National Basketball Association playoff scores 2017: Raptors, Spurs advance to Round 2 of playoffs
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 15:23
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 47 minutes for Milwaukee but went 7 of 13 from the free throw line. The 22-year-old forward entered training camp as a potential first-time All-Star and heads into the off-season as the future face of the post-LeBron James Eastern Conference.
If there has been one consistent theme about Toronto in the playoffs, it is inconsistency. The Raptors looked locked in and were owning the Bucks. Before they knew it, the Raptors went from trailing the Bucks 2-1, to having the 3-2 stronghold of the series heading into Game 6.
"Our guys understand: it won't be from our guys overlooking Milwaukee". Drake wrote on Instagram that his "neighbor", Malone, stopped by to watch Game 6 of the matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks.
But Toronto didn't collapse. For anyone who follows the Raptors closely, this was not particularly surprising.
After winning their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors are preparing to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
Whether or not Ibaka finds his shot on the road, the third-seeded Raptors could put up a lot of points against a second-seeded Cavaliers team that was tested in their first-round series with in, but managed to find a way to win. Their advantage was once as many as 25 points.
It wasn't easy, not at all, but DeRozan came through. The Spurs outrebounded the Grizzlies 46-28, including 16 offensive rebounds that helped lead to 17 second-chance points. "Ready for the next one", guard DeMar DeRozan said.
The Raptors led by as many as 25 in the third quarter before Milwaukee finally got their act together.
DeRozan, like Toronto as a whole, definitely struggled at times against the long, athletic defenders that the Bucks threw at him. But the two combined to make 6 of 14 free throws in the final quarter.
In the series-clinching Game Six, Powell had a much smaller effect on the outcome with scoring only eight points, but his mere presence on the floor caused a problem for the Bucks because of how well he was shooting from deep in the series. It was then they called on their playoff experience versus the young Bucks to dictate the terms of the game. That line of thinking doesn't account for just how imposing they were for long stretches (and a couple of entire games) in this series. "Understanding he can't wait, he's got to go to score it, we've got to find a three, or he's got to shoot a three". Everybody's got a job to do, the progression (from) their post-ups, their penetration, making sure we take care of the basketball and get good quality looks and move the basketball the way we did in Game 5 is something that's going to be very important.
Facing the possibility of incurring a monumental 3-1 deficit by losing Game 4 in Milwaukee, the Raptors knew their season was on the brink when they stepped on the court in Milwaukee for Game 4 last Saturday.
"He's one of the greatest players in the world right now", Casey said.