They'll be mad in Game 4, and this young Bucks team can't afford to bask in the afterglow. Toronto went on a 7-0 run and held Milwaukee to a 17-point third quarter. In the last encounter on Friday, Raptors managed to limit the Bucks on only 76 points and forced them to make season-high 21 turnovers. Antetokounmpo's play energizes a Milwaukee club that somehow got better after losing standout power forward Jabari Parker to a season-ending knee injury and saw its confidence grow with a 14-point road victory in Game 1. It's Game 4, we've got to be desperate.
They played Toronto on their turf through the first two games of the series. "I think it's going to be a chess match for the next three games".
They just had no answer for the Bucks defensive prowess.
I'd chalk their struggles up to the raucous Milwaukee home crowd - complete with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has seen himself quite a bit of basketball lately - but they struggled in Toronto as well. When they tried to speed the game up and get out in transition, it was chaotic; when they had to play in the half court, they were unable to execute and it often became isolation offense.
The resurgent DeRozan was 12 of 22 from the field after missing all eight of his attempts in Game 3.
The Bucks, who looked a few years away from true Eastern Conference contention, have thus far bypassed the playoff growing pains and now have home courtadvantage and the most dominant showing in the series.
The Bucks, meanwhile, made just 11 of 18 at the line, and they missed 16 of their 21 3-point attempts.
"It's going to be a different team (Saturday)".
"I thought he was looking to try to pick the team up", Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd said of Antetokounmpo.
On Saturday, Bango, the Bucks mascot, created a Snapchat riddle that read: "What do the Toronto Raptors and Possums have in common?"
"We just gotta come in motivated, high energy, knowing that we can do it again", Thon Maker said. The Raptors were only slightly better with the ball, but their defense set the tone.
"We'll make changes. We made changes going into the second half, but whoever goes in has to go in and make a difference, and we didn't", Casey said. Bucks starter Khris Middleton was the go to man early on, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry added 18 points while Norman Powell and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 apiece, and Serge Ibaka finished with 10.
Atlanta pushed out to a double-digit lead before the game was 3 minutes old and stretched the margin to 38-13 with just under a minute to go in the opening quarter on Schroder's 3-pointer.
Australian Mills played his usual strong supporting role for the Spurs, coming off the bench to score six points and adding two rebounds, four assists and a steal in his 23 minutes on court.
Snell was Milwaukee's top scorer with 19, while Monroe was held to 14 points and nine boards. He looked nearly unstoppable, torching every defender Milwaukee tried on him.
"It's something we'll have in the back of our mind, but, like I said, we have to go out as if our backs are against the wall". But they misfired more with the ball, with Antetokounmpo seemingly playing too aggressive at times.
"I keep a level head and I understand bad things are going to come, and I accept it, just like I accept the great times", DeRozan said of his ability to bounce back.
"Our forcefulness, our intensity was back to Game 1", Casey said.