On Wednesday night the Golden State Warriors suffered a few major blows at Oracle Arena in game three. Steve Kerr made a big decision to be precautionary with Klay Thompson by not playing him and this proved costly.
The Warriors had no answer for the Raptors on the night missing many stars but for Steph Curry who put in an incredible performance in a losing cause.
After a disappointing at home and losing Game Two, the Raptors pulled themselves together in Game Three of the NBA Finals. The Raptors gained their advantage immediately back by beating the Warriors 123-109 at the Oracle Arena. Was a turnaround night for the Raptors which saw their entire starting five and sixth man all reach double figures in terms of points. It’s been 20 long days since the Warriors last played at Oracle Arena and the injury riddled Warriors had an extremely disappointing return. The Raptors now lead the seven game series – three games to one.
The Warriors were already missing Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney for the rest of the series and now Klay Thompson is also missing in action. He suffered a strained left hamstring and was a big miss for a Warriors side that clearly struggled without him. Curry tried to fill the void by making his career high playoff points by scoring 47 points and had 45.2% shooting. Curry also scored 9 three pointers but the Raptors managed to survive everything he threw at them. Curry endured the burden of the offense side and the two time league MVP definitely stepped up to the plate. If Klay comes back and he has more support, there is no doubt that the Warriors can come back.
The Raptors took full advantage of a lack lustre Warriors side by winning Game Three. But they did so in style with majority of their players shooting proving efficient. Their scoring was led once again by The Klaw Kawhi Leonard who ended the game with yet another 30 point game. Not far behind him was Kyle Lowry who many are saying is a new man, his being called “playoff Lowry” due to his fantastic performances of late. He managed to score 23 and picked up a game high 9 assists. The Raptors led the game by double digits for long periods and were wary about what happen in game two when they blew their lead.
At one point the Warriors cut the lead to just seven points but Danny Green kept helping the Raptors pull away hitting six three pointers as he ended the game with 18 points. Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam also proved extremely efficient, Gasol finished with 17 points while Siakam ended with 18 points and a game high 9 rebounds.
The Raptors are going to have to keep riding on this momentum going into game four if they wish to beat the defending champions to the title. The series looks like it could go all the way to Game Seven should some of the Warriors star players return.