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The Bucks are not at their best in Game 1, but they prove how hard they are to defeat them
MILWAUKEE – As soon as Kawhi Leonard thumped Khris Middleton on a backdoor cut for an easy strike midway through the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday evening, the Toronto Raptors looked their best selves. [19659002AngRaptorsaynakapangasiwalamangnglimangpagtatangkasapagbarilsarimsaunangkalahatingunitnaritoangisangmagandangkalahatingkortenanagtatakipkungpaanobrutallymahusayangRaptorsaymaaaringmagingkapagpinapangangatwirannilaangkanilangmgalakas:LeonardatKyleLowrynabumababakayMarcSiGasolsamataasnapost-siLowrynalumalabassakaliwangsulokatsiLeonardaylumuluksosalikodngMiddletonItoangTorontohighIQbasketballsasavviestnitoatbinigyanngbucketangRaptorsng10-pointleadnamay5minuto50segundoangnatitirasaikatlongpanahon
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With many proposals, the Raptors have been steadfast efforts on Wednesday night. They conducted their defensive game plan, zealously took many of the open shots they wrapped in nearly two first round of postseason, and found transition opportunities.
But, work on a 108-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wednesday night is another Game 1 throat-cleaning for a team of bucks that has not been played throughout a week. A unit that relies on rhythm and timing, the Bucks can not find their flow through most games. Mainstays like Middleton initially struggled to find shots against Toronto's transition schemes, an irregular coverage for Toronto. The Giannis Antetokounmpo, the real rhythm player, is not the highest impact on the long break.
But despite losing 29 of their first 35 attempts from the 3-point range and forgetting their 45.7 percent effective field goal percentage, the Bucks went off with the series of opener. If Game 1 is evidence of anything, it is the Milwaukee Bucks – and will continue to be a difficult team to beat under any conditions.
"I think we did a great job of hiding just what we did all the postseason long," said Brook Lopez, who led the Bucks to 29 points. "The shots did not leave early, but we did a great job of grinding it, playing great defense and just stuck with it. Then things started going our way."
This is a measure of the NBA team's dominance: the ability to win difficult games against poor opponents despite subpar presentations from top players, marginal success against defense strategies, and poor shooting. By that standard, the Bucks, now 9-1 in the postseason, are dominant, though the result of Game 1 is not an exhibition of their best choreography.