The Raptors got everything they needed from everyone on the team — even a slow-footed Kawhi — and tied the series up 2-2 after wiping out the Bucks 120-102 in Game 4. After Game 3’s end-of-days marathon, the Raptors had to know they’d need more from every player on the roster not named Kawhi Leonard. That’s not to say others on the team weren’t tired too, but Toronto’s squad likely knew it had to respond in kind after Kawhi kept their season alive on Sunday night. As Game 4 against the Bucks carried on, it was clear Leonard was definitely not at 100 percent — but it was also clear he didn’t have to do it all on the night.
Instead, it suddenly felt like a stroke of genius for Kyle Lowry to, say, foul out with so much time left in Game 3, and for Toronto’s bench to play poorly for long stretches of the playoffs, both in this series and earlier on, so as to sock away some minutes on the bench. Maybe they had all just be trying to keep themselves fresh for exactly this situation.
And why not, it was Lowry’s 25 points on 11 shots (plus 10-of-10 …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ