Heading into Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, the main focus was if Golden State can win three titles in a row and if Kawhi Leonard could continue to play at a high level for them. Well, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam wants to be included in the conversation as well because he scored 32 points on 82.4 percent shooting from the field in his NBA Finals debut and it was one of the reasons why Toronto won Game 1 over the Warriors 118-109. It was their first NBA Finals win in franchise history.
Siakam also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.
Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points for the Raptors, but he only shot 35.7 percent from the field. Leonard also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.
Golden State’s defense double teamed him a lot, but it left other shooters wide open like Marc Gasol.
Gasol took advantage of his open opportunities in Game 1. He grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.
It also appeared as if Danny Green has reverted back to his old NBA Finals ways when he was playing with the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of this NBA Finals series. Green scored 11 points and knocked down three 3-pointers.
Kyle Lowry only scored seven points on 22.2 percent shooting from the field, but he was tough in other aspects of the game. Lowry drew a couple of charges and played tough defense. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded nine assists, and recorded one steal.
Toronto’s bench scored 25 points and Fred VanVleet scored 15 of them on 62.5 percent shooting from the field. He picked up right where he left off in the last series in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
VanVleet continues to give the Toronto Raptors quality minutes off the bench.
Steph Curry was by far Golden State’s best player in Game 1. He scored 34 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field. Curry made all 14 of his free throws. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded one assist.
Draymond Green did not play his greatest game of the postseason, but he somehow wound up with a triple-double. Green scored 10 points on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 10 assists. Draymond Green also recorded one steal.
DeMarcus Cousins returned for the Golden State Warriors in his first game back from the quad injury. He only played eight minutes and scored three points and all of them were on foul shots. Cousins also recorded two assists and two steals.
Kevin Durant did not play in Game 1 because of a calf injury and he is not expected to play in Game 2. Durant could return for this series but will see what happens.
Golden State’s bench scored 36 points. Kevon Looney scored nine of them. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked one shot.
Five different Warriors players scored six points. Andre Iguodala was one of them and he took shot seven shots and shot 42.9 percent from the field. Iguodala also grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, and blocked one shot.
He also injured his leg late in the game.
Golden State’s biggest lead in the game was only two points and Toronto’s biggest lead in the game was 12 points.
The Raptors defense swarmed the Warriors offense in Game 1 even though Golden State did score 109 points. Golden State has not faced a defense like this all postseason long and they could face this kind of defense for the entire series.
The Warriors could also double team Kawhi Leonard again in Game 2 but it could also burn them once again and they need to be better in the next game.
Game 2 of this series will be on Sunday night in Toronto.