The Toronto Raptors will try to capture their first NBA title as they face the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, start time at 9:00 PM ET. Warriors vs Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN, TV Coverage is on ABC.
With the chance to close the series, the Raptors are hoping to remain resilient knowing that the Warriors have Kevin Durant in this game. Kawhi Leonard continues to be the star in the Warriors uniform and his tasks at some points of the game would be to guard Durant. Surely, Leonard is having another MVP Finals if the Raptors would win this game. He is unguardable so far especially when he takes control of the Raptors offense.
Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are completely thorns for the Warriors, as both players no matter who is playing, are making damage offensively and defensively. Convincingly, the bigmen of the Raptors have produced more than the Warriors’.
It is also necessary to take note of how Danny Green will adjust to the defense of the Warriors. Green knows how to be at the right place at the right time as he finds himself open from outside the arc. Pascal Siakam also has to do his job in attacking his defender. Siakam has be derailing the defense of the Warriors.
On the brink of losing the series, the Warriors have the opportunity to match the Raptors with the presence of Durant who will play in this game. The Warriors have the full roster that that is deadly offensively. However, the effectiveness of Durant will be tested in the first quarter if he really is healthy enough to compete at the high level. Durant is averaging 34.2 points per game in the playoffs before he got injured.
Of course, the Warriors will need the maximum performance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to suffice the offense. It is a must for both players to score and to play strong defensively. If the troika of Durant, Curry and Thompson are playing smoothly, then the Warriors could extend the series.
Golden State had been outplayed in the last two games. One of the most noticeable aspects of was the intensity in defense in the second half. In what was a strength for the Warriors in the third quarter of Game 4, they faltered to deny the Raptors in scoring big plays.
Will Durant be able to play like the way before he was injured?
Warriors Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN. NBA Finals live streaming Radio coverage is on ESPN Radio. Scores and Updates of Warriors vs Raptors Game 5 is available here. Will this be the last game of Durant with the Warriors?
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