Running Through The Six: NBA Finals Game 5 Preview:
Tonight we could witness history as the Toronto Raptors are 48 minutes away from winning the first championship in their franchises history. Golden State will look to fend off elimination and force a game 6.
Kevin Durant will make his return for the Warriors tonight after being out since game two of the series with the Rockets. It was announced that KD will be in the starting lineup for game 5. He will be a huge factor in the outcome of this game. Durant is a top 3 player in the league and will need to have a great performance to keep the Warriors alive.
Golden State will need the rest of their stars to step up in game 5 as well. Steph Curry has been great all series but Draymond Green has not played up to the level he should be and Klay Thompson after missing game 3, didn’t do much to help the Warriors in game 4. They need to have a complete effort from everyone if they want to keep their chances of a three-peat alive.
The Raptors have played their best basketball of the year over these last 3 games. Kawhi Leonard has been an absolute monster leading the way and his supporting cast has come in with some huge moments as well. Kawhi will need to continue to do what he can to lead the Raptors to victory.
It can’t only be Kawhi though for the Raptors, they will still need Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakim, and Danny Green to continue playing well. If these guys can produce like they have in the last few games the Raptors will end the Warriors dynasty.
The last thing to keep an eye out for is of course the main X factor in the series...Drake. You know he will be there in his usual seat probably dressed in a full uniform just in case his number gets called to come off the bench. He’s going to be fired up for this one and the Warriors need to shut him down early. I think the best way to slow him down is for a big guy like Demarcus Cousins to dive right into as he goes for a loose ball going out of bounds. If Golden State let’s Drake get into their heads he’ll be the one that gets the last laugh as he holds up the Larry O’Brien trophy with the rest of the Raptors.
Game 5 is tonight at 9pm EST on ABC.