Toronto began Game 1 playing nearly flawless two-way basketball. However the ghosts of Game 7 came knocking late, as the Raptors looked gassed down the stretch and were undone by Brook Lopez. There’s a lot to like about the way the Raptors played in their Game 1 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. But the fourth quarter unfortunately produced some of the worst basketball we’ve seen from this crew so far this postseason. Heading into the final frame, the Raptors held a seven-point lead — circumstances which produced a 24-1 record during the regular season — but then they were outscored 32-17 by the Bucks en route to a 108-100 defeat.
Aside from Kyle Lowry (the most unlikely candidate for the hot-hand, finished with 30 points), the Raptors failed to make a single shot in the final frame (Toronto was 0-for-15 beside Lowry’s 5-of-7) as they saw their lead disappear and quickly turn into an eight-point gap they just couldn’t make up. It appeared to be a simple diagnosis — the entire starting five lost their legs and fans were treated to a clinic of misses that was almost unprecedented.
Marc Gasol finished the game 2-of-11 on the night after knocking …
Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ