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for the first time in league history the team outside the US will be hosting game one of the NBA finals the team the Toronto raptors your opponent the two time defending champion Golden State Warriors Toronto led by all star quiet Leonard upset the number one seed Milwaukee Bucks in six games to capture the first Eastern Conference title in team history what a sports reporter Rory Carroll has more on the story letter just last year was a member of the San Antonio Spurs out west but was traded last summer after publicly sparring with team personnel in coach Gregg Popovich after an injury plagued twenty eighteen campaign fast forward a year and Leonard has now made the Toronto raptors a true title contender , the familiar team in the west is primed and ready to capture their third NBA title in a row and fourth in five years the Golden State Warriors have faced injuries this postseason %HESITATION losing both two times finals MVP Kevin Durant and big man DaMarcus cousins to injuries earlier in this playoffs the setbacks have been phase the champs yet they roll past the Portland trail Blazers with a four game sweep in the Western Conference finals they're expected to get both players back at some point during the finals and in the meantime we rely on the sharpshooting if Steph curry in the tenacious play of dream on green the absence of lebron James is also being felt this postseason ratings were down eighteen percent in the earlier rounds of these playoffs and have continued to be down slightly throughout this will also be the first time in eight seasons that lebron will not be a part of the NBA finals game one of the NBA finals is Thursday night at nine PM eastern