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Lowry & Co. need to be more aggressive against Bucks

"He had some good looks, he just missed some shots", Casey said. Part of that was a coaching change from the more defensively focused Frank Vogel to Nate McMillan, but part of it was personnel - when the Pacers were an elite defense they had a good defender in George Hill at the one, now there is Jeff Teague and it's a step back at a critical position.

Playing in his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight rebounds and three assists.

April 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the first half in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre.

Maker started the game and only had four points, but a trio of blocks helped ignite the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo could be the key to the Milwaukee Bucks' bid to reverse their recent history against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Rookie of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon played with the poise of a seasoned veteran in his first playoff game, tallying 16 points, two assists, and six rebounds. Rookie Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon outplayed Lowry in every department, which isn't hard when our man made 2 buckets.

Toronto's Kyle Lowry (22.4 points, 7.0 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (27.3 points) form one of the toughest backcourts in the National Basketball Association.

The Bucks (42-40) have lost four of their last six games including a 112-94 defeat to the Celtics in the regular season finale. After their Game 1 loss to Miami in the second round, Lowry famously stayed on the court until well after midnight to shoot, a black hoodie pulled up over his head. With that said, we were up seven at some point.

"You look forward to the intensity", VanVleet said of the playoffs.

"We've got to bait him to shoot more jumpers", Carroll said.

The 32-year-old later made the most sensational play of the half, soaring in the lane to grab a lob with his back to the basket before adjusting his body and delivering a reverse dunk - the kind of play only he seems to make.

DeRozan set a record for points in a Game 1 by a Raptor, surpassing Tracy McGrady ... "It's all going to be different", Terry said. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Milwaukee 43 (Monroe 15), Toronto 47 (Ibaka 14).

Matthew Dellavedova: Delly went from being the second most important Cavalier in the 2015 Finals to disappearing in the 2016 Finals.

Antetokounmpo will be making his post-season debut, but Raptors coach Dwane Casey said what he lacks in experience, he'll make up for with hustle. But in the second half he, like the rest of the Raptors, were stymied time and again. They're playing hard every single possession, they're pushing it, they're being physical, they're setting screens, they're doing all the little stuff. "They took advantage of it and put us away with the lead".

The Bucks opened the final frame with a 9-1 run before Ibaka's jumper with 7:49 to play ended an agonizing stretch of nine minutes and 17 seconds without a field goal for Toronto. "We have to understand that we can't let that affect us getting back in transition". Toronto was unable to capitalize on his absence and the Bucks outscored the Raptors 11-5 to end the quarter up 75-70.

Serge Ibaka: This is the player the Raptors have needed for years and they finally have him within the flow of the team, just in time for the playoffs. P.J. Tucker started in his place.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto.


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