NBA fans can rejoice knowing that the 2019 Finals should give us a show that we’ve been waiting years for.
The Warriors aren’t strolling to another NBA Title (at least not yet), they’re at least going to have to fight for this one and players like Pascal Siakam are fully equipped to handle the challenge.
Pascal Siakam, the leading candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award strung together one of most complete games he’s ever played in his young career during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Siakam had 32 Points on 14-17 shooting from the field (2-3 from 3pt range). He also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists in his 40 minutes of play.
The 109-118 win is boosted by the efficiency of the supporting cast of Toronto Raptors, who played most of the game with a lead despite Kawhi Leonard having an off shooting night (5-14 from the field), Steph Curry going off for 34 points of his own and Draymond Green messing around and getting a triple-double.
Siakam is the type of player that can give a KD-less Warriors team problems at every phase of the game. He has an absolute chopper of a jump shot, he can put the ball on the floor, he can help the offense flow and most importantly HE DEFENDS THE BASKETBALL.
Without Kevin Durant on the floor the Warriors seem to lack someone with the combination of size and athleticism to bother him on defense and also someone who can simultaneously go down and tire him out by delivering buckets on the offensive end of the floor.
I still think the Warriors are going to take this series if Kevin Durant comes back around 100% healthy. This first game can at least give fans the making of what looks to be a quality series, which is a real breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the lopsided finals that NBA fans have seen in the last two years.
Shoutout: Fred VanVleet
In an alternate universe where Drake actually had a jumper he would be Fred VanVleet (Say that name 5 times fast). VanVleet came off the bench in Game 1 with some silky smooth buckets en route to 15 points of his own.
Everyone who wants to see the Warriors go down in this series should be excited for Fred VanVleet to annihilate the Golden State bench and give Steph Curry some solid defensive pressure during his time on the floor.