Spotting any team that big of a lead in the first quarter is a tough task to overcome, never mind a team like Milwaukee, who many believe to be the best team in the Eastern Conference this season.
The Raptors are a good team, and whether or not you read outlets that seem to think that the Raptors are bereft of talent, they're actually chalk-full of it. This was the time for an MVP to step up, and Giannis Antetokounmpo did just that.
Even though Milwaukee will be highly motivated for this game, I like that the Raptors have had rest and have played well thus far this season. "(Kyle) Lowry is still playing awesome, (Pascal) Siakam has stepped up a lot for this team, (OG) Anunoby. those guys, but yeah, just the team that cost us the trip to the NBA Finals, obviously, you're gonna come out and play a little bit harder and have a little bit extra juice in you. "(Kyle) Lowry is still playing unbelievable, (Pascal) Siakam has stepped up a lot for this team, (OG) Anunoby ... those guys, but yeah, just the team that cost us the trip to the NBA Finals, obviously, you're gonna come out and play a little bit harder and have a little bit extra juice in you.
Raptors: Lowry had one game out of 65 last season with 30-plus points.
In the third quarter they allowed the Raptors - led by some dynamite play from Lowry - to pour in 40 points, after giving up just 50 in the first two quarters combined. However, it's one thing to say that there will be considerable interest in Antetokounmpo, it's another to suggest that Toronto would be near the top of the list in potential landing spots. "We've got to be in the moment; we can not stop playing, we can not relax".
The Raptors rallied in the fourth by cutting the lead to just four points but couldn't win on the road.
"We played awful. We couldn't make a shot".
The Raptors took one shot in the paint the whole first quarter. Toronto shot 3 for 18 (16.7 per cent) from the floor at the end of the first quarter. F Kyle Korver, 38, was back in the lineup after a scheduled game off Friday night against Orlando.
In the third quarter, Lowry was the catalyst that sparked a monster run to bring the Raptors back in the game. It was his second-ever National Basketball Association outing with at least 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks with the first stemming from last March.
McCaw was being used as the third player off the bench by the Raptors, following Serge Ibaka and Norm Powell, and the role really didn't develop against the Bucks.