while they remain cold on offense.
Warriors 72-62 Raptors, 5:27, 3rd quarter
Green makes a shot and then, FINALLY, VanVleet hits a three to put the Raptors on the board. It’s an excuse for the fans to get back into the game.
Warriors 70-59 Raptors, 6:55, 3rd quarter
Game 1 hero tries to make something happen but his shot gets blocked by Cousins. This is a turnaround, isn’t it. Thompson drives to the basket and scores, that’s 16 straight Warriors points.
Warriors 68-59 Raptors, 7:35, 3rd quarter
VanVleet with a three… no good. Raptors still haven’t scored. Thompson hits a three. Is Nurse going to call a timeout anytime soon?
Yes, immediately. What in god’s name are the Raptors doing?
Warriors 65-59 Raptors, 8:21, 3rd quarter
Thompson scores, that’s 11 straight points for the Warriors. Gasol attempts a no-hope three and it’s no good. Finally something good happens as Cousins gets called for a fourth foul. The Raptors need something offensively here though.
Warriors 63-59 Raptors, 9:18, 3rd quarter
Gasol gets called on a moving screen, there’s a turnover. The Raptors still haven’t scored this half. Draymond Green has a free shot under the basket and scores. Toronto then turn the ball over a few times and are damn lucky that Golden State can’t convert.
The Warriors are doing what the Warriors can do if you sleep on them just a little and there’s no doubt that the Raptors didn’t start the quarter with the right intensity.
Warriors 61-59 Raptors, 10:02, 3rd quarter
Iguodala hits a three and the Warriors have already regained the lead. That was quicker than even I was expecting and Nick Nurse calls a timeout, Toronto.
Warriors 58-59 Raptors, 10:15, 3rd quarter
Iguodala actually starts off the shooting for the Warriors, scoring the first basket and Curry follows up with one of his own and after all that work in the first half, it’s just a one-point game for Toronto.
Warriors 54-59 Raptors, 11:13, 3rd quarter
Some injury news: Iguodala is out there, Kevon Looney is out with a left chest contusion. That could be a factor defensively for the Warriors.
Starts of the second half
Warriors 54-59 Raptors, 12:00, 3rd quarter
And we have basketball again!
My second half prediction? Look for the Warriors to have a trademark big third quarter but they don’t look like a team that’s just going to blow by these Raptors. It’s going to be tight until the end of the fourth quarter.
Sometimes Twitter is good.
Sometimes Twitter is good.
The Raptors were in complete control but, as the Warriors tend to do, they scored a bunch in a blink. Curry went from looking completely lost to his old self. He now somehow has 16 points after starting the game on an 0-for. The Raptors have the lead but it’s not as comfortable as they would have hoped.
End of the first half
Warriors 54-59 Raptors, end of the first half
Green gets called on a foul and complains about it. It puts Siakam on the line with a chance to get them a little more separation after the Warriors closed their lead. He hits one of two free throws and then picks up a reach-in foul on his own to put Curry on the line. Not ideal.
Curry makes both free throws to end the first half.
Warriors 52-58 Raptors, 28.4, 2nd quarter
Thompson is going to have a great night if the Warriors want to win this one and it’s looking like he is. He makes a three pointer. The red hot VanVleet scores yet again!
And Curry makes his next two shots. They’ve awoken a sleeping giant.
Warriors 45-56 Raptors, 2:04, 2nd quarter
Curry makes his second straight three. Let’s see if this gets him going. Meanwhile, the Raptors take advantage of two straight Warriors turnovers to score twice, both Gasol and VanVleet score. Looney picks up another foul and the crowd is getting loud.
Warriors 42-52 Raptors, 2:58, 2nd quarter
Kevon Looney is called for an iffy foul, putting Leonard on the line for two free throws. He makes both.
Warriors 42-50 Raptors, 3:22, 2nd quarter
Iguodala was the victim of a Marc Gasol screen. Iguodala is out. Klay Thompson hits a jumper to give the Warriors some good news.
Warriors 40-50 Raptors, 3:22, 2nd quarter
Curry makes his first basket, a three-pointer that might break the seal. Powell responds with a three-pointer and Iguodala is down. The Warriors take a timeout to deal with this. This doesn’t look great.
Warriors 37-47 Raptors, 4:06, 2nd quarter
Leonard makes the free throw. Largest lead for the Raptors. Curry misses another shot, he is 0-for-6. Someone else is going to have to step up, Jonas Jerebko decides it’s gotta be him and he makes a basket to cut the lead back to 10.
Is that good? That doesn’t sound like it’s good.
Warriors 35-46 Raptors, 5:16, 2nd quarter
Siakam finds Leonard who finds the basket and finds himself fouled by Steph Curry. Before he goes to the line, the Warriors are going to take a timeout. They need to find themselves here, if it weren’t for their free throws they would be completely out of it right now.
Warriors 35-44 Raptors, 5:36, 2nd quarter
Norman Powell with the dunk? Norman Powell with the dunk. Give Gasol the assist.
Warriors 35-42 Raptors, 5:52, 2nd quarter
Lowry tries to draw a charge but gets called for a foul and Cousins goes to the line yet again. Cousins hits both free throws. Lowry gets two attempts at a three-pointer, makes the second. Cousins answers with a three of his own, he’s definitely a difference maker tonight.
Except he just picked up his third foul.
Warriors 30-39 Raptors, 7:12, 2nd quarter
Warriors can’t even score on a fast break but, guess what, the Raptors get called on a foul that puts Cousins on the line. He makes both free throws. Gasol makes up for committing the foul by making a layup for Toronto.
Warriors 28-37 Raptors, 8:06, 2nd quarter
Curry is now 0-5 after missing two three-pointers on one possession. On the other end, Leonard gets fouled by McKinnie and gets two free throws to increase the Toronto lead.
Warriors 28-35 Raptors, 8:41, 2nd quarter
Serge Ibaka picks up his third foul of the game and gets taken out. Finally VanVleet makes a basket to break the stalemate. He draws the foul too and finishes up an old fashioned three-pointer.
Warriors 28-32 Raptors, 9:02, 2nd quarter
We’re not seeing the crisp offense that made Game 1 so fun to watch. I’m not sure it’s great defense or just not great offense. The two teams trade bricks for a bit
It’s concerning for the Warriors, they need his shooting to keep them afloat until Durant returns.
Warriors 28-32 Raptors, 10:19, 2nd quarter
VanVleet will a trademark EXTREME LONGBALL gives the Raptors crowd a huge jolt. Warriors with an early timeout.
Warriors 28-29 Raptors, 10:59, 2nd quarter
Thompson starts the scoring with a jumper to give the Warriors a lead again but Siakam answers.
It would probably behoove the Raptors to start being smarter with their fouls, the Warriors are making them pay at the free throw line and they’re not a team you want to start gifting points to. The Raptors are otherwise outplaying them so far, but it’s just a one-point game after a quarter.
Warriors 26-27 Raptors, end of the 1st quarter
VanVleet with a score on one side of the court and then a foul on the other, that’s going to put Curry on the line. He makes both this time around. Green draws yet another foul to go to the line. He makes one of two, Ibaka manages to get a tip-in on a Siakam miss after a few attempts, and that’ll do it for scoring in the first quarter.
Warriors 23-23 Raptors, 1:20, 1st quarter
Siakam scores again. Curry attempts a three pointer, it’s no good. The Warriors turn it over and Danny Green ties things up with a jumper.
Warriors 23-19 Raptors, 2:25, 1st quarter
Draymond gets fouled again and again makes both free throws.
Warriors 21-19 Raptors, 2:25, 1st quarter
VanVleet attempts a long one, it’s no good, and Draymond Green draws a foul. Green makes free throws while the broadcast suggests that Curry isn’t 100%, he certainly hasn’t quite looked himself this first quarter.
Raptors take a timeout, meanwhile Obama is chilling out with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Warriors 19-19 Raptors, 2:55, 1st quarter
Green gets a layup, gets Golden State closer. Livingston dunks and we have a tied game.
Warriors 15-19 Raptors, 3:41, 1st quarter
Steph Curry gets fouled attempting a three pointer. Miraculously he actually misses one of them, making only two.
Warriors 13-19 Raptors, 4:00, 1st quarter
Some substitutions here. Alfonzo McKinnie and Shaun Livingston make their debuts. Lowry makes his free throw and Siakam takes advantage of a Warriors turnover by slamming down a pass from Fred VanVleet.
Warriors 13-16 Raptors, 4:27, 1st quarter
Another jumper for Klay Thompson. Is he going to miss? Then Lowry gets fouled while drilling a shot, that’s on Thompson. Before Lowry can attempt the free throw, Golden State takes their first timeout.
Warriors 11-14 Raptors, 4:52, 1st quarter
Leonard gets to the line again, where he makes both. Then, finally, the rest of the Warriors get involved offensively, Curry feeds Draymond Green for a dunk.
Warriors 9-12 Raptors, 5:20, 1st quarter
Lowry jumps and hits a three pointer to put them back ahead. Leonard throws a bad shot up but then just swats it and, of course, it goes right in. He’s like a pinball machine this guy.
Klay Thompson has all nine Warriors points. So there’s that.
Warriors 9-7 Raptors, 6:56, 1st quarter
Siakam gets called for a foul and the Raptors take a timeout.
Warriors 9-7 Raptors, 7:11, 1st quarter
Leonard gets called for travelling, the first Toronto turnover. Thompson hits another three-pointer, he’s been Golden State’s main weapon so far. After a turnover, Thompson gets a clean break to the rim, he misses but Lowry gets called for a foul. He’s on the line where he makes one of two free throws for Golden State.
Warriors 5-7 Raptors, 8:13, 1st quarter
Thompson hits another jumper. Raptors get the ball back, Leonard attempts a long-ball that doesn’t go but a travel gets the ball back to Toronto. So far more of a defensive battle than Game 1, early on. Cousins, however, picks up his second foul. This one puts Gasol on the line where he gets both free throws.
Warriors 2-5 Raptors, 9:24, 1st quarter
Gasol fouls Cousins, but it’s called on the floor. No free throws, still Golden State ball. Thompson hits the Warriors’ first basket. Leonard counters with a three.
Warriors 0-2 Raptors, 10:39, 1st quarter
Warriors don’t score on their possession either. Cousins immediately gets called for a foul on the other end, not a shooting foul. Leonard finally hits the first shot of the game a minute in.
Warriors 0-0 Raptors, 11:21, 1st quarter
Kyle Lowry’s first shot is no good, but they get the ball back. Siakam’s three-point attempt is no good.
And we’re off!
We’re getting close to opening tip. Obviously, since this is the Finals it’s never entirely on time, have to do the ABC pregame stuff.
Toronto Raptors starters
Same as last time around. Why mess with what worked?
PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Danny Green
F – Kawhi Leonard
F – Pascal Siakam
C – Marc Gasol
As always, the Canada/US game. means we get both anthems. Fantasia is here to sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” “O Canada” is nominally by Alessia Cara but it’s a sing-along affair with the entire crowd, which is kind of amazing.
Golden State Warriors starters
DeMarcus Cousins is back in the starting lineup for the Warriors, replacing Jordan Bell. Otherwise it’s the same look.
PG – Steph Curry
SG – Klay Thompson
F – Andre Iguodala
F – Draymond Green
C – DeMarcus Cousins
Thing that sounds like I’m making a joke but I am totally not: There will be a manufactured Fox News controversy about Obama going to see a basketball game in Canada rather than one in the United States. Very Unamerican.
Oh thank God, Drake won’t be the most famous person at tonight’s game. Whatever you think of his presidency, you have to respect him for this: he’s long out of office but he is still providing us all a public service.
“NBA Countdown” is up and the whole thing starts with them saying that Paul Pierce has become the most hated man in Canada for jinxing them by picking them as winners. I remember when his nickname was The Truth, man has his broadcasting career made that seem ironic.
Okay, way back in our pre-Finals bold predictions, I said that the Raptors would win the first two games and then go on and lose the next four. I’m going to do the cowardly thing and back down on that prediction. I believe that the Warriors are going to bounce back this game, I feel that they are very much motivated to do so. I also no longer believe that this Raptors team is going to lose four straight. The Warriors win this game, in a dogfight, but the Raptors are going to win on the road.
First, let’s talk about the Warriors: Kevin Durant is right out. Okay that takes care of that.
Meanwhile, the Raptors have activated forward OG Anunoby but he’s unlikely to play any as she’s still recovering from an appendectomy.
Well, it’s been three days and yet it still feels like we haven’t gotten enough time to properly adjust to the Toronto Raptors’ 118-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Without Kevin Durant, the Warriors found themselves managing to still find an answer for Kawhi Leonard—at least to a certain degree—but couldn’t figure out Pascal Siakam who ended up having the best game of his entire career at the exact right time. It was a big-time win, especially for a team that had never appeared in the Finals facing a team that has made their home there.
Yet it was still just one game. The Warriors can turn the entire series around with a win tonight. After all, that would mean that they would just need to win all of their games at their (well, current) home of Oracle Arena to win the championship, not difficult to imagine with the possibility of Durant returning from his calf injury looming later in the week. Considering how much the Raptors clearly benefitted from the loud and boisterous crowd at Scotiabank Arena, that’s no little difference.
So, will Steph Curry and the Warriors respond or will the Raptors manage to put the Warriors into a 0-2 hole? Several times this postseason it’s been proven that the team who gets an early victory or two doesn’t necessarily take control of the rest of this series (just ask the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks about that). So, this could end up a major turning point, which means that it will be a must-watch. The game is scheduled to start at 8:00pm EST but we’ll return before then with our coverage. As always, we’ll use your commentary throughout this liveblog, feel free to send end it either via email (to email@example.com) or via Twitter (@HunterFelt).
Hunter will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Oliver Connolly on Game 1:
Game 1 of the NBA finals was hardly the best litmus test for this series. It was the Raptors’ first finals appearance in franchise history. Scotiabank Arena was going bonkers. Toronto played with some extra juice. The Warriors had 10 days off, fresh off a perfect sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals. It’s their fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Some of the sheen has inevitably waned; this is just what they do.
Golden State’s performance was slathered in rust and complacency. The devastating cutting, high tempo and genius-level passing, all came in fits and starts, but it didn’t sustain. There was always Curry launching a no-look pass into the first row to bail out any onslaught.
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