The Raptors finally looked like the Raptors we saw in the second half of the regular season, and the Eastern Conference Finals are now a best-of-three. Ball movement, cutting, hitting open shots, and limiting opponent transition opportunities. Switching heavily on defense, and turning defense into offense. That sounds like your 2018-19 Toronto Raptors, right? The team that won 58 games, the second-most in the entire league? They’d been MIA for most of the the past three weeks, popping up here and there — Game 5 against Philadelphia, the first half of Game 1 against Milwaukee — but the full package was back on display last night for a full 48 minutes.
The end result: A runaway win and a 2-2 series tie.
Game 1 Redux
Last night’s game felt very Game 1-ish for the first half: the Raptors got contributions from across the roster, Kyle Lowry was red hot and scoring well, and the double-big lineup was effective. But, despite a 13-0 spurt that bridged the first and second quarters, the Bucks kept hanging around, getting back within six, within eight…
Only this time, they never took control of the game back. The Raptors’ bench stayed strong, the defense never let up, they …
Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ