Beat writer series preview: Will the Bucks be too rested and can the underdog Raptors continue their postseason magic?

Title: Beat writer series preview: Will the Bucks be too rested and can the underdog Raptors continue their postseason magic?
Date: May 14, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I collaborated with Eric Nehm of The Athletic Wisconsin to preview the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Raptors and the Bucks.

The Bucks waited patiently for a few days to find how who they’ll be hosting in the Eastern Conference Finals. It is the benefit of earning the No. 1 seed thanks to a tremendous regular season and closing out their first two playoff series in short order.

The Bucks found out it would be the Raptors traveling to meet them after a miraculous shot by Kawhi Leonard lifted Toronto past the 76ers in Game 7 on Sunday night. The Raptors have taken a tougher path to get here: a season with a lot of injuries, a trade-related tumult, perhaps the toughest first-round draw and a grueling series with the 76ers. The Raptors will be the underdogs, but the two teams are close by most measures, though, including the oft-cited tiebreaker of “best player in the series.” Giannis Antetokounmpo is the possible (rightful) most valuable player, and Leonard has been this postseason’s best player.

The Athletic will have Eric Nehm, Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy in Milwaukee and Toronto, taking you through all the ins and outs of a series that was meant to happen all season – the two best teams in the conference battling it out for a spot in the NBA Finals. Here’s a look at some of the key plot points and most important matchups by Nehm and Murphy.

Murphy: Eric, after Leonard’s historic game-winner Sunday, I’m not sure how to regroup and pivot to a series preview so quickly. Before we get into some of the tactical and matchup details for Raptors-Bucks – and there is plenty interesting about this series – I want to ask you two questions just to sort of get the ball rolling. And to let me catch my breath.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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