The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks might be the least predictable series still going in these 2017 playoffs. We’ve seen Toronto slog through series deficits and come out on top anyway, something they did last postseason several times. But down 2-1 to the Bucks with another game in Milwaukee, can Toronto climb out of this one?
In Game 3, the Raptors were walloped. Against an impossibly long Bucks defense, they didn’t even score 50 points until the fourth quarter and don’t appear to have any great solutions right now for a struggling offense. This season, Toronto’s offense was great, too, finishing sixth in the league in offensive rating (109.8). But Kyle Lowry has only played one good game, DeMar DeRozan is struggling as well, and none of the other role players for the Raptors are stepping up to fill in where the team is missing an offensive boost.
Milwaukee has a bright future, but will this moment prove too big for them? The series should swing one way or another based off the winner of Game 4.
It didn’t take long for the hockey world to have a varying degree of hot takes on Sidney Crosby’s Game 3 injury. The response was swift, loud, and extremely colored by whatever fan base-colored glasses you tend to wear.
This is sports, after all. It’s to be expected from fans, especially in such a high-pressure, high-anxiety time that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Failing to get the Pelicans’ pick after trading Cousins would be a disaster for the Kings. On the bright side, Smith is a potential top-five talent who fills their biggest position of need. The explosive 6’2 guard has drawn comparisons to Eric Bledsoe.
Dallas Mavericks — Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
Ntilikina is an 18-year-old point guard who projects as a versatile defender and capable spot-up shooter. It feels like Dallas has been looking for a point guard since the heyday of Jason Kidd. Ntilikina has the potential to grow into the role.