Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Warriors installed as Finals favorite over TBD Bucks-Raptors winner

Warriors installed as Finals favorite over TBD Bucks-Raptors winner

A banked-in 3-pointer from Fred VanVleet that turned into a four-point play after Giannis fouled Serge Ibaka while battling for the rebound put the Raptors up by 18 and effectively ended the game.

Kyle Lowry is the early star for the Raptors, pacing them with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Then the Bucks overwhelmed the Raptors in Game 2 with a 125-103 win to take a 2-0 series lead back to Toronto. "We always knew, we have a really deep team".

Ahead 94-81 to start the fourth, the Raptors extended their lead with a 10-3 spurt, including seven points from VanVleet.

Maybe some of that came down to speculation that Kawhi Leonard, who played a career-high 52 minutes in Game 3, wouldn't possibly have enough gas in the tank to repeat the game-commanding act that's been carrying the Raptors through the playoffs.

There is no time table about the return of Kevin Durant, he is now suffering a sore right calf injury, which caused him to miss the entire series. For the Bucks, Khris Middleton led the way with 30 points. Those same shots, if they go in, great, if they don't, we gotta keep taking them.

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Siakam, who wore a Toronto FC jersey to Monday's media availability - the back read "Spicy Skills" - had the opportunity to prevent overtime, but missed two free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation. "He's as resilient as they come". "You can only make it tough on them".

After dropping the first two games in Milwaukee, Toronto was able to defend "The North" and tie the series up with two straight wins on home soil. "Everybody gets frustrated with themselves when they are not playing well because they feel like they are letting the team down". But the third-year guard is making it challenging for Budenholzer to leave him on the bench after averaging 14.7 points off the bench in his first four playoff contests.

Middleton shot a sizzling 11-of-15 from the field, adding six rebounds and seven assists, none better than this curveball to Eric Bledsoe for two. He finished 10 for 10 at the line.

Fred VanVleet, who TV broadcasters often call "Steady Freddy", has been anything but, his three-point shooting plummeting from 37.8 per cent in the regular season to 19.5 per cent this post-season. The Raptors finished with a 48-23 advantage in bench scoring.

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