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NBA Final Round, Opening Game Notes

May 31, 2019

ABC needed it, the Toronto Raptors needed it and got a win in the NBA final opener, at Toronto last night, vs the two time defending champion, Golden State Warriors. It ended a 5 game Warriors’ win skein in final round opening games, that encompassed over 42 years. (See below).

Toronto sans a title since the baseball Blue Jays repeated as champions over 25 years ago, has not lost a final series since 1960, going (6-0). (Jays in ’92 and ’93, Maple Leafs from ’62-’64 and ’67, the latter in their long ago last final round appearance in a year the NHL playoffs official film was narrated by Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.)

It was the Raptors’ first final round game while the Warriors fell to a still very impressive (8-3) in final round opening games (wins in all three as the Philadelphia Warriors in the first two league final round series in ’47 and ’48 as well as 1956. Out west, as the San Francisco or Golden State Warriors, they lost road openers and eventually the series to great teams the ’64 Celtics and ’67 76ers. Next as cited above, the Warriors won five straight final round opening games, in ’75 at the favored Bullets and vs the James led Cleveland Cavaliers (’15-’18).

 

 

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