NBA Finals 2019: 3 things the Golden State Warriors need to do to beat the Toronto Raptors
#2 Play at a High Tempo
Another aspect of this series that will be interesting to watch as the series develops is the tempo of the games. Head coach Steve Kerr is blessed with a guard combo in Curry and Thompson who will run, cut and move without the ball on offence.
This has to continue against the Raptors aggressive defence. Golden State averages about 30 points per game in the playoffs combined in scoring off of cuts to the basket and off screens.
Keep two things in mind. If Leonard guards Thompson, Leonard appears banged up and has played heavy minutes this postseason. The need to chase Thompson would drain his energy and stamina when the Raptors need him most. Secondly, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has so far shortened his bench and the fast-paced games will tire the 8 players he has predominantly employed.
Should Golden State get caught walking or standing still in their half-court offensive setups, the Raptors will force turnovers and shot clock violations. It is better to make Toronto’s defence reactionary rather than let them set the tempo.
In transition, it is also best for Golden State to run and push the play. Its all about not allowing Toronto’s defence to set up and control what Golden State wants to do. So far in these playoffs, the Warriors are averaging 19.6ppg in transition,