Toronto came to play! The Raptors took multiple punches but outlasted the champs in a wonderfully entertaining Game 1. How satisfying was last night’s Game 1 win? The city felt like it was ready to explode all week, and when the moment came, the Toronto Raptors were ready. The Golden State Warriors didn’t go quietly, but Toronto withstood everything the champs had and won their first-ever NBA Finals game.
There’s still a long ways to go, but for now, let’s focus on five things from Game 1.
Ready for the Big Stage
There certainly was a fear that the Raptors might come out tentative or tight; if they had on the “just happy to be here” faces, no one would have been surprised. But right from the beginning, they threw punches, took the counterpunches, played through offensive droughts and Stephen Curry bombs, kept their composure and didn’t let up. If basketball is a game of runs, The Warriors are the ultimate Team of Runs — capable of blitzing you for multiple scores in rapid succession and tuning games around in mere minutes. But the Raptors never let them go on an extended run, which is simply a feat in …
Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ