MILWAUKEE – At a quiet moment after Toronto Raptors took 105-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to get 3-2 lead in the series of the best-of-seven and moving within a win on the first franchise trip to the NBA Finals, Raptors coach Nick Nurse asked what his team allowed to turn this series off the first 2 – 0 deficit
"This is not the sexual response, but from the first day of the training camp we are saying we will remain at the level," the nurse said at ESPN. "A preseason game is likewise to write a great win at Golden State, the same thing. A terrible game in San Antonio, & # 39; Let's bounce back. & # 39; [1
It's hard to argue with Nurse's assessment – especially given, five minutes in the first quarter, the Raptors found themselves down 18-4 at the Fiserv Forum, with Giannis Antetokounmpo dunking everywhere, and the roof of the building felt like it came from.
At that moment, the game felt as quick as possible as a result of Game 2, when Milwaukee ran Toronto outside the building Instead, The Raptors gradually started chipping, and finally they got themselves.
When the Raptors did, Leonard gave the opportunity to bring them home, scoring 15 of his game- high 35 points in the last quarter to push the Raptors to the top, and allow the team to win the game for the first time in this series.
"The game he played tonight," Lowry said Leonard, who has also seven rebounds and nine assists, "wa A good good game.
"This is a great game in the big stage, and on the road.
" Superstar. Superstar. "
Leonard is a 3-point back-to-back with 8:30 and 7:57 left in the fourth quarter with 85-81 wins in Toronto. That's two of the 3 3 Raptors made while trying out 43 of them – usually the type of number that the Bucks wanted, and what to suppress two more shots than the Raptors attempted inside the arch all night.
And more on his shot, it was Leonard's ability to guard the Antetuunmpo – not to mention his well-known action – to move to the series in favor of Toronto.
"We have one of the lowest emotional guys in Kawhi Leonard, but he is emotionally when he needs, "Lowry told ESPN," All of our kind … when our superstar was a man living [level] … he is our guy, he is our superstar.
"He never gets too up, he never gets too down, misses him games, he does not play games. And when he does not play, we go about our business When he plays , we went about our business that went out there and played. "
Part of the reason why Leonard brought the Raptors home was because Fred VanVleet, for a second straight game, grew. VanVleet, with a second child on the day before Game 4, has scored 21 points from bench, 7-for-13 from the field – including 7-for-9 from the 3-point range.
gone 7-for-44 overall and 3-for-25 from 3-point range in 10-game span from the start of the semifinals in the Eastern Conference against the Philadelphia 76ers through Game 3 of the series this up to 12-for-19 overall and 10-for-12 from 3-point range over the past two games.
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"I think," VanVleet said with a smile, when asked if her son had changed things. "Zero to sleep, have a lot of babies and go out there and release it.
" [You] keep just your job confidence, and trust your craft, and know that, at some point, they're going to drop. "
They started falling now exactly what the Raptors needed – though it also came as no surprise to Lowry, VanVleet's close friend.
" We always say the next person , & # 39; and it has been all the same year, "Lowry told ESPN." People make an incredible job preaching to the next person and tonight is Freddy's night.
"I did not feel bad for him, keep that up."
There's so much about this Toronto team that was new. The nurse is a first-year head coach; Leonard, Danny Green and Gasol came to the Raptors by trade over the past nine months. But the Raptors have a team that has been playing a battle full of players who have been these kinds of moments before.
This is the experience that helped Toronto to stay even-keeled by a time spent on Lowry and Leonard shuttling in and out of lineup, with trades and injuries that kept Toronto from having full roster more than a little time.
"It certainly helps, I think," said the nurse at ESPN. "I think guys are playing games and it definitely helps, but what I'm noticing is between games I think guys are really smart about preparing."
"Everyone tries to tell them they're tired, and they just do not buy it. And they're like, & # 39; OK, we won. We need to go to work."
a hell of a team We should play our asses in order to beat them. "
The Raptors have done it three times straight – something that has never happened to the bucks all the time. If Toronto does it for the fourth straight home Saturday night, it will be in the NBA Finals.