What a win…what a win. Last night was the playoff game that we have been waiting for from this group. Ibaka was blocking and dunking on everyone, Norman cranked up the dial, DeRozan scoring at will, the rotation of Tucker/Carroll disrupting the Bucks, and even Cory Joseph looked great despite having the flu. It might take Dwane Casey some time, but every series he finds an adjustment when it matters the most. If I’m Casey, after this series I’m trying to Norman Powell extended for saving my job. Sure there are some things that keep me up at night. Lowry’s back being so bad that he can’t sit on the bench, but has to lie down on the hardwood is something I mentally need to block out. I can’t handle going to Cleveland with Irving and not having the Lowman at 100%. And if anyone who speaks Lithuanian out there can tell JV to be a MAN IN THE POST. That would calm my fears down a lot. But who cares right? Lets drink in last nights dunk city.
Look let’s be honest here. This series has not gone the way that we have wanted it too. It’s been full of sporadic defense, horrible turnovers, and just unbelievable horrid shooting from the Raptors. Until the second half of game four on Saturday, I actually was beginning to question if this team was giving up. Like I couldn’t believe that the most well-built team in Raptors history was getting worked by these young Bucks. But then finally DeRozan, Ibaka, and Norman Powell put the team on their back. My mood went from a guy who was melting in his chair, to this…
I was fired up! Wait! Still is fired up! I really thought about grilling some venison, and firing off some Eric Foreman memes at the glove state. But then I saw something that made my heart grow like the Grinch’s in that movie at the end of the game.
Yes! I absolutely LOVE THAT MOVE! Look there’s nothing better in sports than the shit talking that fans do with one another. I love the confidence by this little town in Wisconsin. It’s what makes the playoffs awesome. All these little dairy farmers finally getting some glow for something other than cheese is cute. It’s so adorable, it makes me want to pat them on the head and say “good job, your now finally big boys now.” It’s not always easy to get our busy metropolises attention. But as my boy Chaz Palminteri says “now youse can’t escape us.” If I wasn’t confident before game 4, I now am super confident. Were playing this bad and it’s STILL even???? HA! LETS GO!
Update: Confidence down a little bit
Update #2: Confidence is dropping dramatically…(brewing large amounts of coffee and roaming the streets to reassure self)
P.S. Did the MLSE fire all their graphic design people? These shirts are so brutal this season. Seriously what is this?
Well it’s finally here people. The day that we have all been waiting for since last summer when LeBron ripped our hearts out. It’s time for another journey towards the that weird looking Larry O’Brein Trophy. It’s not gonna be easy folks. Were are going to have to go through the Bucks, Cavs, Celtics, or Warriors/Rockets/Spurs. But you know what? THAT IS WHAT I WANT. To be the best, you have to DESTROY the rest of the NBA. It could be the greatest run in basketball postseason history in my own mind. But before we start getting ahead of ourselves here, let’s do a quick breakdown of the first series we encounter.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the first bunch of guys up. Now normally if they were playing anyone other than the Raptors I’d be pulling for them. They are a young team with one of the most exciting players to watch in Giannis Antetokounmpo. If there was another team I’m hesitant to face in the first round, it’s the Bucks. Antetokounmpo lives up to his name as the “Greek Freak.” He led the entire Bucks team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He can play any position 1-5, and is a match-up nightmare with the ability to take over a game himself. With just him, the Bucks have a shot in this series. But Antetokounmpo has shown that he struggles from the perimeter. This is where the Raptors revamped front-court has the big advantage over the Bucks. The consistent rotation of Carroll, Tucker, and Ibaka, forcing him outside allows the Raptors to take advantage of the rest of the floor. The back-court of Lowry and DeRozan will have the space to score in this match-up. If both of these guys struggle against the duo of Brogdon and Snell, this series could go six, heck even seven games. I really believe that this is a scenario that this team can’t afford with Cleveland in the next round.
But the Raptors in general are just too complete of a team. Their bench is better, and deeper than anything they’ve ever had before in the playoffs. Outside of Giannis, the Bucks lack scoring. It also doesn’t help that the Raptors after obtaining Ibaka, and Tucker, became one of the elite defensive teams in the NBA. The Raptors should win this series in five games with how much better they are at both ends of the floor. But if Jonas Valanciunas can finally dominate inside, a possible sweep is not out of the question.
So with that explained it’s time to fire up the Future/Panda mix!