Raptors Bounce Back, Take Game 2

  • Raptors Bounce Back, Take Game 2

Raptors Bounce Back, Take Game 2

Lowry proved his coach right.

But he's not infallible, and the flaws in his game allowed the Toronto Raptors to escape with a 106-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Dellavedova, a 26-year-old guard from Australia, was also a burr in the Raptors' collective backside in last season's playoffs, setting screens for LeBron James in Cleveland's 4-2 series victory over Toronto in the Eastern Conference final. Wade said before practice Monday the Bulls have to give them a different defensive look with Butler at times, "if you get their offense out a little further, if it takes a little bit more time off the clock, all those things help", Wade said.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo marked his arrival as a big stage, playoff performer in his second trip to the National Basketball Association postseason - now he's looking for more.

DeRozan finished with a team-high 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting, flanked by Lowry bouncing back from a brutal game with a diversified box score and 22 points.

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and 7 boards, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and six dimes while big man Jonas Valanciunas added 10 markers and 10 rebounds as the Raptors shot 48.1 percent from the field (37-of-77) and 48.3 percent from 3-point range (14-of-29).

"We'll figure it out", Casey said. "I don't even think about who they're going to put on me". We did what we were supposed to, we played hard. Responding to his atrocious Game 1, Lowry came back with an aggressive mindset in the pick and roll, dicing up the defence. "Even if it's not with points, it's getting everybody involved. rebounding the ball, pushing the tempo and putting us in the right positions out there on the floor".

"OK, so next question", said DeRozan. With 4:07 to go in the third quarter, the floodgates opened, and by the 8:12 mark of the fourth, the Bucks had completed a 21-3 run to take a 14-point lead and complete control of proceedings. The Raptors led by one point with 2:46 to play after Antetokounmpo made a layup.

"No, but (Bucks' head coach) Jason Kidd has all their young guys not playing like rookies", Tucker said. You've got to start it up and sit there for a while before you pull off and you go on a little road trip.

The Bucks used a big second half to get past the Raptors on Saturday. Casey said Toronto must do a better job at getting back in transition.

Ibaka made a jumper to put Toronto up three but Antetokounmpo answered with a 3-pointer, tying it at 100-all with 2:03 left. "You've got to kick out, you've got to make shots against those guys, their length is their strength".

Khris Middleton was excellent in the period, dishing out six of his nine assists and finding a way to contribute despite not having his shooting stroke.

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Lowry was a non-factor as he went 2 of 11 from the field and scored a measly four points.

"Our energy and effort, we have to be the desperate team", Kidd said.

Toronto in 7. Not much separates East teams, as evidenced by the regular season.

Kidd probably should have played Monroe more in game two, considering he was excellent on the offensive end.

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The Congolese power forward, who sprained his ankle in Game 1, had doubts about playing. Whether you then use Joseph or DeMar DeRozan in the other guard slot with Lowry (depending on time of the game and situation), Casey looks to officially be onto something with the Tucker-Patterson-Ibaka frontcourt, at least for this particular series.

The latest episode of our Win In 6 Podcast arrives as the Milwaukee Bucks just came up short of a momentous win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2. "That's a tough thing to fight through and I don't know if this is the regular season, if he would have an opportunity to play, or be ready to play". The Raptors had 10 secondary assists in this game, and had none in Game 1.