|P. Siakam46 MIN, 26 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 10-17 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 2 +/-|
Nurse benching him for the last nine minutes of Game 5 gave Siakam the kick up the backside he needed. Spicy P came out with his usual energy and also knocked down his corner threes. As soon as those shots went in, driving lanes opened and Siakam carved apart the Warriors interior defence as a scorer and passer. What a response.
|K. Leonard41 MIN, 22 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 7-16 FG, 1-5 3FG, 7-8 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -2 +/-|
It is hard to impose your will when dealing with constant foul trouble and Green and Iguodala draped all over you. Leonard wasn’t flawless, but he still pulled off a handful of miraculous and-ones and just would not be denied inside. Regardless, this dude is the Finals MVP.
|M. Gasol27 MIN, 3 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 0-5 FG, 0-2 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -7 +/-|
An ugly game from Gasol. Apprehensive as a shooter, careless turnovers, and was attacked by Curry off-ball and in the pick-and-roll. He didn’t get into his rhythm early and was forced into some late shot clock moments. Who cares though, he’s a damn NBA Champion!
|K. Lowry42 MIN, 26 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL, 9-16 FG, 4-7 3FG, 4-6 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 16 +/-|
What is considered above a KLOE performance? Whatever it is, Lowry just brought it. Those were some utterly ridiculous first half numbers: 21 points, 6 rebs, 6 assists. Foul trouble brought him off the floor in the third and the Raptors subsequently gave up their lead. Orchestrated deft mismatches late in the game. Side note- is there a better two-for-one bucket getter than Lowry??
|D. Green18 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 7 +/-|
Green is a starter only by name nowadays due to VanVleet’s ascendancy. Green didn’t even attempt a shot in the first half, but it didn’t cause a drop in his tenacious defence.
|F. VanVleet34 MIN, 22 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 6-14 FG, 5-11 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-|
Unfortunately I cannot provide an A+++ grade. The guy is an absolute killer. VanVleet just lives for the biggest moments. I cannot believe the man who was unplayable against Philadelphia is now the closer in the NBA Finals! What bizarro world am I living in?
|S. Ibaka22 MIN, 15 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 7-12 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-|
In his first few minutes on the floor, I was fearful that we were getting bad Serge. Then all of that changed. MaFuzzy hit so many crucial shots and was an absolute beast around the basket.
|N. Powell11 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-|
Plugged in for filler minutes and didn’t provide much on either side of the ball.
The dude won a damn NBA title as a rookie head coach!! He tiptoed around his star player’s foul trouble with delicate precision, and even showed the cajones to play both Leonard and Lowry late in the third with four fouls apiece. Also liked the way he mixed Gasol-Ibaka minutes to get Ibaka to close the game without entirely gassing him. This is freakin’ incredible!
Things We Saw
- The first half blur: The opening quarter set the tone for what was one of the most incredible halves of basketball I’ve ever seen. Lowry and Thompson traded blows in the form of incredulous pull-up jumpers, bodies were flying across the court, and every piece of skill with equal parts precision and ferocity.
- The Splash Brothers have taken ten years off my life: Boy oh boy, Thompson and Curry put on an absolute shooting clinic tonight. In the words of Stephen A. Smith, they are bad, bad men. Curry split defensive traps at will and sprayed floaters and mid-rangers galore. Meanwhile, Klay might actually be an even better shooter! I don’t know how this is possible, get well Thompson. Injuries suck.
- THE TORONTO RAPTORS ARE NBA CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!