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Warriors vs. Raptors, Game 1: Cousins back for his first Finals game

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The powerhouse center is back from his second major rehab to aid the Warriors attempt to siege of Scotiabank Arena

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The Golden State Warriors will be without superweapon Kevin Durant in the first game of the 2019 NBA Finals, but another All-Star seven-footer plans on making his return tonight for the champs.

The home team is the Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors, whose rabid fan base lined up 15 hours ahead of the game time.

Per Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post:

“The watch party outside Scotiabank Arena has been nimbly dubbed Jurassic Park, and it’s the place to be in Toronto if you haven’t been able to score tickets for the Raptors’ run through the NBA playoffs. (The get-in price for NBA Finals Game 1 on Thursday night against the Warriors was nearly $550 on StubHub as of Thursday morning). “

The champs will have their backs against the walls in enemy territory. We’ve been waiting for this matchup for an eternity, and it’s time to find out who deserves to be the 2019 NBA champions.

LET’S GO