Despite the best efforts of Kyle Lowry in a singular performance, the Raptors faded against the Bucks and lost Game 1. Thanks to bouncer buzzer-beaters, a superstar player, a core of veterans, and a tenacious defence, this Raptors team has shaken their share of tired narratives about the franchise. That includes Game 1 losses, where the team usually takes a collective poop to lose against inferior teams. This loss isn’t one of those, partially because the Bucks are damn good, but also because of something more frustrating than a decade-long narrative — it was a winnable game.
After leading from the opening minutes until the fourth quarter, the Raptors lost 32-17 in the final frame to drop Game 1 in Milwaukee, 108-100. In doing so, they squandered one of the singularly great Kyle Lowry post-season games.
Lowry wasn’t just doing his madcap, off the scoresheet stuff. (Don’t worry, he was doing that too.) He was also scoring the ball, making 7-of-9 from three to tie a playoff career high and finish with 30 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.
LOWRY TIME! New playoff high 7 made 3s pic.twitter.com/MHuLNz2o7g— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 16, 2019
If this game had gone in …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ