At the very least, we can assume the Raptors are not overwhelmed by the moment. Even tied 1-1 with the Bucks. Even on the road in Milwaukee. The core of this Toronto team has been here multiple times over the past few years. While the comeback routine of the Raptors -- the one that sees them fall behind 0-1, do some soul-searching, reclaim their form, and then suffer setback again -- can get tiresome, it's also gotten them to the Eastern Conference Finals. Could it happen again? Who knows.
There are still plenty of reasons to be worried. Most of these relate to Giannis Antetokounmpo. All things being equal -- and both teams are the same today as they were on Tuesday -- Giannis is the one variable that could have the largest effect. Get him in transition, get him in the pick-and-roll, get him posting up; hell, get him beyond the 3-point line (he went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in Game 2). The Raptors have an army of guys to try and slow the Greek Freak down, and it's only been half working.
Despite producing strangely reliable outcomes, the why and how of the Raptors' production seems to vary widely each game. In Game 2, Toronto shot 14-of-29 from deep and moved the ball. Minutes swung away from DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph towards Patrick Patterson and Delon Wright. Kyle Lowry was terrible in Game 1, but then he was tremendous in Game 2. DeMar DeRozan stayed steady, for better or worse.
Confidence in the Raptors is experiencing an uptick for tonight. Our poll for Game 3 suggests a Raptors win (obviously) but the margin is better than that of Game 2. The Raptors have been here before. We believe they know their way around, and will end up in the place they want to be.
Now read Dan Grant's preview from this morning and let's get set for Raptors vs. Bucks Game 3. Hoo boy.