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NBA Playoffs 2017: Five Quick Thoughts on Raptors-Bucks Game 4

It's now just a best-of-3 series for Toronto.

NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Yo! We did it, in the only way these Toronto Raptors know how, avoiding a probably insurmountable 3-1 deficit against the upstart Bucks in the first round, and likely the end of this team as we knew it. Seriously, can we ever have a stress-free first round with this group? Regardless of what happens for the rest of this series, the definitive answer is no. Here are five other quick thoughts on Saturday’s win

I’ll never forget how disappointed dad Dwane Casey looked on the bench when the Raptors trailed by 30 in the first half of Game 3. Game 4 wasn’t much different, even though the game was tied at the half, it felt like the Raptors were just ready to break, but thankfully the Bucks did not have any type of offensive rhythm to them on Saturday. Hopefully, all the positives that came out of the second half of Game 4 will translate, although let’s be real, are we counting on carryover effects from one game to another from this team?

Listen, this is an all-time tweet to me because the Raptors are Toronto. We’re pretty good, we’re proud of ourselves, we do a lot of things right, but we’re also a little mediocre on the fringes. Also applies to my self confidence. Shouts to you, Jon.

I wholeheartedly believe this no matter what happens in this Bucks series. Losing to Giannis — who is already one of the best superstars in the league with plenty of room for growth — will not be too shameful, even if this Toronto team did push ahead for a deep playoff run with their trade deadline acquisitions. But seriously, when did Tony Snell become ‘15 Steph Curry?

I love Dwane but his lineup adjustments in the playoffs do raise a lot of questions. Starting Norm was a good move, but felt like a half-measure when you could have swapped in either Patrick Patterson or P.J. Tucker for DeMarre Carroll. Also, a lot of five-man lineup combinations in this game were confounding, but hey, we won, so it’s all good—for now. The thing to worry about is this: Casey rarely will make dramatic adjustments after a victory, which means Game 5 is ripe for Kidd to come back, study the film, make his own moves, and then force Casey to adjust after another potential loss. Not the best recipe for success in the postseason.

I have to admit this tweet is really performative (like all of you are on social media) because I did not need to pull one out in Gr. 12 Calculus — listen, I’m good at math. Shit is real. But, these are the first round Raptors, man. The kings of doing the bare minimum and inspiring zero confidence even in a season-saving win. Onto Monday, I seriously have no idea what to expect. Everything is on the table. Can the playoffs start to feel fun for once with this team?