Golden State Warriors: 3 keys for Game 3 of 2019 NBA Finals

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2. Limit second chance opportunities

Although the Golden State Warriors won this game, they were flat out awful in certain departments of the game — mainly, on the glass.

Far too often the Golden State Warriors got destroyed on the offensive glass, coughing up 23 second chance points in what should have been the defining stat of the game.

Kawhi Leonard showed his Finals intensity, leading the way with five offensive rebounds. Far too often, the Raptors were able to clean up their mistakes with quick put-back buckets to make sure the Warriors were always within arm’s reach.

That can’t happen again in Game 3.

With Toronto winning the offensive rebounding battle 15-6, the supporting cast was able to knock down some clean looks they were afforded due to the pure aggression they showed on the glass.

In fairness, one of their best defensive rebounders, Kevon Looney, was limited to 10 minutes due to the aforementioned collarbone sprain, but with what most viewed as a must-win game on the line, the Warriors needed to do a better job cleaning up the glass.

With all the momentum going into Oracle Arena, it’s imperative the Dubs don’t make the same mistakes they made on the glass in Game 2.