The Toronto Raptors came to Oakland on their second night of a back-to-back, without their superstar Kawhi Leonard on hand. One would assume that Golden State planned to crush the Raps’ with a full All-Star squad, and get revenge from their Curry-less thriller loss two weeks ago. Think again.
Toronto cruised in and stomped the Warriors with authority, finishing the game at 113-93. It was a full-on ass kicking by Toronto, and the Warriors looked very tired and not willing to compete. Steph Curry was held to just 10 points for the game, and Kyle Lowry (pictured) broke out of his sticky slump with his best game so far. Everything clicked for Toronto and they did this without their MVP and losing Jonas Valančiūnas during the game.
This would put the Raptors with a 2-0 sweep for the season against the Warriors. The next time these two teams meet could be in the NBA Finals in May 2019. It begs the question: What does a regular-season sweep mean for teams that ultimately meet back up in the Finals?
As you can see above, it would seem to favor Toronto by the history books, but in recent years, this seems far fetched. Of the 9 Finals rematches over the past 20 years, 5 of them were won by the team that got swept in the regular season. But stranger things can happen in the NBA (Cavs down 3-1 in the Finals). To finish, the Raptors have become only the second Eastern Conference team to sweep the Warriors during the Steve Kerr era, and the first to do so against a full Warriors squad. That is something to be proud of, and something to look forward to, come Playoff time.
Side Note: Steph Curry did a Q&A on Twitter about his new shoe, and got trolled with so many moon questions.
Catch you Monday.