"He has a focus that's maybe a little heightened", said Budenholzer during morning shootaround before Game 4.
"We put him back in and I said to him, 'You've gotta hit one here for us man, ' and he goes 'I will, ' and I said 'OK, ' so we drew one up for him and he knocked it down", Nurse said. "We've still got to get better, stick with our game plan".
"He's certainly exhausted, like a lot of guys in this series are", Nurse said. He looks okay to me. Leonard had 19, Norman Powell had 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 boards, Marc Gasol scored 17 points, and Fred VanVleet, whose shooting has been terrible in the playoffs, chipped in with 13.
When we say that the fans were out in full force, we mean it. "They really came out and were more physical, more active". We wanted to protect home court.
Blame the travails of a Western Conference road swing in which the Bucks played five games in eight days.
"We need to take this challenge of playing in a hostile environment", Nurse said. "We didn't play well either".
But the Bucks lost their second straight game, something they did just once during the regular season. "The Milwaukee bench unit was killing the Raptors in Milwaukee and now, in the last two games, the Toronto bench is scoring".
The coach said he was concerned about Leonard during the game, but added: "I think he's fine". They got big performances from everyone else.
Giannis had just 12 points in Game 3.
Lowry continued to grind as the game wore on, diving for loose balls, battling on the defensive and getting the crowd hyped in the second half as he drew a charge on Antetokounmpo. Freddy (VanVleet), even though he didn't shoot it great, played great. "You can only make it tough on them". Siakam went from 51 minutes in Game 3 to just 23 in Game 4.
Gasol looked like a seven-foot point guard, finding Leonard with back door passes multiple times throughout the game, and racked up seven assists. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs this year, Bledsoe averaged 16 points.
"We just came out in the third quarter flat", Antetokounmpo said. Powell replied with a 3 and, following miss by Malcolm Brogdon, Leonard drained a jumper to push Toronto's lead to 86-74.
A strong start from Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a positive offensive effort overall, gave the Bucks plenty of cause for encouragement from a thrilling first quarter.
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