NBA Finals 2019: While Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Raptors coach Nick Nurse will undoubtedly have some unexpected wrinkles in their back pockets, here are five adjustments that both teams will likely make heading into Game 2. Both teams have studied film for the past two days, noting what they can improve for a pivotal Game 2 on Sunday.
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NBA Finals 2019 Game 2
Team : Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
When: Sunday, June 2, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Live Stream: ABC
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Golden State clearly took the approach of not letting Kawhi Leonard beat them, trapping him to get the ball out of his hands and forcing role players to step up — but those role players did so well that it might cause a bit of an adjustment from the Warriors. Watch the clips below, as the Warriors’ trap allows Leonard to dump the ball off to Marc Gasol (much like how Steph Curry dumps off to Draymond Green when trapped), who first makes a pass to Fred VanVleet for a rhythm jumper and then hits a clutch shot himself in the fourth quarter.
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“I think we made pretty good decisions,” Nurse said on Saturday. “There are always some things you probably would have — other outlets you would have went to on some of those offensive deals. There’s other spacing you would have done, other cuts you might have made. But I thought for the most part we were trying to get to an open area, trying to get the ball to the open man. We mixed it up between cuts and rim attempts versus kick-outs for 3s. That’s all you’re trying to do. I keep saying, our offense is hit the open man, and that’s what we were trying to do.”
Perhaps in Game 2 the Warriors will be more selective with their traps on Leonard, particularly early, in an effort to not let players like Gasol, VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and Danny Green get into a rhythm. It may mean more points from Leonard, but then when the Warriors get more aggressive with their traps later in the game, the other Raptors may not be as confident or efficient. Whatever the Golden State decides to do against Leonard, you can expect it won’t be the same as Game 1.