The Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey loves to play his small line-up and their dynamic duo (DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry) haven’t been able to dominate the series. The Milwaukee Bucks seem to have more desire than the Raptors, played better defense and have balance scoring.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd sat Mirza Teletovic and used Michael Beasley of the bench instead to offer more offense. Beasley rewarded his coach with 13 points, The Bucks have dominated the series at the center position. Monroe once again played a great game with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He is averaging 16 points a game so far. Thon Maker contributed 11, 2 rebounds and assists last night. The Bucks get 20 points a game average from their 2 centers combined.
It will be interesting to see which adjustments Coach Casey will make for Game 4. He must decide who should play more minutes, trying to find the hot hand and create an offense that is not dependent on only one person dribbling to create their shot.
Lowry (31 years) is playing for their next big contract because he will opt out to test free agency. Lowry needs to show everybody he is franchise player despite being a two-time all-star. He has been outplayed by Malcolm Brogdon in the Bucks two victories. Lowry is one–half of the Raptors dynamic duo. The three games average are too close for Raptors fans.
The Raptors win Game 4 and the series will be 2 with the next game in Toronto. The fact they were blown-out by 27 or lose by 1 it is still only one lost that is the good news for Raptors fans. The future make-up of the team depends of the evaluation of the coaches and roster after the playoffs are over.
Can the Raptors bounce back like they usually do?
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