viernes, 31 de mayo de 2019

Noticiero El Big Picture del Deporte, NBA, 5/31/2019

Sección: NBA 5/30/2019

Frases brillantes de los medios en el triunfo de los Raptors sobre los Warriors

  • For the first time since Kevin Durant was lost to injury in the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors looked like an incomplete team. Toronto’s half-court defense smothered Golden State’s offense, hanging tight with Curry, denying clean looks at the rim and forcing 10 first-half turnovers. 
  • “Their defense was great, and it wasn’t our best night,” Kerr said afterward. “We just got outplayed.”
  • If the Raptors opened this series by convincingly proving they were ready for the pressure, the Warriors must now confront their biggest question: Can they score enough and win this series without Durant?
The Washington Post, In first NBA Finals game in team history, Raptors beat Warriors, 118-109, to take 1-0 series lead, Ben Golliver, May 31, 2019, link:

  • Pascal Siakam put on a show for the Raptors, punishing the Warriors for 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win. His rebound and putback with just under a minute remaining sealed the win for the Raptors and gave them an early 1-0 lead in the series. 
  • Siakam’s length caused problems for the Warriors all night, but so did his speed. The 6-foot-9 power forward beat the Warriors' bigs down the court on multiple occasions, finishing on the break as a rim runner.
  • Leonard is on the top of the scouting report when facing Toronto, but Siakam is not far behind. If the Warriors can’t figure out to slow the Raptors second-leading scorer, they could be in for a long series.
NBC Sports, Raptors' Pascal Siakam steals show vs. Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals, James Ham, May 30, 2019, link:

  • The 24-year wait for Canada’s basketball community to finally get a taste of the N.B.A. finals officially ended Thursday night with something else the locals, so often heartbroken in the playoffs, scarcely could have imagined until it happened.
  • The Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 118-109 triumph in Game 1 of these finals against the mighty Golden State Warriors at a raucous Scotiabank Arena, despite Kawhi Leonard shooting just 5 of 14 from the field to finish with a modest (for him) 23 points.
  • Siakam’s outburst, which featured 14-for-17 shooting and multiple transition baskets in which he simply outran the Warriors, more than offset Stephen Curry’s 34 points. 
  • For the first time since Kevin Durant’s calf injury, Golden State seemed to truly miss its frontcourt star, who will likely not be back until at least Game 3.
The New York Times, How the Raptors Won Game 1 Over the Warriors, Benjamin Hoffman and Marc Stein, May 30, 2019, link:

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