Bucks vs. Raptors Game 2: What I saw

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors
Giannis rallied the Milwaukee Bucks in the 4th quarter versus the Toronto Raptors, but that rally fell just short. Series tied 1-1. Photo via USA Today.

Game 2 of the Milwaukee Bucks versus Toronto Raptors best-of-seven playoff series has come and gone. (More than ready for Game 3 tonight in Milwaukee!) You never feel good about a loss. The whole purpose of playing the game is to win. (Ask Herm Edwards) The Bucks found themselves down double digits, multiple times in this game. Did they fold? No. Did they rally? Yes. Was the rally successful? No. Am I mad? No. So what did I see?

I saw heart. As I stated before, the Bucks could have folded in this game. Lowry and DeRozan were back to their all-star ways and Ibaka (hobbled by an ankle injury) came up with a huge game for the Raps. Everything was going the Raptors’ way. (Including foul calls in the 4th quarter. Don’t get me started) Yet, the Bucks still clawed their way back into it.

Multiple guys didn’t have their typical great games for the Bucks. Giannis went 9/24 from the field, Middleton went 6/14, Brogdon went 3/11. Guys who had a bigger impact offensively in game 1, had a nightmarish game 2. Thing is, they found different ways to impact the game and help their team get back into it. Boy did they ever get back into it. It took two missed threes from Brogdon (that were half way down) and an amazing shot from Kyle Lowry for the Raptors to win that game. The Bucks didn’t get beat, they simply fell short. How can I be mad about that?

The heart shown in this game is encouraging. The Bucks are in this series in every way. This squad continues to grow (Despite some questionable rotation decisions by Jason Kidd.) right in front of us. They are showing this stage isn’t too big for them and they are ready to fight. The Bucks will bring the fight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center starting tonight. I hope Toronto brought some ice.

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