Sports Raptors look to switch it up in Game 2 with Bucks

22:18  18 april  2017
22:18  18 april  2017 Source:   thestar.com

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DeRozan says he needs to mix up his game and not just drive to the rim. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Toronto Raptors may look to settle for jump shots in Game 2 of their playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks rather than get to the rim.

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DeMar DeRozan drives past Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic in Game 1. © Rick Madonik DeMar DeRozan drives past Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic in Game 1.

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Toronto Raptors may look to settle for jump shots in Game 2 of their playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks rather than get to the rim.

With floor balance a key and trying to limit the transition opportunities for the Bucks, getting all the way to the rim might not be advisable.

While it’s all well and good that DeMar DeRozan shot 15 free throws in Saturday’s Game 1, he realizes the need to mix up his offence to not leave his teammates at a defensive disadvantage.

“That gave them multiple opportunities to get down in transition, especially when I was trying to be aggressive for myself, getting to the basket, leaving my teammates four-on-five going back down,” the Raptors all-star said. “That’s something we’ve got to be conscious of.”

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Toronto guard scores 33 points in Game 4 win. Having four wings on the floor also allowed the Raptors to switch screen action that the Bucks rely upon to free Kyrie Irving corralled the loose ball and pushed it up the floor but looked over his shoulder to see if James was trailing on the play.

long two , DeRozan switched capably on to John Henson, and Lowry looked to push off of stops. That proves costly, as a Bucks group propped up by Antetokounmpo tore off a stretch of strong Late- game execution rears its head again, though the Raptors did miss a couple of good looks down

For coach Dwane Casey it’s not quite as cut and dried as preferring one over the other.

“You have to take what the game gives you,” Casey said this morning. “I don’t think you can go into it pre-determined, ‘okay, we’re going to take jump shots.’

“Sometimes, we got to the rim (in Game 1), we didn’t finish, missing layups at the rim. I think the key is being aggressive, stretching out the pick and roll coverages to make them make a decision.”

Finding a way to solve the Milwaukee defence is a huge key for the Raptors trying to even the series. Regardless of what they did defensively and the failings they had in transition, shooting 36 per cent for the game and only 20 per cent in the second half was the reason they lost.

Scoring more doesn’t allow the Bucks to run, which limits the effectiveness of Giannis Antetokounmpo and allows Toronto to set up its halfcourt defence, which has been among the best in the NBA over the last two months.

“The first game we just didn’t play our game,” Jonas Valanciunas said today. “We were nervous, excited, whatever words you can find.”

Serge Ibaka, who didn’t practise Sunday or Monday after tweaking an ankle in Game 1, went through shootaround this morning and his availability will be determined close to game time.

“Still gonna wait and see … how he feels tonight, get some more treatment this afternoon,” Casey said.

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