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NBA Wildcat Watch: Playoff Edition (Sept. 6-7)

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Bucks are trying to stay alive, Raptors are going for the lead.

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Playoffs’ Eastern Conference semifinals are underway.

Both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors are looking to bounce back from early deficits. The Bucks enter Friday, trailing the Miami Heat, 2-0. Meanwhile, the Raptors are trying to catch up to the Boston Celtics, after a dramatic finish on Thursday night.

Check out the playoff schedule, then come back later for updates to see how Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Lowry did.

Donte DiVincenzo

The Bucks are staying alive, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo leaving early with an injury. It was a solid performance for DiVincenzo, who posted a game-high +22 plus/minus rating off the bench in Milwaukee’s 118-115 overtime victory.

Plus/minus isn’t always a true indicator of everything, but it was DiVincenzo’s longest appearance in the series, logging 27 minutes, 10 points, five boards, two assists, one steal, and a block.

It’s now a 3-1 series lead for Miami.

Up Next: vs. Miami on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Kyle Lowry

It wasn’t a pretty game for Lowry and the Raptors. They fell behind early, and never quite recovered from their slow start.

Boston cruised to a 111-89 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.

Lowry had 10 points, two rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Up Next: vs. Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6:40 p.m. ET (ESPN)


Looking Ahead

Donte DiVincenzo/Milwaukee vs. Miami:

  • Game 1: Miami won, 115-104 (1-0, Miami)
  • Game 2: Miami won, 116-114 (2-0, Miami)
  • Game 3: Miami won, 115-100 (3-0, Miami)
  • Game 4: Milwaukee won, 118-115 OT (3-1, Miami)
  • Game 5: Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 6: Thursday, Sept. 10, TBA
  • Game 7: Saturday, Sept. 12, TBA

Kyle Lowry/Toronto vs. Boston:

  • Game 1: Boston won, 112-94 (1-0, Boston)
  • Game 2: Boston won, 102-99 (2-0, Boston)
  • Game 3: Toronto won, 104-103 (2-1, Boston)
  • Game 4: Toronto won, 100-93 (2-2, tied)
  • Game 5: Boston won, 111-89 (3-2, Boston)
  • Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6:40 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 7: Friday, Sept. 11, TBA (TNT)