Lumipat na sa Oakland, Calif., ang 2019 NBA Finals para sa Games 3 at 4.
Bagamat nasungkit ng defending champion Golden State Warriors ang panalo at naitabla nila ang serye, tila dehado pa rin sila dahil sa dami ng injury sa mga star player nila.
Ang Toronto naman, ayaw isipin na kulang ang Warriors at handa silang lumaban sinuman ang haharap sa kanila.
Matapos ang panalo ng Warriors sa Game 2, lumipat agad ang atensyon ng Golden State sa kalusugan ng 2 nilang player na na-injure sa laban.
Ang starting center sa si Kevon Looney na masama ang bagsak matapos bumangga kay Kawhi Leonard, out na sa finals dala ng fractured collarbone. Wala rin si Kevin Durant sa Game 3 dahil sa calf strain. Si Klay Thompson naman, na iika-ika palabas ng court, may hamstring strain at kwetyonable ang status para sa Game 3.
Ayon kay Thompson, makikinig sya sa kanilang medical staff at hindi nya ito pe-pwersahin
“I would do anything i can to be out there, but it's all in their hands. If there's any pain, it will be a no-go just because of the position we're in. This could be a longer series, so there's no point in trying to go out there and re-aggravate it and potentially keep myself out of the whole entire finals instead of just one game. So like I said, it will be a game-time decision. But I really want to be out there,” ani Thompson.
Hindi na bago para kay coach Steve Kerr ang injuries sa finals. Buti na lang, aniya, handang mag-step up ang ibang players.
“Just part of the game. In the 5 years we have been in the finals, we have had some of this, opponents have had some of this, in the end it doesn’t matter, you have to make do with what you have and try to keep winning in any way possible,” paliwanag ni Kerr.
“So we are lucky that DeMarcus (Cousins) has returned and we’ll see what happens with Kevin the rest of the series and Klay as well but we got a lot of guys on the bench who are ready to win.”
Ayon naman kay Steph Curry, focus ang magiging susi sa mga matitirang mag-lalaro sa court.
“We all just understand the moment and we're very locked in and focused on adapting to the circumstances that are thrown at us right now with a lot of injuries and kind of uncertainty of even who is going to be able to play. We have been through a lot, had a lot of different experiences. This is just adding to that book. So we have to be ready,” ani Curry.
Para naman sa Raptors, ayaw nilang mabaon pa sa 2-1 lalo’t may pagkakataon silang manalo habang may mga injury ang Golden State. Pero ayaw nilang magpaka-kampante.
“I think we come into a sense of urgency, period. No matter the situation. We want to be the first to four, and every game is an urgent game. You're in the nba finals, so it doesn't matter. They still have professional basketball players down there, and they're really talented basketball players. So you still got to be ready to go out there and play your butt off and play hard,” pahayag ni Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.
Ayon naman kay Raptors coach Nick Nurse, importante rin na gumanda ang ikot nila ng bola para marami pang ma-involve sa scoring.
“We have to get a certain amount of paint touches. We have to get the ball side to side. Those are things you just have to keep an eye on. I think we just had some lulls in those three areas in Game 2,” aniya.
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