When the sun rose this morning, this looked like the game of the day.
The 6-0 Toronto Raptors lead by Kawhi Leonard traveling to Milwaukee to face the 6-0 Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo. These are the two hottest teams in the East to start the season, and two teams that see themselves as a legitimate threat to Boston at the top of the conference.
Then the news started coming out.
While Antetokounmpo passed his neurological exams during and after Saturday’s game, but symptoms showed up the next day. This is not uncommon with concussions, where symptoms are not always immediate.
The Raptors have rested Leonard on back-to-backs all season, a maintenance program for his quad, the issue that forced him to miss almost all of last season.
That sucks much of the fun out of this matchup of undefeated teams. While it’s still an interesting test of depth — the Bucks are +22 this season with Antetokounmpo on the bench, the Raptors are +1 without Leonard — it’s not the early season measuring stick game we had hoped for.