Danny Green thinks the Toronto Raptors had Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in their hands and let it slip away on Wednesday night.
The Raptors led after the first quarter, at halftime, and were up by seven entering the fourth quarter. But they struggled to score late, with only Kyle Lowry stepping up, and fell 108-100.
Green was a big part of the team letting it slip away. He missed two three-point tries, a free throw, and committed a turnover over the final two and a half minutes of the game. He was just 1-for-5 shooting and committed three turnovers in 35 minutes.
The Bucks won a game despite only shooting 39.8 percent from the field and making 25 percent of their threes. This was a big opportunity for Toronto to take a game on the road, but they fell short at the end. Maybe their limited rotation and heavy burden on their starters — four players played at least 40 minutes — led them to be tired. Comparatively, Milwaukee’s starters averaged just 32.5 minutes in the game, with star Giannis Antetokounmpo getting plenty of rest and topping them all at 37 minutes.
The Raptors might end up too gassed to by able to survive a full series against the deep and talented Bucks.