Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo puts on a show in Game 1 vs. Raptors
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 7:33
I think he spaced the floor, we've seen him make shots, so he's been pretty versatile for them. But even with those three bodies in front of him at one point in Game 1, Antetokounmpo found a way through and scored. "But it's something we're not unfamiliar with, being at this point".
The Bucks star finished with a career-high 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field, adding eight rebounds and three assists.
Ibaka knows exactly why he got dunked on and, more importantly, exactly how to avoid it again.
The worst that the Bucks can do is return home with a split of the first two games.
"If I had the answer, maybe we would have pulled it out tonight", DeRozan said. DeRozan seemed to be suggesting that Lowry's initial response and what he will actually do in Game 2 are quite different.
"I was prepared for it. and I just didn't perform" Lowry said. When they decide to defend, the result is usually very good.
But as his second trip to the playoffs looms, he boasts a freakish level of skill as well, as Raptors coach Dwane Casey knows all too well.
"Any time you win it feels good, especially against a good team, a playoff-tested team", Monroe said. Lowry leads in steals with 1.5 and in assists with 7.0 per game.
In other results, Indiana's CJ Miles missed the potential go-ahead shot as the Pacers came up short 109-108 against the No.2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Raptors shot 36 percent from the field and the Bucks shot 44.7 percent. He was consistently getting to the free-throw line after being pounded on his drives, so some of those misses are understandable, but he also watched some bunnies roll out. Among players to make exactly seven 3-pointers in the first round over the 2016 and 2017 postseasons, Jeff Teague has the next-most attempts with 26.
Plus, he had all sorts of highlight reel plays, which are just part of the deal with Giannis. "I thought our guys did a great job of sharing the ball, the ball wasn't sticking and they didn't care who shot it or who made the shot, it was about making the right play".
"Just some guys, it takes a little longer to get their bones going and bodies moving". Any time you are playing these guys, you have to contain DeRozan and Lowry.
They did just the opposite.
Maker, who started the game, had four points, three rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes and Dellavedova came off the bench for 11 points in 31 minutes.
Monroe's layup opened the fourth quarter to give Milwaukee a seven-point lead.
He led the Bucks in all 5 of those statistical categories, emerging as the leader of a young franchise that grabbed the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference despite coping with injuries to Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker during the season. Middleton bumped the lead to 14 with a floating jumper.
The Bucks (42-40) have lost four of their last six games including a 112-94 defeat to the Celtics in the regular season finale. Milwaukee took Game 1 in Toronto by the score of 97-83. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for a banner night in just his second taste of National Basketball Association playoff action.
In a word, Valanciunas became useless, prompting Casey to go small with P.J. Tucker replacing Valanciunas in the first chess move of the evening.
Regardless of what happens in the series, this will certainly be a coming out party for the Greek Freak as he finally takes his terrific regular season form onto the biggest stage. Rookie point guard Malcolm Brogdon tallied 16 points in his playoff debut.