DelAbbot wrote: Slade3 wrote:
Why is that? Because we beat the gsw warriors franchise who hires racist security, let's owners push players, and rushes players back from injury to re-injure them?
Right, because KD not playing and Klay Thompson out for multiple games made no difference. Check your homerism at the door.
Who cares about KD not playing. Adding KD to an already-champion lineup of Curry+Klay+Draymond is "cheating" anyway. There is no asterisk on our 2019 championship - we beat the 2015 championship lineup.
Any one series can be decided by injury, but a championship is won by winning four series. Raptors had the toughest road to the Finals, having to beat the hottest team going into the playoffs (Orlando), the most talented starting five in the league (Sixers with Butler and JJ), the dominant team in the league that season by wins and ridiculous point differential (Bucks), and the Warriors who had just swept Portland in the WCF even without KD. The talk going into the Finals was that the Warriors were better without KD. The ball moved better.
At least Klay played three quarters of Game 6 healthy. He racked up the points, but when he went down, Iggy clicked into Ray Allen mode to keep GSW in the game. Cousins was a factor in the fourth quarter. No guarantee that the Dubs would have scored more points if Klay continued to play. Basketball doesn't work like that. We're seeing that with the Nuggets after Murray went down.
Meanwhile, Kyle started Game 6 strong, but if you were watching closely he tweaked his back in the second quarter, and wasn't a factor for the rest of the game. The one shot he made after that was a rim bouncing fluke.
And clearly Kawhi wasn't healthy for Games 5 and 6. He had that spurt toward the end of Game 5, but that was it for the series. And why was Kawhi hurting? Why did he have to play so many minutes? Because OG missed the entire playoffs.
Raps swept the Dubs that regular season, with KD and Klay playing both games. There was nothing more the Raps could do to EARN that championship. See my sig.