Bucks Prepare for Playoff Series with Raptors

But in the second half he, like the rest of the Raptors, were stymied time and again. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Milwaukee 43 (Monroe 15), Toronto 47 (Ibaka 14).

They have now lost first-round openers at home to Brooklyn, Washington, Indiana and Milwaukee - toss in a second-round loss to Miami previous year to make it five - and while it's well and good that they rallied to win two of those series, it has to be seen as a troubling trend. Toronto was unable to capitalize on his absence and the Bucks outscored the Raptors 11-5 to end the quarter up 75-70. "He has a lot of Dirk [Nowitzki] in him if you ask me", Terry said.

"We've got to go out there and put our foot down and play basketball, lace 'em up, tie 'em up, go play up and down and run basketball plays". "I mean every loose ball, every free throw, every shot you take you have to be that locked in, and that focused to win a game in a playoff series".

"I haven't thought anything about that", Antetokounmpo said. But it's something now we're not unfamiliar with, being at this point. "What you see from good players is those guys being able to elevate their game", McMillan said.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto, then the series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday.

"Any time you win it feels good, especially against a good team, a playoff-tested team", Monroe said.

He is the Bucks leading scorer, their chief marketing tool, their best selling jersey - in short he is everything times 10 to the organization.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Toronto has never won a Game 1 in the opening round. "He's our guy, he's our All-Star", said Casey. "We've been there before". Previous year they did not advance as far in the postseason as they would have liked, and they are aiming to correct that this time around.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a strong start and finished with 28 points. This struggle was more expected, the Pacers defense suffered this season.

After shooting 3 for 13 in a Game 1 loss to Miami in the second round last spring, Lowry stayed past midnight at Air Canada Centre, shooting alone on the court. "We're a young team and it starts with playing hard and trusting one another, and they did that this evening". When Parker went down, it made Milwaukee a one-man team and that isn't going to turn out well today in Toronto. He got the ball away and Malcolm Brogdon eventually sank a three-pointer on the play. "I know he's doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of work to keep his body in shape", Casey said. The Toronto point guard managed just 4 points in 33 minutes and shot 2/11 from the field, which included 0/6 from deep.

But as his second trip to the playoffs looms, he boasts a freakish level of skill as well, as Raptors coach Dwane Casey knows all too well. The Raptors went 12-3 to finish the season, and both teams went into the playoffs on a roll.

All-World (and all positions) Giannis Antetokounmpo did his thing, pounding down easy buckets in transition after yet another Raptors missed shot or turnover. The under is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and the under is 5-1 in the last five meetings in Toronto.

The Raptors could not have made the night more hard on themselves.

Middleton's driving dunk with 1:17 to play closed out the scoring in the first quarter and gave Milwaukee a 30-22 lead. This year, Milwaukee's first round opponent is Toronto and they will be on the road for Game 1.

Raptors: After playing 418 games over seven seasons, Tucker made his playoff debut. DeRozan finished the season 292nd in that category, contesting only 4.2 shots each night.