"In both cases the locals were skeptical whether we should trust these guys - whether they're buying the team to move the team", Olson said. Toronto backers will argue their club didn't have Kawhi Leonard in all of those contests.
In game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the team that held the best record both in the East and the whole league, the Milwaukee Bucks (60-22), after eliminating the Boston Celtics in the semifinals with 4-1 wins, are hosting the second-seeded Toronto Raptors (58-24), who on the other hand had a much more hard task in the previous round and needed 7 games and a buzzer beater in order to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers.
Raptor fans know what they're getting from Leonard on a game-to-game basis. If we meet Milwaukee in round three, we're going for a roadie.
"They've got a lot of weapons and they're pretty deep", Lowry said. Well, this season they went all in on that plan and developed one of the most potent 3-point attacks in the league, firing up almost 40 3s per game in the regular season.
Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said the Bucks have been "pretty dominant" in winning eight of nine postseason games - including the past four straight. "They shoot the ball as well as anybody in the National Basketball Association and then they've got the one-man fast break in Giannis".
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at three key elements to watch out for heading into Game 1 between the Bucks and Raptors.
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Hunter Trimmel couldn't give away his season tickets to Milwaukee Bucks games five years ago. "We're going to have to continue to grow and we're going to have to play better". The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 41.3 percent shooting.
Leonard "can create a shot out of pretty much nothing", Gasol said. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
They may need it to derail the surging Bucks.
Evan Turner, who scored just 4 points in the first six games of the series, added 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Subbing in for Jordan Bell with 1:42 left on the game clock, Jones finished with three points, one defensive rebound and a plus-minus rating of plus-five.
After the Warriors' win last night versus the Portland Trail Blazers, coach Steve Kerr explained that Jones was cleared for contact within the last week, and played three-on-three on Monday.
Golden State rank third in fast-break points per game (16.6) in this year's playoffs while Portland rank 15th (10.6).