Milwaukee is slowly proving its league-best regular season was no fluke. A Game 2 blowout of the Raptors improved its series advantage to 2-0 and its playoff record to 10-1. Here's the best and worst from the proceedings.
With less than five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Brook Lopez went to the scorer's table.
It took him subbing in for me to realize what that meant: George Hill, Malcolm Brogdon, Ersan Ilyasova, Nikola Mirotic, and Lopez would be the five Bucks players sharing the court. Mike Budenholzer sent relief in the form of Giannis Antetokounmpo a minute and some change later, but he could've kept the group together longer.
We often joke that Brogdon is one of the worst Rookie of the Year winners in recent history, but he still brings a lot to the table. The 26-year-old is a facilitator and a shooter, and both skills are crucial in Budenholzer's system.
Ilyasova can be a frustrating player. Like most guys coming off the bench, he floats in and out of solid stretches. But he definitely makes the starting five for this postseason's All-Team doesn't Show Up in the Box Score guys with his charges, his screens, and yes, his defense.
Siakam hasn't exactly been the revelation this series that he had been all season. Game 2 was his second questionable scoring night in a row: seven points, 4-for-9 from the field, and 0-for-2 from behind the arc.
He didn't take a single trip to the line, and fouled out with more than five minutes remaining. The timing didn't matter, really, as Toronto was down 110-92, but it was the cap on an evening when Siakam was aggressive in all the wrong places.
Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum broke out in "Future Clipper" chants directed at Kawhi at one point, which is an NBA Twitter a thing to chant and depressing for Toronto—if it can't pull off an NBA Finals appearance with Leonard, it certainly won't be able to without him.