Thursday night will bring us two elimination games as Raptors-Bucks and Spurs-Grizzlies will both play in their respective Game 6 of each series. The Bucks and Grizzlies have both showed fight as the underdogs in each matchup but will have to pull out home wins in order to keep their seasons alive.
It seemed as if Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks had the Raptors number early in this series. After the Bucks jumped out to a 2-1 lead, the Raptors have won back to back games and now lead the series 3-2. This Milwaukee Bucks team is filled with potential but they are lacking playoff experience like all good young teams do. We’ll see what they’re made of with their backs against the wall on Thursday. The same could be said for the Raptors though. If they’re for real, they won’t let this get to a Game 7.
The second game of the night is Spurs-Grizzlies with Game 6 back in Memphis. The Spurs jumped out to a 2-0 lead but after Game 2 postgame rant from Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, the Grizzlies found new life. Memphis bounced back and won the next two games at home, extending the series as much as they could. The Spurs now lead 3-2 going into tonight’s game but Memphis has been fantastic at home, so anything could happen.
Once again, Bird vowed there would be change and a faster tempo for Pacers in the 2016-2017 season. His first move was to hire Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan without much of a public coaching search. The problem is, McMillan has never been known as a coach who excelled in pace. As a head coach, his teams finished 24th, 27th, 15th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 29th, 30th, 30th, and 30th respectively in pace. His teams have always been quite slow, in fact. Why was Nate McMillan the choice to coach a faster-paced team?