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Celebrity/Rapper Drake taunts Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 4 VS Raptors

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There really is an advantage when a team is playing at their homecourt. Aside from avoiding the grueling travel, there is the benefit of having fans cheer for you in the court. Even though a professional athlete’s concentration and focus would usually not be deterred by the loudness of a crowd, sometimes those little things can matter. It might not be a deciding factor, but it certainly is contributing to the back-to-back homecourt victories the Toronto Raptors are currently celebrating, most recently with their Game 4 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday (Manila time).

The Bucks were clearly struggling after the first quarter, leading to a critical 120-102 win for the Raptors. The Eastern Conference Finals is now tied at 2-2, and no one is happier than the Raptors supporters, especially no.1 fan Drake.

Drake is a devout fan of the Raptors, and was clearly enjoying the game as he was seen trolling big man Giannis Antetokounmpo with his free throw struggles since the first quarter. Whenever Giannis airballs, Drake and the Toronto crowd celebrates and cheers. The trolling continued until midway through the third quarter, and whether it had an impact on the Greek Freak’s poor performance, only he can tell.

Giannis recorded only 2-for-7 on his free throws in Game 3, and 6-for-10 from the line in Game 4.

In the fourth quarter, Drake was seen patting the shoulders of head coach Nick Nurse after Fred VanVleet shot a 3-pointer. The Internet exploded with amusement upon witnessing the video of Drake getting buddy-buddy with the coach out of his excitement.

No one can really blame Drake for enjoying the game. The Toronto crowd is looking forward for the team to snatch the conference title for the first time in their franchise history and finally make it to NBA Finals. To do that, the Raptors must first survive the best-of-seven series against the Bucks and win Game 5, which will be on Friday (Manila time) at the Fiserv Forum. (Janiel Abby Toralba)