The Raptors take Game 2 and even the series up. "(Point guard Malcolm) Brogdon, him, they all come in and they play like they've played in the playoffs for years.
Yet it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who stole the show, dropping a playoff career-high 28 points, while grabbing eight rebounds, and handing out three assists. "But I've been there before, this is not the first time I've sprained an ankle. things can be changed". "But it's something we're not unfamiliar with, being at this point". Every year for the last five years, Thompson has expended the team's No. 1 draft pick on a defensive player.
Sitting slumped in a chair at Toronto's practice facility on Sunday, still dealing with flu-like symptoms, a despondent-looking Lowry said he was struggling to ditch the disappointment of his latest playoff stinker. "They game-planned really well for us".
The worst that the Bucks can do is return home with a split of the first two games.
Game 2 is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre and it is now a must-win game for the Raptors. "But we have to focus on Game 2". That is how game-changing the Greek Freak was and why the Raptors have spent the better part of two days focussing nearly exclusively on the Bucks forward.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds. No, the Raptors were outworked by the Bucks in the second half and now they once again find themselves trailing in a series. "We didn't play with any pace or rhythm", Casey continued. "But overall, it just wasn't Kyle, it was everybody, all of us".
Other Bucks soldiered on without the Greek Freak in the game.
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Casey didn't blame the team's ability to pull off those regular season comebacks for their slow-moving, low-scoring second half, but he did point to the easy breaks his team gave Milwaukee. "I don't know if we played hard enough to deserve to win", he said after the loss. In six games against the Chicago Bulls, Antetokounmpo averaged just 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 36.6 percent from the field, culminating his frustrating playoff debut with a Flagrant-2 foul on Mike Dunleavy Jr.
"J.V. has to be more than just a screener and ball-reversal guy", Williams told Sportsnet's Jeff Blair Monday morning on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. It's a make-or-miss league, and the Raptors actually had plenty of good looks from the three-point line on Saturday. Somehow, some way, Lowry, the Raptors most important player, has to get back to setting the tone for his team with his scoring and his playmaking. "He's won that spot with them so we've got to respect him and he's somebody we definitely have to take out".
Harden had 22 triple-doubles and became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have 2,000 points (2,356), 900 assists (907) and 600 rebounds (659) in a single season.
"Once they got their mojo going, we didn't do a good job", Casey said. "I played through it".
Bucks at Raptors, Milwaukee leads 1-0. Any time you are playing these guys, you have to contain DeRozan and Lowry. "When we did finish with the rebound, just getting out on the run, the same thing we have been talking about all year".
Toronto's defence was pathetic, leading to 30 first-quarter points being surrendered and an eight-hole deficit to overcome. The former Orangeville Prep standout had four points, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 15 minutes of action.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks came into this series as major underdogs but you wouldn't have known that by the way they dominated the Raptors in the second half in Game 1.