After Kawhi Leonard drilled the most important shot in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors now square off against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Gasol hits an another open three, and doesn’t look nearly like the player that was hesitant to shoot against the 76ers. 50-42 Raptors.
Lowry is in full force with another three, responding after Khris Middleton nails a jumper. However, the momentum is short-lived as Lopez continues to be a threat, and hits one of two free throws. 45-40 Raptors.
Lopez clearly recovered from a rough first half, and spearheaded a 9-2 Bucks run. Lopez suddenly has 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and the Raptors’ early lead is slipping, quickly. 42-37 Raptors.
FVV and Norm being playable again is huge. For once, Raptors actually look bigger than their opponent.
– William Lou (@william_lou)
May 16, 2019
Nikola Mirotic gets an early bucket but Norman Powell counteracts the Bucks with a three. Both teams eventually fail to make their shots, but it’s Powell again with another three, and a timeout is called. 40-28 Raptors.
It’s a dream start for the Raptors, punctuated by a three by Serge Ibaka to close out the quarter. 34-23 Raptors.
After the Bucks appeared to be getting back into the game, Siakam drives baseline to fake Ersan Ilyasova out of shoes, then slammed on Lopez for an absolutely thunderous dunk. 32-23 Raptors.
The original triple-double king, Oscar Robertson, is in the house.
Leonard hits a three and after Lowry snags an offensive rebound, Kawhi is there for another bucket. It’s hard to imagine a better start for the Raptors. 24-13 Raptors.
And Danny Green is now on the board! The Raptors are 5-of-8 from three thus far and are taking full advantage of the Bucks’ reticence to close out on the perimeter.
However, all good things come to an end and the Bucks finally stop the Raptors 15-0 run. 19-10 Raptors.
Lowry is drawing the Bucks’ attention now and after driving to the rim, he finds Marc Gasol for a wide-open three. Shortly thereafter, Kawhi Leonard almost turns Brook Lopez into a .gif, but is fouled on the dunk attempt. Leonard hits both free throws, and the Raptors are on a 13-0 run. 16-8 Raptors.
This is the version of Kyle Lowry we’ve come to expect over the years, hitting consecutive threes. If the Bucks are content to give Lowry open looks, he has to make them pay early and so far, so good. 9-8 Raptors
Antetokounmpo gets to work right away, backing down Pascal Siakam for the game’s opening bucket. After a series of missed shots for both teams, Giannis picks off an errant pass and takes it to the rim for an uncontested dunk. Siakam hits a three to get the Raptors on the board, but Antetokounmpo gets another basket in the lane.
It’s going to be a long night if Giannis heats up early. 6-3 Bucks.
Not to be outdone, Kawhi looks pretty good too. The matchup between both team’s …read more
Source:: Daily times