These Raptors are no joke — the Warriors will adjust, but this is their stiffest Finals challenge yet


Despite losing their second-ever Game 1 under head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors felt good after a bruising night against the Toronto Raptors.

In their 118-109 loss, the Warriors looked befuddled trying to attack the Raptors half court defense, which may be the best defense they’ve faced since the 2016 Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors obviously were a bit rusty due to their nine-day layoff, but not having familiarity against the Raptors was something the defending champs harped on after the game.

Steve Kerr said it’s nice to get some tape to break down on Raptors due to not playing them much & players being out in both regular season meetings. #Warriors

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 31, 2019

Klay Thompson shook off a shaky start and finished with 21 points, and he had no credible answers for Pascal Siakam’s length and athleticism. Not that he made any excuses.

Klay Thompson:“We’re not very familiar with this team but that’s no excuse. Still gotta come out here & our goal was to get one & it’s still on the table for us. I know we’ll respond like the champions we are.” #Warriors

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 31, 2019

Steph Curry finished with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but the Raptors trapped and bumped him around all night. Overall, the Raps’ half-court defense forced 17 Warriors’ turnovers.

Stephen Curry’s takeaway’s from G1:— Fast break points & turnovers were biggest problem— All 5 guys have to do a better job defending Siakam.

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 31, 2019

That’s a recipe for disaster, but no need to panic as the champs will surely make adjustments, especially against Siakam, who burned them for 32 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

We’ll see what happens Sunday night, a game in which Kevin Durant will likely not be participating in. Can the champs shed the rust and be more crisp against this very good and intelligent Raptors team?

We’ll see, but one thing Warriors fans should know is this will be their stiffest challenge at this stage. These Raptors are no joke, and it’ll be fascinating how this team that changed the game of basketball will respond.