Kyle Lowry had his best offensive performance of the postseason last night scoring 30 points while shooting 66% from the field.
Kawhi added a quiet 31 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors fell to the Bucks 108-100. The Raptors had control the entire game until falling apart in the fourth quarter. The Bucks led 8-6 in the first quarter and then didn’t retake the lead until the fourth.
Brook Lopez was the star of the game. The veteran centre dropped 29 points with a shooting percentage of 57%. He also added 11 rebound and 4 blocks to his stat line.
Entering the game averaging 8PPG in the playoffs, Lopez’ star performance was frustrating to watch from a Raptors fans perspective. But long time Raptors fans will vividly remember the performances Lopez would rack up against Toronto when he played for the Nets.
What is even more frustrating for Raptors fans is that they lost a game in which Giannis Antetokounmpo was kept relatively quiet. While he did put up 24 points and 14 rebounds the Raptors played good defence on him. Making the shots he made look more like a superstar making a difficult shot than the Raptors playing poor defence.
A thing to take note of was how invisible Kawhi Leonard was in the fourth quarter. It almost seemed like he never touched the ball. While Lowry was scorching hot, it would have been nice to see Leonard carry the ball into the front court instead of Siakam who struggled late in the game.
The Raptors will try to get back on track in game two and head back to Toronto with the series tied 1-1.
Game two is on Friday, May 17 at 8:30 PM EST.