Raptors not pleased with Dellavedova screens

Just winning a playoff series, something they haven't done since 2001, would be nice.

It's not quite groundhog day, but it is now four years in a row for this scenario.

Tucker wasn't here for previous postseasons with the Raptors, but he was a part of some of Toronto's league-leading 21 comeback victories of 10+ points this season. It's a make-or-miss league, and the Raptors actually had plenty of good looks from the three-point line on Saturday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo made seven of his 10 first-half shots, including several dunks. "Apologies to Lowry and DeRozan but he is a stud and if you let him get going, he is a difference-maker on both ends".

His teammate Kyle Lowry is having himself quite a year as well.

INJURY UPDATE: Gobert (hyperextended left knee/bone bruise) isn't expected to play Game 2 after getting hurt 17 seconds into the series opener.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) passes against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Cleveland.

If the young Bucks, who are making their first post-season appearance in two years, were feeling any playoff jitters, they showed none from the opening tip-off, finishing the first quarter with a 15-7 run to take a 30-22 lead into the second. What do the Raptors need to improve on the most, defense or scoring? He was 0-for-6 from behind the arc. DeRozan, who had 32 30-point outings while averaging 27.3 points this season, averaged 22.3 points in three outings against the Bucks.

"A guy who leads the team in every category, who can finish in the top 20 in every category, it's just unheard of", Kidd said. When they decide to defend, the result is usually very good.

It's about here where there seems to be a difference of opinion.

Milwaukee's long, athletic defenders made life rough on Lowry in Game 1, giving him little room to manoeuvre.

Lowry sounds like he will comply but grudgingly.

"I never put it on anyone else but me. You got four arms on you, but I gotta be more aggressive".

"We've already talked about the atmosphere in Toronto", Kidd said. "You've got to start up and sit there for a while before you pull off, and you go on a little road trip but once you get going, your vehicle feels like a 2016 Lexus or something". We just didn't play at a level to deserve to win that game. It's too soon to say whether they have their act together, but for three quarters they looked more like a team capable of reaching its third straight Finals. "We didn't play with any pace or rhythm", Casey continued.

If there were any questions about Monroe's role in this series, I think he emphatically answered those questions with Saturday's performance. "Just coming in there just chasing - chase people down and try to get as much from we can from every game". He plays a man's game, an old-school game. A boost from Serge Ibaka helped the Raptors take a 51-46 lead into halftime. "It's tough because when we miss shots they get it out and they find him and he takes off", Tucker said.

If the Bucks get past Toronto, they will face the victor of the Cleveland/Indiana series.

"(The players) love it", Ujiri said.



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