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RSS FeedsBruce Arthur: Leonardīs will to win puts Raptors back in the game against Bucks
(The Star Religion)

 
 

20 may 2019 06:58:36

 
Bruce Arthur: Leonardīs will to win puts Raptors back in the game against Bucks
(The Star Religion)
 




Pascal Siakam was asked what his teammates said to him after he missed two free throws at the end of regulation that would have sealed it, and he said, it was hard to remember. It was so intense; it was one of those games that pressed down on your brain and heart and legs, and kept pressing until it was over. It must have been hard to remember, in the moment.“But at the end of the game, Kawhi said that he played an hour of basketball,” said Siakam. “I told him: My bad.”By the end of Toronto’s 118-112 double-overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, with the whole season and maybe more hanging over the whole thing, you wondered what anyone had left, and you found out. Kyle Lowry had fouled out. One-game hero Norman Powell, too. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had fouled out in double OT, after a game in which Kawhi Leonard had muffled the impossible alien.And still, it wasn’t over. You wondered if it would ever end. With the Raptors’ season on the line they needed everything, and then they needed Kawhi. He was limping most of the game, after grabbing his left knee on an early dunk, and his right quad — the one that cost him almost all of last season — in double overtime. He was given the toughest defensive assignment, most of the time, and Giannis finished with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting before fouling out. Kawhi’s will to win was magnificent.“His resilience, man,” said centre Marc Gasol, who had his own bounce-back game. “His resilience, his resilience. He didn’t allow his fatigue, his pain, whatever he had going on, whatever was bothering him. He didn’t allow that not to (let him) push through it. Whatever was bothering him, he did it. And helped us win the game tremendously.“Huge plays.”It was basketball attrition. Toronto had a chance to put it away in regulation; the Raptors were up 96-94 with 38.7 seconds le ...
 
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