Articles NBA Playoffs 2019

Playoffs Day 35: Double overtimes saves the Raptors from a Sweep

It took two overtimes but the Toronto Raptors have finally won a game in the Eastern Conference Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo needed to foul out, the Bucks offense had to suck and sloppy basketball all round was necessary for the Raptors to win this game. But hey, at least they won.

Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) v Toronto Raptors (1-2): 125 to 103

This game was a slog fest.

It wasn’t pretty but after two overtimes, the Raptors got the win once again on the shoulders of Kawhi Leonard.

I want to start by talking about the Bucks.

They did not have a good game.

Khris Middleton was 3-16, although one of his three makes tied the game and sent it to overtime with 2.2 seconds to go, but overall had a terrible outing. Eric Bledsoe, who has been rather average this series, was 3-16 but did a solid job on defence with 3 steals. Giannis Antetokounmpo had one of his worst playoff games this year. He shot 5-16, missed all his threes but still had a huge impact with 4 blocks (although 8 turnovers) and 23 rebounds. He also fouled out about twenty seconds into the second overtime. He just didn’t look his dominant self.

In all honesty, the bench kept Milwaukee in the game with another massive outing from both George Hill (7-9 with 24 points and two steals) and the healthy Malcom Brogdon (8-17 for 20 points).

Neither team deserved to win this game, but the Bucks really did play slightly worse. They had 20 turnovers and shot just over 37%. By the second overtime they had checked out, they were tired and just wanted it to end (so did we).

The Raptors did not play much better but they really needed to win this game. Their season depended on it.

At the end of the day a win is a win and Drake was very happy.

Kawhi was huge again, even though he had leg soreness (hey isn’t that what he had all of last year…). He was 11-25 with 36 points, and even while being heavily defended made sure that the Raptors would win this game.

Pascal Siakam had a decent night with 25 points and 11 rebounds (shooting 50%), but still did not look aggressive with the ball and missed a pair of clutch free throws that would have won the Raptors the game in Regulation. Norman Powell had his second big game with 19 points (7-13) and played his role perfectly. The rest of the Raptors, bar maybe Marc Gasol (16 points and 12 rebounds) had another forgettable night. Kyle Lowry fouled out before the end of regulation which forced more minutes for Fred VanVleet and Danny Green. This was unfortunate.

The pair were 2-20 and 2-14 from three. Despite their single three pointers being necessary for the Raptors win, they both played terribly. VanVleet continues his shooting woes and both will definitely want to forget this one.

Despite the Raptors shooting under 40% and having 17 turnovers, they pulled off a must needed win to save home court…But the Bucks will still mostly likely win in 5.

Next Game @ Raptors: Wednesday (22/5) 10:30am.

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