Game 2 Turning Point: Marc Gasol wipes out in the opening minutes

The Raptors never led in Game 2, and were never close to being in control. And unfortunately that started from the game’s opening moments as the Bucks attacked Marc Gasol and Toronto never recovered. If it’s unclear in that header image, buried as he is by the multitude of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s limbs, that’s Raptors centre Marc Gasol getting his shot viciously blocked in last night’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bucks won handily, 125-103, and that outcome was never in question. Especially if you saw poor Marc get his shot erased in those opening minutes. Right then, you knew.
That the Raps were annihilated in Game 2 is not all on Gasol. Unlike in the series’ first contest, Toronto’s entire defensive presence felt like it was missing. There was Giannis collecting his own miss for a powerful dunk. There he was again for a second slam. The Raptors were down 9-0 before they even knew the game had started, with a pair of turnovers, a pair of missed threes (from Gasol and Danny Green), and the added indignity of watching not one but two of Marc’s attempts from close range get sent back …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

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