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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2017, 06:22:50 AM »
Bucks 100   Raptors 106     Series tied at 1 game apiece.

Harking back to Game 1, Kyle Lowry had just four measly points and his Raptors looked like a confused bunch.  Not this time.  Lowry contributed 22 points but it was his 20-ft shot that sunk the Bucks.  They were the points that  solidified the win for the Raptors before  joyous supporters of the ACC Tuesday night.

Demar DeRozan, Valencianas, Joseph, & Serge Ibaka (playing with a sprained ankle) also factored in the win.  Finding a way to get around the trap and outsmarting the Bucks in the paint & the perimeter were some of more important strategies the Raptors worked on, plus bringing their shot game back the way they know how.  Ibaka was instrumental  as he helped contribute defensively particularly in the second half.

The series now shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 & 4.

Story:
 http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-hang-even-series-bucks-one-game-apiece/
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2017, 08:40:30 PM »
So the Raptors are down 32-12 at the end of the 1st...
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2017, 09:33:38 PM »
And they're now down 57-30 at the half.
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2017, 03:01:53 AM »
Raptors  77   Bucks  104    Milwaukee leads series 2 games to 1.

Ridiculous.  Inept.  Dumbfounded.  Soulless.  Confused.  Whatever bad description it is, it fits.  The Toronto Raptors  just played their worst game in franchise playoff history.  All to a seemingly young and inexperienced Milwaukee team.  Rapacious is more like it.

If anything it was the Raptors who looked intimidated,  exhibiting mental & physical lapses out on the court.  They couldn't seem to solve the Bucks tenacious trap defence system.  It was essentially a repeatt of Game 1 but by a vastly different score that did not lie.  Every Raptor player including coach Casey is to be blamed for the woefully unprepared performance.

The only way to look at this would be for coach Casey to resolve and come up with a better game plan.  If not,  the tearn's fate will most likely be doomed to the whims of the opposition.

Wake up, Raptors!


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/20/raptors-crash-in-game-3-loss-to-bucks.html
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #34 on: April 23, 2017, 07:35:39 PM »
Raptors  87  Bucks 76   Series tied at 2 games apiece.

The Toronto Raptors knew they would have to find a way around Milwaukee's trap system if they were to have any hope of winning here in Game 4.  That they did do with DeRozan and Lowry poweing the team to victory.

DeRozan had 33 points with Lowry contributing 18.  Coach Dwayne Casey tweaked the lineup and installed Norman Powell as starter.  it turned out to be a total team effort, as the Raptors made good on their three point shots, being more aggressive in the paint, and providing better defense, such as limiting the play of the Bucks forwards, in particular Gianni Antetokounmpo, blocking shots & passes.

Good overall effort by the Raptors especially in the hostile environment that was the BMO Harris Bradley Center.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/22/raptors-take-87-76-win-over-bucks-in-game-4.html

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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #35 on: April 26, 2017, 01:47:58 AM »
Bucks  93  Raptors  118    Toronto leads series 3 games to 2.

Norman Powell who had been inserted as a starter in the lineup in Game 4, lead the Raptors here at the ACC in Game 5 Monday night, with 25 points and some more much-needed aggressive ball-laying, connecting on all of his three pointers.

Sergei Ibaka with 19 pts., DeRozan with 18 and Lowry with 16 were the other contributors for the Raptors.  But the best game-playing came from Powell & Ibaka, not only on the scoreboard but on the court with their usual aggressive style of defence and offensive output an added plus. 

The Raptors who had solved the Bucks' trap system, came at Milwaukee from the opening minutes, wasting no time in putting points on the board, and even though Milwaukee's Gianni Antetokounmpo scored a personal best of 30 points, it wasn't much he nor his Bucks could do to stop their opposition. 

Swarming the court and moving the ball and getting everyone on the roster to participate in every facet of their game served the Raptors very well.  When one has guys who take the lead offensively and take the pressure off the team's stars,  that becomes a double threat to the opponent.  Can't keep everyone off.  Milwaukee being a young team, the Raptors had them in their grasp.

Job well done.  Now the Raptors can win it all in Game 6 in Milwaukee Thursday or risk coming back for Game 7 here in Toronto.  Nothing really wrong with that except history shows the Raptors needed a Game 7 to win each of their rounds last season's playoffs.

The rest is up to them to change a little bit of history. 

GO RAPTORS GO!!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/games/1743849/
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2017, 08:47:58 PM »
The Raptors are taking the Bucks to the woodshed tonight.  71-48.
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2017, 09:15:36 PM »
Correction:  The Raptors were taking the Bucks to the woodshed tonight.  78-70.
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2017, 09:30:54 PM »
Disgrace

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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2017, 09:33:23 PM »
Just flicked the channel to catch the score up by 10 or 12. Haven't made a bucket in 5 minutes, horrible giveaways and fouls galore. 4 points in the 4th with 3 minutes left.

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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2017, 09:50:25 PM »
And we harp about NHL officiating wow this is bad.

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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2017, 09:57:07 PM »

They sure don't make it easy on themselves.
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2017, 03:07:32 PM »
Raptors 92   Bucks  89   Toronto wins series 4 games to 2.

Just to recap, the Raptors won their series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 in Milwaukee,  to advance in their next round against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavs.

Thursday's Game 6 was supposed to be a sure-fire victory as the Raptors had promised, not wanting to repeat history as happened in last year's playoffs, (Game 7s were needed in both successful rounds for Toronto). 
Well, with the Milwaukee crowd at it's feet and raucously cheering their Bucks on, Milwaukee did the unthinkable and went on to erase the 25 pt. lead that the Raptors had built.

Huh?  In a playoff with their series-winning game on the line?  It was actually more a case of the Raptors sloppy, disorganized play (again?) that allowed their opponents to dissipate their lead.

Toronto hung on, fought back and their resiliency paid off in taking the win & thus the series.  Whew.

DeRozan, Lowry and Ibaka led the way on the court.

Next stop, finding a way to compete and win against the upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers in the next round.

GO RAPTORS GO!!

Game story recap:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-hold-beat-bucks-advance-second-round-six-games/
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #43 on: May 06, 2017, 08:00:07 AM »
Cavaliers 115  Raptors 94    Cleveland leads series 3 games to 0.

No matter how the Raptors slice it, it comes up LeBron James. 

Even though the Raptors competed with James & co., blocking shots, passes, jumping, what have you as they threw everything they had defensively at James and his Cavs, even though the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scored a personal playoff best of 37 points, even though the Raptors had been taking the lead from the Cavs and played eye to eye and foot to foot with them, even though they played aggressive and in charge dictating the game...

...even though they did all of that...it..was..just..not..enough.  Especially when one considers the Cavs fourth quarter 20-3 run that decided the game right there and then.   With a fatigued DeRozan on the bench to rest, along with other key players such as Joseph & Powell (who practically tagged LeBron all night), the Raptors and the Cavaliers made changes from the bench to the court and the results speak for themselves.

Cleveland took clear advantage from that point on and they never needed to look back.  Even without LeBron going at his usual full tilt, just give him and his players space and see what you get.  Such is the making of a championship team, as Cleveland so aptly is.  Having LeBron out there spells enough trouble for the opposition.

Of course, it doesn't mean that the Cavs should be unbeatable.  Why, the Raptors won two games against them here at the ACC in last year's playoffs.  So, what is it about this supposedly improved Raptors team that has so far played nothing short of dismal in these playoffs?  They're simply not good enough, not when one depends on a single player such as DeRozan to power the offence while the rest of the team underperforms offensively.  Three point field goals were practically absent, while Cleveland made good on theirs.

Kyle Lowry did not play due to a sprained ankle sustained in Game 2.  DeMar certainly could have used Lowry as support.  Then again, as with all things Raptors, considering Lowry's poor playoff performance thus far, who knows?


https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/05/05/cavaliers-take-third-win-in-best-of-seven-series-against-raptors.html
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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2017, 08:41:37 AM »
The laughable Knicks claim to seek out the Raptors' Masai Ujiri as a replacement for the fired Phil Jackson.  Relax Raptor fans.  Here's why it won't hqppen:


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-ujiri-not-fleeing-knicks-time-soon/

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Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
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