Rob Parker: Warriors Can't Beat Raptors Without Kevin Durant

NBA Finals odds: Golden State Warriors heavy favorites over Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have to be looking at these first games at home as huge opportunities in facing a Durant-less Warriors team, while Golden State will feel great if they can swipe homecourt.

And a man not getting enough credit for that is assistant coach and recent interviewee of the Memphis Grizzlies for their open head coaching position, Adrian Griffin.

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DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

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The Raptors are therefore the second largest underdogs in the past eight NBA Finals after the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017/18. It sounds like the earliest he would get back will be Game 3 - but then there's no guarantee he will play at all.

The Raptors are going to need to maintain that approach with a Golden State team that is sure to make things uncomfortable at times.

Leonard has no defensive peer in the league and his work on Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference Finals was nothing short of majestic. And Kyle Lowry ain't going do nothing.

Leonard has Finals experience from his Spurs days and was the 2014 Finals MVP. Serge Ibaka played in the 2012 Finals when his Oklahoma City Thunder lost in five games to LeBron's Miami Heat.

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McCaw spent his first two seasons with the Warriors, winning titles in both years while serving a bench contributor. He is expected to miss at least Game 1 but could return during the series.

The Warriors have gone a flawless 5-0 since Durant went down, but they know the Raptors present a different challenge, one in which Durant's presence on the wing opposite Kawhi Leonard would be very beneficial.

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