3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ shameful loss to Toronto Raptors

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 15 (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa
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The Toronto Raptors continued to torment Giannis Antetokounmpo as the star struggled for the Milwaukee Bucks

The Raptors are one of the few teams league-wide that has the blueprint to genuinely slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, and they have for several years now. Last night, that formula revolved around mauling the Greek Freak whenever he stepped foot inside the arc, as evidenced by his 17 attempts from the free throw line. Coach Budenholzer said that his star should have gotten about 30 free throws for the game due to the physicality, but still, that is not a legitimate excuse for his uncharacteristic performance.

Antetokounmpo did not look like himself from start to finish as the Raptors hounded him all game. He shot just 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from the floor, far below his usual quota. Although Giannis did finish with 30 points, 17 of them came from the stripe. Even as the Raptors took away his scoring, the Greek Freak’s passing looked lackluster as well as he handed out just four assists to go along with four turnovers. His decision-making was just head-scratching, specifically late in the fourth quarter, where he chucked up a 3-pointer with the team trailing by one rather than driving to the lane and either drawing the foul or getting a better shot in such a pivotal moment.

It was a tough outing for Antetokounmpo as this pesky Toronto team has proven to be his true kryptonite once again. It did not help that the Bucks could not get much from Khris Middleton as he chipped in 16 points on an abysmal 3-of-12 shooting. Nevertheless, they will bounce back, just like they have always done. Although they will not get another crack at this Toronto squad in the regular season, it would surely be an interesting series if these two teams met down the line in a potential postseason scenario between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

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The Bucks will aim to get back in the win column as they take on the Atlanta Hawks this Monday. Be sure to catch the action at 5:00 p.m. CST on Bally Sports Wisconsin.