Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard held Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to 10 points in 37 possessions in Game 5
The Toronto Raptors have turned the tables on the Milwaukee Bucks, as star forward Kawhi Leonard has put the clamps on Giannis Antetokounmpo, slowing him down and keeping him from having big nights in the last three games.
According to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports, Antetokounmpo scored only 10 points in the 37 possessions in which he was guarded by Leonard in Game 5, stagnating the Bucks’ offense.
Milwaukee put up a meager 72.9 offensive rating, which only speaks to the effect of having their star player contained while Leonard is on the floor.
The Raptors star might be playing more minutes than he’s used to though, playing 40 or more minutes in three of the five games this series, including a career-high 52 minutes in Game 3’s overtime frenzy.
The minutes are piling up for Leonard over these last two series, which will raise the question about his leg injury and the longevity of his work load at both ends of the floor.
For now, Toronto is reaping the benefits of having the undisputed best two-way talent in the league, as Leonard has been the best player at both ends of the floor and helped spearhead a massive turnaround — going from an 0-2 hole to a 3-2 lead heading back home to Scotiabank Arena, putting the Bucks at the brink of elimination.