Toronto is down, there’s no way around that. But the Raptors can still look forward to a little home cooking tonight, which could turn things around against the Bucks. Let’s watch. Should the Raptors change their lineup in Game 3? Some would say that’s overthinking it. Others would say that’s why Toronto promoted Nick Nurse to the head coach position. Still others would say that with the Raptors down 2-0 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, it’s time to try anything that works. And in that we have another more important question: what will work?
Game 1 was instructive for the Raptors. They managed to wall off the paint, they generated decent shots, they kept up the pace, and they looked to be in control — until the fourth quarter. Then, as we all know, the wheels fell off, the Raptors lost, and that was that. Game 2 offers us nothing except wailing and gnashing of teeth. It was ugly. Does this information suggest wholesale changes to Toronto’s lineup are necessary? As Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said pre-game: “Unless [Nurse is] taking Kawhi Leonard out of the starting lineup, I think our guys will be …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ