Bucks fall in back and forth contest with Raptors

Posted Апреля 24, 2017

Their first opponent has been a challenging one, the Toronto Raptors.

Of course, to properly test the Cavaliers, the third-seeded Raptors need to get past the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in their first round playoff series.

"We're much better when our backs are against the wall", he said. "It's a tough way to live, but I love our team's resilient personality".

MILWAUKEE - A best-of-seven now reduced to a best-of-three with the Raptors having home court. After digging themselves a 31-point deficit in Game 3, coach Dwane Casey went small and athletic, inserting Powell into the starting lineup for Valanciunas and moving Ibaka to centre.

Tony Snell led Milwaukee with 19 points, including five three-pointers, both playoff career highs.

Too many shots came up short or hit iron, Lowry and Ibaka leading the brick-fest, and Toronto's carelessness with the ball leading to 14 Bucks points, far too many for such a crucial tip. Lowry answered with a bucket before setting up another basket with a drive-and-dish to center Jonas Valanciunas for a layup in traffic.

Toronto's star guards produced in the clutch, while the defense threw up roadblocks to a Bucks team that ran all over them on Thursday night. Thanks to a strong defensive effort to open the game, the Bucks shot just 35 percent in the first quarter while Toronto shot 40 percent.

"When you turn the ball over 20 times, it's hard to have a pace", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Toronto's P.J. Tucker helped contain the Bucks' All-Star with physical play in the post in the fourth quarter. I think it's going to be a chess match for the next three games and there's no edge. The veteran guard has yet to get into any rhythm in their current series against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it appears that the team will continue to struggle if he does not find his groove soon. The Bucks made life miserable for DeRozan, essentially taking away his ability to effectively work the pick-and-roll. The 6-foot-4 Powell offered more quickness to counter the athletic Bucks. By halftime he had eight of the Raptors' 15 field goals and 21 of their 41 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe each finished with 14 points for the Bucks, who shot 37 percent from the field.

DeRozan made history in Game 3, becoming the first 25-point scorer in history to go 0-for-3 or worse in a playoff game in the same season. They were flat from the get go.

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"My guy is always going to keep me calm", Lowry said of DeRozan. We even got a game-winner to boot. DeRozan steadily contributed throughout the first 24 minutes, ending the half with 21 points.

DeRozan talked about the embarrassment of Game 3 for the Raptors as a team and himself personally.

"Our tempo.in that second half came to a halt", Kidd said.

Brogdon missed on the other end, and the Raps pushed forward once again, with two quick passes from Lowry and DeRozan ending up in the hands of Norman Powell. For how they play during the regular season, they're worth it. He also had four of the team's 13 first-half turnovers after the Bucks had averaged 10 turnovers a game in the playoffs against Toronto.

The Warriors were able to erase a 16-point lead in four minutes during the third quarter led by Klay Thompson three-pointers and JaVale McGee dunks.

"Coach is going to make his decision and ultimately we have to go with his decision", Lowry said.

The frustration became obvious for Toronto late in the half.

ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and the Atlanta Hawks delivered an early knockout blow against Washington, cruising to a victory that sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff series.

The Raptors shot an bad combined 33.8% and couldn't get much help from DeRozan or Lowry. It made up for an otherwise sluggish start from the rest of Toronto's roster, which combined for 20 points on 7-of-28 shooting.

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