Powell helps Raptors take 3-2 lead over Bucks

  • Powell helps Raptors take 3-2 lead over Bucks

Powell helps Raptors take 3-2 lead over Bucks

Casey and his coaching staff similarly deserve a ton of credit for coming up with it.

Powell has been masterful since entering the starting lineup - you know that, I know that, and many words have already been written about it by people much smarter than I. "We've just got to treat this next game like it's Game 7".

The Bucks committed 21 turnovers Saturday.

A jump shot from Patrick Patterson put Toronto up by 19 points midway through the second, but the Bucks - shooting 67 per cent in the quarter - clawed their way to within seven.

Brogdon said Powell gives the Raptors better ball movement when he is in the game. "It's an opportunity for us to go home, take care of what we need to do and come back here on Friday". "They're feeding off of that", Kidd said. "We're not slowing the ball down".

Atlanta evened up the series at two games apiece behind balanced scoring, solid defense and some unlikely contributions from unexpected players.

"For a lot of these guys, they've never seen this".

The latest episode of our Win In 6 Podcast arrives as we reflect on a disappointing Game 5 loss for the Milwaukee Bucks in the Air Canada Centre on Monday. It started with Serge Ibaka in the first quarter, making buckets, blocking shots, being a defensive nuisance.

Powell provided a spark at both ends of the court just as he did in last year's playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

It didn't take long for those watching - whether on TV, in the stands or from the Bucks' dismayed bench - to figure out what was happening: Toronto was out to muck up the game, trying to make it a sloppy, ground-out, grueling and foul-filled affair. The Raptors won both games in which the three-time all-star scored 18 points or more this series and struggled when Lowry wasn't an impact player.

"We can't keep him getting layups after layups after layups " said Carroll, who described Antetokounmpo as "the head of the (Milwaukee) snake". DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 assists.

NOTES: Bucks G Khris Middleton (sore throat) missed the shootaround Monday but was in the starting lineup. He scored 8.4 points in 18 minutes per game in the regular season.

"In this series, he's been the X-factor", Casey said.

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. was able to play after leaving Game 3 with a strained neck.

"And to understand this is the playoffs, it wasn't anything he did wrong but just the matchup that he had with Monroe".

"I always think I'm going to be on the podium", he quipped, actually managing to hold back a smile for a second or two. "He had the proper attitude, proper disposition and he was a pro". Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points.

When asked about the difference in the past two games after a dismal Game 3, Valanciunas said, "We regrouped and are playing different basketball, playing together, that's why we're winning". Now he says he's ready to play whenever his chance comes along. This is how you play.

DeRozan was feeling a sigh of relief after picking up his play. First, Middleton was able to rest a bit - Milwaukee hasn't really been too concerned about Carroll (or P.J. Tucker).

The Toronto Raptors trounced the Bucks 118-93 in game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

"We've been meeting all morning and we'll be prepared for what might happen, but the most important thing I do that will happen if they will come out and compete and we've got to meet that compete level, whether we talk about it and now we've got to go out and do it in Game 6".