Milwaukee Bucks Preview: Game 5 at Toronto Raptors

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Player To Watch: DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan reminded fans on Saturday that he is indeed still good after failing to make a field goal in Game 3. DeRozan went off, making 12 of his 22 field goals and all nine of his free throws to total 33 points against Milwaukee.

DeRozan also added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in Game 4. The Raptors shooting guard certainly proved why he deserved his huge contract via his performance against the Bucks that day.

When nobody else on the Raptors could accomplish much of anything, DeRozan was there to keep the Raptors in the lead through the middle quarters. Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry had strong games, but many of their points came later on, in the fourth quarter.

Early on, it was DeRozan without much help. For him 33 points may not be an unbelievable effort, but in a game where the winning team doesn’t even hit 90 points 33 is a significant amount of bucket-getting.

The Bucks may try to wall off the paint themselves a bit to make DeRozan’s life harder, but an adjustment might not really be worth it. DeRozan is so good because he just hits difficult mid-rangers and insane finishes around the rim–those shots aren’t really defendable, even by a committed Tony Snell.