Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Key questions yet to be answered in the National Basketball Association playoffs

Key questions yet to be answered in the National Basketball Association playoffs

The Milwaukee Bucks cruised to a dominant 125-103 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday at Fiserv Forum, leading the entire way en route to the 2-0 series lead. In order to make their first finals appearance since 1974, Milwaukee will have to get past a Toronto Raptors team led by All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who made a miraculous rainbow buzzer-beating shot over Philadelphia's Joel Embiid in Game 7 Sunday night.

The Bucks took a 64-39 lead entering halftime and never looked back as Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with five assists.

The Bucks swept the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs and then went on to defeat the Celtics with a 4-1 series win in the conference semifinals before opening up the conference finals with a win over the Raptors. Point guard Kyle Lowry had 15 points (4-of-13 shooting), four rebounds and four assists.

Gasol struggled mightily, finishing with two points on 1-for-9 shooting and looking out of sorts all night.

Serge Ibaka had 10 rebounds to go with eight points. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors who are up 2-0 in the series on the Portland Trailblazers head to OR for Game 3 at 9 PM this Saturday night. After a back and forth game, Kawhi Leonard sealed the game with a tough fadeaway that bounced multiple times before finally dropping in to send the Raptors back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

On Saturday, the Portland Trail Blazers will host the Golden State Warriors for game 3.

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"Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and still be fine; but against Toronto, it's hard to be in that spot when you lose the first game in your home", Antetokounmpo said, via ESPN.

It's one thing to be weak defensively - but when you're weak offensively in this series, that means you have nothing to contribute, which means you need to be on the bench.

Ilyasova finished with 17 points off the bench for the Bucks, having shot 7-of-11 from the field.

Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk.

While they cut it to just 13 points briefly in the third, Milwaukee's lead was simply too big for the Raptors to overcome.

Lopez added 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had three players post double-doubles. They never led, trailing by 18 points in the first quarter. They have had nine different head coaches since, two uniform changes, new owners and now a new building. The Warriors lost one of their own players during their Game 5 win as Kevin Durant left with a right calf strain that kept him sidelined for the rest of the series.

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