Raptors one game from Cavs rematch

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 29, 2017

When asked the difference in the Raptors from Game 3 to Game 4, Carroll answered: "Let's just say we had a heated film session".

Two quick three-pointers from Malcolm Brogdon helped the Bucks go up 8-7 to start the game, but Ibaka also started off strong, scoring seven of the Raptors first nine points.

The Raptors and Bucks split the first two games in Toronto, then split their two games in Milwaukee.

On Monday, Powell added scoring punch to his playoff resume.

If Antetokounmpo plays the way he has for most of the series, the Bucks have a great chance to steal another road victory. He's knocking down shots, but he's in there to play defense, and he's playing it at a very high level for those guys right now. When you look at the stat sheet, he's picked them up here in the last couple of games just with his energy and his spirit, and somehow we have to match that.

Powell, a reserve guard most of the season, was making his second start of the series. The best players and the best coaches don't always mesh, get along every day: That's part of what this sport of basketball is about.

It will be up to the Bucks to show their resilience in Game 5 at the Air Canada Centre if they want to regain the advantage they had after winning 97-83 in Game 1 at Toronto and 104-77 in Game 3 at Milwaukee.

The Raptors used a 17-0 run in the first quarter to take a 26-11 lead.

As the Toronto Raptors slog their way through another tougher-than-expected first round series, they've been in search of someone on the roster to step up.

"Our defense kind of got hit there in the first quarter, we knew that they were going to come after us, we had to expect that". I'm going to take the bumps and bruises to be able to go on the floor and be with our guys.

A clearly irritated Monroe pushed Middleton out of the way and then shoved Valanciunas, who looked ready to rumble.

Valanciunas romped back up the court and was fouled cutting to the basket by six-foot-eight Khris Middleton.

Valanciunas, who has started 357 games and come off the bench six times in his career, came into the game when Bucks center Greg Monroe entered. Milwaukee missed five of seven free-throw attempts in the first half. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 94.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 88.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Antetokounmpo had nine rebounds. "And that made those 28 assists a lot easier, when that ball's zinging around and you're not afraid to give it up - Is he gonna catch it?"

Entering game five, the two teams are sitting even in the series at two wins a piece. There's a real argument that, if the Raptors get past the Bucks, they should leave the starting lineup as-is against the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially the way Powell has been playing. So many fans came out for the watch party that some had to watch the game from the sidewalk. "He's a tough kid", Casey said. You see him coming for Giannis, and he's going to (set a screen), and he doesn't care who it is. Lowry was injured, which meant more minutes for Delon Wright, and Powell only saw 19.5 minutes per game in 23 contests after the All-Star break.

"It's just constant reps day in and day out, trying to tweak it here and there, and finding what's most comfortable for me, and shooting with confidence", Powell said.

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