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Armstrong: Bucks vs Raptors series could go seven games

Apr 20, 2017|

04/20/17: Jack Armstrong, Raptors TV Analyst on TSN, breaks down tonight’s Game 3 matchup. He believes the Bucks have the edge heading into Game 3. Is Serge Ibaka the X-factor in all of this? Who has the better bench?…

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We talked win last week. And we wanted to bring him back here as now the Toronto Raptors are in town I'm sure he got up this morning and made his destination listening Jack Armstrong the Raptors television analyst Al joining us on the line. Jack tell you know money. They'll build great glad to be bearable walking excited about the next few days which we had last. So give me your synopsis of the first two games. Well. From Milwaukee perspective I couldn't get a got to be very proud of you Michael although it played really well 10 game. And for good stretches. Well played Toronto. On on on Saturday and then. On Tuesday night. What happens it won't look back better and played water and popular. But yet every. Toronto got a double digit lead Milwaukee counterpunch beautifully so. This series is distinct it goes seven games this is an incredibly competitive all those. Physical series. And I think get a permit to Ronald perspective. Forget about eating 36 and you know look what's going on Chicago. Austin. I think you troll let's look out the window a lot of it comes down to matchups in I think in the Toronto perspective. There have been or Tyler right now figuring out the link. Obviously he's done it seen it as well as we thought baker. And the quickness on the perimeter. I think yes well broadly and then don't over those guys it was pesky and energetic and a great shot that million. The puck really well coached so this is this is quite a match up and I think yeah again I think this is going to goes up. I look at these these two teams ended tune different styles of post from game one to game two. The fact I mean look if I'm gonna coached the Toronto Raptors ominous say you go after physically and beat up beyond us as much as you can't. Try to make Kim learned from the outside and that's what they basically did and sit everybody else go ahead and try to beat us. And they were able to hang on. How much confidence do you think you if you're either team right now coming into the viewers really sir yes the Raptors got to win but they lost one going away. In game one and they had to really struggle and fight every time they thought the Bucs were out of it the Bucs came storming back in game two who has that edge coming into Milwaukee tonight. All I definitely think Milwaukee does they don't because what keeps me do you have a goal on the open shot that that is literally recording an out. And you had dealt with the opens open shot as well. The Raptors. Completely broke down the threats of quality on dude arrests late. And gave up close to open shots in Milwaukee's sure kicking themselves right now they don't win this series. Those will be two shots and they'll look at and say man did everything right should go home a low. So I think they got a little more comfortable right now and a little more competent what did you think idle on the other hand. And gotten hit hole hard and hit hard repeatedly. And I think I would say they are reeling but I I think that right now undergo a lot. This is going to be this is do really tough series. And then the daunting task whether you're the box or the Raptors saying all my goodness. It'll receding here in the NBA you're stuck in a bracket in the next round we got quite leave on most likely. Whereas Boston's come and support as a one seed. And you saying this is an incredibly difficult world. So I think both teams are hunkered down now saying boy oh boy this. Isn't going to be a dog fight and this is what will ask all all out of the Oprah people say well you know the Bucs played about as close they've played all year in game. I don't buy that what I by is how was eighteen playing. Would it really matters like are they playing at their best they teaching it like he would see eight or. You know all the other stuff that matter you know conference play it on accomplice but it's Almonte so it's how you're playing little really counts. And my evaluation it is. The books or played as well they played all year that's when you walk. And obviously it for the Raptors hitting Serge Ibaka PJ Tucker. How can Kyle Lowry back in the lineup. I still think they're trying to find kind of who they all are. We've kind of some thesis at warp warmly kind of coming more cohesive again. The Raptors are real good team puts a little boxes heck of a match. Serge Ibaka easy guy that doesn't get a lot of fanfare in the sense Celek DeRozan Lowery do but. I'll tell you why there was a point that gamely with the gulf four minutes ago the Bucs had got it to within two. The block of fought for a Reba and ends of dropping a bucket had the bucks gotten that board and gone down either tied it up or god forbid take the lead with a three I think the momentum drastically changes. A bock has been a guy this and a lot of the dirty work as an. Bill you're right and it's interesting when you make a trade like that he was the best available Powell scored more Raptors desperately need distorting world. While Paul Millsap all these little bit of being out there in the hole so could walk the walk it. So the Raptors were fortunate to get the best available Powell wouldn't trade market. And you know he's played a lot of big gains of Oklahoma city's got an NBA finals. You that you can't put you really can't put a price on getting yet good news. Who played in big games and I think it was evident. On Tuesday night game to that you know that he has that quality. That is sold Wharton. That always composure. And they united and on the big stage that stage presence and you know he obviously. Injured his ankle on Saturdays game one off and in really struggled the first what. Figured things out and things loosened up in terms of his ankle the second half and well if you're throttle and that was encouraging and and again I think that is a big factor which a lot of because his three point shooting. It is it is the shop blocking. Well offensively shooting opens the floor Speights. And defensively he had two big blocks down the stretch and also had six assists in the game as well which. Against you shows is on this inning it seemed quite. I know he only got 42 minutes we've Allen choose is also a guy that does a lot of the dirty work on the unsung hero between him. Llosa get a guy like Patterson. A talker came off the bench Joseph came off the bench and had some good minutes for this team. So the one thing I've said is I think the starters match up and may be is the Raptors are better in that respect but I also think the box with a bench that they've got. Has been extremely good I know that they're great Munro has been a beast off the bench dealt a double with his minutes his experience. But I would give denied a total talent wise to the Raptors but I think the bucks bench is also played extremely well. Phil I would say the book starts is the better you look at the course two games they've outscored its Alatas bench full games and not. I would agree probably Toronto has a little bit more depth in their pitch when it's all about how they how you use them and he produced. I'll put well my role has been also. And it's it's a nice story considering. Ever repeat it here. Earlier this year and it was that kind of gone sideways all the tracks like you know would be day you know you see a future Milwaukee what's his trade value or that I've loved that guy did a few games included George out. Police Pierre I just I love this game music tremendously skilled post player. Did you really passes yeah he's got some issues in terms it is with speed defensively. What he's Apolo he's so polished player. And the lap is quite frankly had a difficult time dealing with them adult adult was just a winning player peas on new you'll local. He's not on your team to absolutely despise them. Alec is. But that you don't have guys like that maybe he's not Toronto I love back and Tyler Hansbrough. We'll use in Toronto. When he was on the paces I just hated the guy's guts but when he plays on your team didn't bubble is it all out also all the time and you know sometimes he walked the line and occasionally maybe even crosses that but. And you want that on you teams so those guys have done a great job. I'll say this a big key. So who also the books. I'm from a positive perspective this snell and broaden their little real extra option won't won't shoot 50% close with three point range. And I think that's a big concern the Toronto that you will not on Middleton and obviously Dallas and in those days you put those guys. Capable pictured the board they've proven so called they law. And I think that's been lawsuit again that this series assuming the kuwaitis you look at it. The way outlook it is like man I don't beat these games ago you couldn't put that will be or what I had distant goal hole. You know when you talk about a guy like Delgado being on your team you always remind me of the the late great Rick Majerus told me once he said bill every team needs is some of a blank. And peace in every team needs one and he says got to be good but every team needs one and and dealt a double would be that guy so I'll. Wrap it there and the Raptors have PJ Tucker like he's their version of that and end this you know all out possible all up so I guess but I think give you multiple losses. I think both losses that made up with guys that you know bring great energy and the spirit I think that there's a lot about to executed twinkies as coaches as well. This is a blue collar series this is in picturesque it's been that you've got to bring your hard hat and I don't expect all these games. Bring it tonight as well as on Saturday at the. They record before I let you go you bring up doing Casey motive for awhile ago they gave the voter confidence if they lose to the boxers a lot of rumors around out there about job security what is your gut feeling or can you tell. All are alone then you're one of those. Three year extension. So I I I think he's horribly got the support of bold leadership that beside each year Joseph Walton they importantly. Support of the table Walt has been a billboard different situations in the in the in the past that we could have gone the other way and he didn't so. I think there weren't on the same page Eric you'll go to and whatever happens here this series. You know this full support they are I think a big thing would be. It is you know. I think this is a point sort of Raptors. Got free agents obviously Kyle Lowry sort of blocked Jimmy Clark with Patrick Patterson. And that in 22 years or franchise history they've never paid that much -- bear staring right at that this summer. If they goal and and I think this series like this is that the final moment in franchise history. I'll you don't really want to go with respect you battling you have to win this series. He's got to do some damage it go but. There's a lot riding on this right now and I think it's from a pressure prospective. This definitely more pressure on a lot of it was on Milwaukee and you concede at the body language in the first game. Jack great stub look forward to seeing it and I were talking a little bit later on a road okay. All the thanks go out talkies in the Jack Armstrong Raptors television analyst on TS and joining us for a couple of minutes on the Schneider orange hotlines.