The Raptors signed Carroll in 2015 for one reason: to have a real chance at defending LeBron James. He may have a tougher challenge in trying to stop Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak has had a season the league has never seen before, becoming the first player in NBA history to rank in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. He’s a 7’0 LeBron James, before the muscle, and he’s only getting better.
That gives Carroll a warm-up before getting to The Design Cheap Jerseys King in the second round. If he can shut down Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee will reduce to ash. P.J. Tucker is another physical defender who’ll give the Bucks’ All-Star similar issues defensively.
But the Raptors haven’t had an answer for him this season. In four games against Toronto, Antetokounmpo is averaging 24.8 points on 59 percent shooting, along with just under eight rebounds and eight assists per game. He’ll need to do more, however, if he wants those numbers to translate over to the win column.
However, Gobert is working on a game-to-game basis, and the Clippers may not have enough in them to scrape out two more wins without Griffin being available. If it happens, it’s going to take an incredible effort from Chris Paul, who had 34 points and 10 assists on Friday.
Even if Los Angeles can sneak past Utah, though, the Clippers have no chance of pulling off a magical upset against the Warriors. It was already something that was unlikely to happen, but losing one of their top two stars should end any ideas of that for good.