So, with Durant sidelined by injury for the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors' top defensive task was clear: Slow down Curry. They are 6-1 over their last seven games without Durant.
Game 4 of the NBA Final goes Friday night, but Game 3 will be decided Wednesday evening. Here are three keys for the Dubs as the series shifts back to Oakland. So like I said, it will be a game-time decision.
But the one that got away still bothers star guard Stephen Curry.
If the Raptors can make around 40% of those shots like they've done in the past, they will be in a good place to beat the Warriors in Game 3. They take great care of themselves. Steph wasn't 100% in game 2.
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In his first NBA Finals start, Cousins didn't disappoint as he imposed his will in the paint on Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. "If you want to win at a high level, no matter how strong you are, you have to play like you're really strong and that you have to win every physical battle". He's averaging just 10 points on 30% shooting overall and 33% from 3-point range. "We missed more shots than we made (in Game 1)".
Forward Kevon Looney was ruled out for the rest of the series with a right upper body fracture he suffered in Game 2 and Andre Iguodala is dealing with a calf problem.
After Bogut's layup above, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse called timeout. "[Getting] 17 points from [Fred] is great and running the team the way he did is great", Nurse said.
Steph Curry won back-to-back NBA MVPs in 2015 and 2016, and he's the only unanimous victor in league history.