With the NBA Finals kicking off tonight, there is one noticeable difference to this year’s lineup: no Lebron James.
For the first time in the past nine years, a Lebron-less team has emerged out of the East. The Toronto Raptors reach their first NBA Finals in team history led by Kawhi Leonard. After
trading Demar Derozan for Leonard this past summer, the Raptors were able to make an undoubtedly exciting playoff run and take down number-one seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Although we have a new face coming out of the east, the Western Conference was far more
predictable. The Golden State Warriors will play in their 5th consecutive NBA Final.
The Warriors have been without 2x Finals MVP, Kevin Durant for most of the playoffs while he battles a calf injury. Durant
did travel with the team to Toronto but he has been ruled out for tonight’s game one.
Will the Raptors dethrone the Warriors or will another championship return to the Bay area?
Game 1 of the NBA Finals begins tonight at 9pm on ABC.