The Milwaukee Bucks gave reason Thursday night as to why the Raptor is an extinct animal. The funny animals puns or the Toronto Raptors being introduced with Barney’s theme music could be the funniest thing about this series. In a 104-77 victory the Bucks lead all the way as much as by 34 points. After a failed comeback attempt in game two a motivated young Bucks showed no remorse to lose another lead. All series long the talk will be how well did the Raptors All-Star guard play. Can the duo maintain consistency this playoffs?
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 50-percent shooting in game two. Their follow-up in game three? A combined 4-of-18 for 21 totals in total. A caveat to that stat line is that DeRozan did not register a single field goal in the game as he shot 0-for-8 while hitting on all eight free-throw attempts. The Raptors struggled all night offensively as they were held to 34-percent from the field (27-percent from three) and did not get the same assistance from Serge Ibaka as in game two. Ibaka would finish with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and grabbing three rebounds in 25 minutes.
For the Bucks the usual leader delivered. Giannas Antetokounmpo dropped in 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Khris Middleton led all Bucks in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting alongside seven assists. The Bucks were able to get a balanced scoring attack with six player sin double figures. Overall they shot 53-percent from the field (52-percent from three) and maintained a 30-point lead for majority of the game.
Certainly, the Raptors are running back to “The Six” with some woes should they lose game four. a potential elimination game where the Bucks already have confidence winning on Toronto should not rest easy. “Fear the Dear” was the slogan on display all throughout the arena, clearly something a raptor did not like on Thursday night.
Game four is Saturday in Milwaukee. Tip-off at 3:00 PM EST on TNT.
Baseline Times Staff Writer