That would be three plays in the final two minutes - Leonard's offensive rebound, the shot-clock violation that wasn't, and the Brogdon turnover - that, in a game that was played on the edge of a knife, could have very easily gone against the Raptors.
The other reason to give VanVleet a bit of the edge in the debate is his unbelievably loaded schedule the past five days.
The Raptors held Milwaukee to 1-for-12 shooting to start the second, and Lowry's three-pointer with 5:09 left in the quarter capped a 14-2 Raptors run and gave Toronto its first lead. "We've got to be able to limit him if we're going to win the next game".
"The game he played was pretty good", said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 17 points. Whether it's placing more of an emphasis on the three-point line as opposed to the paint defensively, or finding a new wrinkle to incorporate Giannis into the halfcourt offense, the pressure is on Mike Budenholzer to find an answer-otherwise Milwaukee's season will nearly certainly come to an unceremonious end. We've got to go to Toronto, get a game.
"[You] keep just trusting the work, and trusting your craft, and knowing that, at some point, they're going to drop".
It's been a rather rapid turnaround in public opinion since then.
That faith was repaid in spades Thursday night. But Nurse was confident in his star. "He just stepped into the shots that were there tonight".
Those good times would only last for so long. Great game by him though. Remember, he's not on the team. For at least two games, they have found it in a proud father running on fumes.
Antetokounmpo finished with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss. "We're the best team in the league".
Rather than slowing down, though, he still seems to be reaching for the top end of that gear.
Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo named to All-NBA First Team: I also picked up on the big news of the day as Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially named to this year's All-NBA First Team, the first Bucks player to do so in 36 years. I've got just one baseball play today and that will be my only personal service selection. Even when the Bucks raced out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter, the Raptors methodically chipped away as opposed to pushing the ball and trying to play fast. His presence draws more attention than most celebrities who attend games and his seats are in a prime location beside the Raptors bench. Green ended the game scoreless. "And then, this what you've got to do: "Hey man, you all right?"'" He said there was no particular play when his ankle was hurt, but added it wouldn't be a problem when the team takes on the Raptors in Toronto in Game 6.