Pressure is on for Toronto Raptors to neutralize the Greek Freak

After a tense start to their first-round playoff series with a spirited Milwaukee Bucks squad, P.J. Still there’s small things,” said Tucker, who finished with five points and five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench Tuesday. He’s a great player. For me, it’s more of his leadership, being a point guard and making the wheels turn.“When he pushes the ball, he’s aggressive, attacking the rim, then it opens everything else up for everybody else when he’s pushing the ball up the floor, people have to respect him. “We want to slow him down. The Congolese power forward started slowly, scoring just three points in the first half, but finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win.Following Wednesday’s workout Ibaka said the ankle was feeling much better as he prepared to board a flight for Milwaukee. That’s something we’ve got to make sure we understand, and not let someone else have a big night.”Serge Ibaka battled through a left-ankle sprain in Game 2, which he suffered during the third quarter of Game 1 while stepping on Antetokounmpo’s foot. With the next two games in Milwaukee, the pressure will be on the Raptors to play closer to their potential and regain home-court advantage in the series.“Our energy has gotten up, we’re playing harder. That followed a frustrating 97-83 loss on Saturday that saw the Bucks dominate the fourth quarter as Toronto fell to 0-9 in first-round series-opening games. It’s a team effort. He’s making threes. “We haven’t been together in so long so we’re still figuring each other out, figuring it out how we’re playing together on the defensive end.“Once we get that figured out, I think we can take it up another couple notches.”Game 2 saw a bounce-back effort from all-star guard Kyle Lowry. We want to continue to take his numbers down as much as we can. It makes it a lot easier for everybody else.”Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to pace the Bucks in the series. “For me it’s not about if he scores or what he does in the box score. Tucker says he knows the Toronto Raptors can play at another level.The Raptors evened the best-of-seven NBA series at 1-1 with a 106-100 win Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. It’s not one guy. The Athens-born Antetokounmpo had a game-high 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday’s loss after finishing Saturday’s Game 1 victory with 28 points.The 22-year-old, known as the Greek Freak, started Game 2 slowly, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the first quarter, but finished the first half with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists.Raptors coach Dwane Casey knows his team isn’t going to be able to shut down Antetokounmpo completely, but will aim to neutralize him as the series moves to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Games 3 and 4 beginning on Thursday.“You’re not going to stop a superstar this time of year,” Casey said. In Game 1, the 31-year-old scored just four points and missed all six of his three-point attempts.On Tuesday, Lowry finished with 22 points and five assists while going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc.“Everyone puts so much pressure on Kyle,” Tucker said.