The NBA playoffs headed up north to Toronto on Sunday as the Toronto Raptors defended home court in a double overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. The victory in game three was the Raptors’ first win in the series.
The Bucks struggled on the offensive side. While Giannis Antetokounmpo managed to still grab 23 rebounds and dish out seven assists, the Bucks’ star player only had a total of twelve points on 5-16 from the field. He also fouled out early in the second overtime which left a huge lane down the paint for the Raptors.
What made the difference in this game was the spectacular defensive performance down the stretch by the Raptors and a huge game for forwards Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam. Leonard ended up with 36 point, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Plus, Siakam was not only a defensive motor all night but also showed why he was named a finalist for NBA’s Most Improved Player. He put up 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals and the momentum block over Brook Lopez late in the second overtime.
WHEN THE SPICE HITS YA pic.twitter.com/NrTiad8xWO
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 20, 2019
Cats in the game
Two former Cats ended up seeing the floor tonight in Game Three with Bucks point guard, Eric Bledsoe and Raptors guard Jodie Meeks.
Bledsoe has been struggling this series. While he did manage to have his biggest scoring game of the series with 11 points plus 4 rebounds and 5 assists, he continued to struggle from the outside going just 1-6 from three.
Here is what Bledsoe had to say about the game.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 20, 2019
Jodie Meeks saw the floor for one minute in the victory but did not put up any shots in the game.
For the first time in these playoffs, the Bucks looked beatable. With Antetokounmpo not having a signature game and the shooting woes all-around, expect the Bucks to come out swinging to push it to a 3-1 lead and back to Milwaukee for Game 5.
Also, look for a better overall game for Bledsoe. He needs to play a bigger role for the Bucks to help his team stay in line for that NBA Finals bid.
Eric Bledsoe is going to have to play at another level for this @Bucks team to win a championship.
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) May 20, 2019
Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals will be back in Toronto Tuesday at 8:30 P.M. EST on TNT.