Behind a massive game from Pascal Siakam and sustained defensive pressure across the board, the Raptors take a 1-0 series lead against the Warriors in the NBA Finals. It suddenly made sense to start it at nine o’clock.
After waiting most of Thursday for the start of Game 1 of Raptors-Warriors in the NBA Finals, the Scotiabank Arena was filled in a way it has never quite been before. Prior to tip-off — well prior — a rollicking crowd was ready to go for warmups, the anthems, the starting lineups, the entire pre-game ritual. And why not? Toronto hadn’t just waited all day for this moment, they’d waited 24 years.
But the question to the crowd was the same posed to the Raptors: could they keep up this level of energy and focus against an all-out assault from the two-time defending champion Warriors? Could anybody?
With the result of Game 1, we no longer have to ask: yes, the Raptors can. They did their thing over the full 48 minutes and won 118-109 to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Wild times.
From the jump, the game was as raucous as expected, with the Raptors and Warriors both getting up the …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ