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

22:18  18 april  2017
22:18  18 april  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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

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DeRozan says he needs to mix up his game and not just drive 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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In the first round, the Toronto Raptors take on the up -and-coming Milwaukee Bucks . An up -and-coming team, confident but inexperienced. While the Bucks made the playoffs two years ago, they are looking to Defensively, Ibaka has shown the ability to switch onto wings. Advantage: Milwaukee.

game looking like the best player on the floor, blasting through Raptors ’ defenders for 28 points Penetration brought back the Bucks defense’s worst bugaboo as the Raptors nailed wide-open First, he posted up at the elbow and found Monroe cutting to the basket. Second, he switched the floor

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.

Raptors give one final troll job to Bucks after series win .
Raptors give one final troll job to Bucks after series winThe Raptors gave one final adieu to Milwaukee with a video posted on their Twitter page of Raptor — Toronto’s mascot — buying a new domain page: rapsin6.com.

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