Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from Game 4 loss vs. Raptors

On Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Milwaukee began the night with a 12-5 run and that spurt included a pair of dunks from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote about Drake's passion for the team during their playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers previous year. The Warriors will be well-rested with 10 days off until the Finals tip off.

In the coverage of the game, much of the focus is on the return of the bench mob, Leonard's all-encompassing impact on his team and sideline entertainer Drake. He was traded from San Antonio to Toronto after that season, and the Raptors made keeping him fresh a priority.

Starting guards Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each went 3 for 16 from the field and finished with a combined 20 points and as many assists as turnovers (8).

The Bucks are still expecting Leonard to be at his best. I'm concerned, if I am the Raptors, because Kawhi Leonard is not going to get better in 48 hours. They controlled the frame and opened up a double-digit lead at the break.

Leonard isn't just an offensive force. In Tuesday's win, VanVleet snapped out of a postseason funk to score 13 points (5-for-6 shooting) and dish six assists Tuesday.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer says they didn't play well enough to win, and their defense wasn't up to par. You have to wonder how he will look in [Game 5]. "He's given us a lot through these playoffs". Powell, in fact, took to the most shots of any player in the game with 18. The Raptors have lost two in a row twice in the playoffs, to both the Sixers and the Bucks.

"The great thing about having him on your team is he still gets all the attention and we fed off of that".

"I$3 feel good. Keep going, keep fighting".

Malcolm Brogdon wobbled, too.

An uninspired performance led the Milwaukee Bucks to defeat on Tuesday. Players didn't speak to one another - not even in a whisper.

He averaged 28.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in those contests, with one of them a 43-point, 18-rebound effort in a 123-116 home loss to the Raptors on January 5. "We've got to keep being aggressive defensively on Kawhi, try to limit his shots". I had a lot of time to think. That wasn't the case at all in Game 4.

  • Julie Sanders