Tune-In Tidbits: 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5
Get ready for the pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals with stats and trends to know about the matchup between Milwaukee and Toronto.
Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks (Series Tied 2-2), 8:30 ET, TNT
- Over the past two games, Kawhi Leonard has been the primary defender on Giannis Antetokounmpo for 75 possessions and has held him to 11 points on 5-19 shooting from the field, 0-4 from three, and forced four turnovers.
- In Game 4, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored seven points on 3-7 (42.9%) shooting in 34 possessions against Kawhi Leonard. In 32 possessions against any other Raptors defender, Giannis scored 18 points on 6-10 (60%) shooting.
- Over the past two games, Khris Middleton (88 possessions) and Malcolm Brogdon (49 possessions) have been the primary defenders on Kawhi Leonard. Leonard scored 24 points against Middleton on 50% shooting (8-16), while he has scored 16 against Brogdon on 46.2% shooting (6-13 FG, 2-3 3P).
- Through four games, the Bucks and Raptors have matching effective field goal percentages at 48.9%. Milwaukee has shot the superior percentage on 2-point shots (52.2% to 46.2%), while the Raptors have the edge on 3-point shots (35.0% to 29.9%).
- Milwaukee's 3-point shooting has been on a steady decline throughout the NBA playoffs. After shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc during the regular season (15th in NBA), the Bucks shot 37.0% in the opening round against Detroit, 34.3% in the Conference Semis against Boston and now 29.9% through four games against the Raptors in the Conference Finals.
- Khris Middleton scored a game-high 30 points on 11-15 shooting (4-7 from three) in Milwaukee's Game 4 loss. His 30 points in Game 4 nearly matched his combined total from the first three games as he scored 32 points on 12-36 shooting (4-15 from three) in Games 1-3.
- Marc Gasol has nine screen assists in the series - the third most in the Conference Finals - leading to 22 Raptors points.
- Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova has drawn four charges in this series; he is one of only three players in the Conference Finals with more than one charge drawn, including Toronto's Kyle Lowry with two.
- Kawhi Leonard leads the series in scoring in clutch situations - score within five points in final five minutes - with 16 points on 5-12 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line, followed by Milwaukee's George Hill (12 points on 4-5 FG, 2-2 3P) and Brook Lopez (nine points, 3-5 FG, 1-2 3P).
- Giannis Antetokounmpo has just three points on 1-4 shooting from the field and 1-4 shooting from the free throw line in 14 clutch minutes. During the regular season, he led the Bucks in clutch scoring with 92 points in 108 minutes, while shooting 62.5% from the field - the seventh highest FG% of any player with at least 50 clutch points this season.