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Raptors beat Bucks in six games to advance

08 May 2017

The big story in this one is how the Raptors managed to blow a massive 25-point lead in the middle of the third quarter and turn a sure win into a narrow victory.

To be sure, the Bucks are a player or two away. That's even in spite of some horrid free throw shooting.

And let's not forget that Jabari Parker should be back at some point next year. "This is just the start of the journey for this young group, and understanding it is not always easy to win, and can you handle it when things don't go well?"

There's no shame in losing to a superior team. They have more than they ever have; they may not be the same old Raptors. The postseason can have a big impact on how free agents get paid in the following offseason. "Now understanding that and having a couple of days to prepare, knowing what we are getting into going into a hostile environment with a team that has been waiting, we have a different sense this time around".

If you would like to receive an email each time a new Milwaukee Bucks article is published, please fill out our email notification form. Combine that atmosphere with a pair of Thon blocks and some baskets, and things get pretty loud. They took a 28-24 lead into the second.

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That lead swelled to 25 points in the third, but then Milwaukee made it very tense for Toronto in a last gasp. A 6-of-22 shooting performance in the second quarter created a hole for the Bucks to dig themselves out of.

No, that was just the first test and as it turned out the much lighter one than they would face in the fourth quarter.

The above line occurred when DeMarre Carroll hit a contested three over Giannis.

But Powell has since scored the 12th most points of any player from the 2015 draft class - ahead of lottery selections like Mario Hezonja and Justise Winslow.

Doubling down on what I wrote before the 2016-17 National Basketball Association regular season began, Antetokounmpo has the potential to be the best player in the world. Over the last six months, Antetokounmpo played every position, led Milwaukee in every meaningful statistical category, pulled in almost one million All-Star votes, carried his franchise to the playoffs despite season-altering injuries to Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker, and established himself as the best player on either team in Milwaukee's first-round series with Toronto. We don't have the answer, but I would gather the odds would have been low.

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One of the NBA's slogans is "Where Amazing Happens". "We've got some fighters and scrappers". "We fought and fought all we could". First of all, those guys (Bucks) did a heck of a job. Again we found a way to (hold on). "We fell into the trap".

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a playoff-high 34 points, playing 47 minutes and Khris Middleton, who continued to battle illness, had 19 points and five assists.

Kyle Lowry added 13 points, but he and DeRozan were the only Raptors to score in double figures. As a starter, this season Powell shot 39.7% from three and 49.8% from the field in 18 games. Greg Monroe, who became one of the league's best sixth men, holds a player option for next season.

But this time Cleveland's defence is softer, and Toronto has more than it has ever had.

In the other Eastern Conference series, the top-seeded Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, the No. 8 seed, were tied 2-2 with Game 5 taking place last night in Boston.

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