Despite losing a Game 1 for just the second time under head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors felt good after a bruising night against the Toronto Raptors to open the NBA Finals.
In a 118-109 loss, the Warriors looked befuddled trying to attack the Raptors' halfcourt 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, and the defending champs harped on not having familiarity against the Raptors.
We'll see what happens Sunday night in Game 2. Kevin Durant likely will be out again. Can the champs shed the rust and be more crisp against this very good and intelligent Raptors team?
Warriors fans should know 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.