Game 3 Turning Point: Kawhi refuses to lose a must-win contest

After their two key performers fouled out, the Raptors were backed against a wall yet again down the stretch of Game 3. However, Kawhi Leonard put on his cape and took the game over by himself late. It was the biggest roller coaster game of the season. The stakes were higher than they’ve been all postseason, and no matter what Toronto did, fans were never exactly comfortable. We’ll never be comfortable, not when the Raptors are matched up against a team as good as the Bucks.
So when Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell (two really clutch basket and play makers for the Raptors in Game 3) fouled out before regulation had even ended, the chances of Toronto squeezing out a victory in overtime seemed bleak. But from pressure comes diamond-quality performances — Pascal Siakam continued to be aggressive (the same will be said for Marc Gasol) and Fred VanVleet kept shooting the ball despite missing his first nine shots from the field before finally making a key three late in the fourth quarter.
But the hero, as it’s been all season, was undoubtedly Leonard, who joked with Siakam post-game, saying “you made me play almost an hour of basketball” after …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ

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