Breakfast Special: Massive Milwaukee Mismatch

The Milwaukee Bucks played like absolute garbage in Game 1 and beat the Toronto Raptors anyway.

The Bucks played more like the team that won 60 games in the regular season in Game 2 and stomped the Raptors 125-103.

People sometimes forget that this Bucks team was tops in the entire league in Defensive Rating in the regular season, and with the exception of Kawhi Leonard, who had 31 points on 10-of-18 shooting, the Raptors could not solve the Bucks’ defense.

Raptors not named Kawhi shot 27-of-69 (39.1 percent) and the squad shot just 42.5 percent overall.

Milwaukee, during the regular season, held opponents to 43.3 percent from the field. Improving their defense in the playoffs when the games count more than ever with each passing round?

Say hello to 1974, Bucks fans. Because that’s the last time this team made an NBA Finals.

And when you think about it, before this current dynasty got going, the last time the Warriors had been in the Finals was 1975.

So does this confirm a Milwaukee championship run?

And if it does, you know who hasn’t been to the Finals since 1973? The Knicks. Trading the 3rd pick for Anthony Davis and getting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving confirmed!

Oddball numerology aside, it helps to have Giannis Antetokounmpo if you’re going to play the Coincidence Math game.

Giannis had 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting, pulled down 17 rebounds, and posted a plus-17 that wasn’t even the best plus-minus in this colossal beatdown.

Ersan Ilyasova (!) had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench and posted a plus-22. He led a monster performance from the Bucks reserves that featured 14 points and plus-15 from Malcolm Brogdon in 25 minutes and 13 points to go with a plus-14 from George Hill in 25 minutes of his own.

The Bucks turned the ball over only seven times all game against Toronto’s 13, hit 26-of-35 from the line against the Raptors’ 19-of-25, and won the rebound battle 53-40.

The more layers you peel back on this onion, the more Raptors fans have a reason to start crying.

We begin with the Greekazoid reel:

Ilyasova and Nikola Mirotic (15 points on 5-of-10) get a few clips of their own:

Watch a little visual mathematics to show off just how good the Freak is:

The eyes of the NBA shift to Portland for Game 3, and we’ll have all the highlights tomorrow, so stay tuned and thanks for reading!