Kawhi Leonard

Why the Raptors may come to regret the game that got away

It’s far too early for regrets, but the Raptors knew Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals — a 108-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night — was the one to steal.

Or, more pointedly, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry couldn’t beat a deep Bucks squad alone, as their Raptors teammates combined to hit one field goal in the second half.

"No, we had a couple days off, we were good,” Raptors swingman Danny Green told Yahoo Sports, dismissing the notion of tired legs.

Or you expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to have an MVP showing, playing at a dizzying pace that overwhelms, but his 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists were more workmanlike than devastating.

Green shot 1 of 5 in 35 minutes and believes officials missed a critical call in which he felt he was tripped by Middleton, leading to a Bucks basket that helped push them to a decisive advantage.

The Bucks seemed to push the action, forcing the Raptors to retreat and attempt to methodically maximize possessions — a formula the Boston Celtics couldn’t sustain for more than a couple of minutes at a time.

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