Game 2 Preview: Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Raptors have to find a way to adapt their game plan to fit the playoffs. Coming off a season in which he was the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, Antetokounmpo admitted he was able to play calm.

Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the No. 3 Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks was a rout.

"Our second half was just abysmal", head coach Dwane Casey said.

They have now dropped to 1-11 all-time in game one's in franchise history, losing their ninth straight such game.

"I thought our defence was up to par this evening by just playing hard", Kidd said. Have to give them credit, they did a good job defensively. "What you see from good players is those guys being able to elevate their game", McMillan said.

In the second half, Bucks coach Jason Kidd relied more on Dellavedova. "They really get behind their team".

Milwaukee is just 17-24 ATS on the road this season. "We got to figure out how to get a better rhythm, a better pace, spacing once the ball gets in the halfcourt we got to get better movement".

"I haven't thought anything about that", Antetokounmpo said. Eventually they collectively nearly stopped going to the rim and started settling for long or contested jumpers and with little to no success. They first withstood the absence of last season's breakout player Khris Middleton thanks to Jabari Parker's own breakout campaign only to lose Parker himself for the remainder of the season just as Middleton was returning to action. With that said, we were up seven at some point.

And Australia's Patty Mills had nine points to help San Antonio pull away from Memphis in the second half and register a 111-82 win in their series opener in Texas. We've talked about the noise and the communication that everybody has to get on the same page. One, P.J. Tucker, a 31-year-old veteran of over 400 National Basketball Association games and many more overseas, the other, Thon Maker, a 20-year-old freshman with 57 games of National Basketball Association experience. Rookie Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon outplayed Lowry in every department, which isn't hard when our man made 2 buckets. DeMarre Carroll looked like a re-animated corpse for most of the game (despite a dunk in the first half), finishing with 5 points. Thanks to a monster start to the season, he ended up scoring 27.3 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field.

"You wish you had them together longer", Ujiri said.

"I have to play better", Lowry said in a postgame interview, following a weak four-point performance in Milwaukee's 97-83 win. "I remember one of the refs came to the sidelines and said, 'Hey man, when are you going to get here.' I was like, 'soon, soon.' He's reffed a few of my games, it's a insane feeling". "I think we all know that".

In the second half, Casey's squad managed 32 points while shooting a mediocre 20.0 percent (7-for-35) clip, compared to the 51 points on 50.0 percent (20-for-40) in the first half. As he has done all season long, Antetokounmpo is going to have to put on his superhero cape for the Bucks to take this series. I can't remember a game in which so many passes were tipped or intercepted.

Kyle Lowry's first-round struggles continued in Saturday's Game 1. The Raptors take Game 2 and even the series up.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto.

The Raptors are 13-2 against the Bucks over the past four seasons, including victories in three of the four meetings between the teams this season.


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