I know the series isn't over and things can turn around in a hurry, but, man, the combination of two blowout losses in three games and a roster riddled with players who look dejected, at least based on their body language, does not inspire confidence.
So far, all of that has been true, though Milwaukee has played far better than probably anyone outside their locker room could have anticipated, a plus-35 for the series that's tied for the second-largest plus-minus among all teams in the postseason.
Personally, it drives me mad that the Toronto Raptors that I truly believed could be a finals contender, trailed by roughly 30 points for an entire playoff game. Following the complete embarrassment that was Game 3, my friends were eerily silent.
Entering this season, the Raps had been there before and had some experience. If the Raptors continue to just run their stuff and hope for Lowry or DeRozan to score well enough over the defense they are facing, we're in for a few more nights like this last one.
This could have been the year. Prospective Eastern Conference kings of tomorrow, the Bucks seem to have arrived to contention earlier than their modern accommodations, though, with their Game 3, 104-77 trouncing of the Toronto Raptors to take a 2-1 first-round series lead standing as a signature performance and inspiring a hubbub that had their old home bursting at the seams.
Toronto wrapped up their 16-17 campaign with nine more wins than the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo, AKA the Greek Freak, scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, hit both 3-point attempts, collected 8 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, stole 2 balls and posted 2 blocked shots (the Bucks were 29 with him on the floor). That was a career high, if you exclude his 50.2% mark on 512 field goals in his rookie year of 2009-10.
The Grizzlies took very good care of the ball, with only two turnovers through three quarters.
It's all about winning come playoff time. That dropped to 22 minutes in game two, by game three he's down to 20 minutes.
Here's that in table form in case it helps. This team is on the cusp of contending in the East for years to come, but they've first got to do what veteran teams do - act like they belong here.
With DeRozan, you take what he gives you offensively. Only frontcourt players LaMarcus Aldridge (5.3%) and Nikola Vucevic(7.3%) were lower.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis coach David Fizdale set the tone with his memorable rant about the officiating in Game 2, which led to a $30,000 fine by the National Basketball Association. But if your main goal is to compete for a title, what's the difference between the Clippers, Raptors, Grizzlies and Hawks?
Compare that to the chart of Antetokounmpo.
The Raptors have been outplayed in all three games of this series and have been crushed in two of those contests.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the game got away from San Antonio in the first minute of the third quarter. Either way, something has to change for the Raptors because what they're doing right now isn't working.
"He wants us to understand what's going on on the floor and how important the opportunity is for us", Leonard said.
You couldn't even blame the Bucks' total domination of the game on the otherworldly talent possessed by Giannis Antetokounmpo, although he certainly played a role. DeMarre Carroll has given the Raptors next to nothing this series. The Raptors are struggling to get easy offense and are giving Milwaukee way too many open looks from the outside.
Bucks fans were about to feast on the worst playoff game the Raptors have ever played, and their hollers, taunts and all-out jubilation grew louder with each Milwaukee bucket and Toronto blunder.