Are the Raptors the Biggest Challenge the Warriors Have Ever Faced?

May 31, 2019 - 7:04 am

Despite losing a Game 1 for just the second time under head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors felt good after a bruising night against the Toronto Raptors to open the NBA Finals.

In a 118-109 loss, the Warriors looked befuddled trying to attack the Raptors' halfcourt defense, which may be the best defense they've faced since the 2016 Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors obviously were a bit rusty due to their nine-day layoff, and the defending champs harped on not having familiarity against the Raptors.

Klay Thompson shook off a shaky start and finished with 21 points, but he had no credible answers for Pascal Siakam's length and athleticism. Not that he made any excuses.

Steph Curry finished with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists as the Raptors trapped and bumped him around all night. Overall, the Raps' half-court defense forced 17 Warriors turnovers.

That's a recipe for disaster, but no need to panic. The champs will surely make adjustments, especially against Siakam, who burned them for 32 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

We'll see what happens Sunday night in Game 2. Kevin Durant likely will be out again. Can the champs shed the rust and be more crisp against this very good and intelligent Raptors team?

Warriors fans should know this will be their stiffest challenge at this stage. These Raptors are no joke, and it'll be fascinating how this team that changed the game of basketball will respond.