Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks 87 Toronto Raptors 106 Grades & Reactions

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Nov 1, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) plays for a rebound with Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry (7) and DeMar DeRozan (10) in the first quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions: The Bad

  • Though not intended as an excuse the Bucks are very dinged up. Jabari Parker lifts the offense–so does O.J. Mayo. The Bucks are used to struggling offensively–they were a bottom third unit in that category last season. They aren’t, however, accustomed to hemorrhaging 100+ points. The league’s second most efficient defense last season hasn’t showed up yet, and that’s where this team misses John Henson.  There’s little to no paint protection right now. The Raptors outscored the Bucks 52-44 in the lane. Get well soon, Henson.
  • Henson’s absence goes further than just defense. He’s needed on the rebounding front as well. A late first quarter lineup saw Giannis lining up at the center position. That’s good for the offense. He’s fast. But it’s a death stroke to the defense. Here’s the Bucks defense giving up an offensive rebound to Kyle Lowry. The Bucks were out-rebounded 46-33.
  • Here’s how bad the defense is right now. Words can’t describe the pain.

"Luis Scola with the spin-o-rama in the lane! @Raptors hold the solid 55-41 advantage over the @Bucks at halftime — NBA Canada (@NBACanada) November 2, 2015"

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