NBA Finals Pre Gamin': Warriors at Raptors (8:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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NBA Finals Pre Gamin’: Warriors at Raptors (8:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

The NBA Finals are upon us!

Tonight, the Warriors will begin their fifth-consecutive finals after going 3-1 in the series over the last four seasons. As for their opponents, the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard will be leading the organization into its first-ever finals appearance.

Game Info

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors – Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 p.m. CT on ABC.

Warriors

Expected Starters:

  1. Stephen Curry, PG
  2. Klay Thompson, SG
  3. Andre Iguodala, SF
  4. Draymond Green, PF
  5. Andrew Bogut, C

Bench:

  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Shaun Livingston
  • Kevon Looney
  • Alfonzo Mckinnie
  • Jordan Bell
  • Quinn Cook
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Jacob Evans
  • Damian Jones

Raptors

Expected Starters:

  1. Kyle Lowry, PG
  2. Danny Green, SG
  3. Kawhi Leonard, SF
  4. Pascal Siakam, PF
  5. Marc Gasol, C

Bench:

  • Fred VanVleet
  • Serge Ibaka
  • Norman Powell
  • OG Anunoby
  • Eric Moreland
  • Malcolm Miller
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Patrick McCaw
  • Jodie Meeks

Things to keep in mind

  • Kevin Durant will – at least – be out for Game 1 of this series. As for Game 2, Warriors head coach Stever Kerr said it was a “long shot” that Durant would be able to return in time for Game 2. Durant has been out since May 8th and missed the entire Western Conference Finals.
  • The Warriors have also been without super-star center DeMarcus Cousins who suffered a torn quad muscle on April 15 in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. Shams Charania of The Athletic announced earlier this morning that Cousins would be active for the finals.
  • The Raptors have home court advantage due to winning one more regular season game than the Warriors. This will be the first time over the last four finals appearances for the Warriors that they do not hold home court advantage.


Author: Elias Schuster

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