The Toronto Raptors fell apart during the second half and the Milwaukee Bucks throttled the Dinos en route to a 97-83 victory.
Thoughts and Observations
The “gut-punch” of this game came in the second half of the third quarter when the Bucks went on an 11-6 run withGiannis Antetokounmpo
on the bench for 4:33 and the Raptors were in the bonus. It looked like a golden opportunity for Toronto, but it was clearly fool’s gold.
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If there were any questions about Monroe’s role in this series, I think he emphatically answered those questions with Saturday’s performance.
For the Raptors, it boiled down to poor execution, turnovers, allowing points off turnovers and shooting. Toronot was 3-of-18 in the third quarter alone. That kind of shooting will always be a recipe towards disaster and their poor shooting in the second half highlighted their 32 second half points. If the Raptors want to shoot 20 percent in a half again this postseason, it will be a short playoff run.
Three Stars of the Night
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: he was the best player on the floor during this game and it wasn’t even close.
- Greg Monroe: his minutes fluctuated in the first half, but once Jason Kidd committed to him in the second half Monroe flourished. Middleton and Brogdon were terrific, too, but Monroe was such a difference maker on the glass, hauling in 15 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive glass.
- Serge Ibaka: although the Raptors fell apart in the second half, Ibaka was their best player throughout this contest.
Statline of the Night
The Raptors are now 0-9 in Game 1s during the first round. Not much more to say about this, the opening game has been a nightmare for the Raptors. Just to add on a bonus stat, though, here’s a look at how poorly Lowry has shot the ball during his postseason career, via Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.
Game 2 is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre and it is now a must-win game for the Raptors.
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