Ben Simmons Signs Max Extension With 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have made a ton of roster moves this offseason. The latest one they made was by giving forward Ben Simmons a five-year contract extension worth $170 million, according to Simmons’s agent Rich Paul who confirmed it to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. This contract extension will not begin until after the 2019-2020 season.

Simmons is one of the reasons why Philadelphia has made it to the playoffs the past couple of seasons. He is only 22 years old and Ben Simmons is already one of the best players in the NBA.

In 79 games played last season, he averaged 16.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 7.7 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 1.4 SPG. Simmons is an excellent facilitator and drives to the basket extremely well. His jump shot needs a ton of work so it can open up the floor even more for the 76ers offensively.

Ben Simmons is also one of the best on the ball and off the ball defenders in the NBA. He was also taken with the number one overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Philadelphia will also have a very long championship window as long as everyone stays healthy.

They could go to a couple of finals appearance and maybe win a championship for the first time since 1983 within the next couple of years.

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Clippers Win Big Prize and a Bonus; Get Kawhi and Paul George

The NBA off-season had started with a bang with the Lakers and Pelicans finally agreeing to a trade of Anthony Davis. The moves after (Durant and Kyrie to the Nets, Walker to the Celtics, etc.) had also great significance. But the last major domino fell last night as the prized free agent of this summer, Kawhi Leonard, agreed to sign with the Clippers.

And for an added bonus, the Clippers went out and got Paul George which stunned nearly everyone. The Clippers sent Shai Gilegous-Alexander (10.8 PPG, 3.3 APG), Danilo Gallinari (19.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG), and a bevvy of draft picks which are unprotected (Miami’s 2021, Clippers 2022, 2024, and 2026) and one more (Miami’s 2023 first rounder).

Wow is all I can say.

Leonard’s year has been one of intrigue as his demand to his old team, the Spurs was to trade him to Los Angeles, notably the Lakers. However, given the issues the Spurs and Leonard had with each other, that didn’t happen (and San Antonio didn’t want to trade them to their historic rival) so he was shipped to the Raptors. Leonard didn’t whine about the move to Toronto and took Toronto over the top for their first NBA Championship. Leonard also re-established himself as one of the best all-around players in the game if not the best all-around player.

Instead of joining LeBron, Leonard opted to join the Clippers. And will have Paul George with him, which I think George will be in a better situation with Leonard than Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

So let’s look at some takes.

Clippers have to be the favorites in the Western Conference. Despite the moves, the Clippers still have depth (Beverly, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, etc.) which along with Leonard and George, will make that team unbelievably strong. With the Warriors losing Durant and going to miss Klay Thompson for a while next season and the Lakers not having a whole lot of major depth to this point, the Clippers have to be considered the favorites.

The Raptors will still be a threat in the East but…. Toronto was surprisingly deep last year with Leonard and still have Kyle Lowry (assuming he doesn’t get traded himself). However, you have to figure Boston, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee are banging down on the door (and honestly, the Sixers and Bucks are better than Toronto especially without Kawhi). But Toronto could still make a move or two to improve their squad now with out Leonard there. But I wouldn’t expect a repeat to the NBA Finals if I am a Raptors fan barring a major trade for another superstar.

The Lakers issues were too much I think for Leonard to sign, even with LeBron and Davis there. It seemed like the Lakers issues were really exposed at the end of the season when Magic Johnson left and of course running gags about how LeBron is the real GM of the team anyway. Leonard I think did his homework with the Lakers (because if he really wanted to go to the Lakers, he would have) which is why he wanted to talk to Magic. It also speaks volumes to me if LeBron can’t bring in a big star to team with now (honestly, I think franchise players like Leonard would prefer to be on their own squad than team with the franchise player in LeBron at this point-and think about it: Durant, Irving, and now Leonard whom all have been linked to the Lakers, are elsewhere). I also believe the Lakers are NOT NBA championship contenders given the moves made this year and really gutting the depth they had.

Russell Westbrook may be the next big star on the move. Seems like rumors of a mega-deal being made by the Raptors (once they found out Leonard wouldn’t return) and Thunder of Westbrook/George on the move are high, which means probably the end of Westbrook’s tenure in Oklahoma City. Toronto would really benefit from getting Westbrook as he would have the depth he could be around that lacked somewhat in Oklahoma City. The Raptors hit a home run with Leonard there last year and many thought it wouldn’t work. Why wouldn’t they do it again? Let’s face it, the Thunder aren’t going anywhere and since Durant has left, Oklahoma City have been first round casualties every year so they need to just start over anyway.

The NBA may be interesting and for the first time in a good while, pretty wide open. For the last 4-5 years we have pretty much sensed what the end result was: Golden State vs. LeBron and the Cavs. Last year the dynamic changed more with LeBron out of Cleveland and the East being wide open with Milwaukee, Toronto, and Philadelphia. Now, the moves made makes the East wider (Boston) and the west is going to be interesting with the Warriors down a bit (still have to be considered a favorite though) and then you have some teams that could make things exciting with the youth pushes (New Orleans, Atlanta). So the NBA will be fun to see in 2019-2020.

-Fan in the Obstructed Seat

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Point Guards in West Sign Contract Extensions

With NBA free agency beginning yesterday, there were some teams that had players currently under contract but they wanted to sign them to contract extensions. Two of those players were point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets.

Lillard signed a four-year supermax extension worth $196 million. This contract will not begin until after the 2020-2021 season.

He was one of the reasons why Portland went to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2001 last season.

In 80 games played last season, Damian Lillard averaged 25.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.9 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

Murray signed a five-year contract extension worth $170 million. He is only 22 years old and Jamal Murray had a breakout season.

Jamal Murray is one of the reasons why the Denver Nuggets were one of the best teams in the NBA this past season.

He only has one more year remaining on his contract before this contract begins. In 75 games played last season, Murray averaged 18.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.

 

The Golden State Warriors Are Remodeling

With Kevin Durant leaving for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, the Golden State Warriors were able to re-sign shooting guard Klay Thompson to a five-year deal worth $190 million.

He will sit out most or all of next season because of a Torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in the third-quarter against the Toronto Raptors at home.

Last season, Thompson averaged 21.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 1.1 SPG in 78 games.

The next interesting move Golden State made was acquire point guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Russell signed a four-year deal worth $117 million.

He made the All-Star Game last season with Brooklyn and D’Angelo Russell was one of the reasons why the Nets went to the playoffs for the first time since 2012-2013 last season.

He is a very good shooter and it will be interesting to see how Russell will co-exist with Steph Curry.

Whenever Klay Thompson gets healthy, those three players on the floor together could be scary.

D’Angelo Russell averaged 21.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1 SPG, in 81 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season. He is only 23 years old.

Because of the Russell sign-and-trade, the Golden State Warriors had to trade Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzles for cap room. Iguodala won the NBA Finals MVP back in 2015. Golden State also sent some future draft picks in the deal to Memphis as well.

He is 35 years old and is one of the best defenders in the NBA. Andre Iguodala averaged 5.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 0.9 SPG, in 68 games last season with the Golden State Warriors.

He only has one year remaining on his contract and it is over $17 million. It is also possible that Memphis buys him out and Iguodala signs somewhere else.

This was a very good job by the Golden State Warriors. They will need to make some more adjustments to the roster so they can still compete in a tough Western Conference.

Golden State may not be the favorites out west to start next season despite winning five straight conference titles and three NBA titles in five seasons, but it will also be interesting to see where they go from here.

 

My Thoughts on the Cleveland Cavaliers Draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the worst records in the NBA last season at 19-63. Because of it, they received the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft as a result. With that pick, they took point guard Darius Garlund form Vanderbilt University.

He had a knee injury in college that only allowed him to play in five games. Garlund is a tremendous shooter and that is one of the reasons why General Manager Koby Altman took him with him with that selection.

Darius Garlund will be in the back court with Collin Sexton, who was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. They had that selection because they acquired it in a trade with the Boston Celtics and that pick belonged to the Brooklyn Nets originally.

Cleveland also had the 26th pick in the NBA Draft and they had that pick because it was acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets. With that selection, the Cavaliers took another shooter in Dylan Windler from Belmont University.

I did not know much about him nor have I ever heard of him until this pick. I saw his stat-line on the draft screen and he was averaging a double-double at Belmont.

The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have another first-round pick until they sent four future second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons for the 30th pick. With that selectpn, Cleveland took shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. from USC.

A lot of people like the pick a lot for them because he a ton of potential. Some Cavaliers fans were up roaring on social media that they didn’t take him with the 26th pick, but a lot of people aren’t complaining about this draft after all.

It was clear that this team wanted to acquire shooting at the NBA Draft because Cleveland was one of the worst teams at shooting the basketball a season ago.

None of these players may be tremendous defenders at the next level, but it is clear that this franchise wants to model the way the Golden State Warriors shoot the basketball. It is important to have scorers in the NBA today because if you don’t, it will be very hard to win games.

Cleveland also signed Duke center Marques Bolden and guard Phil Booth from Villanova as undrafted free agents.

Darius Garlund will most likely not play inĀ  the summer league, but he is most likely expected to be ready to begin next season.

Windler and Porter Jr. will most likely start the season off the bench.

This team is still a couple of seasons away from being a playoff team again, but this draft was possibly a step in the right direction.

Former University of Michigan coach John Beilein will be the new head coach for this team this season and he was signed to a five-year deal in the offseason. Beilein is 68 years old.

 

Mike Conley Traded to the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz don’t feel like staying pat this offseason and staying contempt in the near future. Utah made a bold move by trading for point guard Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzles for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the no. 23 pick in the NBA Draft, and a future first-round, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

There have been rumors of Conley being traded ever since last trade deadline. He almost went to the Toronto Raptors along with Marc Gasol. Conley is only 31 years old. He has had issues of staying healthy over his career but when he is healthy, Mike Conley can be one of the best point guards in the NBA.

That is one of the reasons why Utah made this move. They have finished in fifth place in the west for the past two season. The Jazz have also been eliminated by the Houston Rockets in the playoffs the last two seasons.

With the shift in power potentially happening in the NBA, Utah feels like they could maybe contend for an NBA title. He averaged 21.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.3 SPG last season with Memphis.

His contract will expire after the 2020-2021. The cap hit next season will be over $32 million and the year after will be over $34 million. This was a very good move for the Utah Jazz.

Grayson Allen is 23 years old and he was a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He averaged 5.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.2 SPG in his rookie season with Utah.

Kyle Korver is 38 years old and he is now back with the Atlanta Hawks once again. Korver averaged 8.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.4 SPG last season in 70 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz.

He has no plans to retire right now. Kyle Korver is expected to play another year or two and then possibly retire.

He is on the final year of his contract worth $7.5 million.

Crowder is 28 years old and he played with the Jazz for 80 games last season. He averaged 11.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.8 SPG last season. Jae Crowder was traded to Utah from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline in 2018.

He is also entering the final year of his contract. Crowder will be owed $7,815,533, according to spotrac. He is also only 28 years old.

The Atlanta Hawks really meant it when they said that they wouldn’t mind acquiring salary dumps in trades.

This was a very good trade by both teams and both teams get what they want out of it.

Should the Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Back Into the First-Round?

The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the worst records in the NBA last season and because of it, they will have the fifth-pick in the NBA Draft. Cleveland also has the 26th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They have that pick from a trade with the Houston Rockets.

Some of the players the Cavaliers could take with the fifth-pick is forward De’Andre Hunter from the University of Virginia, point guard Darius Garlund from Vanderbilt University, guard Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech University, shooting guard Cam Reddish from Duke University, point guard Coby White from the University of North Carolina, or forward Sekou Doumboya from France.

Should Cleveland keep the number five pick or should they move back in the NBA Draft and acquire more draft picks?

Well, there are two teams that have three picks in the first-round. The Boston Celtics have the 14th, 20th, and 22nd pick. The Atlanta Hawks have the 8th, 10th, and 17th pick.

I am sure both of those teams will be finding some trade partners on draft day for those picks. It is rare for teams to hang onto three first-round picks, but you never know what could potentially happen.

I think the Cleveland Cavaliers should consider it, but I don’t know what players they are interested in if they are willing to move back in the NBA Draft.

Tristan Thompson has an expiring contract after next season and maybe Atlanta or Boston could take on the contract for one season. Thompson is a very good offensive rebounder and he could be productive as a starter or off the bench.

The Hawks are open to taking players that are salary dumps. Tristan Thompson fits that description perfectly.

Cleveland could offer Atlanta the fifth pick and Tristan Thompson for the 8th pick, 17th pick, one of the second-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, and maybe Miles Plumlee.

Thompson would maybe be a good fit for the Atlanta Hawks in the long run even though this team is rebuilding. Atlanta would be able to get a very good player with the fifth-pick.

Center Jaxson Hayes from Texas, small forward Nassir Little from North Carolina, forward Rui Hachimura, forward/guard Romeo Langford from Indiana, and forward/guardĀ  Keldon Johnson from Kentucky will be some of the key players available with the eighth pick if the Cavaliers decided to trade back.

In reality, I don’t think Cleveland will trade up with the New Orleans Pelicans for the number four pick or trade back with anybody. I think they will keep both picks and not take a risk on draft night even though the Cleveland Cavaliers might have a perfect opportunity to put the rebuild ahead of schedule with acquiring more picks in the NBA Draft.

 

 

Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title in Franchise History

After Steph Curry made two free throws to cut the Golden State Warriors deficit to 111-110 with 18.5 seconds remaining, the Toronto Raptors called a timeout to advance the ball. On the ensuing possession, Toronto turned the ball over with 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

Golden State also advanced the ball in the front court and then Steph Curry missed an open three-pointer with eight seconds remaining. There was a lose ball after the missed shot and it went all the way to half court. Draymond Green called timeout, but they didn’t have any timeouts remaining.

The timeout was called with one second remaining and the Raptors were able to get a foul shot and the ball back. Calling an timeout with no time left is a technical foul. Kawhi Leonard made the technical foul shot. He also made two more free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining as Toronto defeated Golden State in Game 6, 114-110 to win its first title in franchise history.

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his NBA Career. This is his first NBA Finals MVP since 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. A lot of people questioned his character last season and whether or not he really wanted to play basketball.

He finished with 22 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field. Leonard also grabbed six rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry each scored 26 points for Toronto. Siakam shot 58.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal. Lowry grabbed seven rebounds, recorded 10 assists, and recorded three steals.

The Toronto Raptors bench scored 37 points. Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and he made some clutch baskets in the fourth-quarter. He shot 45.5 percent from downtown. VanVleet also grabbed two rebounds, and recorded one steal.

Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded two assists.

The biggest story of the game for the Golden State Warriors is Klay Thompson. He scored 30 points on only 12 shots taken. Thompson was in the zone all game long, but he injured himself late in the third-quarter on a dunk attempt after Danny Green fouled him.

Klay Thompson also grabbed five rebounds and recorded three steals. He also tore his ACL in this game.

Andre Igoudala scored 22 points on 60 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

Steph Curry scored 21 points on 35.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Draymond Green might have been the most effective player on the floor for the Golden State Warriors with another triple-double. He scored 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Green also grabbed 19 rebounds and recorded 13 assists.

Golden State’s bench scored 20 points. DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Cousins also grabbed five rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

This is going to be an interesting offseason ahead for both teams. There is a rumor floating around that Masai Ujiri, the general manager of the Toronto Raptors, could maybe be the next general manager of the Washington Wizards because they are expected to offer him $10 million a season if they get the permission they need from Toronto.

The Golden State Warriors might have a different looking roster next season because Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 season with injuries. They will most likely have no choice but to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins this offseason.

Golden State was unable to three-peat. That title still belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002.

It was also the last game at Oracle Arena and the Golden State Warriors will be moving across the bay next season and they will play their home games at the Chase Center.

The Toronto Raptors have a very good chance to repeat as NBA champions next season. Head Coach Nick Nurse did a heck of a job coaching this team after they decided to fire Dwane Casey last summer.

It is also crazy that they traded away DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green last summer and it was one of the best moves made in NBA history. There is no other way to put it.

This is one of the best stories in NBA History. The NBA Draft will be next Thursday night and NBA free agency will begin on Sunday June 30 at 6 p.m.

 

 

Warriors Hang On in Game 5; Lose Kevin Durant to Injury

With the Golden State Warriors trailing 3-1 in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Kevin Durant was cleared to play in Game 5 for Golden State after he has missed the last month with a Calf injury. Durant suffered that injury back in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets at home in the second-round in the second-half.

Durant scored 11 points and was 3-for-3 from downtown, but he reinjured himself in the game and was carried off the court in the second-quarter. General Manager Bob Myers confirmed after the game Kevin Durant has an Achillies injury and he will have an MRI on Tuesday.

Even despite all of that, the Warriors trailed 105-99 with less than 3:30 in regulation. Toronto called a foolish timeout and then Golden State went on a 9-2 run, including Klay Thompson’s game-winning three pointer with 57.6 seconds remaining and the Golden State Warriors won Game 5 over the Raptors 106-105.

Thompson finished with 26 points and he drilled seven 3’s.

Kyle Lowry made a basket on a goal-tend thanks to DeMarcus Cousins with 29.9 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 106-105.

Cousins was then called for a moving screen with 15.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Toronto did not call timeout on the next possession.

Golden State double teamed Kawhi Leonard at the top of the perimeter with around eight seconds remaining and the ball went into Fred VanVleet’s hands and then it went to Kyle Lowry in the left corner for a chance to win the game from three but his shot was blocked by Draymond Green.

Had Green went in a different direction on defense, it is possible the Golden State Warriors wouldn’t be defending champions right now but they are still breathing as the defending back-to-back champions at the moment.

Steph Curry led the way in scoring for the Warriors with 31 points on 43.5 percent shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one shot.

Draymond Green recorded another double-double with 10 points on 44.4 percent shooting. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Golden State’s bench scored 33 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 of them. He shot 75 percent from the field and Cousins also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Their biggest lead in the game was 14 points and the Toronto Raptors biggest lead in the game was six points.

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals. Leonard had many bad stretches throughout this game, but he had one hot stretch in the fourth-quarter and it almost got the job done for Toronto.

Kyle Lowry scored 18 points on 50 percent shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.

Marc Gasol scored 17 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists.

Pascal Siakam only scored 12 points on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.

Toronto’s bench scored 28 points. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Fred VanVleet scored 11 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.

This is going to be an interesting NBA Finals the rest of the way. The Golden State Warriors are looking to reverse history from 2016. Golden State blew a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This time around, the Warriors are looking to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. They will have to do without Kevin Durant however and they will most likely plug in DeMarcus Cousins into the starting lineup for Game 6.

The Toronto Raptors will look to close it out in Game 6 on Thursday night at Golden State. Toronto has already won two games their this season and winning games on the road is nothing new for this basketball team.

Raptors Starting Five Plays Huge Role in Game 3 Win over Depleted Warriors

With the series tied at one game a piece entering Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors, Golden State would be without Kevon Looney (chest contusion), Kevin Durant (calf), and Klay Thompson (hamstring) due to injuries.

Steph Curry was amazing for the Warriors with 47 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded two steals, but it wasn’t enough as Toronto’s starting five was one of the main headlines in this game in a 123-109, Game 3 win for the Raptors. Toronto leads this series 2-1.

Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors in scoring with 30 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.

Kyle Lowry was a monster once again for Toronto with 23 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He drilled five 3’s. Lowry also grabbed four rebounds, recorded nine assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

He is playing with a ton of confidence right now even though there have been various moment that Kyle Lowry has showed some inconsistency, but he is a pitbull on the defensive end of the floor.

Danny Green and Pascal Siakam each scored 18 points. Siakam grabbed nine rebounds and recorded six assists. Green shot 60 percent from downtown. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal. Danny Green hit some big shots in this game.

Marc Gasol was much better in Game 3 and he scored 17 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four assists. Gasol was much better in the pick-and-roll game.

The Raptors bench only scored 17 points, but Fred VanVleet scored 11 of them. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded three steals. VanVleet was also a factor on the defensive end of the floor.

Toronto’s biggest lead in this game was 17 points and Golden State’s biggest lead in the game was one point.

Draymond Green was by far the Warriors second best player last night with 17 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded two steals.

Andre Iguodala scored 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded one steal.

Golden State’s bench scored 26 points and Quinn Cook scored nine of them. He also grabbed one rebound, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.

Klay Thompson is expected to be back in Game 4 for the Golden State Warriors but Kevin Durant’s status is still unknown. They will look to avoid a 3-1 hole with Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night in Golden State.

The last time they trailed a series 3-1 was back in the Western Conference Finals in 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and we all know how that ended.