Fantasy Impact Toronto is likely saving their breakout star for their playoff series against the Bucks that begins on Saturday.
"Yesterday I was standing by my office and P.J. and Serge were arguing with Rex (Raptors assistant coach Kalamian) about something and coach (Dwane) Casey comes up and says 'Those guys are talking about defence.' That tells you what they're about".
San Antonio's Pau Gasol and Memphis' Marc Gasol were on opposite sides in the 2015 All-Star Game, have gone head-to-head a slew of regular-season times " and now the brothers will face off in the playoffs for the first time.
The Milwaukee Bucks will tip off the 2017 NBA Playoffs in Toronto on Saturday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. (CT), the league announced last night.
Toronto's Kyle Lowry (22.4 points, 7.0 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (27.3 points) form one of the toughest backcourts in the National Basketball Association.
The encouraging thing from the Bucks' standpoint is that they went 14-4 in March and were 21-15 overall after their most recent loss to Toronto on January 27. Led by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets used their wits to outlast the Raptors, winning by one point in Game 7. Not only did Giannis become the fifth player in National Basketball Association history to lead his team in all five major statistical categories this season, but he is also looking to become the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish in the top 20 in the entire league in all five of those respective categories. "It wasn't nothing where it was like 'you missed that timing, ' it was 'alright, this is what we want to do, this is where it's going to be'". People forget that past year the Raptors took the Cavaliers to six games and were without big man Jonas Valanciunas for much of that series!
"I'm happy we go the victory", he said. "I feel like we've proven people wrong up to this point and we're going to continue to do so".
Playing his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight rebounds and three assists.
"For those (six) weeks were in must-win games", forward Khris Middleton said Friday. The Square is busy on a nightly basis this season with the Toronto Maple Leafs also making the playoffs. On the season, the Bucks put up 103.6 points per game on offense while allowing 103.8 on defense.More news: Trump reverses many positions since taking office
"I have no clue", DeRozan said. Both players struggled with their shooting early in the 2015-16 postseason as the #2 seeded Raptors barely got by the Pacers in the first round previous year in 7 games. "It had some residual effects in terms of guys getting experience under their belts", Casey said of having other players step up while Lowry was injured. "We've been there before". This could be a make-or-break postseason for this franchise because Kyle Lowry, Ibaka and Patrick Patterson are all set to become unrestricted free agents.
"He had some good looks, he just missed some shots", Casey said. The Raptors played like contenders on the court for the first time in the new year and a couple of weeks later, they beat the Chicago Bulls in an overtime thriller at the Air Canada Centre.
Lowry said Saturday's poor night felt "like deja vu all over again". Middleton finished the third-quarter scoring with two free throws and Milwaukee led 75-70.
Antetokounmpo blossomed into an All-Star in his first full season since coach Jason Kidd made him a primary ball-handler.
"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".
DeRozan's improvement, not just in the clutch, but overall, has been a major storyline for the Raptors. When he's not hitting insane shots to beat the Celtics or dunking over guys like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving or Dwyane Wade, the Bucks newest fan favorite has humbly taken on the role as the team's starting point guard.
Milwaukee also had second-round draft pick Malcolm Brogdon emerge as a top rookie. The Bucks out-hustled the Raptors to loose balls, took 10 more shots with a significantly higher shooting percentage, and took care of the ball with just four turnovers for the entire game.
Enjoy it. For the first time in the Raptors' four-year playoff run, there's a modicum of confidence surrounding the team.