When it comes to the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors series, it has been a tale of two games: The games where the Bucks control the game and play great defense and then the games where the Raptors control the game and play great defense. In all honesty, whoever wins the first quarter wins the game. That does not necessarily make for entertaining basketball. Earlier in the playoffs, it looked like the Bucks had a real chance to steal a series from the higher seated Raptor.
Have you ever been in a situation where a fly gets into your bedroom and every time you are about to forget about it you hear a buzz? Well the Toronto Raptors are going through that same situation, but the pest of a fly is the Milwaukee Bucks. Needless to say the Raptors may have been taken by surprise in Game 1. It almost seemed like they didn’t realize Giannis Antetokounmpo is the next face of the NBA. Yes, that is a bold statement to make, but the kid can ball and he is on
After blowing Game 1 once again, the Toronto Raptors came to play in Game 2. In the opening minutes of the game the Raptors were more aggressive, more focused and more engaged than they had been during the entire first game of the series. The most obvious difference from Game 1 however was seen in how the Raptors moved the ball. The offense was still run mainly through Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, however in Game 2 the primary ball handlers were more patient with the ball, p
With Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors as an organization have now lost every single Game 1 in franchise history. What’s more concerning than this however, is the fact that the Raptors all-star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have yet to win a single Game 1 together in four trips to the postseason. Since their first playoff appearance four years ago, the duo has had 6 opportunities to take a 1-0 lead only to fail in each and every attempt.
The Eastern conference’s playoff picture looks drastically different from one year ago. Although some things remain similar to last season, many things are different, and nothing is more of a surprise than the Milwaukee Bucks this season. The Bucks, who finished 12th last season, jumped up six placed to secure the number six seed this season. There weren’t a ton of additions to Milwaukee’s roster, but the internal development of existing players has helped them make giants st