In the wake of the Toronto Raptors impressive Game 1 victory over the Golden State Warriors this Thursday, fans of both teams are mulling over what exactly led the Raptors to dominate Oakland. One of the most nagging issues faced by the Warriors is whether or not Kevin Durant is going be back on the court before the end of the season. Durant sprained his right calf earlier this month and has been out of commission ever since and that now includes Sunday night. The Warriors officially just lost Durant for Game 2.
Durant’s absence has definitely hit the Warriors hard, with many doubting whether or not Oakland can defeat the Raptors without him. According to CP24, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced this Friday that Durant would not be on the court for Game 2, despite being seen traveling with the team.
Durant’s injury isn’t the only good news for Toronto. According to the Toronto Star, Raptors small forward OG Anunoby is expected to make an appearance in Game 2’s line up. Anunoby who missed the team’s entire post-season after having an appendectomy back in April, is likely to be activated during Toronto’s June 2nd match against the Warriors.
“It does look like we may have him for Sunday to at least dress and, well, be active and who knows then,” Raptor’s head coach Nick Nurse explained during his pre-game news conference according to the Toronto Star. “It’s a few days away, and he’ll probably improve between now and then, and we’ll see how game-ready he will be, but the plan as of now is to dress him on Sunday, activate him.”
With Durant out and Anunoby in, fans seem totally convinced that Raptors have the series in the bag:
@BR_NBA @WolstatSun Warriors done, pack it in— TND (@TND)1558899542.0
@theScore If this happens, raptors win Durant or no Durant— Feeble (@Feeble)1559072671.0
OG Anunoby would be a big help for the #Raptors if he gets to suit up in this series #WeTheNorth https://t.co/2bM1qtXB0A— Raptors Nation (@Raptors Nation)1558897152.0
@WolstatSun OG Doesn’t even need to score just play good D— Star Boi⭐️ 🇨🇦🇹🇹 (@Star Boi⭐️ 🇨🇦🇹🇹)1558890447.0
@BR_NBA @WolstatSun He is probably their 2nd best defender behind Kawhi, he would be a huge factor off the bench guarding Klay or Curry.— Owl x Art (@Owl x Art)1558899903.0
@BleacherReport @ChrisBHaynes he makes a difference with his comeback. Toronto will win this series if he doesn't— Gregory Bell II (@Gregory Bell II)1559309286.0
@BleacherReport @ChrisBHaynes Raptors in 4— Matt (@Matt)1559313308.0
@BleacherReport @ChrisBHaynes Cool. Raptors in 4 still. Don’t know how this changes the ass whoopin they started receiving— fernando (@fernando)1559322584.0
@BleacherReport @ChrisBHaynes Toronto in 4 confirmed.— Tanner Brodess (@Tanner Brodess)1559309377.0
Raptors face off against the Golden State Warriors in Toronto for Game 2 at 8 PM ET on Sunday, June 2. The Raptors already lead 1-0 in the series and they only need three more wins to become the NBA champions.