Tactical Issues: How will the Raptors and Warriors adjust in Game 2?

Are the Warriors screwed if Andre Iguodala can’t be effective? Should both teams expected more from Kyle Lowry and Draymond Green, respectively? Let’s figure it out. Some say it was rust, but the eye test suggests that the Raptors may be the better team overall if Kevin Durant is not able to come back soon for the NBA Finals.
Coach Nick Nurse and the Raptors came in prepared and held the Warriors at arm’s length for the entirety of Game 1. While Golden State tried to get back into the game a few times, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson did not get enough support from their teammates.
Coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors approached Kawhi Leonard with a game plan similar to the one used for Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. They were successful in slowing down Kawhi, but Pascal Siakam and the rest of the gang made them pay.
Let’s look at some of the tactics that both teams employed and predict what could come next for Game 2.
For the Warriors
Blitzing Kawhi
Heading into the Finals, it’s a big unknown as to how the Warriors will defend Kawhi. Given how Leonard was …

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Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ

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