They Tried But Didn't Succeed, Raps Go 6-1

Milwaukee Remains Only Team Unbeaten In NBA

By: Veronica Harris

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

For the first time in NBA history are 2 teams both with a 6-0 start playing one another. Bucks are without Giannis” Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo under NBA concussion protocol and the Raptors are without Kawhi Leonard for a second game in a row due to..well- giving him a  “day off”. Bad idea. Not to mention VanVleet & Anunoby sat out as well. Although the franchise is no longer making history that doesn’t mean Kyle Lowry isn’t! Lowry beat Doug Christie’s record of 664 by 2stl and he still has plenty more games left to play. I wonder if he will beat All-time leader John Stockton at 3,265?

Fun Fact: Nick Nurse is the 1st coach in Raptors history to begin tenure 6-0! These two teams are the only undefeated left in the league...but not for long- because I mean I one of them have to lose right?!

(Jump Ball)

To start for Toronto were; Norm Powell, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green & Serge Ibaka. An unusual starting line-up but i’m down. Raps were down three early on, hoping not to let the Bucks too far ahead and lose sight of this historic game.

Danny Green received technical for what I like to call “using saucy choice of words” sending Khris Middleton to the line. Who of which is a 90% free throw shooter, getting the Bucks within 1pt towards the end of the 1st qtr(21-20). If you want my opinion...there is no way Green deserved a tech but that’s just me. On the spice meter I’d say it were a 3/10.

Jonas Valanciunas steps on the court to start the 2nd quarter.  JV did a great job defending Brook Lopez who also picked up a technical for hanging on the rim after putting down a monstrous jam over the him. And that is where I think it went started to go downhill for Toronto. Lorenzo Brown had thrown up a brick and JV air balled a mid range jumper. With or without Milwaukee's All-Star (& 2019 NBA MVP) Giannis Antetokounmpo a good team will pick up on the missed opportunities and that’s what the did. Mind your Toronto stayed within range but couldn’t pull ahead, committing 15 fouls in the first half.

Toronto couldn’t stop the Bucks from getting bucket after bucket-they were on fire!

62-53 at the half giving the home herd something to cheer for.

Serge Ibaka went 7/7 from the field and then finished 12/21, putting up a game high 30pts & 9reb. If he can play like this for the rest of the season I see them making it further than last year. He was the leader on the court and honestly the only consistent one for the Raps.

Another Fun Fact: When I play NBA2k- Milwaukee is my go to team.

The Bucks made few mistakes in this game but kept their composure and kept the ball moving. Every time I looked down to write I had to rewind the game because something special was happening throughout the entire game. There were never a dull moment.

Nick Nurse brought Lorenzo Brown, CJ Miles and Malachi Richardson onto the court looking for some sort of spark to waken these guys up and start playing at the Bucks’ level. Miles then turned the ball away allowing Tony Snell to drain a deep three (88-76) going on a 7-0 run. I wanted this game to end faster than Fergie wanted to leave centre court after singing her rendition of the national anthem at the all star game. For about two minutes it looked like a elementary school basketball tryout for children who have never played before.

 This definitely wasn’t how the Raps wanted to end their winning streak.

I do have to give credit where credit is due. Nick Nurse is doing a fantastic job with this team but there were way too many shots missed and mistakes by the Raptors. This could have set a positive and bright precedent for the rest of the season. Let’s hope Toronto can bounce back as they play the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night back at home, and find a process they can trust. Don’t miss tip off at 7:30pm.

Milwaukee 124-109 Toronto