Video game simulation has Warriors as champions, Raptors exiting in second round

NOTES: Toronto has won 13 of the past 15 regular-season meetings with Milwaukee. Toronto had the No. 6 offense during the regular season, and that was with Lowry missing a quarter of the season and working players into significant new roles after the trade deadline.

How might have that taken a toll come playoff time? Casey was rewarded and is now set for life.

Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman was the assistant GM in Milwaukee for five years before joining Masai Ujiri in Toronto, so this series is a little weird for him. The Raptors sit at 51-31 overall and 45-36-1 against the spread, earning the third seed in the East. Toronto averaged 106.9 points per game on offense this season while allowing 102.6 on defense. "I have seen what they have done against good teams in this league and what they are capable of doing". Which means there will be some pressure. The Bucks' length was a significant issue at almost every position, and the Raptors looked overwhelmed in the face of feet of wingspan.

The team landed two focused defenders it had long coveted.

Regardless, the Raptors believe.

One day, James won't be able to do it all himself.

Beneath the basket, Giannis Antetokounmpo elevated like Inspector Gadget and sent the ball flying with his right hand.

James said the Cavs' plan on the final play was not to let George beat them. "He's not (in the MVP race), but if it were a normal year, yes". The Raptors went 12-3 to finish the season, and both teams went into the playoffs on a roll. Always been big admirer of him as a person. there's so much room for growth. He also plays with so much force. Lowry is still working his way back into peak form.

And he's only 22 years old.

Toronto came on strong toward the end of the season, winning four straight and six of their last seven. It's a chance to see if Ibaka can duplicate the sort of postseason play that helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 2012 National Basketball Association finals.

Contender? Well, only three teams finished in the top 10 on both offensive and defensive points scored/allowed per 100 possessions. They've been in eleven of them and managed to win. one.

The road there won't be easy, but this team has a real shot. "We have to make that shot".

Was this the same kid that had gone from South Sudan, to Australia, to the United States and then to Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ont., or was it a seasoned pro?

First up, the Raptors - who are back in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row - are facing the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Air Canada Centre for game one of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. The puck dropped at 7 p.m., with fans getting their fill as the two games overlap briefly.

The Raptors, who are making their fourth consecutive post-season appearance, had talked about the experience gained in last season's playoff run that saw them take eventual-champion Cleveland to six games in the Eastern Conference final.

And what did Terry think of Maker's big outing? IN has been in playoff mode for weeks and George carried the Pacers down the stretch go to get them into the postseason by averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists during a 5-1 April.