Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

"But I've been there before, this is not the first time I've sprained an ankle. things can be changed". The Bucks were 38-of-85 shooting in the win and 9-of-23 from 3-point land. But it's happened so often that most Raptors fans are likely numb to it by now.

All of the trends of the season point to Lowry turning around his dismal Game 1 performance in order to give the Raptors a fighting chance against the plucky Bucks.

Lowry, who went just 2-of-11 for 4 points in Game 1, finished with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

The Raptors shot 48 per cent on the night, while holding the Bucks to 41 per cent.

The Bucks outscored the Raptors 51-32 in the second half.

"It's just his competitive edge", Casey said of Lowry. We just didn't play at a level to deserve to win that game. But there are quite a few possibilities, and nearly none of them are good for the Raptors.

"We've got to figure out how to get a better rhythm, a better pace, spacing once the ball gets in the halfcourt, we've got to get better movement". Antetokounmpo finished the play down the other end.

Mills was flawless from distance, hitting all three point attempts for his nine points and three assists.

Fouls became an issue, the Raptors being called for 18 following three quarters, Milwaukee whistled for 10 fouls. When asked by the Canadian Press to elaborate, he simply said: "We'll see". "If I start thinking about who they're going to put on me, it's not going to work, I don't even think about who they put on me, I'm just going to be aggressive". "They are a long team, we had to do a better job of spacing, creating space with screen, zip passes, you can't throw - as my college coach used to say "dying quail passes" - and I thought we did a much better job with on time, on target passes".

"We were taking negative steps going toward the basket instead of getting back", Casey said Sunday. Any team that loses their 1st or 2nd most important player in the opening minutes of an National Basketball Association series is going to have a rough go of it, those are simply the breaks of the National Basketball Association playoffs. But the bad side is that it's nearly a necessity, which is a part of the reason he does score so much.

If it weren't for the fantastic 42 triple-doubles of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, not to mention the 22 of the Houston Rockets' James Harden, Bucks coach Jason Kidd believes Antetokounmpo would be squarely in the Most Valuable Player discussion.

So, the Raptors must abandon the offensive glass, where they nabbed just eight of their 48 misses, anyway, and prioritize getting back to show Antetokounmpo as many bodies as possible.

DeRozan wound up with 27 in the game, but was clearly disappointed with the result. Kyle Lowry was too strong for the Bucks' guards and Jonas Valanciunas was too big inside. But even with those three bodies in front of him at one point in Game 1, Antetokounmpo found a way through and scored. The following year the Raptors were swept by the Wizards in the first round with Lowry averaging 12 points a game which was down from the 18 he was averaging in the Regular season.

Also gone with this loss was the built-in excuse of those poor performances being at least partly attributed to those disgusting early starts.

Toronto was a winning team once again.

The 5:30 start time, though, made little to no difference. What do the Raptors need to improve on the most, defense or scoring?

The Bucks then ran away with the game, breaking a 17 straight game losing streak for the franchise in playoff game ones.

"It's big for us", Antetokounmpo said.

"He's gonna be lighter in the pocket this morning", Casey said. We have been there before.

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