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BBNBA: Raptors win in a close Game Three against the Bucks


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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.

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.

Jodie Meeks saw the floor for one minute  in the victory but did not put up any shots in the game.

Game four

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.

Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals will be back in Toronto Tuesday at 8:30 P.M. EST on TNT.

Article written by Hayden Hooper

One response to “BBNBA: Raptors win in a close Game Three against the Bucks”

  1. DelrayCat

    Bledsoe was HORRIBLE last night. Bricks and turnovers galore. So bad, he got pulled for George Hill late in the game.He shoots 28% from 3…and still continues to launch them even when he can drive to the rim. He will get abused against Steph Curry if they end up in the finals.