Casey not pleased with Dellavedova screens, saying “a lot of them weren’t legal”

Raptors not pleased with Dellavedova screens

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors hope the NBA is paying attention to Matthew Dellavedova.

On the eve of Game 2 in their best-of-seven opening-round series with Milwaukee, Raptors coach Dwane Casey talked about the screens Dellavedova set for Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 1.

“He did set 18 screens and we did look at them,” Casey said after practice Monday. “A lot of them weren’t legal.

“Now we’ve got to make sure we counter that and make the officials make a decision. The officials were saying that we’re not hitting (the screens) or running into them. We’ve got to make sure we have a confrontation, because he’s one of the great screen-setters in the league, just like John Stockton was.

“There’s no disrespect by saying that. It’s a respect factor for Dellavedova that he does set hellacious screens.”

The Bucks upset Toronto 97-83 on Saturday night. Now, the Raptors look to even up the series Tuesday before it shifts to Milwaukee.

Dellavedova, a 26-year-old guard from Australia, was also a burr in the Raptors’ collective backside in last season’s playoffs, setting screens for LeBron James in Cleveland’s 4-2 series victory over Toronto in the Eastern Conference final.

“You look at (the screens) in slow time, and believe me, they’re moving, they’re grabbing, they’re holding. . . He has set a precedent with it and they’re not calling it,” Casey reiterated. “We’ve got to make sure we set screens the same way, and now we show the officials those videos.

“It’s a credit to him that he sets screens that way and gets away with it.”

DeMar DeRozan laughed when asked about the legality of Dellavedova’s screens.

“If you pay my fine, I’ll answer that question. Will you?” DeRozan asked.

“I probably can’t,” the reporter answered.

“OK, so next question,” said DeRozan.

The Bucks practised in Milwaukee on Monday and Dellavedova was asked about Toronto’s issue with his screens.

“I think in the playoffs, my game is suited to that,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Where there’s a lot on the line, it’s going to be even more physical.

“If you want to win, you’ve got to put your body on the line.”

Dellavedova compared the NBA to the more-physical international game. 

“The way they set screens, if you go under a screen internationally, the big man is going to roll you down in to the paint, so you really can’t go under any screens,” he told the Journal Sentinel. “Often times when I go back and play with Australians in the summertime, it’s a lot more physical.”

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Video: Natalie Wilkie wins gold in Women’s 7.5km ski race as hometown cheers her on

Salmon Arm skier takes home her second medal of the PyeongChang Paralympics

Making new furry friends at the Meet the Breeds event in Salmon Arm

Centenoka Park Mall hosts Vernon & District Kennel Club’s showcase of well-trained pups

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Choose a brand for Salmon Arm

What do you think of three options offered to attract people to visit, live and invest in city.

Seniors prefer funeral to lifestyle planning

Survey finds 73% of seniors have a will, only 13% have long-term care plan

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

Most Read