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By April 10, 2019
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    Giannis Antetokounmpo expects the Milwaukee Bucks to show a positive response to their Game 3 setback against the Toronto Raptors but knows it will not be easy.

    The Raptors reduced the Bucks' Eastern Conference finals lead to 2-1 with a 118-112 double overtime victory at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.

    Antetokounmpo could only muster 12 points and fouled out in the second overtime.

    But the NBA MVP contender says the Bucks will not dwell on their defeat and believes they will come back stronger in Game 4 in Toronto on Tuesday.

    He said: "We could be up 3-0. Double overtime, we didn't play well. But at the end of the day and it's not going to be easy.

    "I've never been here before and I never expected it to be easy. As a team usually when we face adversity and lose a game, usually we come out and play way better. Hopefully we can do that for Game 4."

    He added: "I don't think as a team we felt any frustration, obviously we wanted to get back to the game but they were just playing better than us.

    "Whenever we got close they were hitting some shots, taking the lead back to seven or eight It wasn't our last game, we can get a lot better and that makes me really excited. 

    "We've got to come back, focus on Game 4 and try to set the tone from the beginning."

  • Iguodala questionable for Game 4 Iguodala questionable for Game 4

    Andre Iguodala was cleared of serious damage after undergoing an MRI scan on his calf, but the Golden State Warriors veteran is a doubt for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Iguodala departed after feeling tightness in his left calf in the opening quarter of a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

    The 35-year-old guard's scan came back as negative, but he may not feature when the defending champions - who lead 3-0 - attempt to wrap up the series on Monday.

    Head coach Steve Kerr says Alfonzo McKinnie is capable of stepping up if Iguodala is unavailable.

    "We'll have to have more minutes from him, but we're confident he can do the job." said Kerr.

    Stephen Curry echoed Kerr's sentiments.

    He said: "Injuries are a part of the game, but we have guys that are capable and can step up. It will require Alfonzo having a few more minutes, Jonas [Jerebko], J.B. [Jordan Bell] playing the solid basketball he did on Saturday night."

  • This is playoff basketball – Leonard on playing through injury in Raptors win This is playoff basketball – Leonard on playing through injury in Raptors win

    Kawhi Leonard played down an apparent leg injury, insisting "this is playoff basketball" after helping the Toronto Raptors overcome the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

    Leonard led the way in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals as the Raptors topped the Bucks 118-112 in double overtime.

    The Raptors star, however, appeared to injure his leg in Toronto after finishing a layup and was walking with a noticeable limp during the first half.

    But Leonard – who scored 36 points in a game-high 52 minutes of action – remained in the game and dismissed the problem after the Raptors reduced the Bucks' series lead to 2-1.

    "I'm feeling alright," Leonard told TNT. "This is playoff basketball. Everybody is hurting. Just have to keep fighting."

    "I'm just confident in myself," Leonard said. "My team-mates are confident in me. I just go out there and play. I can live with the results because I'm giving 110 per cent out there."

    Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 24 and 30 points respectively in the first two games of the series.

    But, the Raptors limited the MVP candidate to just 12 points on Sunday. Antetokounmpo fouled out in the second overtime.

    "It takes a team," Leonard said about defending Antetokounmpo. "He's a great basketball player. That's why he's an MVP finalist. We all have to just show hands and play hard.

    "He's a great player. He plays hard and he's leading his team great."

    The Raptors will have a chance to even the series at 2-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday before the matchup shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 5.

    "I've got to look at some film," Leonard said. "Right now, I'm going to enjoy this win. We'll see what we have to do [Monday]."

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