With both teams holding home serve, the series pivots back to Milwaukee to start a best-of-3. Do the Raptors have the Bucks’ number now? Is either team due for a change? Let’s review. Just like the Toronto Raptors’ Game 2 on the road, the Milwaukee Bucks no-showed their second away game of the series. The result was a manhandling at the hands of Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, and Serge Ibaka — and a tied 2-2 series.
Playoff Powell is in full effect, and he doesn’t even need to start to do this. However, it remains to be seen whether the Raptors bench, especially Powell, can be just as effective playing in a hostile environment.
The Bucks and coach Mike Budenholzer come home licking their wounds, and appear to have some decisions to make. Have they issued an APB in Milwaukee for Eric Bledsoe’s missing game? Meanwhile, Nick Nurse shouldn’t be satisfied with the two wins and should push the team even more, as Game 5 still has that feeling of a “must-win” for the Raptors.
And so we come to tonight’s two big factors: the Bucks’ home court advantage versus the Raptors’ momentum. Both teams are set on …
Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ