Even those in charge in Milwaukee couldn't have expected things to go this well, as they earned the best record in the regular season and are now four wins away from their first trip to the Finals since 1974.
The Blazers remained competitive through most of the first three periods.
Needless to say, Lillard likes the Blazers' chances in their first conference finals since 2000. "Giannis also had a great regular season, but from a winning standpoint, I always go with the victor". The bad news is they're still underdogs to the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
"It's a little different style that we're going to see", Nurse said. It's a very deep team, a very good team.
Leonard scored 41 points on 16-of-39 shooting in Game 7 against the 76ers.
The Bible of Baseball points to the Bucks depth, defence and perimeter shooting as the reason they're favourites.
The Raptors dispatched the Bucks in six games in the opening round in 2017, but Antetokounmpo has improved by leaps and bounds in the two seasons since. That ranked as third-best among qualified players, one spot ahead of the two-time MVP who was 43.7 percent from three before the playoffs.
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"We're hoping for one more now", he said.
The Raptors will need contributions for everyone, including Lowry - who briefly left Game 7 because of a sprained left thumb but returned and played the entire second half. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
"If you tell guys to shoot it, they're usually pretty happy; it hasn't been that hard a sell", the coach said.
Toronto, which used only seven players on Sunday, will not practice for a day, giving players some extra rest.
And while the Raps didn't make the spread, they did win at the buzzer thanks to superstar Kawhi Leonard's miraculous shot. Will a pumped-up Leonard derail the Bucks?
He was right - at least for the first three quarters. The Trail Blazers advanced to face the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors, beginning on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning China time) in Oakland, California. Each playoff game is estimated to have a $3 million economic impact on downtown businesses - everything from hotels to transportation and food and beverage, according to Visit Milwaukee, an agency that promotes tourism to the city.