Toronto Raptors Rumors
After falling into a 2-1 hole, Toronto now leads the Milwaukee Bucks 3-2 in their best-of-seven first-round series and credits the sudden turnaround to the team clearing the air following their 27-point Game 3 loss. “It was just a heated film session, a heated film session between coaches and players,” small forward DeMarre Carroll said after Monday’s Game 5 win.
DeMarre Carroll: “A lot of times when you get in a heated film session, it can go one of two ways — it can go bad or it could go good. I feel like we came together, we saw the problem and we just try to keep building from this.”
DeMar DeRozan: “It happens. We together more than our own families … there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just part of the game. It’s something we build from and we respond from it. So it’s never nothing too serious that you guys, the media, may make of it. Sometimes it’s just needed.”
The seven-foot Brazilian with the sea anemone hair and the non-stop smile listened intently, his face sober and serious. Lucas (Bebe) Nogueira would joke later that he asked Raptors teammate Norman Powell to adopt him when he gets his next contract, because Bebe always jokes. But mostly, his dinner-plate eyes wide, he listened. “I just ask him, how,” said Nogueira, after Toronto’s 118-93 blowout of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of their first-round series. “Because I think he’s the best value in the league. He makes $900,000. And tonight he plays like a $20-million player. I struggle with my focus and my confidence, and I see him in here every day. Every day. He doesn’t play, but he never complains. I’m not saying that just because I’m in front of you. He never complains. And he’s an inspiration to me. He is really an inspiration.”