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LIVE: Raptors zero in on new challenge against Bucks, leaving the past behind

LIVE: Raptors zero in on new challenge against Bucks, leaving the past behind
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MILWAUKEE—As the Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks got set to open their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference final, Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry was the voice of reason.

“Every game will be different, everything in the past is gone,” Lowry said here this morning. “Everything we’ve done, they’ve done, doesn’t matter. Now it’s about tonight and get ready to go.”

Raptors fans would be hard-pressed to find any way to dispute that fact, the semifinal series with the Philadelphia 76ers was more seven one-game events rather than a free-flowing, momentum-continuing series.

There’s no reason to think that this series with the Bucks, owners of the NBA’s best regular season record at 60-22, will be any different.

This is the first time the Bucks have been in a conference final since 2001, when they lost in seven games to the Philadelphia 76ers. Toronto, 58-24 in the just completed season, lost in six games of the conference final to Cleveland in 2016.
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