Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bucks and Raptors turned out to be a Milwaukee come-from-behind win 108-100. But this slip up from Toronto might come back to haunt them.
I call this game a slip up, from that fact that Toronto led for most of the game and had the perfect opportunity to steal a road game from this top positioned Bucks team. Guard Kyle Lowry, who’s been quite cold in this Playoff run, finally caught fire on Wednesday night and poured in 30 points for his team, 7-of-9 from deep. But the real star of the show wasn’t Milwaukee’s superstar Giannis, it was Brook Lopez. The big man scored a Playoff high 29 points, hitting three significant triples in the final quarter, including one that turned out to be the game-sealing shot with just under two minutes left in the game.
The Bucks just couldn’t find their range from deep, and are seen as the most prolific 3-point shooting club after the Rockets during the regular season. They finished at just 25 percent (11 of 44) on the night, easily one of their worst showings all year. And they still won by 8 points.
Toronto showed it can hang with the Bucks, but this strange shooting night swung open a door of opportunity for this Raptors team. Chances like these won’t come again, especially with this deep Milwaukee team full of caliber players.
Catch you Monday.