The Raptors are in desperate need of a win to avoid going down 3-0 in the ordering
The Milwaukee Bucks have jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals, and their two wins couldn't have come in a more antithetic fashion.
Game 1 was an dead thriller, as the Bucks came back from a 13-point shortage to take down the Raptors, 108-100, acknowledgment in big part to a huge nighttime from Brook Lopez, who went for a playoff career-high 29 points. But in Game 2, location was no such drama. The Bucks jumped out to a double-digit lead in the archetypal quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 125-103 victory.
Now, the ordering shifts to Toronto for Game 3, and the Raptors will need to come up with a big response. They cannot spend to go down 3-0 to this intense Bucks squad.
Here's everything you need to know astir Game 3.
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Bucks: The Bucks have continuing to violent disorder their way done the Eastern Conference with two more wins to beginning out the ECF. Giannis Antetokounmpo has continuing to lead the way, averaging 27 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game this ordering, but they've also gotten big contributions from their encouraging cast. Brook Lopez was the man in Game 1, piece Ersan Ilyasova donned the shot sleeve and stepped up in Game 2. Now they'll head to Toronto to try and take full control of the ordering. With the way Game 2 looked, a sweep isn't out of the question, but in truth, a split in Toronto is all the Bucks really need.
Raptors: Regardless of how long this ordering goes, the Raptors are going to be kicking themselves for not finding a way to get a win in Game 1. They controlled much of the contest and then let things slip away in the fourth quarter. Whether it was fatigue or just an emotional let down after such a tough loss, they might as well have not shown up for Game 2, and now find themselves in an awful spot down 2-0. Kawhi Leonard has done his thing, but the same problem that plagued them in the second round has flared up again in this ordering: inconsistent play from the encouraging cast. In Game 2, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Danny Green combined for 18 points. They'll need better nighttimes from that trio in Game 3 if they want to get back in this ordering.
It seems pretty clear from the archetypal two games that the Bucks are going to win this ordering, but the Raptors are still a strong team and have a great home court advantage. Their backs are against the wall and they'll come out with a big effort to get back in the ordering.