Three keys to a Warriors victory

Raptors at Warriors: 3 secrets to a Warriors success initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The last time Stephen Curry dealt with the Raptors, he had among the longest postgame strolls of his profession. Lessened by 2 ravaging injuries, Curry and the Warriors were helpless to stop Toronto from winning the 2019 NBA Finals in the last video game dipped into Oracle Arena.

Much has actually altered for both groups ever since, and the distinctions will be on screen when the groups fulfill Sunday afternoon at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.

The Warriors (5-4), in the midst of redevelopment, are seeking consistency. Draymond Green and Curry the only healthy members of the 2019 team still on the roster. Kevon Looney is listed as “questionable” with soreness in his left hip.

The Raptors (2-6), however, have been far more inconsistent. Though they recovered nicely last season from the loss of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, they have struggled after losing Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol in the offseason and have yet to win back-to-back games.

Here three keys to the underdog Warriors pulling off the upset:

Beat the backcourt

Curry is the No. 2 scorer in the NBA. His backcourt mate, Kelly Oubre Jr., is the No. 5 scorer on the Warriors.

Toronto’s guard tandem of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet is very good and also undersize, neither standing taller than 6-foot-1. But VanVleet is a terrific defender, and he seems to take particular delight in trying to contain Curry.

That might result in some trying moments for Curry, but there is no way Lowry can do much with Oubre. There also is no need for the Raptors to assign a longer defender to Oubre, who has actually been struggling with his shot.

If Curry and Oubre can outscore Lowry and VanVleet by at least 10 points, it should provide the Warriors with a smooth runway to success.

Win the subs

The Warriors have actually done a nice of job assembling productive second units, and the stats support this. Their bench is third in assists per game and 3-point percentage, third in points per game and fourth in field-goal percentage.

Much of this is linked to the performance of Andrew Wiggins, who has been the offensive anchor of the squad. It’s defense though, that has shown the ability to not only keep the Warriors in games but also spark rallies that gives them a chance to win.

Toronto’s bench, once a strength, is 26th in field-goal percentage defense and 25th in 3-point percentage.

Slash and burnThe stout defense that was the primary factor behind the Raptors becoming a contender has not been evident this season, as they rank 20th in defensive rating and have actually been particularly weak in defending shots in the 10- to 24-foot range.

In short, slashers have actually torched them. This has a chance to be the game in which not only Wiggins and Oubre but likewise Eric Paschall and Kent Bazemore and can attack inside the arc.

The Raptors rank 24th in effective field-goal percentage defense and 24th in rebounding, both statistics a by-product of Aron Baynes and Chris Boucher changing Ibaka and Gasol.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.