If healthy, he's a versatile defender capable of guarding multiple positions and should help the Raptors match up more effectively with Golden State's perimeter threats. But the Raptors "are quietly optimistic" Anunoby will return against the Warriors, according to the Toronto Sun. Hidden storyline: OG Anunoby's health could be a major factor in this series. The 21-year-old wing underwent an emergency appendectomy in mid-April and has not played in the playoffs.
Warriors vs. Raptors
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Antetokounmpo finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Bucks, who squandered a 20-point lead one game after rallying from 20 down to defeat Minnesota. Khris Middleton added 20 points as Milwaukee improved to 7-2 when holding opponents under 100 points.
The Bucks are last in defensive three-point shooting percentage, allowing opponents to hit on 39.2 percent of their attempts, and that is a very large concern against a Raptors team who had a franchise record-tying nine players hit at least one trifecta Friday night.
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Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup
Stephen Curry is once again playing at an MVP level for the Warriors. All three have provided sparks for Golden State. Backup guard Fred VanVleet struggled early in the playoffs but has since reached double-digit scoring totals in three consecutive games. Players to watch: Kawhi Leonard has been phenomenal for Toronto. He's scoring 31.2 points and grabbing 8.8 rebounds in 18 postseason games this year. Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie have seen their minutes increase with Durant and Cousins out.
Milwaukee, though, have made the commitment to defend the perimeter in winning their last two games, holding Minnesota and Oklahoma City to a combined 16 for 53 (30.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
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They would be expecting a more significant show from the main man, Kawhi Leonard who looked gloomy due to all the defenders jumping on him. The Raptors, on the other hand, have everything sorted out for them.
Toronto are 13-2 in their last 15 overall against Milwaukee, who snapped a seven-game skid to the Raptors with a 101-94 in last season's final meeting. Mastering Milwaukee, home or away -The Raptors have won the last four games between the teams at the Air Canada Centre and five of their last seven home wins over the Bucks have been by 16 or more points.
Even Stephen Curry could not become the knight in shining armour for the Warriors this time around as the Raptors outscored them in every department. His counterpart, Klay Thompson, pitched in 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. However, Curry, as always, was able to cumulate his fair share of points and finished with 34 points and five assists on the night.
The Toronto Raptors will play host to the Golden State Warriors once again for Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
DeRozan has averaged 26.7 points and 5.2 assists while shooting 52.1 percent during Toronto's home winning streak. He was held to 11 points in the last meeting between the teams but has averaged 16.2 points in 25 lifetime games against the Bucks.
The Raptors, meanwhile, easily defeated the Magic in their opener and followed that by topping the 76ers and Bucks in seven and six games, respectively.