It was a crazy scene in Toronto last night, where it took two overtimes for the home team to knock off the Bucks. They lost Kyle Lowry with 6:12 to go after he picked up his sixth foul, and Norman Powell fouled out right before overtime. Both of them were a key part of their offense, but it wasn’t enough to slow them down. They also managed to overcome a 1-11 shooting performance from Fred VanVleet, who had to play the final 16 minutes with Kyle Lowry not able to go.
Despite an off-scoring day from Giannis, there is one glowing stat that points to exactly why the Bucks came away short-handed. Their starting backcourt went just 6-32 from the field combined, with both Middleton and Bledsoe turning in 3-16 performances. The Bucks bench made the same number of shots as their starters with far fewer attempts, and their production was clear. But then, Giannis fouled out 40 seconds into the second overtime, and the Bucks lost their key rebounder, who had pulled down 23. He also blocked four shots for the game, and while Brook Lopez adds a lot of length, they never recovered from this setback.
Kawhi Leonard suffered an apparent injury less than two minutes into this game. However, he would end up playing 52 of 58 minutes, and in the second overtime, he made all of the key plays for the Raptors. He was making shots from all over the floor and coming up with huge steals and then dunking on fast breaks. He was a +10 for the game with 36-9-5.
A few other huge numbers from Toronto: Pascal Siakam scored 25 points with 11 rebounds, and overcame some key missed free throws to help his team win. Marc Gasol had 16-12-7 and hit four shots from downtown. He played well.
Hill, Brogdon Lead Bucks Effort
It is very rare to see George Hill lead a team in a conference finals game in 2019, but that’s exactly what went down. In 36:49, he was 7-9 from the floor, and 7-8 at the FT line. He was making key plays on both ends of the floor. Malcolm Brogdon was also terrific with 20 minutes in roughly the same amount of playing time. He missed a free throw during the overtimes that they sure could have used, however. Brook Lopez led Milwaukee’s starting unit with his 16 points, doing a nice job in the overtimes when they were short-handed.
More To Come
Milwaukee still has clear aspirations to come out smelling like a rose at the end of this series. They have a deeper team than Toronto, who will hope to now even the series up. Their first trip to the ECF, they lost the first two games on the road to the Cavs before winning the next two at home. They are halfway to doing that once again. We know for sure that tomorrow night’s Game 4 will be a very exciting contest.