Raptors need to end slow-start tendency

"I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied with the way he played in the first game".

"He's human. Everyone has a night like that". They had 28 points in transition and whether it's scrambling, multiple efforts, next guy rotating, we didn't do it. In Saturday's game, Middleton had 10 points with nine assists. Milwaukee's star averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 4 regular-season against the Raptors.

After a shaky loss in Game 1, the Toronto Raptors bounced back with a 106-100 Game 2 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, surviving a late-game onslaught by Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Raptors needed every bit that Lowry gave them. Every young team has a moment where they take that next step, and go from a young team with potential to something more than that. As the playoffs are just beginning, the Raptors are playing catch up.

"Going out there and taking my shots".

Lowry is being urged to be more aggressive. So we balanced well tonight. The Cavs were just 14 of 27, the kind of performance that often comes back to bite a team - and almost did.

The Raps built that lead up to 13 points, but it never felt comfortable.

With just under 14 seconds remaining, the Raptors were clinging to a two-point lead.

Ibaka, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1, sat out Monday's practice with a sprained ankle suffered Saturday night.

Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. The Raptors need to find ways to get DeRozan easier baskets. Rookie big man Jakob Poeltl came in to chew up some time early after Jonas Valanciunas picked up a second foul.

Ibaka had just three points in the first half, but was solid in the second, prompting DeRozan to say "Without him, we wouldn't have got this win tonight".

Radulov helps Canadiens beat Rangers 3-1 for series lead
In Montreal , Alexander Radulov scored 18:34 into overtime to complete the Canadiens' comeback in a 4-3 win over the Rangers . The second was a slightly less moronic double-minor on Mats Zuccarello for high-sticking the Canadiens' Andrei Markov.

"We can run the floor on offence better, flow better", Tucker said. But we've had success doing it. A poor fourth quarter was the deal closer.

NEED TO KNOW Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas is preparing to play Game 2 before flying out to Tacoma, Wash., to be with his family to finalize funeral arrangements for his younger sister Chyna Thomas, 22, who died in a auto accident early Saturday. "And I imagine in the playoffs, it's even harder". "But I was going to try to make it".

Iso Joe (21 points, 9-14 FG) has 8 regular season and playoff game-winners in the last 10 seasons.

But if there is a little bit of solace to be found, for the Raptors, in the fact that they often start games, and series, slowly, it's that at least they know what to do now.

The Raptors shot 48 per cent on the night, while holding the Bucks to 41 per cent. However if I have good position under the basket, I can go.

"Giannis is a special player and he can cause a problem by getting two or three players on him", said Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd.

Without Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee closed the quarter on an 11-5 run to take a 75-70 lead into the fourth.

Antetokounmpo made a layup to open the second-quarter scoring and Milwaukee led by 10.

The Toronto Raptors just officially hit the playoffs against the Bucks yesterday.

If the young Bucks, who are making their first post-season appearance in two years, were feeling any playoff jitters, they showed zero from the opening tip-off, finishing the first quarter with a 15-7 run to take a 30-22 lead into the second.


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