WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
Milwaukee bucks one-man trend, beats Raptors
The more you watch the Milwaukee Bucks, the clearer it becomes they are more than just Giannis Antetokounmpo and a bunch of hanger-ons.
Because their Game 1 win over Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals showcased a Milwaukee team that is so much more than a one-man show. Antetokounmpo (24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists) had a strong game as always, but one could argue that there were at least two players on his team - Brook Lopez (career playoff-high 29 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (15 points) - whose play was the difference in the game more so than his.
And their strong play trumped a really strong game from Toronto’s 1-2 punch of Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, who had 31 and 30 points, respectively.
The Raptors had control of the action most of the night, but got little to nothing down the stretch from Leonard who seemed to run out of gas after having played more minutes than anyone else.
The bottom line is clear. Milwaukee will win this series with ease unless Toronto either gets more contributions from its non All-Stars, or finds a way to better limit the impact of Milwaukee’s role players.
SO... THAT HAPPENED
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NUMBER OF NOTE
0/15 FG (0/7 3-pt FG) -- That's what Raptors not named Kyle Lowry shot in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Bucks. Lowry poured in 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, but the lack of support from his teammates let Milwaukee outscore Toronto 32-17 in the final frame, turning a seven-point deficit into an eight-point victory.
THEY SAID IT
"We just don't quit as a unit. We keep hounding, keep hounding, keep hounding and grinding, and then we finally got there. There's no quit in our team. I don't think it's really in our DNA at all."
-- Bucks center Brook Lopez, after scoring a playoff career-high 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four blocks.
- Bucks 108, Raptors 100 (MIL leads series 1-0)
WHAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT
Splash Brothers at it again?
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson absolutely torched Portland in Game 1, which wasn’t all that surprising. The number of open looks they got? Huge shocker.
Portland clearly has to make some form of adjustments in how they defend those two (they combined for 12 made 3-pointers in Game 1), especially with Kevin Durant not expected to play in what will be his third straight missed game due to the right calf injury he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.
For Portland, the team’s best defense might be a much-improved offense especially when you’re talking about their high-scoring backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined for just 36 points on 11-for-31 shooting in Game 1. The Blazers have no shot at winning if those two can not score more points going forward, and do so in a more efficient manner.
While certainly disappointed with their Game 1 performance, the good news for the Blazers and their upset-minded fan base, is they can still get what they came for in this series thus far with a win tonight, which would then swing the pendulum known as adjustments on to the side of the Warriors.
- Trail Blazers at Warriors, Game 2 (GS leads series 1-0) -- 9:00, ESPN
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