On Wednesday night the Eastern Conference Final between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. The Bucks have been the strongest team all season and proved it once again with a strong team performance in Game One.
There were some rather surprising performances on both sides who turned into game changers. The Bucks never say die attitude proved to be winner on the night.
Bucks Refuse To Give Up
Milwaukee have been living by the motto of “let it fly” in terms of their shooting and it has been paying off for them throughout the playoffs. But this wasn’t the case for the first three quarters of game one. The Raptors were dominant with their offense game and were scoring at will. The Bucks may have started the game with an 8-3 lead but the Raptors soon went on a 16-0 run.
The key for the Raptors was their shooting from range while the Bucks were ice cold from the three point line. Toronto took 13 from 25 shots from three point range and it proved sufficient and the Bucks only managed a below par 3 from 15. The Raptors led the Bucks 59-51 at the break which was rather surprising to most. But things changed quite a bit in the fourth quarter with the Bucks scoring a lot of unanswered point. Although the teams kept trading baskets, the Bucks outscored the Raptors 108-100.
Brook Shines On The Night
The former all-star Brook Lopez rolled back the years and looked a lot like the player he once was for the Brooklyn Nets. Of late whenever we see the Bucks winning we think Giannis must have a good game. Except that was not the case, although Lopez is center he put on a offensive masterclass. The big man scored 4 three pointers and at vital moments in the game.
He led the Bucks on a 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter which helped them take the lead. The 31 year old ended the game with 29 points and 11 rebounds. He certainly made a statement especially to the Lakers after they let him leave. He was only signed by the Bucks for $3.4 million on a on a one year deal and his proved worth it. He led the Bucks to their first conference finals win since 2001.
For the Raptors it was a night of what could’ve been. They choked a game that they should’ve won comfortably. The only positive they can take from the game was the performance of Kyle Lowry. The point guard is often criticized but in game one he was extremely efficient, he shot 10 of 15 from the field, 7 of 9 from behind the arc and got 8 rebounds. This was deemed absurdity as Kawhi Leonard who usually carries the team struggled all night. Lowry scores 30 points in an unfortunate loss where he played his heart out.
More To Come
With Game One proving so exciting who knows how entertaining the rest of the series will be. Both sides are looking good and can both take the championship if they stay consistent.