Sports The Bucks' Defense Has Quarantined DeMar DeRozan

15:10  21 april  2017
15:10  21 april  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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 Milwaukee Bucks have discovered a secret formula to holding DeMar DeRozan without a field goal. 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.

DeMar DeRozan had a very rough outing on Saturday in Game 1 versus the Milwaukee Bucks . Despite finishing with 27 points and eight rebounds, he struggled knocking down shots and was only 7/21 from the field. A lot of credit should be given to the Bucks ’ defense for making it very difficult for

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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.

DeRozan and Lowry add to bad NBA playoff rep: Feschuk

  DeRozan and Lowry add to bad NBA playoff rep: Feschuk DeRozan and Lowry add to bad NBA playoff rep: FeschukAnd in this case, there’s nothing to suggest Sunday’s 97-83 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks isn’t something that can’t be overcome. It was one game. It was also Kyle Lowry’s usual game in a playoff series opener. He’s played in six Game 1s as a Raptor. And in those half-dozen outings — all of them losses, as is the ancient franchise custom that predates him — Lowry is averaging a dismal 10 points a game on about 13 field-goal attempts. When your team’s beating heart is thumping so haphazardly — 2-for-11 shooting on Saturday, 27 per cent from the field in career series openers as a Raptor — well, best of luck.

DeMar DeRozan had 27 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals on 9-of-21 The Raptors are playing some terrific defense and their interior presence has helped them add a new wrinkle on DeMar DeRozan made just 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points during a 101-94 loss to the Bucks on

Advantage: Toronto. Shooting Guard. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) vs. Khris Middleton (MIL). Milwaukee Will Win If: Their length proves to be too much for the Raptors. The Bucks can play a small-ball style while still having a ton of length at every position.

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.

Raptors look to switch it up in Game 2 with Bucks

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

You are here: Home > DeMar DeRozan rests for final game. Any time you are playing these guys, you have to contain DeRozan and Lowry. On the season, the Bucks put up 103.6 points per game on offense while allowing 103.8 on defense .

If there’s any trio that knows how to dig themselves out of a hole, it’s Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey. What’s far more likely though, is that the Raptors will eventually solve the Maker riddle and begin to exploit the Bucks ’ 19th-ranked defense ; a defense that didn’t deploy anything

DeRozan has rushed into difficult shots throughout this first-round series, seemingly from the relief of executing a move to find only single coverage on the other side. Tempting as a switch against Malcolm Brogdon or Thon Maker might be, most every Buck has played responsibly within their matchups and relative to the system. Even plays that have triggered multiple switches still ended in bothered, off-balance shots completely outside any flow of offense.

"Myself and the the staff have to sell the guys on the fact that you have to move the basketball," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "You're not gonna dribble around 'em. You're not gonna outrun 'em or out-quick 'em."

"The other night I thought [DeRozan] did an excellent job of finding the open person and kicking it out and the ball found him back. That's what we've gotta get back to."

Milwaukee has the length to sit on DeRozan's pull-ups and fadeaways, the shading all over the floor to eat into his driving lanes, and the help to meet him at the basket in case of emergency. When the execution is crisp, those three layers make the basket seem small. DeRozan can knock down difficult shots, though against most opponents even those looks manifest in predictable ways. Create as often as DeRozan does and you learn the patterns of professional schemes. The cadence of the Bucks' rotations is more distinct and, due to their collective length, more menacing. Some scorers can puzzle their aggressive strategy out in time, but none are immune.

This article was originally published on SI.com

Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch .
The Toronto Raptors keep getting themselves into tough situations in the playoffs. They hope their resilience helps make them stronger as they get ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers again. At the least, the Raptors will need to get better at holding onto big leads after blowing a 25-point advantage against the Milwaukee Bucks before winning 92-89 on Thursday night. Toronto took a physical, tiring first-round series in six games. "We’re just a team up north. We don’t get a lot of respect and I like that," coach Dwane Casey said. "As a matter of fact I think we’re better with our backs against the wall.

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