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Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 20, 2017

As the series shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4, the questions still exist - can we finally (fully) trust the Toronto Raptors? .

Despite the strong production, Antetokounmpo finished Tuesday's loss with only a -10.8 nERD, per numberFire Live.

"It's just his competitive edge", Casey said. Giannis Antetokounmpo had the postseason game of his life, Toronto's offense fell apart, and the Raptors got their lunch money taken in transition. When shots presented themselves, he took them; there was none of the "forcing" he alluded to over the weekend.

Serge Ibaka, who hit four huge three-pointers, added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Raptors' win.

"I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied the way he played in the first game".

After thoroughly falling apart in the fourth quarter of Game 1, they were better down the stretch of Game 2, and when P.J. Tucker drilled a three-pointer with 9:12 left to play, it put Toronto up by 12 points.

"We knew he was gong to be more aggressive, we knew he was going to get his shot off", Antetokounmpo said. "We just can't panic every time a guy like that has a tough night". A 13-0 run in the third quarter to seemingly blow the game open.

Casey also admitted to media after the game that he and team modified their playbook to give Lowry a greater chance of success in game two. "I got aggressive early, and then in the second half, DeMar got himself going".

Matthew Dellavedova tries to score above two Toronto opponents in game two of the play-offs. A dunk by Thon Maker trimmed the lead to five with six minutes to play.

The Congolese power forward, who sprained his ankle in Game 1, had doubts about playing. "We've got to make some shots", Rivers said.

The Raptors shot 48 per cent on the night, while holding the Bucks to 41 per cent. He had two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the first quarter but the Bucks made four of five three-pointers to keep it close and trailed 28-25 at the end of the first.

Milwaukee battled back, and a layup by Antetokounmpo cut it to 98-97 with 2:46 remaining, leading to a Raptors timeout. And even though the Raptors have lost Game 1 in 11 of the 12 playoff series that they have played in team history, losing the opening game in a series where you are heavily favored in is bad practice. "They are a long team, we had to do a better job of spacing, creating space with screen, zip passes, you can't throw - as my college coach used to say "dying quail passes" - and I thought we did a much better job with on time, on target passes". The visitors managed to level the second quarter but it was still the Raptors who led 55-52 at the break.

At one point, Toronto went on a 13-0 run, only to see Milwaukee call a timeout and regroup by going on its own run, a 15-4 spurt.

DeMar DeRozan scored on his patented sweet spot, at the left elbow, to give Toronto the lead.

I'll go over some of the key takeaways from this game, including what needs to change for the Bucks to do better during Game 3.

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