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The Toronto Raptors Lead The NBA Final, Two Games To One

June 6, 2019

Kawhi Leonard (30 points) and Kyle Lowry (23) led a balanced Raptors’ offense (all 5 starters had at least 17 points and scored 106), as the Toronto Raptors won (123-109) in game 3 at Golden State (Warriors) to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the 2019 NBA final.

Steph Curry scored 47 points for “G.S.” which played without Klay Thompson for the first time in an ‘offs game and also Kevin Durant and John Looney., the latter out for the season, Klay and Durant, I will say probable for #4 in Oakland on Friday night.

The game 3 win was the fourth straight for a Toronto team in a final round entity, all four in (1-1) situations, with the previous three manifesting in 6 game Toronto team titles (both Blue Jays World Series, those in ’92 and ’93 and the Maple Leafs’ last title in ’67).

Golden State, which has scored 109 points in all 3 final round games, (I would think that is the first time a team has scored the same number of points in 3 straight final round games in the NBA), is now (7-4) in game 3 of an NBA final. They are (1-3) in (1-1) situations, losing in ’48, ’15 and ’19 winning in ’56.

After the Warriors (’64, ’67 and ’75 the latter the last time “G.S.” hosted #3/NBA final) and also Oakland, Athletics, (’74 and ’88) combined for a (5-0) mark in the first 5 Oakland/San Francisco basketball and Oakland baseball home #3/final games, the area has lost the last two, the Reds beating the A’s en route to a very surprising 4 game sweep in the ’90 World Series and last night.

I gave you mucho notes, (likely much, too much) now a fairly obvious opinion: The Warriors need Klay Thompson and probably Durant, to win this series. They really missed Thompson’s defense in #3 as Toronto scored 123 points, the same number L.A. (Lakers) scored in winning the ’80 title in game 6, without Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

In that tilt, in sharp contrast to last night (Curry had 47 points in a loss, with little help from anyone else),  Earvin “Magic” Johnson had 42 points and Jamaal “Silk” Wilkes, also a member of the ’75 Warriors title team, added 37.

 

Danny Green, pictured above had a very good game 3 for the Toronto Raptors.

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