The Raptors were tested by the Bucks. They were pushed. They were run right off the floor at times. And yet, after 48 minutes: Toronto sits one win away… from the NBA Finals. The opening minutes of Game 5 between the Raptors and Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals went as we expected. Milwaukee roared out to a lead, the crowd was going wild, and the Raptors were shrinking from the moment. Turnovers, clanged shots, fouls against — the whole ordeal. Basketball is indeed a game of runs, but it felt like Toronto was merely staving off the inevitable. The Bucks hadn’t lost three games all year, and we were watching how exactly they had managed that feat.
Except approximately 45 minutes of game time later, when the final buzzer sounded on that same Game 5 in Milwaukee, it was the Raptors who were on top. Let me repeat and get specific: the Toronto Raptors won Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-99, and now sit exactly one win away from the NBA Finals.
I feel like I should say this again, for a third time: the Raptors are one win away from the NBA Finals. The series where teams play for the NBA Championship. …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ