Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse surprised everyone at the start of Game 3 as he kept his starters from Games 1 and 2. After all, he directly said heading into the contest that he will make plenty of lineup changes to prepare for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nurse, however, clarified his comments after the match and argued that he has a different interpretation than what reporters thought it would be.
"I said lineup changes. I didn't say starting lineup changes."
Nick Nurse following Toronto's Game 3 win. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/S8EkD7QI0V
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Evidently, line up changes among other things paved the way to victory for the Raptors, who came out with a 118-112 win. Despite Kyle Lowry fouling out in the fourth quarter, other players stepped up as the game went to double-overtime.
The win is a morale booster for the Nurse and Co. When they lost Game 2 that put them down 2-0, fans and analysts quickly came to a conclusion that Kawhi Leonard needed some help.
The series is not yet over. And Leonard himself said at the end of the game that he will look at some game film to see what they can improve upon.
Toronto seemed to have figured out a way to contain Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had a rough scoring night with 12 points. However, they can’t be complacent since The Greek Freak has been on an elite level all season long.
Game 4 will be on Tuesday, May 21, in Toronto.