2019 NBA Finals: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors preview

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Key Question No. 3: Can the original Big 3 keep the boat afloat?

With more and more whispers of Kevin Durant not playing in the Finals, this championship series fallx on the shoulders of the original Big 3 of the Golden State Warriors.

Almost poetically, the fate of the dynasty will rest squarely on the shoulders of three All-Stars.

The Golden State Warriors have often been criticized for bringing a rocket launcher to a knife fight, but this is the most vulnerable the Warriors have ever been going into the NBA Finals.

With no sign of KD returning in the near future and the lingering question of DeMarcus Cousins’ productivity, Steph Curry has to continue to be the engine to take his team to the promised land for the fourth time in five years.

Unlike the majority of the basketball world, I’m not underestimating the depth of the Toronto Raptors.

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both need to continue to sustain their high level of play that was the catalyst of Damian Lillard and company’s demise in the Western Conference Finals.

If Golden State can continue to create open points in the paints from the deadly 1-4 pick-and-roll for the platoon of role players at the Warriors’ disposal, the Raptors could face a quick demise, similar to the Portland Trail Blazers.

But if the Raptors can crack the near unsolvable case, the Larry O’ Brien trophy may go up north for the first time in the franchise’s 24-year history.