The Raptors point guard scored just four points, his fewest in a playoff game since being a Rockets backup in 2009, on 2-for-11 shooting while missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with career highs in every major stat: points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), steals (1.6) and blocks (1.9). "I'm going to play better".
The Raptors are now 0-9 in Game 1s during the first round.
Now that Lowry is healthy, the Raptors might be the only team capable of emerging from the East as the conference's representative in the NBA Finals.
Casey said it's not just Lowry he needs to be more aggressive and forceful in everything he does in the game. Milwaukee defeated Toronto 97-83.
He was the first player in history to finish in the top-20 in the National Basketball Association in five different categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals). There were times, especially in the first half, that P.J.
Milwaukee kept it going after Antetokounmpo returned for the final quarter.
The Raptors aren't exactly must-see viewing down south, dismissed by USA -based media, overlooked by the NBA's major TV rights holders.
The Raps came into the game winners of three of their four meetings with Milwaukee this year. "It's hard for him to wow you because we see it everyday in practice", teammate Jason Terry said. Terry has played with and against plenty of superstars in his 17 years in the league. For whatever reason, postseason Lowry is nothing like regular season Lowry and I don't understand why.
Lowry didn't need to see the numbers to know he wasn't effective. But Antetokounmpo's fingerprints were all over the Game 1 win.
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, but it wasn't almost enough to lift the Raptors over a young and inspired Milwaukee Bucks team that roared to a 97-83 victory to take Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday.
They will even screen the screener, also known as a "Ram" pick and roll, creating open lanes to the rim and uncontested jumpers. "A lot of that led to tough shots, challenged shots".
There are so many galling data points about this loss that I'm nearly at a loss to list them all. "It's more recognition than anything".
Milwaukee will host its first two home playoff games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, April 20 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 22 (2 p.m.).
Toronto is definitely a contender for a deep run, but do the Raptors have anyone that can guard Antetokounmpo? Three years ago, they were unable to slow down Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets. Jonas Valanciunas wasn't dominanting, but he was mostly able to keep Monroe in check.
Past year the Raptors made the Eastern Conference finals, and they're looking to get even farther in 2017.
In Game 1, none of Toronto's defensive options worked. Antetokounmpo finished the play down the other end. They first withstood the absence of last season's breakout player Khris Middleton thanks to Jabari Parker's own breakout campaign only to lose Parker himself for the remainder of the season just as Middleton was returning to action.
Lowry was obviously frustrated during his seven-minute chat with the media on Sunday, hardly happy about having to dissect an atrocious 2-for-11 shooting night. "It happens. I have to make the adjustments and figure it out".style="text-align: center;"