Playing Norman Powell gives Raptors best chance to win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 19:32
The Congolese power forward started slow scoring just three points in the first half, but finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win. I wish we didn't have to have a stinker before we played that way, but if we can consistently get everybody at their potential level, I think we'll be in good shape. The trio of Kyle Lowry, DeRozan, and new starter Norman Powell combined for 34 points in the second half, almost outscoring Milwaukee (35 in the half).
If there was a message mixed in with their outrage, it was about channelling their anger into Saturday's Game 4. Now it is up to the Milwaukee Bucks to do the same Monday night in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Powell, who pulled a similar series-changing appearance in Game 5 against in past year, delivered with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting. The Raptors hit back with a 15-8 run to send the teams into the halftime break tied at 41-41.
Toronto will have to shoot better. "There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever". The Raptors just don't have any defenders capable of challenging his length.
The Milwaukee Bucks were playing with house money Tuesday night. "We made changes going into the second half".
The next stage in the Bucks' playoff development was learning how to deal with a desperate team, which the Raptors most definitely were after their 27-point loss in Game 3.
"This is a terrific partnership we've created along with Dion Petty and his Delta team in Milwaukee to help spread the excitement of the NBA Playoffs throughout the city and into the skies", Bucks Chief Operating Officer Mike McCarthy said. It's a awful feeling the way we just got our ass beat. "If we do that, we're going to be in a great position".
However, after game one where the Bucks completely dominated the Raptors in the second half, it became apparent that Milwaukee would have a serious chance to win this series.
However, it is not as if the Raptors just randomly got hot from 3-point range.
Kidd said he thought Antetokounmpo was looking to try and pick the struggling team up and put it on his back.
Wall made all but one shot and scored 21 points in the first half, but the Wizards trailed 64-46 heading to the locker room.
"There's situations where we let them be comfortable, get to where they want to go, set the screens where they want to set them but the speed of getting back in transition was much better", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
On the other end of the floor, the main priority for the Raptors was shutting down Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition. "We've talked about staying in character - this is a great game for our group to understand we have to stay in character and keep moving the ball". When Jason Kidd went to his bench, Dellavedova just added to the intensity the Bucks starters came out with.
The leather-lunged crowd of 18,717 fans at BMO Harris Bradley Center - including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and several Green Bay Packers teammates - sounded louder from the opening tipoff than at any moment during Game 1 or 2 back in Toronto. "We know what to expect from them", Casey said.
Heading into Monday's pivotal Game 5, the player under the microscope is Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee's go-to guy who did not make a single shot in the second half of Game 4.