Milwaukee Bucks Blow Past the Toronto Raptors, Take 2-0 Series Lead
Usually Game 1 is about feeling out the opposition and then the adjustments begin to be made in the second game.
Well, that wasn’t really the issue in Game 2 as the Toronto Raptors came out with a lack of intensity on both sides of the ball, seemingly with no interest to run their offense with any sort of fluidity or prevent any easy and open baskets on the other end. Minus a mini push in the third quarter, if the game seemed nothing but over after the first quarter, it did definitely feel that way heading into half time.
“They were more physical than us. We were kind of sluggish coming out to start. It took a while for us to get our offence going. That’s the game right there,” said Norman Powell, who was one of the only bright spots on the night for the Raptors, finishing with 14 points. “They’re doing their job, you know? They did what they needed to do. We’ve just got to come out and match their energy, match their toughness. A lot of its off second-chance opportunities, rebounds, kick-outs. We’ve got to close out to them. We’ve got to be more urgent to get to their shooters.”
Led by 30 points and 17 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks took a commanding 2-0 series lead, protecting home court and putting all of the pressure on the Raptors.
“I think mentally we were ready for this game,” said Antetokounmpo. “I think once the game started, we did a great job setting the tone. We just wanted to protect home. We knew that the Raptors were going to come and try to play hard and try to get one at our place, but we just wanted this game.”
The series now shifts to Toronto after a game in which the Raptors were essentially beat in almost every single category on the box score. Obviously, adjustments will need to be made, but more importantly, the Raptors will just have to play better on both sides of the ball.
“We just missed them early,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We were just a step too slow on just about everything. “I talked about before the game how important shot contesting was, and I just didn’t think we settled in with some space and gave them confidence early. You just can’t do that.
“We didn’t do either thing very well tonight. We didn’t do much well tonight, obviously the way the game went.”
Even before the start of this series, but Game 7 of their Raptors second round matchup, seemed more tense in their offensive flow, forcing Kawhi Leonard to do too much each possession. The lack of off-ball movement, aggressiveness, and made open shots has been an issue for the Raptors and if the goal is to return to Milwaukee again, there is a lot of work that will be required to get done.