NBA Finals Game 3 Summary
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Going into Game 3 of the National Basketball League Finals we saw the Toronto Raptors go to Oracle Arena tied 1-1 against the defending Champions Golden State Warriors. Oddly enough the Warriors thought they would be without, not 1, but 2 of their All-Stars in, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, in addition to 4th year Forward Kevon Looney. Due to the injuries, the Warriors have faced recently, they have sent out 10 different starting lineups in this postseason.
The Raptors would be traveling into hostile territory for Game 3 as the home crowd at Oracle Arena has had plenty rest, considering they haven’t seen a game played since the Portland Trailblazers were in town nearly 3 weeks ago. Having split the games in Toronto, Game 3 was sure to be different as the Raptors now have their chance to regain the home-court advantage with a win against the undermanned Warriors.
Award-winning country artist Tenille Arts performed the Canadian national anthem followed by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett who performed the U.S. national anthem to kick off Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals which has been presented by YouTube TV. Both performances will air live on ABC in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada from Oracle Arena.
The Raptors came into Game 3 of the NBA Finals 4-4 in road games and have at least 1 road win in each of their previous three playoffs series. Their leader Kawhi Leonard has recorded 19 games with 30+ points in the Playoffs and has scored over 30 points 13 times in this year’s playoffs. Adding to their confidence, the Raptors have outscored the Warriors in six of eight quarters of their series to this point in the series.
The Raptors had to overcome a 47-point barrage from Stephen Curry to reclaim home-court advantage in Game 3 of this year’s NBA Finals. Aiding the Raptors in Game 3, they shot over 52.4% from the floor and 95.2% from the free throw line while limiting the Warriors to 39.6% from the floor and 33.3% from the 3-point line. The Raptors also had 6 players score in double figures to go with Kawhi’s 20th 30-point game to get the Raptors 2 games closer to their first NBA Finals Championship.
Klay Thompson’s streak of consecutive playoff games played ended at 120. Following the Warriors Game 3 loss, brought their record to 7-4 in Game 3’s of the NBA Playoff’s and 34-32 in any posts season series, I had a chance to ask Curry about Klay’s absence,
Q. Congratulations on your career high in the playoffs. My question for you is you played over a hundred playoff games, Klay. Talk to us about not having him tonight and how that impacted the game?
Curry’s response was, “Any injury in the playoffs is tough, but especially a guy like Klay who’s been so durable his whole career and especially in the playoffs and the way he had been playing as of late, so it’s no secret that we’re a little injury plagued now and guys trying to just find a way back to the court.
But the moment is now. You got to try to have a “next man up” mentality like we always say, and just go out and fight. We did that tonight. We can play better, obviously better on the defensive end, but I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay. So, we’ll adjust. And it’s a long series you know. It’s going to be fun for us.”
In watching the game from the stands, it appeared to me that the Raptors had a size and length advantage over the Warriors and I wanted to see if they felt the same way so I asked Draymond the following question,
Q. Can you talk about how you guys combat their size and length advantage; that it seemed to impact the game tonight?
Green’s responded by saying, “We got to be more solid with the ball. And it starts with me. I’ve had a bunch of turnovers in I thinks every game this series. So just take — be more cautious with our passes. I think they do have a lot of length, but we got to play in more space and not play in a crowd.”
Covering the NBA Finals for the first time, was an awesome experience for me. This experience was made much better by Chevrolet providing me a vehicle for my trip. They provided me a 2019 Chevy Equinox to drive up to the Bay Area. I listed a few of the features that I really enjoyed this past week;
• Onboard WIFI
• Power Liftgate
• Keyless Start
• Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert a technology with side mirror alerts to help you avoid collision with moving vehicles
• Lane Keep Assist a technology that provides gentle steering wheel turns and lane departure warnings
• Switchable All-Wheel Drive, this system enhances traction and control on a variety of road. With switchable AWD, you can travel in the more fuel efficient FWD mode and a prompt will appear on the Driver Info Center if the system determines you should switch into AWD.
My take away from Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the cohesiveness and focus of the Toronto Raptors as they traveled into the home of the 2-Time defending Champions and took back the home court advantage in this season’s NBA Finals. Now the pressure moves over to those defending champs to defend their home court. Please let me know your thoughts on these NBA Finals by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com.