Bucks Buzz: Toronto Lands The Last Punch
Milwaukee Bucks were in a house money situation for Game 2. They didn’t need to win the game as Bucks did their job in Game 1 getting the win, but if they did, the series is 2-0 their way heading back to Milwaukee on Thursday night. Toronto Raptors were the bomb squad from deep making all sorts of threes and pushed out the lead many times giving punch after punch yet Milwaukee kept taking them. This game went down to the wire with Raptors pulling it out late, 106-100.
Player of the Game (Bucks) Giannis Antetokounmpo – What a game from Giannis on a bad night. He finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. That’s a bonkers line to throw out there on a bad night where The Alphabet went 9-for-24 from the field. Raptors are clearly trying to sag on him so it will be interesting to see how Jason Kidd will adjust.
(Not) Player of the Game: Matthew Dellavedova – While Playoff Delly can frustrate the hell out of opponents, he can frustrate the hell out of you too. He was terrible last night with 7 points on 10 shots making only three of the them. Delly had plenty of good looks and didn’t have the knees for it. If you know why he left Tony Snell on the bench in the fourth, send a DM>
Player of the Game: Serge Ibaka (Raptors) – I hate doubling up on these but Ibaka once again looked like the best player on the court for Toronto. He finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ibaka looked like a different player in the second half, and that helped Raptors keep pace in this game. He hit big shot after big shot to the point that Thon Maker saw extended minutes due to Greg Monroe being a bad matchup for him.
Positive: Bucks hung tough – Nothing more you can say about this effort from Milwaukee. They were not afraid at one moment of this game. This could have easily been a 15-point Toronto win, and no one would have been concerned given it’s still 1-1. But the fact Milwaukee has a real chance if that Malcolm Brogdon three go down, is awesome.
Negative: Jason Kidd tormenting my life – Things I’ll try to figure out all day – Why Greg Monroe played only 22 minutes when he had 18 points. He should have been apart of the fourth quarter in spurts with the Ibaka issue. Why Spencer Hawes is a thing and John Henson isn’t. Why Mirza Teletovic gets 13 minutes? Kidd can’t outthink himself at this point.
Next up: We will have a fired up Bradley Center on Thursday night for Game 3 which will prove huge for the rest of the series. If Bucks or Raptors gain the advantage, they’re set up nicely for the following game. BC will be out of this world.