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Raptors look to eliminate underdog Bucks after early series struggles

08 Mai 2017

James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. "Simple plays like that are just something we need to work more on and have more of them".

Gregg Popovich and the Spurs value rest as much as any organization, and there won't be much if they lose Thursday and are forced to play a Game 7 back home on Saturday night. Game 1 tips off Monday night in Cleveland. It was the second straight win by the Spurs over the Grizzlies in the first round. That was a different kind of series where we had to get out of our comfort zone to beat them.

But they couldn't hear you. Next thing after that we're at the game and their crowd is into it, a whole different atmosphere from the Miami series.

Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton and Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry battle for a loose ball during the first half of game 6 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Milwaukee.

That high peak in the red line near the middle represents the 5:20 mark in the third quarter, when the Raptors opened up their biggest lead of the game with a DeMarre Carroll three-pointer that pushed the score to 71-46. Let us know who you got in this game!

My third year coach Kidd coming in, we knew there was going to be some stability.

The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. A Bucks win would force a Game 7 in Toronto Saturday.

Raptors at Bucks, Toronto leads 3-2.

Game 6 felt like a seesaw, teetering back and forth for chunks of the contest.

The move paid immediate dividends in Games 4 and 5 - Powell shot 61.1 per cent from the field, was ideal on seven three-point attempts, averaged four rebounds and four assists and set the tone defensively.

The Raptors have never won a potential clincher in six games until last night and as is their custom, they did not do it the easy way. The Bucks hacked furiously at the lead, largely by turning the Raps over, then capitalizing.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Memphis was a good test and now his team is better prepared to go on a long postseason run. They held Antetokounmpo to only 14 points on 6-19 shooting. However, Powell made the starting lineup six fewer times than he did in 2015-16. Now it's up to Kidd to come up with something to swing things back in Milwaukee's favor.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis (8), forward Zach Randolph (50), guard Vince Carter (15), and center Marc Gasol (33). It was no four game sweep. He started the game with an attacking mentality, but was not reckless in taking on the Bucks' traps and double-teams. The problem from beyond the arc was that they didn't attempt enough to justify their percentage.

"Yeah, we got away from (the ball movement) during that stretch where they were going on their run", Patrick Patterson said.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Manu Ginobili. Antetokounmpo leads also in rebounds (9.6), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.6) per game.

INJURY UPDATE: Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (right calf) remains out indefinitely.

Although the NBA Playoffs present a much smaller sample size than the regular season, there's no time when the lights are brighter or more eyes are on NBA players.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, who won for the first time in Memphis this season.