Toronto Raptors set another Canadian TV ratings record

Monday, 03 Jun, 2019

Though the country is buzzing with excitement over the Toronto Raptors' spot in the NBA Finals, watching the game isn't as easy as turning on the television for some young Torontonians.

The Raptors claimed a 118-109 victory in Game 1 to secure a 1-0 lead over the two-time defending champion Warriors.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors scoring 26.6 points per game and averaging 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

"There's plenty we need to do better if we want to win another game in this series".

"They obviously played well but our confidence remains the same".

Game 2 takes place in Toronto in the early hours of Monday morning (1am) live on Sky Sports Arena. The Raptors were able to eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in that series and have a ton of momentum heading into this game. And his presence should help the Raptors defensively.

"Transition defence is where it starts".

Kerr said the team isn't going to rush Durant's return.

"We know that they're human".

After beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals the previous two years, the Warriors look to make it three straight against the Raptors. "I have to be more aggressive". I started the game not as aggressive as I could be on that side of the ball and it showed in our team defense. If I'm on my heels, everyone else is on their heels. "You just got to go out there and compete, take the challenge". "We'll take it from there". "People hold us to a higher standard, but we hold ourselves to an even higher standard".

Warriors F Kevin Durant (right calf strain), who missed the opener, has been ruled out for Game 2. The Toronto-Pierce feud started before the series when he told ESPN in an interview that "I don't feel [the Raptors] have the "it" that makes you anxious".

Green agrees the Warriors will be able to better compete against a team that has the speed and quick-strike ability of their reptilian namesakes.

"The team that gets beat gets really determined", Nurse said. "It was a bit rough after 10 days off". They try to fix things. I like where we're at.

"I think I always say, I learned a lot and I know I have a lot to learn", Siakam said.

But it wasn't until they got Leonard in a trade with San Antonio that Toronto was finally good enough to get to the NBA Finals. We've got to fly around a little bit more.

"I think we have a good chance", he said.

And even though it's just one game, the Warriors surely feel some sort of urgency now. They do a lot of innovative stuff.

If this is true, the Warriors should no problem winning a championship this year without KD.

The league office had conversations directly with Drake and his manager, and I think we ended up in a good place..."I think certainly we don't want fans, friend or foe, contacting an National Basketball Association coach during a game". "So we have to figure out now as a staff, as a team, where does that leave us?"