Draymond Green is on the edge.
Green, the Warriors’ unstable massive man, has been receiving reward for having stepped up his sport an amazing deal in these playoffs following a late-season resolution to shed extra pounds, however he has additionally been way more measured, on and off the court docket. He comes into the collection with 4 technical factors — simply three away from a compulsory one-game suspension — however he has not acquired one for arguing with officers since Game 1 of the convention semifinals, a span of 9 video games.
Fine, let’s discuss Drake.
Considering Kawhi Leonard’s notable silence, Toronto’s reply to Draymond Green’s trash speaking could also be one in every of the crew’s followers: Drake. The rapper is thought for being a pest on the sidelines, however the Warriors don’t appear significantly involved. Golden State Coach Steve Kerr made a self-described “dad joke” about Drake calling him on his cellphone, and Curry defended Drake’s rights to be himself.
“It’s been entertaining,” Curry mentioned. “I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun.” After contemplating his reply, Curry added: “Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.”
Stephen Curry is again (however he by no means left).
Remember earlier this month when individuals began overtly questioning if it was time to speak about Curry disappearing in the playoffs? The two-time Most worthy participant has quickly ended that dialogue by scoring 30 or extra factors in every of his final 5 postseason video games. In 2015 he had a streak of 4 playoff video games with 30 or extra factors, however the addition of Kevin Durant modified issues significantly; Curry’s longest streak in the final two postseasons was simply two video games.
Toronto has found a brand new weapon from lengthy vary: Fred VanVleet.
No one in the league can declare to be on a warmer taking pictures streak than VanVleet. The backup level guard shot 82.four % from Three-point vary (14 for 17) in the last three video games of the Eastern Conference finals towards the Milwaukee Bucks. Up till that time he had been taking pictures 19.5 % (eight for 41) from lengthy distance.
DeMarcus Cousins may make the distinction for Golden State.
Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins, who has been out since April 15 with a extreme quadriceps damage, will probably be lively Thursday evening for Game 1 of the N.B.A. finals between the Warriors and Raptors in Toronto, in line with Golden State’s coach, Steve Kerr.
Cousins, who got here to Golden State final summer time amid nice fanfare — and ample derision from individuals who thought his addition made the crew much more unbeatable — has proved to be a big legal responsibility on protection. His limitations may very well be extra pronounced as he works his means again into form, however there’s additionally the likelihood that he pays dividends by offering a unique look on offense.