The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Toronto Raptors, 104-77, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Despite the blowout loss, Kyle Lowry remains optimistic that the Raptors can still bounce back and advance to the second round.
“I still think we can win the series,” Lowry said. “It’s a terrible feeling, the way we got our ass beat. It’s a terrible feeling. [But] our confidence is not changed. We’ll be fine.”
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan choke in Game 3
After his outstanding performance in the first two games, Kyle Lowry failed to reciprocate the same production in Game 3. In 30 minutes on the court, he only contributed 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Meanwhile, his backcourt tandem DeMar DeRozan only posted eight points, and two rebounds, missing all his field goal attempts.
The Raptors struggled on the offensive end with an embarrassing 33.8 percent shooting from the field and 27.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Bucks took advantage early in the game giving the Raptors a 20-point deficit at the end of the first quarter. The same thing happened in the second and third quarter as the Bucks’ lead continued to grow.
“It starts with us, myself as a coach, as far as having them ready to play in a hostile environment,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “They ambushed us, and there’s no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever. It’s moving the basketball. The basketball will find the right person, and that’s what we’ve got to do. That’s what (the coaches) have to sell the guys on: You have to move the basketball. You’re not going to dribble around them, you’re not going to outrun them or out-quick them, but the ball can beat speed and quickness. That’s what we did in Game 2, and that’s what we have to get back to.”
Toronto managed to regain their shooting touch in the fourth quarter but not enough to overturn the outcome of the game. The Bucks’ trapping defense worked out well against the Raptors, helping them win the game and lead the series.
Game 4 a must win for the Raptors
Kyle Lowry expressed his frustration after suffering a blowout loss in Game 3. However, the 31-year-old point guard believes that the only they can do is learn from their mistake and improve in the next game. DeMar DeRozan urged his teammates to use their recent loss as motivation in the upcoming games.
To gain more advantage of winning the first round, the Raptors should win their next game before the series shift to Toronto. Game 4 between the Raptors and the Bucks will be on Saturday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
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