Hamilton: Raptors Still Believe They Can Win NBA Finals

Despite squandering a golden opportunity in Game 2, the Raptors believe they can still beat the Warriors

Reiter Than You
June 03, 2019 - 9:18 pm
Kyle Lowry Raptors NBA Finals Game 2

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The Raptors had a golden (pardon the pun) opportunity to take a 2-0 lead against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals on Sunday. Instead, they lost, 109-104, as the series shifts to Oakland.

How can the Raptors win Game 3?

“No. 1, I think they have to make Golden State feel them,” NBA TV Canada and Raptors TV analyst Sherman Hamilton said on Reiter Than You. “In Game 1, they were very physical with Golden State. They didn’t allow them to come off of screens and feel that free-flow style of basketball that we saw happen in the third quarter when Golden State went on an 18-0 run.”

The Raptors also need more production from their top role players and must slow the Warriors in transition.

“If they can clean those things up in Game 3, they’ll give themselves a chance to win,” Hamilton said.

But can they? After Game 1, the Finals felt like a series. After Game 2, however, it felt like Raptors squandered their chances.

Hamilton doesn’t quite see it that way.

“There’s a belief on (the Warriors) that it’s a dynasty and they know how to get it done,” he said. “If you look at the Raptors, other than Kawhi and Danny Green, none of these guys have been to the Finals. Patrick McCaw won a championship with Golden State, but none of the key guys have really been to this point in their careers. There’s an experience factor that goes with Golden State. You look at it on paper and you say, ‘Golden State, the reigning champs – a team that has done it over and over again – they should be able to take care of the Raptors.’ 

“I just think if you’re watching the Raptors all season long, you’ll see there’s a resiliency there,” Hamilton continued. “There’s a belief that they can get the job done. That doesn’t mean that they will, but there’s a belief they can get the job done. And the fact that they have got this far just gives that confidence to the fan base that the deal isn’t done. (The players have) an internal believe they can win this championship.”