CA- The Toronto Raptors stopped the Golden State Warriors from winning their fourth championship and ended the Warriors’ season in dramatic fashion in a 114-110 game six victory.
Throughout the entire series, Golden State was the favorite to win it all, but the Raptors shocked the world with winning the first game of the series, as well as stopping the Warriors from getting to their sweet spots on the floor, pushing the pace, and adding a defensive zone called the Box in One that confused the Warriors.
Injuries dominated what little offensive firepower that the Warriors had and the Raptors took advantage of it. Kawhi Leonard had the series of his life. He averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, which kept his team afloat during the punches that Golden State threw.
After it was all said and done, the Raptors became the first NBA team to win all three road games and win an NBA Finals. Kawhi proved all of his critics wrong and tonight he was selected as the Finals MVP. “I am thankful that my team welcomed me in, as well as Nick Nurse. Last year, I was going through a lot. So it meant a lot to me that my team welcomed me in with open arms and allowed me to play basketball. This is a great win for our team and I thank them for allowing me to be apart of the team,” said Kawhi.
Kawhi was one of the factors that helped his team win the finals, but his counter partner Kyle Lowry exploded in this series, averaging around 16.8. “This was a long time coming. I worked so hard and now this is something that I always wanted. Right now, I am ready to celebrate with our fans,” said Lowry.
A whole country has been united by different pieces coming together and everything has come to a full circle with the organization. However, with Kawhi being a free agent next season, the question remains, will he stay with the Raptors or will we see him with another team?
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