When J.J. Watt attended the Houston Rockets' playoff game on Sunday night, he got a front-row view of Patrick Beverley's intensity.
The Raptors have lost the opening game in eight consecutive playoff series, a streak of futility Toronto star DeMar DeRozan was at a loss to explain. Raptors F Serge Ibaka appeared in his 90th playoff game Saturday. The third seeded Raptors lead the National Basketball Association in wins after trailing by 10 or more points over the last two seasons.
Toronto looked overwhelmed by the Bucks' lengthy defenders all game long, and shot a paltry 36 percent from the field.
You can make a justified argument that the Toronto Raptors need to beat the Bucks on Tuesday night, if they are to retain a realistic hope of winning the series.
The Rockets were off on Monday and Beverley wasn't available for comment, but he tweeted his thanks for Watt's support by saying that he wants him back for Game 2 on Wednesday night in the same seat he had for the first game.
"It's big", DeRozan said.
"The guy was just absolutely killing it", Watt said.
Antetokounmpo's nickname of "The Greek Freak" originated with his seven-foot frame, impressive wingspan and explosive athleticism.
Toronto has to win to stay in this, going down 0-2 as a high seed is not a good look.
It's notable that last season, almost half of Lowry's jumpers were assisted, only for that to drop to 27 percent assisted during the 16 playoff games he played.
"It's part of the game", Kidd said. "He didn't force things, he let the game come to him".
The Bucks comprehensively defeated the Raptors 97-83 to silence what had been a ferocious Toronto crowd.
"Our second half was just abysmal", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
From a devastating preseason injury to Khris Middleton, to a strong start, to a terrifying midseason slump - capped off by Jabari Parker's season-ending injury - to finally a late-season push into the postseason, the Bucks and their fans have been changing their trajectory with ferocity all season. But when Maker and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the big men, and 6'5 Malcolm Brogdon is the starting point guard defending Lowry, those spaces close much quicker, or don't exist at all. It was the second time that Middleton had played at least 40 minutes since coming back from a hamstring injury on February 8. The lead was 20 by the end of the third, affording Kawhi Leonard (32 points, 11-14 FG) plenty of rest.
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 vehicle accident early Saturday.
Lowry's career playoff shooting percentage of.379 is the second lowest figure of any active player with at least 500 postseason shot attempts.
More than anything, Ibaka said they just have to make it tougher on a player who many believe has MVP awards in his future.
"I haven't thought anything about that", Antetokounmpo said. There is only one matching game at 08:06 minute. Not to mention, TNT Bulls are a force to be reckoned with that the Celtics can not ignore. Watch out for Lowry getting the Raptors in the win column in Game 2, which Toronto so desperately needs.
PRESSURE IS ON: The Bulls bench to keep up its production.
The home team started their points as first in the second quarter.
Pacers at Cavaliers, Cleveland leads 1-0. It was just their third win in 21 games against the Clippers.