The Raptors are in a hole to start the Eastern Conference Finals, but Game 2 offers them a chance to get back on even footing with the Bucks. Let’s watch. Though it feels hard to say this after Wednesday’s Game 1, the Raptors are not in a terrible spot for tonight’s Game 2. Yes, the winner of the opening game is often favoured in a playoff series, and the Milwaukee Bucks have proven themselves to be nigh invincible for most of the season, making it hard to envision even a modest comeback. But it’s not all bad news.
For one, Kyle Lowry made the Bucks pay for treating him lightly. We know it is unlikely we’ll see another 30-piece from Lowry, but it is equally unlikely that Milwaukee’s guards will let him roam as easily, which could open things up elsewhere on the floor. For two, despite Toronto’s exhaustion down the stretch, the Raps still found ways to keep the Bucks on their heels on defense, and limited some of what they wanted to do as a team. For three, as with Lowry, it feels unlikely we’ll see Brook Lopez go off for 29 points again. …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ