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SportNBA playoffs 2019: 3 takeaways from Bucks’ Game 1 win over Raptors

07:25  16 may  2019
07:25  16 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Bucks charged back to tie the game , but the Celtics' third quarter runs made the difference in the game . The Celtics have had no trouble winning this playoffs , but they are now 3 -0 on the road. They showed no signs of fear playing on the road in Game 1 and know that they'll be at a significant

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The Bucks moved one game closer to playing for a championship Wednesday.

Milwaukee pulled out a 108-100 win over Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Fiserv Forum. The Bucks trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter but opened the period on a 20-8 run and held on for the win from there.

Brook Lopez scored a team-high 29 points for Milwaukee while Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry combined for 61 points for the Raptors in the losing effort.

Here are three takeaways from the Bucks’ Game 1 win.

This series should be a fun one

On paper, this series looked like it would be one of the most intriguing of the entire playoffs. After one matchup, that observation still stands.

Game 1 was by no means an offensive showcase, but both teams were evenly matched. Toronto and Milwaukee each relied on their stars while role players stepped up for both teams.

The matchup was tied with 4:02 left and the outcome was in doubt in the final minutes.

Every game of the Eastern Conference finals has the potential to turn into a must watch.

Malcolm Brogdon makes an impact

It didn’t take Malcolm Brogdon long to make an impact.

The 26-year-old guard suffered a foot injury last month and did not return until the final game of the Bucks’ conference semifinal series against the Celtics. Milwaukee was thankful to have him on the floor Wednesday.

Brogdon finished with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting while adding three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. He also finished a big fast break dunk midway through the fourth quarter that energized his team.

Brogdon will give the Bucks a big boost off the bench if he can continue to contribute in a big way.

Bucks overcome 3-point struggles

It wasn’t all good news for Milwaukee.

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Here are three takeaways from the 76ers' win over the Raptors in Game 6. While Butler didn't go off for 50 points or completely shut down Kawhi Leonard, he closed out the first half with a flurry of buckets, which gave Philadelphia a 15-point lead going into the half and completely set the tone for

Milwaukee took control before halftime, pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to the victory from there. Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks ’ with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 points. Here are three takeaways from the Celtics’ Game 5 loss.

Despite the win, the Bucks were dreadful from long range. They finished 11 of 44 from behind the arc, a mark of 25%.

Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic combined to hit just two of their 12 total 3-point shots, Eric Bledsoe failed to connect on all six of his while Ersan Ilyasova missed three of his four triple attempts.

Milwaukee may not be able to afford to shoot like that again in this series.

NBA playoffs 2019: Mike Budenholzer says Bucks need Eric Bledsoe ‘to play better’.
“We're going to need Bled," Budenholzer said. "Eric's been great for us, his defense, his ability to attack. We need him to play better." pic.twitter.com/IQQ3weISLG— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 22, 2019 Bledsoe has scored just 16 total points on 5-of-23 shooting over the last two games, which were both Milwaukee losses. Khris Middleton, however, said the team has not lost its confidence in the point guard. “He's been very good offensively,” Middleton told reporters. “Got to put it behind him. Only way you're going to get out of a slump and only way you're going to play better.

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