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RSS FeedsBruce Arthur: Itīs not over time for Raptors after Game 3 gut-check win
(The Star Religion)

 
 

20 may 2019 05:53:02

 
Bruce Arthur: Itīs not over time for Raptors after Game 3 gut-check win
(The Star Religion)
 




After everything, with the season on the line, the Toronto Raptors had a question to answer. Under the greatest pressure, what do you have? Who are you? They had found a four-bounce answer in Game 7 against Philadelphia, but this was different. The Milwaukee Bucks presented so many problems. It was so hard to solve them all. And in double overtime, Toronto found out what was left. Pascal Siakam, re-energized, drove at the great Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Giannis fouled out. Marc Gasol, reborn, hit a three. Danny Green, lost, dug out a steal. Kawhi Leonard, hobbling, dunked. He stole a ball and dunked again. With a minute left, Toronto led by two.And Siakam, in his 51st minute, flew to block Brook Lopez at the rim; Kawhi, in his 52nd, bulled to the rim for a four-point lead, and finished a Bucks shot-clock violation. Toronto couldn’t put Milwaukee away in Game 1, and ran out of either gas or steering fluid, whichever one applied. This time, the Raptors outlasted Milwaukee 118-112. They now trail the series two games to one. They’re alive. They had a chance to put it away in regulation. Toronto was up 96-94 with 38.7 seconds left, and the ball, when Fred VanVleet missed his eighth shot of the game. Siakam then missed two free throws, and Milwaukee tied the game with 2.2 seconds left when Khris Middleton put in his own rebound on a drive. They had a chance to seal it in the first OT, too. But Kawhi missed a long three, and a pullup jumper at the buzzer. Toronto trailed 2-0 in the series. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final was the season.And by double overtime, they had so little left. Kyle Lowry had fouled out. Green was only in the game because Norm Powell, one-game hero, had fouled out, too. At least Green had hit his first shot of the game in OT. Similarly, VanVleet had hit his only shot down the stretch. Serge Ibaka wasn’t hitting; Gasol had five fouls. What was left?They found out. Giannis was held to 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting and 20 ...
 
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