Golden State Warriors: 3 matchups to watch in the NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors: 3 matchups to watch in the NBA Finals”

With the Finals kicking off in Toronto, the Warriors are selling watch party tickets for Games 1 and 2 at the Oakland arena for $25 per person.

The two-time defending champion Warriors open as strong favorites, but the Raptors hold the home-court advantage after coming off an impressive postseason run headlined by Kawhi Leonard. Durant has missed the last five games with a calf strain sustained in Game 5 of the Western Conference semis vs. the Houston Rockets.

Despite the absence of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State has managed to turn back the clock, as we've witnessed the return of MVP-level Stephen Curry alongside triple-double machine Draymond Green. Leonard will most likely get defended by Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson who are both world class defenders.

The Raptors, on the other end, expended a lot of energy to survive Philadelphia in the conference semifinals. We're really hungry and we want to go out here and have a chance to win it. When they are playing well the Raptors will be competitive in the series but I do not think that will be the case. The only blemish on their previous four championship appearances was losing in seven games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 despite holding a 3-1 series lead. The Raptors have the ability to steal an early win due to the fact that the Warriors have not played a game in nearly a week and a half. Is this the last time we'll see Leonard in a Raptors uniform? "Like I said, hopefully, that opportunity comes and I'm able to get on the floor and help my teammates and try to help them win a championship".

Sports Writing Intern, who is a recent graduate of Kutztown University and a basketball enthusiast.

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