TORONTO – The ball is in the Toronto Raptors’ court.
The Milwaukee Bucks held service at home and won the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, so now the Raptors must reciprocate starting in Game 3 on Sunday night.
Games - Milwaukee - Bucks - Rust - Week
The two games in Milwaukee were different. The Bucks, showing rust after a week off, needed a fourth-quarter surge to win Game 1 108-100 on Wednesday. In Game 2 on Friday, they dominated from the tip in a 125-103 victory to take a 2-0 series lead.
“Game 3 is going to be way tougher than Game 1 and Game 2,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks with 30 points and 17 rebounds Friday. “We’re playing at their home now, but I think we’re going to be prepared. We’re going to make sure we go (Saturday), watch some clips, try to get better. But at the end of the day, it’s all about us. If we do our job defensively, move the ball offensively and just do our job, generally we’re going to be fine. But definitely they’re going to come out, try to set the tone, try to play hard, try to protect home.”
Raptors - Home - Postseason - Season
The Raptors are 5-2 at home this postseason and were 32-9 during the regular season.
“Now we’ve got a chance to go home and protect home court and do what we’re supposed to do,” said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 15 points on Friday.
Dunks - Shot - Marc - Gasol - Antetokounmpo
Led by two opening dunks and a blocked shot on Marc Gasol by Antetokounmpo, the Bucks scored the first nine points Friday and never looked back. A key for the Bucks was playing improved defense.
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