Bucks Analyst: Raptors' Experience Showing

After winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee has dropped three straight

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 24, 2019 - 9:11 am
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After winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks appeared well on their way to reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974.

Well, they have since lost three straight, including Game 5, 105-99, in Milwaukee on Thursday. The Bucks squandered a double-digit lead and were outscored 33-24 in the final frame.

What happened?

“I think they’re lamenting not getting a few rebounds,” Bucks play-by-play voice Jim Paschke said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “There were a few rebounds there that got away from Milwaukee, and of course Toronto was able to convert. Just another one of those difficult games. They’re going to look at some things, and when they check the tape, they’re going to see what they have to improve on. Coach (Mike) Budenholzer said that after the game: rebounding got away from us down the stretch, and he said we have to be better. He says that every day, of course, but he means it now with the Bucks facing elimination in Game 6.”

Amy Lawrence wondered if the Raptors’ experience has given them an edge. Toronto has a former NBA Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard and several playoff-tested veterans, including Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol.

Milwaukee, well, doesn’t.

“I thought I saw the experience of Toronto,” Paschke said. “They were calm and cool. You could see that they had been there before. The Bucks rushed some shots, and they weren’t quite as composed at times in the game as I felt Toronto was. I think we are seeing Toronto’s experience at play.”

Game 6 is Saturday in Toronto at 8:30 p.m. ET. Game 7, if necessary, is Monday in Milwaukee.

“We always hear you can’t win until you learn how to lose at this level,” Paschke said. “I didn’t want to believe it this year, but it’s seeping in a little bit at this point.”

Click below to listen to Paschke’s interview in its entirety.