Total team effort? The Raptors had no choice in Game 3

Led by a superhuman performance from Kawhi Leonard, and minus two of their better players, the Raptors came together to fend off the Bucks in Game 3. As inspirational stories go, this one is up there. Despite the idea being bandied around prior to tip-off, the Raptors did not change their starting lineup for Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, coach Nick Nurse said changes were coming, but he didn’t specify what those would be. It wasn’t until the game was underway that it became clear what the Raptors were trying to do (answer: not much). And by the time they were into their second overtime, it didn’t matter what plans Toronto had. Their 118-112 victory came instead through attrition, won by a hodge-podge lineup that just happened to work enough to keep Milwaukee at bay. And it was indeed just enough.
“I think just in general, we played with a much tougher mindset,” said Nurse after his modest shifting of the team’s minutes kept Toronto juiced throughout. “I thought we were kind of gritty and we didn’t really have much choice there. Those guys had to roll those minutes, and they kept on playing and …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

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