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  • Kyle Lowry PG | TOR

    Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Still playing through pain in hand

    Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Lowry is still playing through pain in his right hand, Raptors radio play-by-play man Eric Smith reports.

    This isn't exactly breaking news, as Lowry has battled the after-effects of a dislocated right thumb for much of the postseason. It hasn't seemed impact him in this current series against Milwaukee, however, as Lowry holds averages of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from three through four games.

  • OG Anunoby SF | TOR

    Raptors' OG Anunoby: No timetable for return

    Head coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Anunoby (abdomen) is without a timetable for a return, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    It always seemed like a long-shot that Anunoby would be healthy enough to return during the Eastern Conference Finals, but the fact that the swingman still is not taking part in contact portions of practices suggests that he is still a ways away. At this point, it would be surprising if Anunoby was active at any point during what is left of this postseason.

  • Eric Bledsoe PG | MIL

    Bucks' Eric Bledsoe: Struggling in East Finals

    Bledsoe posted five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes Tuesday in the Bucks' 120-102 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Bledsoe played fewer minutes than backup point guard George Hill, who has outperformed the former throughout the series. Through the first four matchups with Toronto, Bledsoe has reached double figures in scoring just once while shooting 24.4 percent from the field and 2-for-17 (10.5 percent) from three-point range.

  • Fred VanVleet PG | TOR

    Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Shines off bench

    VanVleet posted 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt), six assists, one steal and one rebound in 25 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Raptors' 120-102 win over the Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    The Toronto bench came alive as the Raptors evened the series, with VanVleet one of three reserves to reach double digits in points. It ended a prolonged dry spell for VanVleet, who had failed to score more than nine points in any of his past 14 appearances, during which he shot an abysmal 21.7 percent from the field.

  • D.J. Wilson PF | MIL

    Bucks' D.J. Wilson: Appears in garbage time

    Wilson (ankle) logged four minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Bucks' 120-102 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished with zero points, one rebound and one block.

    Listed as questionable heading into the day with the ankle injury that sidelined him from for Games 1 and 3, Wilson's entry into the contest late in the fourth quarter implies that he's reasonably healthy. The fact that Wilson's usage came in garbage time signals that he likely won't be a part of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation in Game 5 on Thursday.

  • Nikola Mirotic PF | MIL

    Bucks' Nikola Mirotic: Limited production in loss

    Mirotic totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 25 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Mirotic finished with another pedestrian performance in Tuesday's loss, scoring just 11 points and doing little else other than scoring. In 12 games prior to Tuesday, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, making only 1.7 threes and shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three. His shooting slump and limited production have rendered him virtually unusable in daily contests.

  • Kyle Lowry PG | TOR

    Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Drops 25 on Bucks in win

    Lowry totaled 25 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-10 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.

    After scoring 30 in Game 1, Lowry scored just 26 points combined in Games 2 and 3, before his 25-point performance in Game 4. He has a track record of up-and-down performances in the playoffs, so forecasting his stat lines on a nightly basis will be a bit unpredictable.

  • Norman Powell SF | TOR

    Raptors' Norman Powell: Scores 18 in win

    Powell totaled 18 points (6-18 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 32 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Powell finished with 18 points, hitting four triples in Tuesday's win. He was extremely aggressive, jacking up 18 shots and 13 threes, both easily his most attempts in the playoffs. Powell has been very involved in the offense as of late, averaging 17 points in 29 minutes in the Raptors' last three games. Expect the usage to continue with his recent productivity.

  • Kawhi Leonard SF | TOR

    Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Unusually low scoring total in win

    Leonard totaled 19 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Leonard put up an unusually low 19 points after scoring at least 20 points in 12 straight games and at least 30 in his last four. He played a career-high 52 minutes in Sunday's Game 3 win, and clearly showed signs of fatigue in Game 4. With the series evened up at two games apiece, Leonard will have just a couple days' rest ahead of a big Game 5 on Thursday.

  • Bucks' Khris Middleton: Explodes for 30 points

    Middleton totaled 30 points (11-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and six rebounds over 36 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Middleton led the Bucks in scoring with 30 points on a very efficient shooting night, nailing four three-pointers along the way. His scoring explosion was unexpected, considering he totaled 32 points combined in his last three games. With most of the Bucks struggling except for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton stepped up and made a big impact, despite the loss.