Snell was excellent again, hitting 4 threes and guarding DeRozan well, while Middleton added 20 points and 5 rebounds. "He's making threes. That's something we've got to make sure we understand, and not let someone else have a big night".
With a tough 106-100 loss in Toronto Tuesday night, the Bucks are already back here in Milwaukee practicing for Game 3 Thursday night at home, with the series tied at one. This though felt a whole lot worse.
Game 4 is Saturday night.
DeRozan said the Raptors need to turn their anger into motivation.
Milwaukee didn't quite shoot the ball as well as it did in Game 1, while the Raptors were strong from the field. The last time DeRozan didn't make a field goal in a game was in January of 2015 against the Bucks in Milwaukee.
"It starts with us, myself as a coach, as far as having them ready to play in a hostile environment", Casey said.
"This is a terrific partnership we've created along with Dion Petty and his Delta team in Milwaukee to help spread the excitement of the NBA Playoffs throughout the city and into the skies", Bucks Chief Operating Officer Mike McCarthy said.
Afterward, typically understated head coach Jason Kidd said he couldn't take credit for the Bucks' comprehensive display, praising their defensive effort and how they shared the ball on offense. "There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever".
The Bucks' 27-point margin of victory is their largest in a playoff game since they defeated Atlanta by 29 points on 4/26/84 (118-89).
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With FuboTV you can watch Raptors vs Bucks on PC, Mobile, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV as well as many other devices. Kyle Lowry registered two, despite doing a good job throughout the game of getting into the lane, drawing the double-team, and attempting to find trailing open teammates. The surreal evening gave the No. 6-seeded Bucks a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. His only made basket in the first quarter was a dunk. DeRozan can knock down hard shots, though against most opponents even those looks manifest in predictable ways. "Those first, probably out of the eight quarters, they just bullied us for like five and a half of those, and you're not going to beat the Spurs letting them dictate everything".
The Bucks got outstanding performances all across the roster.
Grizzlies' guard Mike Conley had 24 points, centre Marc Gasol dropped 21 points and forward Zach Randolph was a force with 21 points and eight rebounds. The only member of the Raptors to play near his normal minutes was Lowry who finished with 35. Eventually he wound up using all 13.
Afterward, all the Raptors could say was that they got their rears kicked by Milwaukee.
DeRozan posted 23 points and Lowry added 22 in Monday's win.
The frustration became obvious for Toronto late in the half.
The Big Three of Griffin, Jordan and Paul combined on 10-of-13 shooting and six rebounds in the first, when the Clippers shot 65 percent. Greg Monroe continued his stellar play, but Matthew Dellavedova, a non-factor in Game 2, left his mark all over Game 3.
Toronto went 2-for-11 from distance in the half.
You can't play scared and yet the Raptors did. He can't shoot, can't guard Giannis Antetokounmpo, and can't slow down Middleton - so why is he still playing?
If there was any concern that the relatively young Bucks might be caught up in the emotion of the moment, that they'd press and be too excited and out of control, it dissipated in a clinic-like start.