'Boomer And Gio': Raptors' Game 1 Win Brings More Excitement To NBA Finals

Boomer and Gio
May 31, 2019 - 9:34 am
Raptors forward Pascal Siakam shoots the ball against Warriors forward Draymond Green in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30, 2019, in Toronto.

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Being without Kevin Durant in the Western Conference finals didn't hurt the Warriors much. But could the Toronto Raptors prove to be too much for a Durant-less Golden State team in the NBA Finals?

The Raptors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night 118-109. Durant hasn't played since suffering a right calf strain May 9, and his status remains up in the air. 

But WFAN's Gregg Giannotti said he still likes the Warriors in the series, even if Durant does not return. 

"I still think that they're going to be fine, that they win in five or six," he said on Friday morning's "Boomer and Gio" show. "I really do believe that. They're that good. And I don't want to disrespect what the Raptors did last night. This Warriors team has done everything. I've seen them do absolutely everything in this championship run.

"I cannot count them out. I wouldn't be surprised if they won four straight in this NBA Finals without Kevin Durant. I think they're that good still."

But Gio and Jerry Recco, filling in for Boomer Esiason on Friday, agreed that the Raptors' Game 1 victory brings more excitement to the finals.

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"If the Warriors had gone in and won Game 1 last night, even if they won a nail-biter, you think: 'All right, they already stole a game in Toronto or won a game in Toronto. The series is over,'" Recco said. "At least you have something going forward now with this series. And if Toronto ever came out and won Game 2, what the hell -- you've got a real series on your hands."

Added Giannotti: "I don't think people thought the Raptors could win this series going in. But after this Game 1, there is actually some excitement back in the NBA Finals. Because that's been the knock with the NBA and the Warriors is the Warriors are going to be there every year and you feel like they're going to win it every year."

To listen to the open from Friday's show, click on the audio player above.