Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is expecting an all-out war in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Raptors have won the last three games against the Bucks and are now leading 3-2, all after trailing 0-2 to start the series. However, Nurse knows the difficulty of closing out games, and that challenge is made even more difficult with the fact that they are up against the best team in the NBA.
“As hard fought as all these have been, and believe me they have been, I expect this to be the hardest fought of them all,” Nurse said on the challenge ahead in Game 6, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Toronto has seemed to figure out how to deal with Milwaukee. In their last three games, they managed to decrease the Bucks' scoring output, with Game 5 seeing the top-seeded team score below 100.
Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been shut down by Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard as well, with the so-called Greek Freak averaging just 20.3 points in their last three matchups. It's also worth noting that Giannis has been largely ineffective in their three straight losses, failing to score through fastbreak or provide an assist in the payoff period.
Despite establishing their dominance, though, Nurse and Co. certainly can't afford to be complacent. After all, Antetokounmpo himself vowed to bounce back and said they are not going to fold as they make the trip to Scotiabank Arena.
A Raptors win will send Toronto to their first ever trip to the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, should the Bucks reign supreme, they will have a chance to close out the series at home.