Sports Raptors takeaways: Toronto outplayed in every facet

09:40  21 april  2017
09:40  21 april  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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Here are some takeaways from a 104-77 Game 3 loss the Raptors and their fans would like to swiftly forget. %2Fbasketball%2Fnba%2Fraptors- takeaways - toronto - outplayed - every - facet %2F. Join the Discussion.

But I'm getting better every day. Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates grinding it out, trying to move forward and get a W in Game 3. We'll see what happens." Raptors takeaways : Toronto outplayed in every facet .

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The Toronto Raptors entered their game in Milwaukee Thursday night with the best road record in the East during the regular season. But, in countless ways, the playoffs are a different demon. A hostile environment at the Bradley Center propelled the Bucks to a hot start, while the Raps seemed content to ease into the game and were down double-digits early in the first quarter.

Two hundred and eighty miles away in Indianapolis, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers mounted a 26-point comeback over the Pacers. It could have been a theme on the evening — the night of comebacks — but the Raptors never even threatened to make a game of it.

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Here are some takeaways from a 104-77 Game 3 loss the Raptors and their fans would like to swiftly forget:

Lack of ball movement stalls offence

It may be plainly obvious when looking at the final score, but it doesn’t do justice in explaining just how putrid the Raptors offence was on Thursday.

Not only did they allow 32 points to the Bucks in the first quarter, but they managed only 12 of their own.

It took until the five-minute mark in the 2nd quarter for Toronto to reach 20 points. They were down 30 when it happened (not Milwaukee’s biggest lead mind you, that was 34 points), a historically bad performance when the Raptors needed to come into enemy territory fighting yet did anything but.

The Raps didn’t reach the 50-point mark until 10:42 of the fourth quarter.

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They shot 33.8 per cent from the floor in Game 3, and have now already recorded two of the five worst shooting performances in franchise playoff history after hitting just 36 per cent in Game 1.

Like Game 1, the Raps struggled from beyond the arc (near halftime they were shooting 10 per cent from deep, compared to 60 per cent from the Bucks).

But the real culprit in Toronto’s offensive woes was their lack of ball movement. That the Raptors generate their offence on isolation-type plays and pick and rolls is hardly news. This season the team posted the lowest assist rate in the NBA in 27 years.

After coming out of the gate slow, the Raps were left playing catch-up early, but because they weren’t able to swing the ball and figure out how to navigate the Bucks’ effective defensive trap, they couldn’t get clean looks to start stockpiling points.

As the third quarter drew to a close, Toronto only had six assists. They’d finish the game with just 11. By contrast, the Bucks put on a ball-movement clinic, making a point to find the extra man all night and finished with 29 assists as a team.

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Cory Joseph led the Raptors with three helpers. Kyle Lowry registered two, despite doing a good job throughout the game of getting into the lane, drawing the double-team, and attempting to find trailing open teammates.


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