Kawhi Leonard was a beast at both ends of the floor. Both players fouled out in the fourth quarter and were shortly followed by Giannis in overtime. The Bucks lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 following consecutive wins on their home court to open the series. Hill led the Bucks with 24 points in Game 3, while Brogdon - a starter in the regular season before he was sidelined by a foot injury - had 20. Team A wins Game 1 of a series, backing Team B in Game 2 is usually a sharp bet.
Still, when a player sits out 22 games one season and plays just nine games the season before, any sign of discomfort is a reason for concern.
The question everyone is wondering is whether there will be any lineup adjustments made by Toronto coach Nick Nurse.
"It was a lot of minutes, but I think he's OK", Nurse said. "Those are kind of the words coming out of his mouth".
Game 3 snapped a four-game ATS losing skid for the Raptors who are 7-8 against the spread in the postseason.
Well, load management went out the window Sunday night.
"It's all about recovery right now, rest as much as your body needs it to rest", said Lowry, who sprained his left thumb in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.
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"I mean, it's 52 minutes and it's in the playoffs, so you definitely feel it". I think Game 2 we didn't have quite as much. "When I came around the screen, I didn't think twice". "It's hard to guard him but it's not like he has the ball the whole game". Even though they nearly made the play look like utter garbage, yet the Raptors had a pretty hard time capitalizing on the weakness they could clearly observe.
Although it was a disappointing loss for the league's top team, the Bucks are still in good shape and they only need to make a few tweaks before the next game. "They felt like they didn't play well, we didn't play well, either".
If we lived in a Jurassic World, a raptor would probably devour a buck. So it doesn't really matter. "I'm just going to keep fighting".
"This is what makes average, good and great players", Antetokounmpo said.
When asked what they could do differently with Leonard, Budenholzer was clear. Toronto was down 9-0 in the first three minutes and that told the tale of the game.
The Raptors are playing their second Eastern Conference final in franchise history, while the Bucks are making their first appearance in the conference final in 18 years. But he wasn't a one-man stopper. Can they come up with a similar response in this series? "And we will get better".
Sheesh, what an important victory for the Toronto Raptors.
Returning home for Game 3 following an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Bucks, Toronto faced a situation which they've found themselves in before: win or find yourself in a deep hole.