Warriors Even Series at 1, Lose Klay Thompson to Injury
A second half surge from the Golden State Warriors led them to a game 2 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Klay Thompson kept the Warriors in the game in the first quarter as it seemed like he was the only one scoring. The Raptors had a much more balanced attack during the first half. It took Steph Curry a little while to get going as he looked like he had been battling something whether it was being sick or a nagging injury all game long. The Raptors took a five point lead into the locker room. A big third quarter by the Warriors changed the game. DeMarcus Cousins who got the start at center for the Warriors after returning from injury and playing a limited amount in game 1, played a key role in the win as he tallied 11 points 6 assist and 10 rebounds.
Curry lead the charge in the third quarter as the Warriors outscored the Raptors 34-21. The Raptors clawed their way back in the fourth quarter making the game close until the end. Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanFleet did everything to keep the Raptors in the game. Foul trouble hurt them down the stretch as Kyle Lowry fouled out with 3:52 left in the fourth. Toronto cut the deficit down to 2 with about 27 seconds left but, with just 5.9 left on the clock Andre Iguodala hit a game sealing 3 pointer. Kawhi finished with 34 points 3 assist and 14 rebounds. However, he did not get much help from his supporting cast. The Warriors proved to be too much in game 2 and evened the series at 1-1.
A bigger story to this game though is the loss of Klay Thompson. He left the game about midway through the 4th and did not return with hamstring tightness. If he is unable to go for game 3 the Warriors could be in trouble especially if Durant isn't healthy to come back yet.
Also a side note, Drake was a non factor in this game so clearly the Warriors realized if they keep him quiet they have a better chance of winning.
The series shifts to Oakland for game 3 on Wednesday night at 9pm EST on ABC from Oracle Arena.