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Raptors all-star DeRozan still motivated by Game 3 loss to Milwaukee

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Montrelle Montesinos | 04 May, 2017, 19:31

These Bucks don't just seek out contact, they get angry when they can't find it.

"They played at a high level but I thought we played at a Game 1 speed and level".

About the only thing the Raptors didn't fix was their three-point shooting; Toronto hit just 5 of 22 attempts, two from Lowry and three from Norman Powell, who was a surprise starter.

Toronto might rise again, with a vengeance, on Saturday afternoon.

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo falls after fouling Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Inside the arena, in their usual burn, they played Barney music as the Raptors' starting lineup was announced and danced the purple dinosaur across the video board.

What killed the Bucks in game two, however, was the play of not just Lowry, but the rest of the role players, as the Raptors managed to hit nine more threes in game two than they did in game one. The Raptors shot 22 percent and were almost outscored single-handedly by Antetokounmpo, who had 10 in the opening quarter including a pair of 3-pointers as the Bucks jumped out to a 32-12 lead. They had some leads, we came back. The result was a character-builder of a win, and a series tie of 2-2.

The Milwaukee Bucks were playing with house money Tuesday night. Toronto would finish the season with a 56-26 record and were now the second seed in the Eastern Conference and were set to battle the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

The following season, Kyle Lowry would increase his rate of production as he went through the season and averaged 21.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 6.4 assists per game, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.

Tony Snell paced the Bucks with 19 points on the strength of five three-pointers.

Added DeRozan: "We're going to have to play extremely hard".

For now, let's enjoy the party and appreciate what we are seeing - a young team going from promising to contending before our eyes.

"The time will come when we will get back out on there on the court but in the meantime try not to go insane in two days of waiting", DeRozan said.

However, after game one where the Bucks completely dominated the Raptors in the second half, it became apparent that Milwaukee would have a serious chance to win this series. The Raptors score 106.0 (110.1 at home) and allow 102.3 (103.0 at home) points per game. There were turnovers left and right, missed threes, and there wasn't much to get excited about outside of DeMar DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo dueling it out in the second quarter. The win in Milwaukee will certainly be a nice confidence booster going into the game 5. The Hawks, who trail in the series 2-1, also got 27 points from Dennis Schroder, 20 of those in the first half, with nine assists. "We've talked about staying in character - this is a great game for our group to understand we have to stay in character and keep moving the ball".

The leather-lunged crowd of 18,717 fans at BMO Harris Bradley Center - including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and several Green Bay Packers teammates - sounded louder from the opening tipoff than at any moment during Game 1 or 2 back in Toronto.

Casey hinted there could be changes to his rotation.