Tune-In Tidbits: Eastern Conference Finals, Game 4
Get ready for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals with stats and trends to know about the matchup between Milwaukee and Toronto. Can the Raptors even the series at home or will the Bucks take a commanding 3-1 lead before the series shifts back to Milwaukee?
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors (Bucks Lead 2-1), 8:30 ET, TNT
- After Kawhi Leonard defended Giannis Antetokounmpo for just 19 possessions in the first two games of the series, he guarded Giannis for 41 possessions in Game 3, holding him to four points on 2-12 FG.
- In Game 3, Eric Bledsoe held Kyle Lowry (0-1 in 26 possessions) and Fred VanVleet (0-5 in 20 possessions) scoreless in 46 combined possessions as the primary defender.
- The Bucks split the defensive assignment of Kawhi Leonard between Khris Middleton (54 possessions, 50.4% of matchup time) and Malcolm Brogdon (31 possessions, 29.0% of matchup time). Leonard had 11 points (4-8 FG) and three assists against Brogdon, and 14 points (4-11 FG) and four turnovers against Middleton.
- Kawhi Leonard has scored at least 30 points in four straight playoff games; only Stephen Curry has a longer active streak (five games). Over the past 35 seasons, only 24 players have had 30-point game streaks of four games or longer. Leonard joins Kobe Bryant (2x), Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players with multiple four-game streaks in the same postseason.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 12 points in Milwaukee's Game 3 loss. It was the fourth time this season (regular season and playoffs) that Giannis has been held to 12 points or less; the Bucks are 1-3 in those games. For his career, the Bucks are 46-108 (0.299) when Giannis is held to 12 points or less.
- Through the first three games of the series, but Raptors and Bucks have each generated 86 wide open field goal attempts (closest defender six or more feet away). The Raptors are shooting 31-86 (36.0 FG%, 51.7 eFG%) on their wide-open looks, while the Bucks are shooting 26-86 (30.2 FG%, 44.8 eFG%).
- The Bucks outscoring Raptors on fast breaks by 10 points per game (27.3 to 17.3). During the regular season, the Raptors ranked 4th in fast break points (18.4 points per game) while the Bucks ranked 6th at 17.7 points per game.
- Kawhi Leonard drives to the basket have significantly risen from the regular season (13.6 per game) to the first two rounds of the postseason (17.7 per game) to the Conference Finals (23.0 per game). While his number of drives is up, his shooting percentage on those drives in the Conference Finals (39.3%) is much lower than it was in the regular season (55.4%) and the first two rounds of the playoffs (56.8%).
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is also driving more in the Conference Finals (15.7 per game) than he did in the regular season (12.5) and first two rounds (12.0) and his shooting percentage has dropped from 63.3% before this series to 46.2% against Toronto.
- While Kawhi Leonard leads all players in the Conference Finals in scoring on drives (11.3 points per game), Pascal Siakam has been the most effective. He is averaging 7.3 points per game on drives (second only to Kawhi) on just 10.7 drives per game. He is shooting 10-15 (66.7%) on drives in this series.
- The Bucks have outrebounded the Raptors in each game of the series in both total rebounds and offensive rebounds. In Milwaukee's two wins, the rebound margin was in double digits (+14 in Game 1, +13 in Game 2). In Toronto's win, the Raptors kept the rebound margin within single digits (-8 in Game 3).
- The Bucks are averaging 19.7 second chance points per game this series, compared to 12.3 for Toronto. During the regular season, the Bucks ranked 27th in the league in second chance points at just 11.7 per game.