Title: The Raptors are adjusting to the Milwaukee Bucks as the series wears on
Date: April 20, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about some adjustments the Raptors made in Game 2 against the Bucks that they need to carry over into Game 3.
A Game 1 loss is only a good thing if you’re a masochist. The eternal optimist can certainly spin stumbling out of the block a certain way, but any lessons gleaned from defeat would have been better coming in victory. The margins for error are too small in the tight confines of a seven-game playoff series, creating an ecosystem in which moral victories can’t survive.
In the grind of the postseason, adjustments are going to be paramount after wins, and while the Toronto Raptors have no experience with this, the changes they made after Game 1 would have been allowed after winning it, too. (It is conceivable that at some point in the future, they’ll win a Game 1 and learn this, but given the long odds of them randomly losing so many of them as is, it may be a while.) In any case, Dwane Casey and company made tweaks – some serious, some subtler, some the product of variance as much as gamesmanship – entering Game 2, and they helped the Raptors bounce back to even their series with the Milwaukee Bucks 1-1.
“We feel like we got better the second game. Personally, I felt like that,” P.J. Tucker said Wednesday. “But we broke it down even more from the first game to the second game, now going into the third game, especially dissecting plays, how we want to cover certain things. They made adjustments, so now we make adjustments to get better at it.”
Here’s a quick look at some of what changed in Game 2: