In his Game Five preview, Basketball Insiders David Yapkowitz has the Toronto Raptors taking a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night as head coach Dwane Casey has all the right buttons pressed against this less experienced foe.
The playoffs are all about adjustments, and Dwane Casey definitely made some big ones that got the Raptors right back in this series.
Benching Jonas Valanciunas was a move that paid off.
Serge Ibaka excelled at center.
Powell hit all three of his (three-point) attempts and kept the Bucks defense on their heels by staying aggressive.
A smaller but effective move that also paid off was Casey’s decision to play Delon Wright more than Cory Joseph.
The Bucks, on the other hand, have their work cut out for them if they want to steal another game on the Raptors’ home court.
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Overlooked has been Ibaka playing on a sore ankle, something that has definitely been affecting his jump shot and perimeter defense, but should be getting significantly better with each passing day.
Playing big with both Valanciunas and a hobbled Ibaka on the floor at the same time didn’t work against the longer more athletic Bucks, but Casey’s Game Four rotation neutralized much of what Milwaukee had been using to take advantage of their more experienced and higher seeded opponent.
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