You might be thinking that makes sense with the Raptors finally having home-court advantage, or maybe you're a zig-zag bettor or you heard the trend that Game 3 home teams are 7-1 ATS if coming off a double-digit loss in Game 2.
"I think the consensus today is he's exhausted, and he's got two days and will be ready to go", Nurse said trying to ease any concerns. "I do think we can be better, individually and collectively". It says here the team that does the better job resting and recovering both yesterday and in the hours leading up to today's Game 4 (8:30 p.m. tip, Scotiabank Arena) will come out victorious. We kind of survived that game with how poorly we shot the ball, but we haven't had a good shooting game as a team the whole series. "This is playoff basketball". But the Toronto star turned his defense up and that had the biggest impact on the outcome of the game.
The Raptors led for virtually all of regulation, and nearly all of both overtimes, but did so while getting nearly all of their points from five players: Leonard, Pascal Siakam (25), Marc Gasol (19), Norman Powell (19) and Lowry (11).
"Ya'll keep talking about free throws man", said Siakam, who connected on two key free throws with 16 seconds left in the second overtime.
Watch that replay again and you'll see the refs missed a clear as day double dribble from Kawhi that should've given the ball back to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Raptors basically shut down Giannis and still needed two overtime quarters to get the win.
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Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was asked Monday whether his team might fare better in Game 4 with Leonard battling fatigue. In Game 3, Kawhi defended Giannis most of the night. "We've been throwing a lot at Kawhi, and we'll continue to do that". But I think it's good that we give him different looks. "(I've) just got to not worry about it, get my treatment and move on to the next one". I get to play off of him and be in the gap and help.
The start of the game was a virtual reversal of two nights earlier, when the Raptors had the Bucks - rusty perhaps from their six days off between games - on their heels from tipoff.
Gasol, 34, contributed with a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double. The Blazers won a road Game 7 in Denver to get here, and will have two things going for them - tons of confidence, and no burden of outside expectations.
Still, the Bucks are entering this contest following a loss, and although the game was close, that leaves the onus on them to bounce back. Most recently, he followed up a 14-point playoff game against Detroit with 41 the next game.
The Bucks have so many weapons that can inflict pain. Danny Green leads the Raptors with 2.5 made 3-pointers and averages 10.3 points while shooting 45.5 per cent from beyond the arc.