Numbers preview: The Finals - Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors


The team played all four games of the conference finals, and five straight overall, without the services of super star Kevin Durant. "Like I said, hopefully, that opportunity comes and I'm able to get on the floor and help my teammates and try to help them win a championship". The Golden State Warriors will appear in their fifth-straight NBA Finals, the only team to do so since the Boston Celtics when they appeared in a record ten-straight Finals from 1957 to 1966.

Fresh off a disappointing six-game series loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to have a lot of decisions to make in free agency.

So here we are, two teams with different structures.

Durant was seen boarding the Warriors' plane to travel with the team to Toronto for the first two games of the series.

Against the Raptors, Bogut will likely see more burn, matching up against their big frontline options, including 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, 6-foot-10 Serge Ibaka and 6-foot-9 Pascal Siakam.

Leonard's a two-way freak on the court - no player in the league impacts the game on both ends in quite the same ways. But before I make my predictions, there is one thing that could hold back the Warriors. The only blemish on their previous four championship appearances was losing in seven games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 despite holding a 3-1 series lead.

The last question is a sentimental one, with the Warriors leaving Oakland and Oracle Arena following this season for the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

The wrinke Bogut adds with his passing and ability to facilitate the offence from the elbow will be key to getting Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and co some easier looks at the basket.

Game two of the series takes place Wednesday in Boston before shifting to St. Louis for game three.