Game 6 Preview: Warriors vs. Raptors
The Dubs bring the NBA Finals back to the Bay Area for one last game at Oracle Arena
ONE LAST GAME AT ORACLE ARENA
The Warriors were able to fight through additional Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney injuries to keep their season alive with a crucial win on the road in Toronto. Next up: a return to the Bay Area for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Facing a 3-2 series deficit, the Dubs will need a win to keep their season alive.
Win or lose, however, this game will be the team’s last at Oracle Arena. Over 47 seasons as the home of the Dubs, Oracle Arena has been the home of four - and five with two more wins - NBA Championship teams, hosted one All-Star Game, and is widely considered to be one of the loudest in the league. The storied venue will go out with a bang as it hosts one of the most critical games in Warriors franchise history: a win-or-go-home NBA Finals game.
LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson splashed their way to 31-point and 26-point nights, respectively, on a combined 12-for-27 (44.4 percent) performance from beyond the arc to guide the Dubs to a 106-105 win over the Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. » Full Game Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Raptors Lead The Series 3-2
|PTS: 118.1 (1st)||PTS: 105.0 (10th)|
|REB: 43.5 (8th)||REB: 41.9 (13th)|
|AST: 28.5 (1st)||AST: 22.8 (8th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green
TOR: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol
SPLASH BROTHERS SHOW UP IN NBA FINALS
The Splash Party by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Game 5 against the Raptors was nothing new from the Warriors’ backcourt duo — they have posted solid careers numbers in their five trips to the NBA Finals: after Monday’s win, Curry is averaging 26.7 points on 4.5 made three-pointers and Thompson has brought his averages up to 18.4 points and 3.2 treys. Over the last two Finals runs, the Splash Brothers have improved on those career numbers. Curry has averaged over 30 points per contest in the last nine Finals games with 4.7 made treys. In that same span, Thompson has contributed 20.5 points, while also adding 4.0 buckets from beyond the arc and at a 49.8 percent clip, a sizable uptick over his career Finals average of 3.2 treys at 38.4 percent from distance. With injuries taking their toll on the Dubs, the team will lean on the Splash Brothers in the team’s last game ever at Oracle Arena.
TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS
|PTS: Curry (28.5)||PTS: Leonard (31.2)|
|REB: Green (9.2)||REB: Leonard (8.2)|
|AST: Green (8.1)||AST: Lowry (7.3)|
RAPTORS SCOUTING REPORT
Though 105 points were enough to beat the Warriors in Game 4, a follow-up performance of the same score was not enough to close out the NBA Finals. While the Splash Brothers combined for 12 3-pointers, the Raptors, who averaged 36.6 percent from deep during the regular season, had a sub-par shooting night, going 8-for-32 (25 percent) from distance. Marc Gasol was the only Toronto starter to effectively connect from three-point range (2-for-3), while Kawhi Leonard (2-for-7), Kyle Lowry (1-for-6), Pascal Siakam (0-for-4), and Danny Green (0-for-4) struggled. However, where the Raptors lacked in the deep shot, they made up for from the charity stripe: Toronto out-shot the Warriors 27-14 in free throw attempts, and three Raptors (Leonard, Gasol, and Serge Ibaka) shot as many or more attempts than the Warriors’ leading free throw shooter in Game 5 (Stephen Curry, 6-for-6). In a one-point loss, any of these shots could have changed the outcome of Game 5, and how they fare on 3-point and free throw shooting in Game 6 could impact whether or not they win their first NBA title in franchise history.
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