The Raptors opened their five game home stand by losing 82-75 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who had just eight healthy players on their roster after O.J. Mayo was ejected in the first half for arguing with the refs. You can read our recap here, below are a few quotes and notes from the locker rooms afterwards:
- Dwane Casey: "We couldn't score, when you shoot 32 percent from the field, you're not going to beat a lot of teams...We were playing in mud the entire night, which was the total opposite from the way we played against Brooklyn and Washington...I'm disappointed in all of us with our energy and focus...We couldn't get that one stop or one bucket to get us over the hump."
- Casey talked repeatedly about energy and focus, but did take time to praise the second unit for getting the team back in the game. For the record, Lou Williams, DeMar DeRozan Greivis Vasquez and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 10-for-46. Against any team, the Raptors aren't going to win too many games shooting like that at home. In fact, they were fortunate to even have a chance to steal this one late.
- Kyle Lowry: Lowry struggled and finished just 1-for-7 from the floor with two points and five assists in 29 minutes. He left the game briefly with hamstring tightness and appeared to have injured his thumb later on as well. Afterwards, he was in no mood to talk to reporters, simply repeating "it was a bad game" to questions.
- John Henson: "I think we're gaining confidence....We missed some shots in the second half but that happens...Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough's defense really got them back in the game."
- Jerryd Bayless: "Great team win, a great team win...When we're talking on the floor and playing together defensively, we're pretty good...[on the Bucks losing by 42 points last time they were in Toronto]: that was just early in the season, we played them the other day, it was a slip up, we moved on from that...[on whether it felt good to hit a big shot late in the fourth quarter to ice the game against his former team]: it felt good, but honestly, it's just one game...[on being a closer]: Yeah, I like that role."
- Bayless did hit a big shot late, but for the night, he was 4-for-12. We'll see if Toronto rebounds with a better effort tomorrow against Brooklyn. They'll need it. The schedule gets really tough after that. It's time to stop playing in mud.