The Warriors make it difficult for the Raptors to stay on the level

After Game 2, in which Toronto looked fearless for a half, the Warriors got the better of them with one of their patented third quarter runs. How the Raptors respond will decide the series. Don’t get too high, don’t get too low. That’s the well-worn adage used by pro athletes and coaches alike, no matter whether their team is winning or losing. In the NBA Finals, with the stakes at their highest, it becomes a cliche elevated to mantra.
The Raptors know this. They also know they’re closer than ever to the NBA title. Yet they can’t get too jazzed, too overwhelmed, before the job is done. They may have won Game 1, but they still have to execute their game plan. This is imperative because their Finals opponent, the Golden State Warriors, are the reason we all use adages like “don’t get too high, don’t get too low” in the first place. They absolutely know how to work both sides of that paradigm to their maximum advantage.
“For the first quarter and a half we really had a tough time scoring,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr in his preternatural calm way. “So the last …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

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