Raptors shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Bucks' Game 4 loss

Paola Ditto
Aprile 27, 2017

"As a staff we have to do a better job of finding ways for openings and space for us to score".

DeMar DeRozan shook off his dismal Game 3 performance and scored 33 points as the Toronto Raptors posted an 87-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday afternoon, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at two wins apiece.

In the moments after the defensive slug-fest, DeRozan talked about how he and Lowry have become better at "collecting our thoughts".

"Anybody who knows me knows I'm never too high and I'm never too low, no matter how bad things or no matter how great things get", said DeRozan after the game.

Added DeRozan: "We're going to have to play extremely hard". JV didn't miss all game, hitting 5 field goals and a pair of free throws. Kyle Lowry was also in good form, scoring 18 points, four assists and four rebounds. "This is a great game for our group to understand we've got to stay in character and keep moving the ball".

"My guy is always going to keep me calm". "He has been an unbelievable friend since we have been together". Sometimes it gets to me. I don't sleep well. The Freak went end to end and delivered a vicious jam over DeRozan, the phenom's face contorting into a menacing snarl. It's Game 4, we've got to be desperate. From the black "Fear the Deer" shirts that were on the seats to the explosion of noise when Rashad Vaughn hit a 3 pointer with under 5 seconds to go, the energy coming from the fans in the Bradley Center was unbelievable. Yes, the Raptors have a substantial more amount of experience than the young Bucks and yes overall they have the edge in talent although no one comes close to the seemingly endless talent possessed within the 7-foot frame of 22-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I knew lightning don't strike twice in the same place". This is what you'd expect from an inexperienced team just happy to be in the playoffs. “Its not a factual fact.”.

"He's a good defender, " DeRozan said of Snell, "but it's been a team thing".

Yes, the Raptors had nine more regular season wins than the Bucks and finished three spots higher in the Conference than they did.

In the second half, Antetokounmpo had more turnovers (three) than points (two). Their first opponent has been a challenging one, the Toronto Raptors.

On Saturday, Bango, the Bucks mascot, created a Snapchat riddle that read: "What do the Toronto Raptors and Possums have in common?"

"It starts with us, myself as a coach as far as having them ready to play in a hostile environment", Casey said. "It's a tough way to live, but I love our team's resilience and personality".

With raucous fans wearing black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on a dominating display of basketball worthy of the team's "Fear the Deer" slogan.

In each case the Raptors held court, losing both Games 6s before sealing the deal at home in Game 7. (Just because it's obvious, doesn't mean it's not true.) It shouldn't come as a surprise that this stat shares a direct corollary to victory, as turnovers are a double-edged sword of deflating your own offense while usually leading to easy transition opportunities for the other team.

Thursday night's Game 3 was over by the time the buzzer rang out the first quarter, with the Bucks carrying a 20-point lead and all-world superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo putting all doubts about whether he would rebound from a poor first half in Milwaukee's Game 2 loss to rest early on. Now the Bucks take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series into Saturday's Game 4 in Milwaukee. Wall scored 32 points in each of the first two games. The Bucks now lead the series 2-1.

The Warriors now lead the series 3-0 and while a 3-1 lead may scare them, I think they'll make it out of this one.

It was a complete reversal from the game played 43 hours earlier in a raucous BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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