Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks steal one on the road in the series opener of their first round series. Out scoring Toronto by 19-points overall in the 2nd half. The Greek Freak certainly was on display as he threw down a couple of monsterous dunks followed by an impressive block on DeMar DeRozan.
One of the most questionable factors of this series is the shooting of Kyle Lowry alongside DeRozan. The pair shot a combined 9-of-38 from the field overall which is only good enough for 24-percent shooting for the Raptors starting backcourt. The woes of last postseason’s struggles are still showing signs of life despite Lowry shooting a career high this season.
Giannis finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and, three assists however, the up lifting bench support came from Greg Monroe who scored 14-points (5-of-11 from the field) and pulled in 15 rebounds.
With just under six minutes in the fourth quarter The Raptors were within ten points only to have Antetokounmpo come down and post up P.J. Tucker for a basket and the foul. This seemed to be a deflating moment of the Raptors momentum as Lowry would drive to the basketball a couple possessions later and miss a lay-up.
The size and ability to defend on the perimeter for Milwaukee is definitely a sign that Toronto must make adjustments to free up their back court for better open looks. Malcolm Brogdon, Antetokounmpo, Kris Middleton and Tony Snell are all capable of switching on and off the backcourt of Toronto. Dwane Casey certainly has his adjustments cut out in order to get his All-Star starting guards some better looks.
Game two is in Toronto on Tuesday night April, 18th on NBATV.