The Toronto Raptors knew they had to play a complete game if they were going to have a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. So far, they have done just that—played ‘a’ complete game.
It just took them two games to do it (three quarters in Game One and the third quarter of Game Two). If they are going to have a chance in Game Three Sunday night, they will have to figure out how to do it one game.
Toronto didn’t look bad in Game One; they just couldn’t make a shot in the fourth quarter (except Kyle Lowry). Game Two, on the other hand, had about a nine-minute stretch in the third where they played well. Otherwise, it wasn’t pretty.
Still a lot of basketball left.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 18, 2019
But maybe returning home will give them the boost they need to play four good quarters.
“We get to go back home and protect our home court like they did these last two games,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said after Game Two, via ESPN. “We’ve got a chance to go home, protect home court, and do what we’re supposed to do.”
For them to have a shot, they are going to need someone other than Kawhi Leonard to put up some points. He has led the team in scoring in both games with 31 points in each. Kyle Lowry is the only other player to score in double figures in both games (30 and 15). Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Danny Green have all been quiet on the offensive side of the court.
They will need to wake up if Toronto is going to have a good chance of winning Game Three. But with how Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks are playing, Toronto’s ‘A’ game may not be enough.
The Bucks were the No. 1 scoring team and defensive team in the NBA during the regular season. So far, they are the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense (No. 1 is Golden State by less than a point).
The Raptors are a three-point favorite in the game despite losing the first two in the series.