NBA Finals: 4 takeaways from Game 4

The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from their first championship in franchise history after beating the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.  The Warriors entered the series as huge favorites, but Golden State’s injuries along with Kawhi Leonard’s phenomenal play has put the Raptors in control of the series.  If you’re interested in placing an NBA Finals wager, you can get great odds on Golden State at, or you can choose to place a bet on the Raptors who are now the heavy favorites.

Let’s take a look at four takeaways from Friday’s game.

  1. No third quarter run by Golden State The Warriors’ vaunted third-quarter run did not make an appearance in Game 4. Instead, it was the Raptors who came out in the second half and dominated the opening quarter. Toronto wound up outscoring Golden State 37-21. The Raptors’ biggest contributor in that third quarter was Kawhi Leonard. He scored 17 of his 36 points to help Toronto regain the lead and put Golden State in a double-digit deficit going into the fourth quarter.
  2. Stephen Curry is human after all We all know Curry to be one of the best players in the NBA. He wouldn’t be a two-time MVP if he wasn’t. But Game 4 was not Curry’s night, to say the least. He finished with 27 points, but a good chunk of those were free throws and baskets that came when the game was out of reach. What’s even more disturbing is the fact that Curry shot 2-of-9 from the 3-point line where he’s practically made a name for himself as one of the greatest shooters of all time.

With Kevin Durant out and Klay Thompson coming back from injury, we expected Curry to step up his efforts like he did in Game 3 when he dropped 47 on the Raptors, but he just didn’t have it in Game 4.

  1. Leonard quickly becoming hero of Toronto When Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made the deal to acquire Leonard this past offseason there were a lot of fans who didn’t like the move. How could he trade one of the team’s beloved players in DeMar DeRozan for Leonard, who hadn’t even played all last season? It was a big risk, to be honest. But now that Toronto is one win away from an NBA championship, Ujiri is looking like an absolute genius for bringing Leonard in.

Leonard has been absolutely brilliant in the Finals. He’s averaging close to 31 points a game with 10.3 rebounds and four assists. Whether he stays or not no one really knows, but for this season at least, Leonard has quickly become a hero of Toronto after so many years of being close in the playoffs.

  1. Is this the beginning of the end for the Warriors? After three championships in four years, the Warriors were starting to be talked about as a dynasty of sorts. They were being mentioned with some of the greatest basketball teams of all time. Fast forward to today and we might be starting to see the end of it all. With Durant’s looming free agency, and the contract futures of Thompson and Draymond Green not far behind, this might be one of the last times we talk about the Warriors being a regular in the Finals.