Woodson: Warriors Don't Have Enough Weapons To Compete

Steph Curry did all he could in Game 3, but the depleted Warriors were no match for the Raptors, Mike Woodson says

Taz and the Moose
June 06, 2019 - 10:00 am
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With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson out due to injury, the Toronto Raptors needed to win Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday – and they did, 123-109, to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Steph Curry did all he could to keep the Warriors in the game, finishing with 47 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. But they were no match for the Raptors’ balanced attack.

“They’re a little beat up right now,” former NBA coach Mike Woodson said on Taz & The Moose. “It was obvious when the game started that they were going to struggle to score points. They just don’t have the weapons out there to compete, especially with Klay being out. When you got Klay and Durant sitting on the sideline, that’s 50 points. And Toronto, they’re well-put-together in terms of how they play.”

Six Raptors finished in double-figures, including all five starters. Four of them scored at least 17 points, including Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, who scored 30 and 23 points, respectively. 

As a team, Toronto shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 44.7 percent from three, and 95.2 percent from the foul line.

“That’s hard to beat, man, especially when you got keys guys on the sideline,” Woodson said. “Curry did as much as he could do, but they just don’t have enough offense right now to compete with Toronto.”

Game 4 is Friday in Oakland. Thompson is expected to play, while Durant’s status is unknown. 

Woodson, though, does not believe Durant needs to play for the Warriors to win this series.

“No, I really don’t,” he said. “It’s the home run if he’s able to come back and play and play up to about 70 to 75 percent; 100 percent of Durant, this series is a really tough series for Toronto. But I don’t know where Durant is going to be when he comes back. You don’t know where Klay is going to be.”

Click below to listen to Woodson’s interview in its entirety.