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Raptors face must win in Game 4 vs. Bucks

MILWAUKEE—A short night of fitful sleep gave way to a long Friday morning of examining damning video as the Toronto Raptors tried to recover from a shellacking administered a night earlier by the Milwaukee Bucks.They’d better have spent some time looking in the mirror as well.As much as the Bucks deserve credit for taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes here Saturday afternoon, the need for soul-searching on the Raptors’ end of things is acute.They said all the right things on Friday — confidence is still up, they know they need to play better, adjustments must and will be made — but Game 4 will be a referendum on their ability to handle significant adversity and show the mental toughness to bounce back from one of the worst playoff losses in franchise history.“We didn’t coach a good game. We didn’t play a good game. It’s all of us together. We’re all in it,” coach Dwane Casey said.Article Continued BelowThey know they were horrible from top to bottom, start to finish, and it’s not a stretch to say significant and sweeping change is a distinct possibility if they go meekly again on Saturday.“If you’re a competitor, you can’t wait to get back out there and redeem yourself,” said DeMar DeRozan. “I think that’s where we’re at — that’s personally where I’m at, moreso than ever.”Casey vowed some kind of change after Game 3 and wasn’t about to lay it out for the world to dissect on Friday, but there is a precarious balance in trying to make tweaks without being too disruptive. There can be minor alterations to rotations and playing groups, there can be subtle changes to the offence, and defensive assignments might get marginally re-arranged, but they won’t be able to reinvent themselves overnight.

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