The Milwaukee Bucks are in a rut, plain and simple, as the Toronto Raptors came into Fiserv Forum (featuring fans for the first time), and battered Bud’s squad 124-113. This is your nightly reminder that Jrue Holiday is out, and also important to this team.
Milwaukee found itself in a hole to start as Toronto’s smaller lineup took advantage of the Bucks size, but Bud’s team paid back the favor and tied it at 33 after one. No team found a way to gain an edge in the second, as they went into halftime tied at 64 apiece. By the fourth quarter, the Bucks trailed by only three despite looking lackluster compared to a now Kyle-Lowry less Toronto Raptors. In the fourth, the Bucks had the game within three, but immediately coughed up six straight points behind a uber-big lineup and could never recover from there. They’ll face Toronto again on Thursday.
Shout out Giannis with the Miles Plumlee tribute:
A superstar who isn’t afraid to contest at the rim. pic.twitter.com/qRpsu470H2— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 17, 2021
Stat That Stood Out
Given their size advantage, it’s relatively embarrassing that the Milwaukee Bucks won the paint battle by merely four points, 50-46. Toronto played small the entire night, with Baynes mustering just 18 minutes, and yet Milwaukee couldn’t attack that clear mismatch strongly enough on the other end. The Raptors coupled that with 17 three-pointers to pull away for the win.
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