Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half to help secure the Game 6 series-ending win over the Bucks. Leonard did not stop there as he dominated the glass with 17 rebounds and added seven assists with two blocks and two steals for another full line for the superstar. Leonard was massive in this series averaging 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds with 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals. Leonard has become a Toronto icon in this process and we can only assume his heroics will continue in his club's battle with the Warriors that begins on Thursday.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry continued his excellent series against the Bucks on Saturday when he scored 17 points to help finish off the series. Lowry connected on 6-for-10 shooting and added five boards with eight assists with a steal in 41 minutes of action. Lowry stepped things up this series with averages of 19.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds on 50.7% shooting from the floor. If this type of play can continue in the Finals against the Warriors, he could be a major difference maker for his club.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam scored 18 points and added four rebounds in the 100-94 Game 6 series-ending win to beat the Bucks on Saturday. Siakam made seven of 17 shots from the floor overall and added a steal with a block while being a solid plus-8 on the night. Siakam struggled at times in the series with the length in the frontcourt of the Bucks and he will be relied on heavily again at both ends in the Finals. In two game this season against the Warriors, Siakam averaged 19.5 points on 65.0% shooting in two games and this is the type of production that will be asked upon for the Cameroonian forward.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet kept things going on Saturday when he nailed four more triples en route to 14 points in the 100-94 win over the Bucks in Game 6. VanVleet added two dimes and made five of six from the floor overall while being a team-best plus-12 in his 34 minutes of action. Danny Green again was a non-factor and this led to heavy minutes again for the VanVleet. He has averaged 16.0 points on a ridiculous 82.4% shooting from the three in his last three games and will be heavily relied on in the finals when his club takes on the Warriors.
Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Giannis Antetokounmpo connected on 7-for-18 shooting to score 21 points in the Game 6 series-ending loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. The Raptors once again did an excellent job at containing the Greek Freak by throwing multiple players at him throughout the night and he again struggled from the line by making just five of 10 shots. Antetokounmpo had a monster season and could very well be the MVP, but he needs to work on some things in order to get to the next level. Either way, we know he will come back stronger and faster next season and he will be the top pick in many fantasy drafts in the 2019-20 season once again.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe scored just eight points and added seven assists in the 100-94 Game 6 loss to the Raptors on Saturday night to end the series. Bledsoe also grabbed five rebounds with a steal as he made just three of nine shots from the floor in 30 minutes of action. After scoring 20 points in Game 5, Bledsoe was unable to keep the offense going in this one. Bledsoe had a rough series averaging just 10.2 points on 29.2% shooting from the floor but we can assume he will return to his solid fantasy production next season making a solid guard to have on any squad.
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard/small forward Khris Middleton started the game hot as he nailed a couple of triples early on and three total from deep in the first quarter, but then cooled off for the rest of the night. Middleton finished the night with 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting and added four boards and nothing else in 41 minutes of action. Middleton struggled on the offensive end throughout this series and with a player option on the table for Middleton for next season, we can expect him to opt out to test the free-agent waters. But, we can assume he will be back in a Bucks uniform, but who knows.
Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez provided a valiant effort in the 100-94 Game 6 loss to the Raptors on Saturday in Toronto. Lopez made some big baskets on the inside in the final quarter and provided solid interior defense on the other end. Lopez finished the night with 18 points and nine rebounds while swatting away three shots across 34 minutes of action. Lopez was possibly the best player in a Bucks' uniform on this night and after a brilliant season and a tremendous postseason, there will be many suitors lining up this offseason in hopes of picking up one of the best 3-and-D center's in the league.
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (calf) did not practice on Friday, but plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It doesn't sound like this calf injury is serious, and Iggy should be ready for Game 1. Kevin Durant (calf) is most likely going to be sidelined for the beginning of this series. Iggy will be asked to play some big minutes in the Finals without Durant available.
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (quad) was able to go through a scrimmage on Friday. Head coach Steve Kerr said that Cousins looks good, but they still haven't announced a timetable for his return. Cousins has made fantastic progress lately and honestly could have a chance at playing in Game 1 or 2.