The Milwaukee Bucks defense has been hit and miss this season.
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The Raptors looked to be in control of Game 1 before the Bucks took over in that second half to steal the game and home-court advantage.
After each Raptors playoff game, Mitch Robson will take you through a pivotal moment on which the game hinged.
Antetokounmpo scored seven points for Milwaukee.
The Bucks go into Game 2 on Tuesday night knowing they can do no worse than a split before the series returns to Milwaukee. I can't remember a game in which so many passes were tipped or intercepted. Having said that, it can't be denied that DeRozan has carried the offensive load many nights, especially since the All-Star break with Kyle Lowry sidelined for most of the second half. "We're going to need that from him".
Greg Monroe would emerge as the centre of attention, the big Buck coming off the bench, scoring, rebounding and knocking down shots and free throws. Toronto shot 7 for 35 in the second half, following up a 3 for 18 showing in the third by going 4 for 17 in the fourth. However, Kyle Lowry (22.4 points, 7 assists per game) might be even more important. "People didn't expect us to make the playoffs after we lost a few games during the regular season". "He didn't force things, he let the game come to him". No, the Raptors were outworked by the Bucks in the second half and now they once again find themselves trailing in a series. "The paint is No. 1, the paint is gold in this series". A rookie, Brogdon has provided a calming and steady presence at point guard on both end of the floor.
A trio of huge defensive plays from Thon Maker has thrust the Aussie into the spotlight and helped Milwaukee Bucks upset Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the National Basketball Association playoffs. But coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka "should be ready to go tomorrow night".
Paul George led the way for IN with 29 points.
Serge Ibaka: This is the player the Raptors have needed for years and they finally have him within the flow of the team, just in time for the playoffs.
The Bucks have one of the youngest cores in the league, but they did add some playoff experience to their roster by adding Tony Snell (Bulls), Matthew Dellavedova (Cavaliers) and Mirza Teletovic (Nets) in the offseason. Chyna Thomas, 22, died in a vehicle accident early Saturday, casting doubt on whether Thomas would ultimate play in the opener. He had a game high 28 points, to go along with 8 rebounds. Butler also guarded Thomas at times.
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Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted an ankle and could not elevate for a jumper that would've given the Bulldogs the lead. Karnowski has been a leader for the Bulldogs all season long but was ice cold in the first half with Meeks in his face.
"They did a good job", Casey said.
"We've got to figure out how to get a better rhythm, a better pace, spacing once the ball gets in the halfcourt, we've got to get better movement".
KEEP AN EYE ON: The rebounding battle. He's getting his points in every game of this series, one way or another. It was as part of a 53-36 overall rebounding edge for the game.
Over the past decade, teams that represented the East in the final all finished the regular season with scoring margins in excess of 3.3 points per game after adjusting for strength of schedule, also known as the Simple Rating System.
There are so many galling data points about this loss that I'm nearly at a loss to list them all. That the Raptors collapsed in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against Milwaukee was highly unusual. They are not off to the strongest start.
Jazz at Clippers, Jazz lead 1-0.
In the immortal words of the legendary Al Davis: "Just win baby!"
"Yeah, they (officials) feel like they are legal, but you look at them in slow time and believe me they are moving, they are grabbing, they are holding". It's a long shot to emerge from the East (12-1 odds) and to win the 2017 National Basketball Association championship (40-1 odds), but they have everything they need to make a deep playoff run with some upsets along the way.
Not long after, he sent back a shot from star shooting guard Demar Derozan.
PRESSURE IS ON: The Clippers. The exclamation on his Game 1 performance was this filthy block on Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.