Shifting Leonard to the Western Conference alters the balance of power once again. The East is relatively weak, or so it seems.
As they rode off into the sunset the Warriors took stock of their losses, especially on their injury list. Klay Thompson tore his ACL in game 6, and the NBA’s pantomime villain Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles in game 5. A harsh sense of schadenfreude surrounded the Durant injury. After all, the prevailing opinion was that he had left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join a 73-9 superteam and ease to multiple titles.
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship in Oakland on Thursday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. With Kevin Durant sidelined, Klay Thompson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter that was later revealed to be a torn ACL and will rule him out for most of the 2019/20 campaign.
Kevin Durant practised with the Golden State Warriors for the first time since his injury at the weekend. Durant’s availability, or lack of, has been the story of the 2019 NBA Finals as the Toronto Raptors have taken a commanding 3-1 lead against the Warriors.
Stephen Curry scored 47 points with eight rebounds and seven assists in Game Three. It was not enough, as the Warriors lost 123-109.
Well, here we are again. Another season in the books. Thirty(-ish) teams came into this season with high hopes and dreams of getting their hands on the coveted Naismith trophy at the end of it all. Out of those thirty teams we're now down to two. The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
In the games that Curry has started since Durant went down, the former back-to-back MVP has scored at least 30 points in each game. When Durant is not playing and Curry has control over the team, the Warriors become a passing, moving, cutting and shooting monster. Players playing harder and for each other.
On the surface, the 2019 Western Conference Finals match-up between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors seems like a done deal. Warriors in 4 right? While this may well be the case, but if you scratch the surface, there is a lot more on offer in this meeting than what first appears.
The Golden State Warriors were on the verge of going 3-2 down to the Houston Rockets when Kevin Durant left the court with a calf injury in Game Five.The Rockets turned the ball over and missed shots, allowing the Warriors to snatch an improbable win, putting them a game away from progressing to the Conference Finals.