The Milwaukee Bucks are suffocating and startling the Toronto Raptors in every way imaginable. The Bucks have the Raptors dazed, confused, frustrated.
Athleticism, energy and a whole lot of Giannis Antetekounmpo are what the Bucks always offer, and why the likes of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the rest appear overmatched.
The latest example came in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday, a 104-77 drubbing dished out by Milwaukee.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks, now up 2-1, with a stellar mid-range game that led to 20 points. Antetokounmpo added 19 and eight rebounds, and rookie Thon Maker scored 11 and challenged everything that came in the lane.
Now, the Raptors could still come back and win this series. They have all the experience here. But if they don’t … well, what happens then?
Do they consider breaking it up? Is it time to end the Raptor run of DeRozan or Lowry (or both)? Was the trade for Serge Ibaka a bad idea? And will there be any way to unload any or all of them?
It hasn’t come to that yet. But if the Bucks advance and the Raptors are bounced, it will be time for some serious questions in Toronto.
I suppose we'll find that out on Saturday, won't we? Neither of us has any clue if that's true or not https://t.co/YuNdLrV46o
— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) April 21, 2017
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) April 21, 2017
Coach Dwane Casey is certainly safe — at least, you’d sure think so. But if the Raptors can’t get out of the first round this year, a roster shakeup could be the only solution.