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Raptors left searching for miracle cures after Bucks put on clinic in Game 2

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MILWAUKEE – Their season didn’t end on a chilly Friday night in Milwaukee.

But you could see it from here. The exact time of death is still to be determined and there is always the possibility that it’s premature to be making funeral arrangements.

Who knows? Miracle cures and all of that.

The Toronto Raptors have yet to play a game in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks on their home court. Maybe that’s the medicine they need.

But when they do arrive at Scotiabank Arena Sunday they will be trailing the series 2-0 and entirely on merit. There was a reasonable argument they could have stolen Game 1 but that would have had more to do with the Bucks being rusty after a week-long layoff than anything notable the Raptors did, and in the end the Bucks won every quarter of that game other than the first one.

But there were few strands of hope to grasp on to Friday night after Milwaukee looked every inch the No.1 seed in the NBA with their 125-103 over Toronto in a game in which they led 9-0 after two minutes and were never threatened for the next 46.

So the patient is gravely ill. There is no disputing that. The treatments and the side-effects and the eventual reading of last rites are yet to come but how to delay the seemingly inevitable is the short-term challenge.

It won’t be easy.

The Bucks’ best player – Giannis Antetokounmpo – is playing at a higher level than the Raptors’ best player, Kawhi Leonard, who was met with "future Clipper" chants whenever he got to the free-throw line. Their second second-best player — Khris Middleton — held his own compared to the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Bucks seem to have a list of players giving more than any of Pascal Siakam or Marc Gasol or Danny Green can provide.

And then there’s the fact that Milwaukee had three players from their bench in double figures before the start of the third quarter.

The game was already pretty much decided by then, if not much........

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