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Chess game plays out in Raptors-Bucks playoff cauldron

MILWAUKEE—It is predictable and important that the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks spend hours trying to figure out how to make subtle adjustments to their games as their best-of-seven NBA playoff series rambles on.Coach Dwane Casey and his staff have poured over video trying to help the Raptors get free of the swarming, trapping Milwaukee defence, figuring out different ways to loosen it up, perhaps with different combinations, perhaps by taking different angles of attack.Jason Kidd and his assistants are getting same kind of bleary-eyed feeling as they attempt to create additional space near the basket for Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, to put a player here and a player there and magically get room for him to operate.They are both smart head coaches with creative thinkers on their staffs and they take great joy in the mind games. It’s a dance they love: adjust and react and react and adjust.Then the game comes and things start going at full speed and all the plotting and teaching and breaking down of video can go out the window, with the instincts of players on the court taking over.Article Continued Below“You talk about execution. That’s what the playoffs are about: playing after the execution is not there,” Casey was saying. “Teams are going to take away your first option and probably your second option. After that, it’s just about playing basketball.”And learning on the fly.“We made some adjustments, and hopefully we’ve made some more, and we welcome it,” Casey said Thursday morning of figuring out the Bucks ahead of Game 3. “We’ve got to be ready for it — we are ready for it — and we’re going to do more different things against it and try to expose it, and I thought our guys were more comfortable.”

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