Tactical Issues: What to expect from the Raptors and Warriors in Game 1

Are the Warriors really THAT good? Do the Raptors have what it takes to beat a juggernaut? With both teams heading into the Finals with a momentum of a 4-game winning streak, who will throw the first punch? Typically, when a playoff series starts, the first thing to look at when considering the matchup is how the two teams fared against each other in the regular season. But in this case, it’s hard to put too much stock into how the two head-to-head regular season games between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors went down.
Both games had key players missing, from Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green to Norman Powell. The Raptors have also seen a roster transformation since then, turning C.J. Miles, Delon Wright, and Jonas Valanciunas into Marc Gasol.
The Warriors have yet to face this current Raptors roster, and as the Magic, 76ers, and Bucks have learned, this playoff version of Kawhi Leonard is a completely different beast.
The Raptors come in battle-tested, and their offense appears to be rounding in to form, most likely how Nurse envisioned it when he spent time talking to Kawhi Leonard for the first …

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Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ

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