Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

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Milwaukee Bucks 'maybe the hottest basketball team in all of the NBA'

DeRozan went 0-for-8 overall, making him the first 25-points-per-game scorer to go 0-for-3 or worse in a playoff game in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

At least fatigue will not be an issue going into Game 4. He walked two and struck out five, but needed Thames' NL-leading eighth home run and seventh in the last eight games for his first win in four starts.

"There's a tremendous amount of mutual respect", team co-owner Wes Edens said. "It won't be the outcome (Saturday)".

"Put it this way: I guess I'm going to have to force shots", he said.

Game four is in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Heading into what the Raptors call a "must-win" Game 4, they trail the Bucks 2-1 in their best-of-seven opening round playoff series. "Our challenge now is to just focus on the first possession in Game 3 and find a way to get a win". "Learning how to use our length and trying to play to our advantage more", said Middleton, who led the Bucks with 20 points.

Memphis fans roared when Fizdale came onto the court before the game following his rant against officiating in Game 2, which cost him a $30,000 fine from the National Basketball Association.

Toronto All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was the Game 2 hero by scoring 22 points but perhaps the biggest factor was the defensive effort against Bucks All-Star small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"I think we definitely gained some things out of these two games", Antetokounmpo said. "They may not, I don't know". "Even if it's not with points, it's getting everybody involved ... rebounding the ball, pushing the tempo and putting us in the right positions out there on the floor". The fun is only just beginning with the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo.

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Matthew Dellavedova delivered a trademark gritty performance to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a stunning game three win over Toronto in the National Basketball Association play-offs.

The team had a lengthy film session where they studied the first half in particular.

"It's always been the same since training camp", coach Jason Kidd said, "trust, play hard and make a play for a teammate". "It's all of us". "You've got to make sure you come here and play to your identity". It's all of us together.

All the pre-game talk was about matching the Bucks' intensity, but the Raptors did exactly the opposite, digging themselves a first-half hole the size of Wisconsin. He had success in the post in Game 2.

This year, Lowry passed on the extra practice, instead sounding defiant about his plan of attack for Tuesday's Game 2. (They had 11 on Thursday).

We watched them leap the hurdle and earn playoff experience last season. We have to trust the pass. "All throughout the night they were looking to trap [DeRozan and Lowry] and take them away as much as possible, so we have to do our job collectively of relieving the pressure on them".

DeRozan said the Raptors have to be willing to roll with whatever changes are made. As much as Lowry looks like he wants to puke his guts out following this loss - after which he takes off his jersey before entering the tunnel to the locker room, disappointed enough to not want to represent anything - there is undeniably something comfortable to him about having his back pushed all the way against the wall, with his audience convinced that his arc is over. "We'll make changes, we made changes going into the second half but whoever goes in has to go in and make a difference and we didn't".

About the only positive the Raptors could take out of his one is they didn't over-extend anyone. At this time of year you shouldn't have to be talking about that.

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