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SportMinutes, injury concerns piling up for Raptors ahead of pivotal Game 4 vs. Bucks

00:00  22 may  2019
00:00  22 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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TORONTO – The minutes and injury concerns are piling up for the Toronto Raptors . Following a grueling seven- game series against Philadelphia in Leonard appeared to have tweaked his left leg in Game 3, but he said he will be fine for Game 4 . “The consensus (Monday) is he's tired,” Raptors

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TORONTO – The minutes and injury concerns are piling up for the Toronto Raptors.

Following a grueling seven-game series against Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals and a double-overtime game against Milwaukee in the conference finals on Sunday, do the Raptors have enough energy, and are they healthy enough, to beat the Bucks?

Toronto’s three main players – Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam – are averaging more than 36 minutes in the playoffs. Leonard and Siakam are at 44.1 and 39.8 minutes per game in the conference finals, respectively, which the Bucks lead 2-1.

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Heading into Game 4 on Tuesday, the Raptors can tell themselves that they could have a 2-1 lead if they had conjured a few more minutes of inspired play in the series opener. Unlucky bounces are no different than injuries and sloppy turnovers, in the sense that they happen to everyone, with direct

“No one this time of the season is at 100%, but you get to a point where you feel good and go into the next game,” Lowry said. “At the end of the day, the adrenaline takes over. Your job is your job, and adrenaline takes over. Your preparation takes over so you'll be ready to go for (Game 4).”

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Lowry came to Monday’s news conference with reporters wearing a brace to cover his injured left thumb. It looked like he had on an oven mitt.

“Try not to think about it," he said. "I mean, it is what it is. It's going to hurt. It's going to be sore, but you got to push through. At this time of year, you've just got to push through no matter what you're going to go through. Just got to make things happen however you can.”

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Then in Game 3, the Bucks rendered DeRozan totally ineffective. After DeRozan and Lowry each picked Milwaukee apart in Game 2 by passing The Bucks put DeRozan through screen after screen on the defensive end, and when the Raptors had the ball Milwaukee never give him a sliver of space.

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He is in discomfort.

“When it hurts every time I do something, yeah, you notice it," he said. "You hit it, stuff like that. … You've got to be mind over matter, man.”

Leonard appeared to have tweaked his left leg in Game 3, but he said he will be fine for Game 4.

"The consensus (Monday) is he's tired,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He's got two days and will be ready to go. Those are kind of the words coming out of his mouth. He's a little tired, but he'll get his rest."

For now, the Raptors are talking about the importance of rest and recovery.

“It's just staying hydrated, resting, staying off my feet as much as I can,” Siakam said. “The body does its work. We're athletes. We prepare ourselves to sometimes be in these type of conditions and to be tired. I know it's different, but there's not really much you can do to prepare yourself for that type of intensity. We'll be ready. I'm ready. My body needs a little time to recover, but when it's game time, I'm sure I'm going to be 100%."

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Even the coaches are going through the grind of the playoffs – late nights, early mornings, video review, meetings with the team and coaching staff and media responsibilities.

“The stuff keeps coming at you,” Nurse said. “But also I would say there's a certain amount of adrenaline that gets pumping. I think that helps. When it goes up and you get into the game, I think there are no concerns there. I think it carries you through your workday.

“Go home and rest and try to re-energize a little bit and have a good night's sleep, and you're usually pretty good come game day.”

Still, the Raptors led for most of Game 1 and let the lead slip away, turning into a Bucks victory. They also led for most of Game 3 and allowed leads to disappear in the fourth quarter and first overtime.

With their depth, the Bucks don't have one player above 34 minutes per game in the playoffs, and they have played three fewer games than Toronto.

The Bucks are relentless offensively and defensively with several options. They make Leonard work for his shots, and they stress the defense with their ball movement and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ability to attack the rim.

Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals

Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. BOX SCORE: RAPTORS 120, BUCKS 102 Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this postseason. Reserve Norm Powell scored 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 17. The home team has won all four games in the series so far. Game 5 is Thursday night in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 30 points.

“The big challenge is pretty much every guy they put out there is shooting and shooting deep and not hesitating,” Nurse said. “And a lot of that gets created because there's a guy with the ball coming down the middle of the floor that usually takes more than one guy to defend. So as soon as you use two or three, that means one or two guys are open or at least open for a little while.

“That's why they've had the best record in the league and why they're really good and why they're still playing at this point. They're high powered and can hurt you a lot of ways."

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