Collectively they have turned the athlete that is the closest thing we've ever seen to combining James' ground-eating speed in the open court with Shaquille O'Neill's ability to overwhelm at the rim into something a little more mortal.
So, which players would be the difference in Game 5? "I think it's our players playing their butts off, really".
His shot was off, his offensive contributions were few, but he was still having an impact in other areas of the game and head coach Nick Nurse stuck by him. "I'm going to keep going and keep fighting".
Leonard, on the same day he was named a second team All-NBA member more than lived up to that honour. He wants the ball and he wants to make the plays and he seems to be making the right plays. "Again, he just stepped into the shots that were there tonight, and he was probably due to get hot in these playoffs". The forward sauntered in for a seemingly easy dunk with 16 seconds to play and it was game over. "He's moving pretty good, he's shooting, etcetera, but still a ways away from being able to take hits and contact in the areas that he needs to test out".
Leonard's health - he missed all but nine games last season with San Antonio - was worrisome after he'd been noticeably hobbling in Game 4, two nights after a double-overtime win. To say I don't see it at all would be inaccurate, but to say I give it much or any thought, you know, it's kind of 'same answer, same mantra'. "We just need to think about going and winning one game, go to Toronto and get that".
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With 1:12 remaining and the Bucks trailing 99-95, Antetokounmpo sat, with coach Mike Budenholzer explaining post-game that the decision to bring him out was not for rest, but due to an ankle injury.
It didn't catch the Raptors by surprise that the Bucks made a change, but it was the trickle-down effect they anxious about.
"I think that being tied up 2-2, to have a great opportunity to come in here and try to steal one was on our minds". We're going to go in and give it everything we've got. "And then you have a chance to match or not match, or go with what you hope to do and whatever".
Keeping pace: The third quarter was a draw with both teams scoring 26 points, despite the Bucks shooting 50 percent from the floor and the Raptors shooting 33 percent.
Antetokounmpo had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss. It has been awesome to watch how he's dominated the game. He gets stronger as the fourth wears on. "I feel like for the most part, from top to bottom, all their guys played well".