Sports Raptors will play Milwaukee Bucks in 1st round of NBA playoffs

16:21  12 april  2017
16:21  12 april  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Raptors are ready for another long playoff grind

  Raptors are ready for another long playoff grind They know what’s in front of them, the pitfalls and the pressure and the pain, but the Toronto Raptors also know the NBA playoffs are about them rather than who they play or when. A veteran team with a core that remembers well the grind of last spring has to take care of its own business first and foremost.“We play it out and whatever happens, happens,” point guard Kyle Lowry said. “Don’t care about who we play, where we play. We just gotta go play.”Heading into the penultimate night of the regular season on Tuesday, the Raptors were still unsure who they will meet when the best-of-seven first round begins on the weekend.

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors will take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs . Toronto is the third seed, Milwaukee is the sixth. Related Stories.

The Toronto Raptors will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs .

The Toronto Raptors will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The Raptors, locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference, were assured of the matchup with the sixth-place Bucks after Atlanta secured the fifth seed with a 103-76 win on Tuesday.

The Raptors (50-31) won the season series 3-1 against Milwaukee (42-39), though Milwaukee won the most recent matchup, 101-94, on March 4.

The two teams have never met in the post-season, which begins this weekend.

The Raptors play their final game of the season Wednesday against Cleveland, which is in a battle with Boston for top spot in the East. Milwaukee finishes its season against the Celtics.

Raptors hope experience takes DeRozan to new playoff heights

  Raptors hope experience takes DeRozan to new playoff heights Heading into his fourth consecutive NBA Playoffs, experience has DeMar DeRozan better equipped to succeed than ever before. Now it’s time for him to take advantage.Listen to DeMar DeRozan as he and his Toronto Raptors teammates turn their attention to their first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks – Game 1 set for Saturday at 5:30 — and the 27-year-old sounds like a wise old man.

The Toronto Raptors will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs .

National Sports. Toronto won the season series with Milwaukee 3-1. The Raptors one loss to the Bucks was a 101-94 defeat on March 4, when Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry was inactive and recovering from wrist surgery.

Raptors will play Milwaukee Bucks in 1st round of NBA playoffs © Provided by CBC Raptors will play Milwaukee Bucks in 1st round of NBA playoffs

The only other guaranteed matchup in the East so far is Washington (4) will play Atlanta (5).

In the Western Conference, all of the matchups are set:

- Golden State (1) will play Portland (8)

- San Antonio (2) will play Memphis (7)

- Houston (3) will play Oklahoma City (6)

- Utah (4/5) will play L.A. Clippers (4/5) (home-court still to be determined)

The Bucks' Defense Has Quarantined DeMar DeRozan .
Any offense as straightforward as Toronto's comes with clear bellwethers: As DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry go, so, too, go the Raptors. Both stars spent most of Game 3 driving headlong into a Bucks' defense that blanketed them at every turn. Every screen hid a trap on its far side. Every isolation came against a longer, taller first line and then looming, towering help. Nothing good came from those primary engines of Toronto's offense, as was made clear by one harrowing figure: For just the third time since 2010, DeRozan-whose 27.3 points per game ranked fifth in the league-finished a game without making a single field goal. The last team to pull off the feat: these very same Milwaukee Bucks, in a regular season game back in January of 2015. There are some commonalities between the two games in terms of system and personnel, but to quarantine DeRozan in the playoffs is a more complicated matter entirely. It's an effort that starts with Tony Snell or Khris Middleton, whose height and reach aid excellent positional defense. "We need to talk about Tony Snell," Giannis Antetokounmpo noted. "I think he did a great job guarding DeRozan." But if it were Snell or Middleton alone, DeRozan could find daylight. The shackles come in knowing that the blitz could come with any-but not every-pick-and-roll, a possibility that can make even a skilled offensive player over think his game.

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