Ivica Zubac believes Raptors have a ‘chance’ vs. Warriors in NBA Finals
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night to advance to their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
Their prize? A date with the two-time defending champions of the league, the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors will undoubtedly go into the series as massive favorites. Aside from the fact that they are the defending champs and have more offensive weapons, the Dubs should be extremely fresh after their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.
Meanwhile, the Raptors have played 13 games between each of the last two series, and Kawhi Leonard averaged over 41 minutes per night against the Bucks.
Still, there are those who believe the Raptors stand a fighting chance against the Warriors. One such person is Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, who faced off against Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.
Speaking with Sazali Abdul Aziz of The Straits Times, the Clippers center explained that while the Warriors have the aura of a super team, the Raptors have proven to be a very capable Eastern Conference foe.
“For sure. Golden State are the favourites, but I think both teams from the East have been really good this year and (Raptors) have a chance. They are going to have home-court advantage (in the first two games), so I think it’ll be an interesting finals,” Ivica Zubac said.
That home-court advantage will be pivotal for the Raptors, who won all three of their games at Scotiabank Arena against the Bucks and were 32-9 at home during the regular season.
It will certainly be an interesting Finals, and it will even be more entertaining should Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins return in the finale.