The Milwaukee Bucks became the latest team to cause problems for the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs after stealing game one on the road last night with an impressive 97-83 win.
The Raptors are known for making life hard for themselves in the postseason, especially in the opening games of series.
They have now dropped to 1-11 all-time in game one’s in franchise history, losing their ninth straight such game. Per ESPN, that’s the worst win percentage in game one’s all-time (minimum 10 games played).
Dwane Casey’s men were lacklustre in the second half and they were made to pay for their shooting woes by a determined Bucks team led by their incredible superstar.
Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a playoff career-high 28 points and put on a clinic on both ends of the floor to lead his team.
Regardless of what happens in the series, this will certainly be a coming out party for the Greek Freak as he finally takes his terrific regular season form onto the biggest stage.
The 22-year-old was unstoppable throughout the encounter as he got to the rim at will and created his own personal dunk contest in the first half.
Antetokounmpo threw down a number of monster jams that would get you off your seat in amazement. His length and ability to take off from distance are a joy to behold.
When he has eyes for the rim, there aren’t many who can stop him from getting to the rack as Toronto found out the hard way. His dunk over Serge Ibaka was arguably the most impressive against one of the best shot blockers in the league.
In just his second career playoff series, the All-Star shot 13-18 from the field and added eight rebounds and three assists.
Giannis didn’t just produce on the offensive end, he made huge defensive plays too, as you can see from this amazing block on Raptors star DeMar DeRozan.
In contrast to the Raptors, the Bucks snapped a 17-game road losing streak in game one’s. Before the win at the Air Canada Centre, Milwaukee last won a game one on the road in the 1983 east semis against the Celtics.
“It’s big for us, but now we have to focus on game two,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know they’re going to be more desperate.”
This will not be unfamiliar territory for Toronto but with Antetokounmpo playing the way he is, a first round upset is definitely on the cards in this series.