The game "was a special one because it was back in Toronto", Maker said.
Giannis and the Bucks traveled to Canada to open their first round series against the Raptors and earned a surprise upset on the road in hostile territory, winning comfortably 97-83 to take a one-game lead early in the 3-6 series. Indiana's All-Star made it clear after Game 1 he needs to take the last shot. The Raptors need him, and they need to avoid going down 0-2 before heading to Milwaukee. "That's our guy. He had two guys on him and he trusted us". "He understands the situation and I'll be very shocked if he doesn't come out and play much better than he did the other night". He had a game-high 28 points on 72.2 percent shooting and didn't seem fazed by whoever the Raptors threw on him.
"It's part of the game", Kidd said.
Jason Kidd succeeded for the Milwaukee Bucks in a way that Dwane Casey has yet to do for the Toronto Raptors. Brogdon is coming off a phenomenal rookie season.
The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet up tonight in Game 2 of their NBA Playoff series.
PRESSURE IS ON: Khris Middleton. It was the second time that Middleton had played at least 40 minutes since coming back from a hamstring injury on February 8.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court.More news: US Treasury secretary: Tax cuts won't raise budget deficit
The Raptors just had a bad game, albeit one that highlights their deficiencies that we already knew existed. Middleton's fadeaway jumper made it a 10-point lead with 9:33 to play. To say Lowry struggled in Game 1 - he scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting - would be a massive understatement. Letting the Bucks feel empowered by their defensive prowess would only build on the momentum they have after a statement Game 1. Ibaka, who sprained his ankle in Game 1, was a game-time decision on Tuesday, and looked bothered by his injury in the first half, as he was slow on defense and lacked any sort of lift on his jumpers.
Some had multiple up-close looks as they basically forced the ball out of Antetokounmpo's hands as often as they could by showing up in bunches every time he even thought about going to the basket. However, it is unlikely over the course of a 7-game series that the Bulls will be able to keep this up. Chicago also outrebounded Boston in three of their four regular-season meetings.
Both teams had historic years last year. His low production kept the Raptors in the driver's seat, not to mention they had finally come alive from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee still had plenty of life, however, and when Antetokounmpo scored on an alley-oop layup from Matthew Dellavedova with 2:46 to play, the Bucks pulled to within a point. Chicago's second unit had its biggest impact at the start of the second quarter, outscoring Boston 10-0 to put Chicago in front.
The Bucks are simply a bad matchup for the Raptors as the Bucks' size does not allow the Raptors to get much usage out of their smaller lineups nor does the Bucks' athleticism allow the Raptors to capitalize on their own "Stretch-fours".
Saturday's contest was Lowry's fifth after being sidelined for 21 games following wrist surgery. Utah is in the postseason for the first time in five years. The only player who was defending Antetokounmpo well was P.J. Clippers backup guard Austin Rivers (strained left hamstring) has resumed shooting, but isn't expected back yet. But these are the Raptors, and they've made a habit of turning first round series into a debacle.