We’ve got a series! It took two overtimes, but Toronto gutted out a home victory and trails Milwaukee 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s an old expression that if things were easy, they wouldn’t be worth doing, and in that context, boy does last night’s Raptors victory feel earned. Everything about these first three games against Milwaukee has felt like a struggle, and nothing more so than the final few minutes of regulation and the two overtime periods last night: with two key players fouled out, and with a hobbling Kawhi Leonard playing 50-plus minutes, the Raptors scratched and clawed and hung on… until finally, they had a lead when the buzzer sounded and they escaped with possibly their hardest-earned victory of this postseason.
Will it change their fortunes in this series, which Milwaukee still leads 2-1? Too early to tell, but you have to start somewhere. On to the thoughts.
A Kawhi-et Appreciation
You’ll forgive the bad pun but what else to say about everything Kawhi Leonard did last night? Once again, Leonard barely got enough help from the rest of the team, and did everything he could to will the Raptors to …
Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ