There was nothing positive for the Toronto Raptors to take away from their 104-77 blowout loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday night. The Milwaukee Bucks got whatever they wanted on both ends of the floor from the opening tip to the final buzzer.
Kyle Lowry finished with a team-high 13 points on just 4-of-10 shooting in 34 minutes of action - numbers which ultimately had zero impact on the final result.
"We got our ass bust," Lowry told reporters afterward.
Now trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 going down Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, the All-Star point guard believes his Raptors aren't dead in the water just yet.
"I still think we can win the series. It ain't over," he said. "It sucks right now. It's a terrible night right now. It's a terrible feeling the way we just got our ass beat. It's a terrible feeling. So we better pick it up. If not, it's going to be a terrible feeling again.
"Our confidence has not changed. We'll be fine. We've gotta come out there and do what we gotta do Saturday."
Lowry, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, isn't doing his reputation for consistently coming up short in the playoffs any favors through three outings against Milwaukee. He's connecting on just 36.4 percent of his shots and 25 percent from 3-point range for 13 points in just under 36 minutes per game.
The rowdy Bucks fans in attendance Thursday, paired with the length and athleticism of the Bucks' key players, shook the Raptors early. With their shots not dropping (33.8 percent), Toronto's body language and effort level became noticeably worse as the game progressed.
"They kicked our ass. They kicked our ass. Period," said Raptors forward P.J. Tucker, according to The Athletic's Eric Koreen. "They came out and played harder, more aggressive, did everything they wanted to do."
This is the fourth year in a row the Raptors have had home-court advantage in the opening round, and should they lose Saturday, they'll put themselves in prime position for an early elimination for a third time during that span.