Toronto Raptors end Milwaukee Bucks season

Let's unpack some of the numbers. He had just six points in a Game 3 blowout loss to the Bucks, and seven points, on 2-of-7 shooting, on Thursday night. The Raptors looked like they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage. To that point, Toronto had shot 51.0% from the field and 53.3% from long range (8-for-15), while holding the Bucks to a meagre split of 37.5% and 10.0% (1-for-10), respectively. A 6-of-22 shooting performance in the second quarter created a hole for the Bucks to dig themselves out of.

The Raptors led by as many as 25 in the third quarter before Milwaukee finally got their act together.

The numberFire.com win probability graph tells an interesting visual story of the collapse.

The Raptors eventually eked out the victory, but it's hard to feel that great about it.

After dropping two of the first three games against Milwaukee, Toronto put together three straight wins to advance. The Raptors win the best-of-seven series four games to two. At only 22 years of age, Giannis became the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish in the top 20 in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals in a single season, and I won't hesitate to draft him with the No. 1 pick in fantasy for many years to come.


What an incredible game and what an incredible series.

The Raptors had solid wins in Games 2, 4, and especially 5 (a 118-93 blowout of their own), but the Game 6 win was anything but convincing. Giannis Antetokounmpo helped spark the Bucks comeback bid finishing with 34 points.

Norman Powell was still a boss, shooting 3-for-6 from the field and a ideal 2-for-2 from beyond the arc (making him a flawless 9-for-9 from deep since joining the starting lineup in Game 4), but his line of eight points, three boards, two turnovers, and four fouls seemed fairly muted compared to Games 4 and 5.

No one else is really worth a mention.

The Raptors snatched that lead right back on a 9-0 run-with a sequence featuring dunks by Patrick Patterson and DeMar DeRozan plus a Cory Joseph three-pointer, while the Bucks missed five shots in a row. Deadline addition Serge Ibaka was also a difference maker, averaging 14 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game against the Bucks. Nope. A bad missed call when DeRozan was hacked going to the bucket, followed by a Jason Terry 3-ball and a Freak dunk, resulted in a one-point Raptors lead. There were marvelous athletic feats from Antetokoumpo and timely jumpers from Khris Middleton and Matthew Dellavadova. We always talk about the little things and when we look at this, it just comes down to free throws. Kyle Lowry was the only other Raptors player in double figures with 13.


In six minutes of action, that trio had a net rating (points scored minus points allowed per 100 possessions) of 37.8, which lined up pretty well with the 45.2 mark it managed to put up in 29 minutes (over four contests) this season. We on the same team, same page, we're all in the same locker-room.

Norman Powell displayed his remarkable accuracy from deep once again, hitting his two tries.

But The Greek Freak made a very poor decision when the Bucks were trying to complete their comeback in the final seconds.

Both teams were even in fastbreak points (eight apiece), points in the paint (44 apiece), fouls (20 apiece), and technical fouls (one apiece).



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