Game 2 was highest-rated Bucks game ever on FOX Sports Wisconsin
Apr 21 2017 by Harriet Stone
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. They looked completely out of sorts, unable to make a shot or a pass - DeRozan uncharacteristically fired a pass to nobody that was caught by a fan. Toronto recovered to take Game 2, but it didn't come easy; Milwaukee wiped out multiple deficits of 10 points or more, and tied the game with two minutes to play before the Raptors finally pulled away for a 106-100 victory.
Most of the Bucks' young core has minimal postseason experience, at best, but Terry thinks they've handled that pressure well. "But we're going to have to take it up to another level to make it a grind-it-out game". The Bucks hit 52.7 percent of their shots from the floor and knocked down 12 of 23 3-point attempts, finishing one 3-pointer shy of the franchise's playoff record.
Milwaukee played their game on both ends at it can give them more confidence for the upcoming games.
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Toronto finished 24 of 71 on the night (33 percent) and 6 of 22 from 3-point range (27 percent).
The Raptors scored just 18 points in the second quarter, and finished the first half shooting a woeful 23 per cent.
Brogdon can't be expected to outplay Lowry the way he did in Game 1, but he can't become a non-factor either as he was in Game 2.
It was the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games.
For the Bucks, Antetokounmpo needs to be the best player on the floor. Despite Antetokounmpo's superstar line, Dwane Casey noted the defensive improvements from his team in Game 2. "That's something that I thought they out-physicalled us, got into us, rode us off our line, and you cannot let that happen at this time of year".
Lowry scored 12 points in the second but Milwaukee scored the final five points of the half to keep it close. It's a awful feeling the way we just got our ass beat.
Middleton did his part to pick up the slack, as did Tony Snell with a few timely three-pointers, but Parker is better at finding his spots and his presence could have compensated for Antetokounmpo's struggles.
As good as the Raps feel about their game today collectively, there is still plenty of room for improvement, starting with that a long-held habit of getting a lead only to take their foot off the gas.
In the Eastern Conference, the second-seeded Cavaliers are listed as 2.5-point road favorites for Game 3 versus the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers, who are 11-2 against the spread in the past 13 meetings despite losing nine of them straight up.