The Official Bigfooty NBA 2019 Finals thread - Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors (Raptors win 4-2)

Who will win the NBA Championship?


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peternorth

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After many games of basketball we are finally here. The NBA Finals, 2019.

The Golden State Warriors are participating in their FIFTH, yes 5TH, consecutive NBA finals. Not even the 90s Jordan Chicago Bulls did that. Just let that sink in for a moment. Amazing in todays day and age. Credit to the organisation.

And the Raptors of Toronto. For years the butt of world wide playoff jokes and featuring in many memes of failure. DeMar DeRozen and Kyle Lowry the driving force, but never accomplishing the holy grail. Representing the well mannered Canadians since the demise of the Grizzlies, something had to give. The franchise was becoming increasingly frustrated with seasons of international flights, customs and ESTA applications and nothing to show for it.

But today, with the aid of guard Drake, the dinosaurs have evolved and well fed. How did they do it? Well, remember I mentioned the Grizzlies? How apt that this mob brought in a veteran with Canadian experience (via Memphis) in Marc Gasol. His big frame has enabled and given confidence to athletic wings and 4s defensively. And defensively, there's someone, or something, called Kawhi Leonard. Spurs gave him away to the Torontians for DeRozen. I have looked through Demars twitter and there are no mentions of statements of congratulations for his former team. This must hurt him. Like when Brett Deledio was traded to the Giants, only to watch the Tigers win the 2017 Premiership (AFL). Kawhi and the foe he vanquished today, Giannis Antemtekombposhuek382djvksero, are the futures of the NBA. May their rivalry last forever (at least until Kawhi leaves for the Lakers).

Making this even more momentous is the fact Toronto (was once called York), has home court advantage!

Here is the schedule

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Note all times are in Eastern Australia Time. Please consult your local guides should you not reside on the Eastern seaboard.

So how's the matchup this year? The Raptors have won both contests this season.

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In game 44, KD went nuts with 51 points. He was supported by Jerbrenko who had 20 and 9. There was no curry, Green or Bogut. But the Raptors had 6 players in double figures, averaging 19 points each. The game was played in Canada. In overtime.

Game 45, in Oakland, was no contest. Oaklands big three were there, and without KL one would think the Wariors would just rock up and win. But no, they didn't.

That was then.

And then the playoffs came. The warriors took care of business. Clippers in 6, Rockets in 6, and Blazers in a sweep. It looked ominous. Dray Dray is back to his best, and Klay will be looking forward to putting the disappointment of losing a spot (and what 20 million $?) to Kemba Walker in the NBA 3rd team. Curry is just Curry. Doing curry things. Just so everyday. So usual.

The Raptors, beat Orlando, had a hell of a series against the 76ers, and then took a 2-0 deficient against the Bucks. Staring down the barrel the dinosaurs went stuff this and rattled off 4 games and feasted on the bucks carcass. Kawhi announced himself to the world.

It is expected that with KD out, Kawhi takes curry. Can KL keep up with Currys off the ball movement? Can anyone?

C: Bogut Gasol
F: Green Siakam
F: McKinnie? Green
G: Klay Lowry
G: Curry Leonard

This has matchup hell written all over it.

Here are some basic numbers to help you in your assessment

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Anyway, who you got for the Chip?
 
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catstorm

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After many games of basketball we are finally here. The NBA Finals, 2019.

The Golden State Warriors are participating in their SIXTH, yes 6TH, consecutive NBA finals. Not even the 90s Jordan Chicago Bulls did that. Just let that sink in for a moment. Amazing in todays day and age. Credit to the organisation.

And the Raptors of Toronto. For years the butt of world wide playoff jokes and featuring in many memes of failure. DeMar DeRozen and Kyle Lowry the driving force, but never accomplishing the holy grail. Representing the well mannered Canadians since the demise of the Grizzlies, something had to give. The franchise was becoming increasingly frustrated with seasons of international flights, customs and ESTA applications and nothing to show for it.

But today, with the aid of guard Drake, the dinosaurs have evolved and well fed. How did they do it? Well, remember I mentioned the Grizzlies? How apt that this mob brought in a veteran with Canadian experience (via Memphis) in Marc Gasol. His big frame has enabled and given confidence to athletic wings and 4s defensively. And defensively, there's someone, or something, called Kawhi Leonard. Spurs gave him away to the Torontians for DeRozen. I have looked through Demars twitter and there are no mentions of statements of congratulations for his former team. This must hurt him. Like when Brett Deledio was traded to the Giants, only to watch the Tigers win the 2016 Premiership (AFL). Kawhi and the foe he vanquished today, Giannis Antemtekombposhuek382djvksero, are the futures of the NBA. May their rivalry last forever (at least until Kawhi leaves for the Lakers).

Making this even more momentous is the fact Toronto (was once called York), has home court advantage!

Here is the schedule

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Note all times are in Eastern Australia Time. Please consult your local guides should you not reside on the Eastern seaboard.

So how's the matchup this year? The Raptors have won both contests this season.

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In game 44, KD went nuts with 51 points. He was supported by Jerbrenko who had 20 and 9. There was no curry, Green or Bogut. But the Raptors had 6 players in double figures, averaging 19 points each. The game was played in Canada. In overtime.

Game 45, in Oakland, was no contest. Oaklands big three were there, and without KL one would think the Wariors would just rock up and win. But no, they didn't.

That was then.

And then the playoffs came. The warriors took care of business. Clippers in 6, Rockets in 6, and Blazers in a sweep. It looked ominous. Dray Dray is back to his best, and Klay will be looking forward to putting the disappointment of losing a spot (and what 20 million $?) to Kemba Walker in the NBA 3rd team. Curry is just Curry. Doing curry things. Just so everyday. So usual.

The Raptors, beat Orlando, had a hell of a series against the 76ers, and then took a 2-0 deficient against the Bucks. Staring down the barrel the dinosaurs went stuff this and rattled off 4 games and feasted on the bucks carcass. Kawhi announced himself to the world.

It is expected that with KD out, Kawhi takes curry. Can KL keep up with Currys off the ball movement? Can anyone?

C: Bogut Gasol
F: Green Siakam
F: McKinnie? Green
G: Klay Lowry
G: Curry Leonard

This has matchup hell written all over it.

Here are some basic numbers to help you in your assessment

View attachment 681068

Anyway, who you got for the Chip?
hey man nice effort, but the Warriors are in their 5th straight nba finals not 6th and the Tigers won the flag in 2017 not 2016.
 

dylan123

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Friday can't come quick enough, after all the choking we've done in recent years it's amazing what happened this time around. Kawhi is just on another level, stepped up to every challange that's presented itself these playoffs.
 

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If any of you want any hope for the Warriors to lose... well the last time I moved countries was between Game 4 and 5 of the 15/16 Finals.

Warriors went on the lose the next 3 games (you may remember it :p)

I just moved countries a couple of days ago.

Put your money on the Raptors!
 

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Would love the Raptors to win as they’re my team but my recent track record for ‘my taems’ Isn’t t great.

Collingwood lost the 2018 AFL Grand Final
LA Rams lost the 2019 Super Bowl

They do say these things happen in three.
 

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voted what I want to see.... raps in 7. Not necessarily what I think will happen. Definitely don't think it will be a cakewalk for the Warriors though.
 

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Hoping for at least 1-1 to start the series. 2-0 Raps would be even better.

If it's 2-0 Dubs heading to Oracle the air will be sucked right out of the series.

Raptors need to get points out of Ibaka and Gasol in the paint.

Bogut/McKinnie/Looney/Jerebko-Gasol/Ibaka
Green-Kawhi
Iguodala-Siakam
Thompson-Green
Curry-Lowry
 

Dr Awkward

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I think the Warriors will like the match ups. Green, Thompson and Iggy can rotate on Kawhi.

Will they be using Kawhi to guard Curry or Lowry? If they use Kawhi then you've got Lowry trying to guard Thompson or some other bad match up.

Big advantage for Warriors is that if Kawhi is on Curry then Green can essentially run the plays, with Curry moving off the ball.

I reckon Warriors 4-1. Hoping for Curry MVP, media seems to disrespect him and think he owes his championships to KD.
 

Dr Awkward

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Not to mention if Cousins comes back how the hell are they gonna guard him without double teaming.
 

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I think the Warriors will like the match ups. Green, Thompson and Iggy can rotate on Kawhi.

Will they be using Kawhi to guard Curry or Lowry? If they use Kawhi then you've got Lowry trying to guard Thompson or some other bad match up.

Big advantage for Warriors is that if Kawhi is on Curry then Green can essentially run the plays, with Curry moving off the ball.

I reckon Warriors 4-1. Hoping for Curry MVP, media seems to disrespect him and think he owes his championships to KD.
My first thought was Kawhi would defend Curry, but I don't think he could possibly chase Curry around 50 screens on each possession and then be expected to carry the team offensively on the other end. He might just die.

Though in crunch time he'll probably get the job.
 

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