Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Raptors' Lowry and DeRozan Look to Shoot Down Bucks

Raptors' Lowry and DeRozan Look to Shoot Down Bucks

Putbacks: The Raptors are now 0-9 in playoff Game Ones...they scored 32 points in the second half... Jonas Valanciunas had nine points and nine rebounds. We were just totally out of rhythm in the second half.

"A guy who leads the team in every category, who can finish in the top 20 in every category, it's just unheard of", Kidd said. You've got to give them credit for doing a good job defensively. For example, Greg Monroe had a double-double in his playoff debut (14 points, 15 rebounds), while Kris Middleton came close (10 points, nine assists).

Terry, once a teammate of Bucks head coach Jason Kidd and a student of Raptors coach Dwane Casey when all three men helped bring a championship to Dallas, loves working with Maker.

"We had some breakdowns and let them get some open shots", Barnes said of the team's early deficit. To hear Casey say "Lowry just needs to hit shots" again, after he said it last post-season, and the year before, it's enough to make a man insane. I wish him the best of luck.

It should have been time for the Raptors to put some distance between themselves and the Bucks, but the opposite occurred.

But no other Raptor played particularly well on a night when everything that could go wrong did for the Raptors. "We know they're going to be more desperate". The Bucks were ready, they were focused, they played with tempo and energy, but rarely out of control.

"The kid plays so hard, he has a heart as big as this table", Casey said.

"We learned every type of way you can learn, from being swept to being an inexperienced young team playing against the most veteran team you can go against in Brooklyn that year to going to the Eastern Conference final, six games", DeRozan said. We've talked about the noise and the communication that everybody has to get on the same page.

"Doesn't matter", P.J. Tucker said. Middleton finished the third-quarter scoring with two free throws and Milwaukee led 75-70.

And he will be a focal point of the Raptors preparation for the Bucks, something that was already underway before they were locked in as the No. 6 seed and the first round partner for your No. 3 seeded Raptors Tuesday night by virtue of an Atlanta Hawks win in Charlotte.

The Raptors shot 36 percent from the field and the Bucks shot 44.7 percent. Maker chipped in three blocks and a steal on the defensive end of the floor, and one point he went step for step with Kyle Lowry on an isolation drive. The Raptors' bench is deeper and more talented on paper, but if the Bucks bench can equal their production going forward, they'll be in great shape. As a leader, he stepped up and didn't take the bait. If the Milwaukee Bucks can execute a specialized game plan and create enough chaos, a 6-seed taking out the 3-seed wouldn't be that far-fetched.

Hired help: The Raptors have the better support crew, with a big man duo of Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas expected to be very hard to handle.

"I'm relishing the moment because I don't know how many more of these I have - hopefully, two or three more - but if not, I'm going to play it like my last so I'm going to give everything I have to this group". Take Irving out of the mix and the Cavaliers shot 60.8 percent for the game, and they were that hot through the first half (61 percent, including Irving).

The teams split four games during the regular season, both winning their two home games and the Bulls getting one of their victories thanks to a controversial foul call on Marcus Smart with nine-tenths of a second remaining.

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