The Toronto Raptors have started this season on a positive note. On Sunday, they registered a 106-87 win over Milwaukee Bucks to move up to a 3-0 win record, the best start the Raptors have made since 2008-09 season.
“We’ve got a long way (to go),” Dwane Casey said after his 157th win in his 21st season as NBA coach.
“I don’t know where we are now, to be honest and I don’t think anyone in this room does, either.”
The new-looking Raptors side are eyeing to make it big this season. Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 19 points and 9 rebounds. In the previous two games, Toronto rallied from behind in the second half to win. On Sunday night, they displayed a complete show by dominating proceedings from the beginning.
In this team, Kyle Lowry is the key game-maker. DeMar DeRozan controlled mid-way game and Valanciunas was under the basket and led the offense.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 20 points and 9 rebounds led Milwaukee, but their poor show in the defense continued. They conceded 122 points in their season-opening loss against the New York Knicks, 118 against the Washington Wizards on Friday.
Terrance Ross scored 11 points in the fourth quarter after coming off the bench. Patrick Patterson also posted 16 points.
“I know one thing. We’re going to go out and compete for 48 minutes and until we get things tied together … there are going to be a lot of question marks,” Casey said after winning the third consecutive game. “But I like what we have. I like the fight, I like the toughness, I like our defence-first (mentality) and I like the way our offence moved the ball.”