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Golden State’s error-strewn opener is bearable, but Game 2 now means everything

The rusty Warriors won’t panic after the Raptors’ emotional opening salvo in Game 1. That Toronto showed it could win without Kawhi Leonard carrying the team, however, could prove ominous

Game 1 of the NBA finals was hardly the best litmus test for this series. It was the Raptors’ first finals appearance in franchise history. Scotiabank Arena was going bonkers. Toronto played with some extra juice. The Warriors had 10 days off, fresh off a perfect sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals. It’s their fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Some of the sheen has inevitably waned; this is just what they do.

Golden State’s performance was slathered in rust and complacency. The devastating cutting, high tempo and genius-level passing, all came in fits and starts, but it didn’t sustain. There was always Curry launching a no-look pass into the first row to bail out any onslaught.

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