Quick Reaction: Raptors 77, Bucks 104

Toronto 77 Final
Box Score
104 Milwaukee

S. Ibaka26 MIN, 6 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -18 +/-

Look, if this game hadn’t been a total and complete disaster maybe this would be a higher grade. But he was out there with the starters contributing to this mess that started the game, and he deserves part of the blame. He tried, it wasn’t enough. Is it fair? Maybe not, but neither is being forced to watch that effort from the team.

D. Carroll14 MIN, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 2 STL, 1-4 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, -13 +/-

Had a good third quarter. Otherwise, I have no idea why he’s out there. Can’t guard Middleton, can’t guard Giannis, and Casey isn’t going to bench DeMar. So unless he figures one of those things out someone is going to go off for Milwaukee. Tonight it was both.

J. Valanciunas20 MIN, 11 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3-9 FG, 0-0 3FG, 5-7 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -12 +/-

The stat line is fine. Him getting bullied by Thon Maker and Greg Monroe, AGAIN, isn’t fine. He’s supposed to be bigger, stronger, and better than a rookie. At least inside, because he can’t seem to guard Thon on the perimeter.

K. Lowry35 MIN, 13 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-10 FG, 2-5 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, -18 +/-

Lowry started the game taking an awful contested 3(that bricked). That might’ve been one of his highlights tonight. He got outplayed by Brogdon, badly. And if JV can’t get outplayed by a rookie, that goes double for the guy who’s supposed to be the leader of the team.

D. DeRozan31 MIN, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 8-8 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -23 +/-

If I gave as much effort as DeMar did tonight, I’d leave this section blank. Only took 8 shots, didn’t hit any of them. Didn’t bother to give an effort on defense. Why was he even on the floor tonight? Got badly, badly outplayed by Khris Middleton, and that’s a matchup that has to go in Toronto’s favor for the Raptors to win this series.

D. Wright27 MIN, 13 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 3-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 0 +/-

I can’t give anyone a good grade tonight. I can’t bring myself to do it. But if I did it’d be Delon. He was good in garbage minutes, which I guess is something? It’d be nice to see him get a shot earlier when things clearly aren’t working for the starters.

P. Patterson23 MIN, 3 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -21 +/-

Patterson has been the invisible man in this series. Hasn’t contributed much on either end of the floor in any game. He has to be better.

C. Joseph16 MIN, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 1-5 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -22 +/-

Cory came out with the starters to begin the second half, and Middleton abused him just as badly as he did everyone else. Wasn’t running the offense well or hitting his shots.

N. Powell15 MIN, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 4-8 FG, 0-1 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Same thing as Delon here. Was good in garbage time. Probably needs to get some actual minutes, because no one else seems capable of guarding any Milwaukee wings.

P. Tucker14 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -13 +/-

What happened to the PJ who came into games and affected the mentality of the Raptors? Maybe asking him to save this game is simply asking too much, but he didn’t really bring either the stuff that shows up on the stat sheet or the stuff that doesn’t tonight.

J. Poeltl9 MIN, 4 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Played in garbage and was solid. If JV can’t deal with Thon Maker and Greg Monroe, maybe it’s time for Jakob to get more minutes. Playing their rookie center is working out for Milwaukee, after all.

F. VanVleet6 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

He played a few garbage minutes, and didn’t really impact the game. That’s not really on him.

L. Nogueira4 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Same as Fred here.

Dwane Casey

The players need to show up. These are grown men. At the same time, a coaches job is to prepare his team, right? Where was that? The Raptors looked completely unprepared, and that never changed as the game went on. Didn’t bench DeRozan when he clearly didn’t have it, didn’t go to Norm for a different look. I’m struggling to come up with what he did do in this game, aside from start Cory in the 2nd half, which was a move bound to fail. You don’t go smaller against a team that’s beating you with length.

Things We Saw

  1. This was depressing. What an awful effort. This is supposed to be an experienced Raptors team going up against a Bucks team that hasn’t been in the spotlight before. Simply not good enough.
  2. I wrote about this yesterday, and here it is again: If the Raptors can’t get out of this series, there’s a real chance MLSE doesn’t want to go into the luxury tax to keep this core together. This is it. If these guys want to have another season together, they need to figure this out, because three first round exits with home court advantage in four years isn’t going to convince anyone they can be a contender.
  3. Find some leadership. DeRozan, Lowry, and Casey are supposed to be the foundation of the franchise. They were all massively disappointing. What happened to the best backcourt in the East?
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