The Golden State Warriors turned in a much better, more focused, and strategic effort last night. When all was said and done it was just enough to finish off the Toronto Raptors 109-104. The series is tied now 1-1 and the NBA Finals now shift back to the Bay Area and Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Saturday. Both games start shortly after 6pm and are televised on ABC.
There was no shortage of intrigue, drama, and suspense to this second installment of this year’s championship round. Stephen Curry was obviously under the weather. Draymond Green showed up and showed out and make good on his commitment to be better on both sides of the ball. Demarcus Cousins, in only his second game back, played heavy minutes and helped keep the Warriors close. Klay Thompson was hot early, much smarter on defense, and eventually went out early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. Kevin Looney took a hard fall, left the game, and didn’t return. Quin Cook hit a trio of 3’s that were the first three nails in the coffin for Toronto and Andre Iguodala sealed the deal a wide open 3 (courtesy of Toronto doubling and trying to contain Curry) with 6 seconds left in the game.
Truth be told, there was enough drama and big plays in this game to last an entire series. This was just Game 2 for crying out loud! The encouraging thing for Dubs fans is that we can, and probably will, play much better than either of the efforts north of the border. That being said, we can label this part of the process “mission accomplished” because the Warriors succeeded in taking back home court advantage. We need to hold that advantage by defending out home court and putting two games back to back and siphon out any championship hopes the Raptors might have had last week.