Raptors roar into playoffs on a high note

16 April, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Rapt Attention: Lowry's Back

No Bucks' post player averaged more than 24 minutes per game.

The Raptors clnched a playoff spot in the competitive Eastern Conference while Lowry missed 18 games.

"If we don't go into this series with a sense of urgency knowing how hard this team plays, and think it's a wrap just because we show up, it's not going to happen", Casey said.

During the 21-game stretch, DeMar DeRozan continued his splendid season on offense, where he's averaging 27.0 points per season.

But first up for the Raptors is the Milwaukee Bucks, a young team light on playoff experience, but a team Dwane Casey is determined his charges will not take lightly regardless of the 12 wins by the Raps in the past 14 meetings between the two clubs. Over to Casey again: "At the end of the day, when DeMar kicks it out to whoever is on the wing, they've got to make the shot". The Raptors should dare him to shoot from the outside as much as possible, and his effectiveness from both the mid-range and beyond the arc will determine the length of the series. We have always talked about having a power forward and I think Serge Ibaka brings that perspective. Both players struggled with their shooting early in the 2015-16 postseason as the #2 seeded Raptors barely got by the Pacers in the first round past year in 7 games. There were times against IN and Miami IN which the Raptors looked about to succumb meekly, and times at which they ran their opponents off the floor. For that, they'll turn to Carroll and Tucker. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns, giving up Sullinger and a couple of second-round picks in February.

First up, the Raptors - who are back in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row - are facing the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Air Canada Centre for game one of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. Tucker to provide wing support off the bench.

Power problem leaves train stuck in Hudson River tunnel
Chris Christie have called for the LIRR and NJ Transit's inclusion in the inspection, given their frequent use of the terminal. Evening rush hour commuters look at the departures board while at Penn Station, Friday, April 14, 2017 , in NY .

Let's take a look at five things that need to happen if the Bucks are going to make it past the first round for the first time since 2001. Back in the playoffs after missing the postseason a year ago, the Bucks are looking to play spoiler and force an upset.

Past year the Raptors made the Eastern Conference finals, and they're looking to get even farther in 2017.

We know a Spanish big man is headed to the second round. Valanciunas and Ibaka could dominate - and should on the boards, at a minimum. As the point guard, he is able to facilitate and also alleviate some of the offensive pressure from DeRozan. If that's the case, the Bucks might turn to Matthew Dellavedova, a pesky defender who at times frustrated Stephen Curry in the NBA Finals. Toronto needs to continue playing their smart, team-first game.

For Raptors president Masai Ujiri, the time is now. Brogdon, Middleton, Snell, Jason Terry and Michael Beasley all shoot above 40 percent from beyond the arc. Playoff strips covering all home games throughout the Bucks' 2017 playoff run and single game tickets are also available.

And he will be a focal point of the Raptors preparation for the Bucks, something that was already underway before they were locked in as the No. 6 seed and the first round partner for your No. 3 seeded Raptors Tuesday night by virtue of an Atlanta Hawks win in Charlotte. Expect that to change.

Recommended:

  • Braun Strowman flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside it

    Braun Strowman flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside it

    Braun cut a promo about whose yard it is now (Strowman said it was his yard, unsurprisingly) and then the unthinkable happened. Once Strowman had cleared the scene, a second ambulance took Reigns to a local medical facility for treatment and evaluation.
    Fire engulfs Bellagio roof, Las Vegas Strip temporarily shut down

    Fire engulfs Bellagio roof, Las Vegas Strip temporarily shut down

    APRIL 14: A spokesperson for the fire department said during a media briefing that the cause of the fire has yet to be determined. A two-alarm fire at the Bellagio Resort and Casino closed the Strip to traffic for a while.
    'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' IMAX poster unveiled

    'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' IMAX poster unveiled

    Baahubali: The Conclusion is easily the most-anticipated films of the year as part one has already set the benchmark high. Being a multilingual flick actors Rana Daggubati and Prabhas chose to promote it in Bollywood side as well.
  • Windows Creators Update Available Soon for Raspberry Pi 3 With Cortana

    Windows Creators Update Available Soon for Raspberry Pi 3 With Cortana

    If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it's ready. Or do you still want more from Microsoft? You can now place start menu tiles into folders and hide the Apps list.
    Beauty and the Beast Earnings Hit the $1 Billion Mark

    Beauty and the Beast Earnings Hit the $1 Billion Mark

    James Cameron , whose films are sitting pretty in the first and second spot, probably isn't too anxious just yet. The film has earned more than $1 billion in ticket sales and earns the top spot as a musical film.
    Sexual abuse at boarding school went on for decades

    Sexual abuse at boarding school went on for decades

    The alleged abuse highlighted by the report varies widely, ranging from inappropriate touching and kissing to sexual intercourse. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island. "We received a handful of reports of sexual misconduct in the 2010s".
  • Champions League: Atletico Madrid beat Leicester 1-0 in first leg

    Champions League: Atletico Madrid beat Leicester 1-0 in first leg

    We need to concentrate on Palace and try to get those points", he said. "We have a very good home record at the King Power". He said: "I could see what was about to happen so I said "let's go and get something to eat".
    CAPTAIN PHASMA Comic Miniseries Announced at STAR WARS Celebration

    CAPTAIN PHASMA Comic Miniseries Announced at STAR WARS Celebration

    Nice try, Johnson, but debating the details is half the fun, and there are still eight months to go. All of these symbols suggest a strong connection to the history and deeper mysticism of the Force.

    Raptors will be ready for Bucks mentally . . . but physically?

    And now it starts for real. "I'm prepared for it, " DeRozan said of what scheme the Bucks throw at him. The Bucks won a league-best 14 games in March, including a 101-94 victory over Toronto on March 4.
  • Two-day BJP National Executive meet begins in Bhubaneswar

    Two-day BJP National Executive meet begins in Bhubaneswar

    The Prime Minister will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers, according to state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma. Additionally, the BJP has identified 120 Lok Sabha seats it lost in 2014 but hopes to win in 2019.
    Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute inmates by end of month

    Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute inmates by end of month

    John Williams, attorney for some of the death row prisoners welcomed Baker's ruling, saying it was legally sound and reasonable. He is among eight death-row inmates who were scheduled to be executed over an 11-day period this month.
    Point-seeking Button replaces Alonso at Monaco Grand Prix

    Point-seeking Button replaces Alonso at Monaco Grand Prix

    Look I know I'm not a professional racer , but I feel like watching IndyCar on TV and on your computer can only do so much. Andretti's team won at the Brickyard previous year with Indy 500 rookie driver Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver.


Popular

U.S. releases footage of 'mother of all bombs' being dropped
No civilian was injured in the raid which took place in Mohmand Dara village, Asadkhil area of the district, the statement added. The bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area.

NCAA adopts early signing period, 10th coach for football
And it's not just the uncertainty surrounding new coaching hires, but the assistants those new head coaches are bringing in, too . But under the new rule, if a player does not qualify, the team only can have 24 players for that recruiting class.

DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in MA
Prosecutors have charged Colon-Ortiz with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery, and assault with the intent to rape. She never returned, and her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half mile from her mother's house.

Karisma Kapoor's ex-husband Sunjay Kapur married Priya Sachdev?
Speculations were rife that Karisma Kapoor's ex-husband Sunjay Kapur was dating Priya Sachdev, former wife of Vikram Chatwal. Why New York? Interestingly Sunjay and Priya first time met in the city and it is said that they well in LOVE there.

Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1
Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert , for instance, needed 36 stitches after getting hit in the forehead by a slap shot in November. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had declared him the starter for Wednesday's game following the morning skate.