Raptors 105, Bucks 99

The Milwaukee Bucks fell at home to the Toronto Raptors, 105-99, in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Player Of The Game:

Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard played a game-High 40 minutes, scored a game-high 35 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Kawhi scored 15 points on 4-9 from the field (2-3 3PT) in the fourth quarter.

Play Of The Game:

Malcolm Brogdon turns it over.

There are so many plays you could look at that tilted the game, but this was the realistically the last shot for the Bucks to stay in the game. With 26 seconds left and the Bucks down three, Brogdon had the ball knocked away from him by Pascal Siakam’s knee which then bounced off Brogdon and out of bounce.

The Good:

The start of the game.

Milwaukee got off to a promising start and led 32-22 after the first quarter. Their defense was switching which frustrated the Raptors, forcing Toronto into bad shots. Toronto shot 7-20 (35%) in the first. Also, Leonard picked up his second foul with just over four minutes left in the quarter.

The Not So Good:

Nikola Mirotic.

Brogdon got the start in place of Mirotic and performed well. He finished with 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3PT) and 11 rebounds. However, Mirotic, off the bench was less impressive. His shooting struggled continued. In nine minutes of play, Mirotic failed to hit a shot on his four attempts and three of them were from beyond the arc.

Highlight Of The Night:

Bakhtiari, Rodgers, Yelich and beer.

Stat Of The Game:

21 points for Fred VanVleet who killed the Bucks shooting 7-9 from three point range.

Budenholzer on the loss:

“You know, we’ve been a resilient group all year. We just need to think about going and winning one game, go to Toronto and get that. Tonight a little bit of a strange box score, obviously, VanVleet from the three-point line and them in general from the three-point line was a huge impact on the game. They got to the free throw line more than us and just we couldn’t get. We needed a couple rebounds down the stretch that I think when we look at the film we’ll feel like we could have gotten a few more defensive rebounds from the five, four, three minute mark on, maybe the end result would have been different. But you know, we’ll get ready. We’ll get prepared, go to Toronto.”

Nurse on winning for the third time in a row:

“Listen, this is a great team we’re playing. They are really good and deep and athletic and long and all kinds of stuff. This was a super hard win tonight, super hard. And we have to play with a tremendous amount of effort. Again, I think our keys are this: we’ve got to play good offense, not turn it over and score the basketball, because if you don’t, they’re getting what they want, which is downhill basketball in a hurry.”

The Raptors moved to 15-1 in their last 16 games officiated by Tony Brothers and 7-0 with Marc Davis officiating Toronto games.

Tony Brothers was especially terrible tonight.

The officiating crew called the Bucks for 16 fouls in the second half to Toronto’s 8.

When you have a section on your Wikipedia page about it, you know somethings up.

Now, back to the players…

In Case You Missed It:

Malcolm Brogdon recorded his first career playoff double-double with 11 rebounds and 18 points.

What’s Next:

The Bucks (2-3) will travel to Toronto for Game 6 to play the Raptors (3-2) in a must win situation on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm (ET).

Like my basketball coach once told me, “winners finish the job no matter how (explicit) tough it gets!”

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