Golden State Warriors: 3 keys for Game 3 of 2019 NBA Finals


The box-and-one is a sparingly used scheme at the college level, and it's basically unheard of in the National Basketball Association - especially during the Finals.

The five-time All-Star suffered a hamstring injury in Game 2 on Sunday, when he still managed to be the Warriors' top scorer, finishing with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes on the court.

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So, with Durant sidelined by injury for the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors' top defensive task was clear: Slow down Curry.

Whether the Warriors are with or without Thompson is out of the star guard's hands, he told the media on Tuesday.

Golden State had near-identical offensive numbers in the first two games, scoring 109 points in each.

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While it's promising to see the Raptors ability to play strong at the end of each half, in order to beat the Warriors, they need to come out strong so they don't play from behind in Game 3. The Raptors missed out on a massive chance to go up 2-0 in the series and they simply can't miss out on this one.

Kerr said if the team's training staff feels good about Thompson's ability to play without risk of making things worse, then he would play on Wednesday.

"We have been through a lot, had a lot of different experiences".

VanVleet did a solid job in that regular season game, limiting Curry to just four points on 1-for-6 shooting when he was the primary defender.

Kevon Looney picked up a chest injury in Game 2 and after following tests was sidelined indefinitely.

Unless the Raptors want to find themselves down 3-1 in the finals, per the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto has to win at least one game in Oracle Arena.