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.
Steve Kerr on Cousins tonight: “I don’t know that his wind and legs will allow him to play big minutes. But he can help us in bursts.” Also: “We’ve been through this before.” Cousins initial injury return: 15 minutes, 14 points, three 3s, six fouls.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 30, 2019
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). “
Huge lines already outside #JurassicPark for Game 1 of the #NBAFinals in #Toronto #Raptors #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/RAbZzPqCAu— blogTO (@blogTO) May 30, 2019
Drake just walked into Scotiabank Arena wearing a Dell Curry Raptors jersey. pic.twitter.com/ZrXLS2nwuU— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) May 31, 2019
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.