Rap­tors work to­ward lim­it­ing An­te­tok­oun­mpo

Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - MIKE GANTER mike.ganter@sun­media.ca


The Toronto Rap­tors showed Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo the proper re­spect in Game 2 and were re­warded with a much-needed win. In Game 3, the 22-year-old Greek Freak was in line for even more of their at­ten­tion.

“I just think we keep amp­ing it up,” P.J. Tucker said of the team’s fo­cus on An­te­tok­oun­mpo.

The feel­ing around the Rap­tors — based both on past ex­pe­ri­ence and what they have seen from the op­po­nent in the se­ries — is the Bucks would only be more ag­gres­sive and de­ter­mined in Game 3 on their home court than they were in games 1 and 2.

As the cen­tre­piece of their en­tire game plan, the Greek Freak will be the one set­ting the tone. For that rea­son, Tucker said the Rap­tors had to take an­other step in Mil­wau­kee.

“I’m not sat­is­fied at all,” Tucker said af­ter a morn­ing shootaround. “We can still get a lot bet­ter. We loaded re­ally well, we cut down on the transitions points, but we still gave him an­gles to get to the bas­ket and make great plays, so as a unit, we got to guard him a lit­tle bet­ter.”

An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s line in Game 2 read like a man who led his team to vic­tory, hav­ing played 42 min­utes and had 24 points, 15 re­bounds, seven as­sists and two steals. But his scor­ing was down from Game 1, and it was enough to get the Rap­tors a win.

Nei­ther Tucker nor any­one else in a Rap­tors uni­form ex­pects to fully shut the Bucks’ main man down.

“He’s go­ing to score be­cause he’s so good at get­ting to the rim and get­ting fouled. You just want him to take some of the shots that you want him to take. Some of his longer shots he’s go­ing to take. Even though you are go­ing un­der (screens) and play­ing off of him, he’s still go­ing to get to the rim. He’s so long and ath­letic, but you just want him to take some tough shots.”

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