Warriors Take Game 2, Even Series

The Golden State Warriors saw themselves with their backs against the wall as they entered the last night’s contest with a 1-0 deficit in the series. Statistically speaking, teams who were in front 2-0 after the first 2 games eventually won the Finals. Only 19 teams could come back from that deficit in the history of NBA. However, the Warriors came up ready in Game 2 and even if they trailed all of the first half, their strong 3rd quarter won them the game, as the Dubs went on a 18-0 run to open the second half.

DeMarcus Cousins was the surprise, as he was in the starting line-up for the first time since his injury, and this helped the Warriors, as he posted 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes played. Draymond Green continued his strong all-around game and nearly finished with another triple-double, having 17 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. His streak ended at three, joining only Russell Westbrook and Wilt Chamberlain as the only three players to record a triple-double in three consecutive games. Andre Iguodala also came up clutch, as he nailed a three pointer with very few seconds left in the game, when they were leading only by 2 points. That shot kind of finished the Raptors.

The thing of concern for the Warriors at the moment is the injury of Klay Thompson. He had some hamstring problems at the end and he exit the game earlier because of that. Even though it looked like it can be something serious, Thompson said that he doesn’t see himself missing Game 3. Yet another absence in the starting line-up could be crucial for Golden State, so Klay will need to make a sacrifice even if he’s not 100% fit.

The Raptors had their chances to make it a 2-0 series and take a giant step towards the ultimate goal, but the defense lacked in the 3rd quarter and the offense was non-existent for some minutes, this leading to a disastrous quarter overall for them. They tried to lock-down Curry and it merely work, even though he scored 23 points, but on 35,3% field-goal percentage. Other guys mentioned above stepped up and secured the much needed win, and now that they got the home court advantage and Durant is one game closer to come back, all the momentum shifts to the Bay Area, so chances are high that they will go back to Toronto with a 3-1 advantage.