The Raptors look for history and the Warriors the legend

This dawn begins in Toronto the first final of the NBA on non-US soil. The Warriors, in search of a feat that only the Celtics achieved: 4 titles in 5 years.


It all started on July 9, 2018 with the departure of LeBron James to the West. The monster that had eliminated the Raptors mercilessly the last three years was going to the other side of the League. Nine days later Kawhi Leonard arrived from San Antonio with many more doubts than certainties. He had not played in a year and had only one contract left. This transfer of stars between conferences has been the key to be where we are now: for the first time in history to a non-US team playing a final of the NBA.

Toronto, a city with great sporting tradition but not so much basketball, has spent the last years overturned with the franchise. So tonight is expected at the Scotiabank Arena (and surroundings) an authentic party. We will have to see if the result accompanies, what is certain is that the rival could not be worse. Because if LeBron was the monster of the Raptors, the Golden State Warriors are of all the NBA.

The current defender of the title comes to Canada in search of a feat that only the Boston Celtics achieved back in the 60s: win four titles in five years. A piece of information that perfectly explains the kind of team these Warriors are. An unrepeatable group that, nevertheless, does not know if it will be able to count on Kevin Durant, injured since the last day 8. That is without a doubt the great incognito that can decant the end of a side or of the other. At the moment his teammates, led by Curry and Green, have come out very well stopped the mishap. But this time they will face the best player of these playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard (31.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals so far in qualifying) has signed the best season of his life , at a level even higher than that which led him to be MVP of the Finals in 2014 with only 22 years. He has to join a group that has shown more personality than ever. The two Spanish players of the team have a lot to do. Ibaka, who had been there since last year, and Marc Gasol, who arrived in February and has been instrumental in propping up a defense that has created havoc in this postseason against two of the best players in the world: Antetokounmpo and Embiid. In addition, the Spanish coach, Sergio Scariolo, also contributes from the bench as assistant coach, NIck Nurse. With these arguments and some more the Raptors want to win the first ring of their short history (they were founded in 1995). To do this they already know that they need to finish with a legendary team.



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