Listen: Kerry Eggers, Raptors, Milwaukee discussed on Dale & Keefe
"There was the call might brain on ABC the other day as the Portland trailblazers advance the Western Conference finals for the first time since what two thousand there in the Western Conference finals as they get ready to play the warriors tonight, we're gonna chat with Kerry Eggers. And just a couple of minutes here about that series. That I also wanted to mention the Milwaukee Toronto series real quickly that series to me. I don't know if you guys have the same impressions I did. After around two. I was not impressed with the raptors. I was very impressed with quiet Leonard. He was outstanding in that series. He had the most points in a single postseason series since Michael Jordan did he had two hundred and forty three points. So I was blown away by quite Leonard. But the role player is on the raptors we've seen this over the past couple of years. They just weren't there. Kyle lowry. I did some things in terms of hustle plays and whatnot in that game seven, but he did not shoot the ball. Well, Sergio Baca was the only role player that shot the ball with any level of officiency in game seven, and you don't know which raptor, you can depend on on a game to game basis. Siachen played really well and game one. He was okay in game seven, but it seemed like it time didn't want to shoot the basketball. So the thing that I look at with this raptors team as I am really concerned. Now, you go from Philadelphia to the bucks and the Philadelphia Philadelphia. Seventy Sixers trying to figure themselves out this Milwaukee Bucks team is a well oiled machine they just ran through the Boston Celtics. And they know what they're pecking order is. They know they have the superstar in honest who are you gonna put on him? Are you gonna ask why Leonard to cover him for forty minutes game? Because you're also asking quite Leonard to score all your points at the other end, essentially, get your forty one points the other night average thirty five in the series. So who's the guy that you're gonna put on Janta Santa Toco, and then you also look at it. From this perspective who else is going to give you points because on the other side, you know, Chris Middleton gonna give the bucks twenty points night. And you know that they have had production up and down their bench in this postseason. George hill has been a more consistent player for the bucks in the second round of the playoffs than anyone has been for the raptors think about that George hill is more consistent right now than anybody else on the raptors not named quiet, Leonard. That's a scary thought if you have a Toronto Raptors entering a series against Milwaukee team that is just clicking on all cylinders. They know exactly how they wanna play. And you're going to have to try to defend it. And I don't know how you defend that team at this particular point it's on. And I definitely don't know. How? Outscore that team if you're a Toronto Raptors team that you had a bunch of players that were scared to shoot the ball. I look at this thing paper, I see this as a five maybe a six game series. They Milwaukee's gonna run them off the court, and I understand the raptors great all season long. But the bucks were great all season long to and the bucks have actually become better as they've gotten into the postseason what they did to the Celtics, and I get the Celtics at all this drama going on within the organization that all the kyri stuff going on. But what the Milwaukee Bucks did to the Boston Celtics was downright humiliating to Boston that was humiliating. That was a masculine into that Boston Celtics team. They weren't barest by the Milwaukee Bucks straight up in barest by the Milwaukee Bucks. And if you look at it from that perspective, you don't think the same thing is going to happen Toronto. If some of those other guys don't show up the Celtics role players didn't exactly show up and it's not like the Toronto. Raptors row players have shown up so far in this postseason. They don't even have a secondary star. Because at this point. You can't call Kyle Lowry. A secondary. Star sky that game one against the magic had zero points. Okay. At one shot in a game earlier in the series against the Philadelphia. Seventy sixers. I just don't know what else you can depend on right now, if you're a knick nurse Pasco Siachen was scared to shooting game seven I get twenty nine points in game one. But can you really depend on PASCAL Siachen right now because I can't so I sent Milwaukee rolling in that series. All right. Let's set out to the progressive insurance line. Progressives homequote explorer gives you multiple quote options. So you can pick what's right for you? See for yourself at progressive dot com. Join us now, it's Kerry Eggers from the Portland Tribune you can follow carry on Twitter. It's at Kerry Eggers carrying thanks for taking some time. At a busy day. We really appreciate it. Sure, brian. How you doing doing well doing well? Hey, so before we look at this warriors series. Just put into perspective the game that CJ McCollum had against Denver. The other night. Well, he had a tremendous series. He's had a really good playoff. But that was you know, clutch question is personified because nobody else had anything going. They got down by seventeen and a second quarter. He was really the only guy with Lillard being supplanted by a tender traps and double teams, you couldn't get going. So he kept them alive. Float as pleasures got closer. They I thought that the the next got a little tight on the negative side. And and but from Kona play like that. And it came swelling really says a lot of out of character is. All right. Carrie? We know that Rodney hood went down with that bone bruise in his knee after it was cheap screen that was set on him the other night. And I can't believe I'm asking this now. But how big of a loss would run it'd be for game one of the series? I be very surprised to be playing for a couple of games. I just, you know, questionable which leisure. Becky, there's a decent chance of play. But I'll be surprising. He's been their best guy out the bench ends that call and and you know, had five four really big games in that Denver series. You know, posting up on Jamal Murray and score big points. So they'll miss him for sure. Carey some of these guys in the blazers. You just not did not expect to get the production in the postseason like, for example, Rodney hood, we saw Zack Collins emerge cancers had a really nice postseason run as well. How is very stocks gotten the most out of this team. Terrific. I get along with all that starts at the top with Amy and lower being a leader that they all respect, you know, he has a certain humility about him team this that everybody loves and and. Nice job with the you know, the guys that are playing our guys like Meyers Leonard. Probably deserve some Plimer. Accepted that and it's important for, you know, even the players are not playing have to Chan with carry acres from the Portland Tribune fall months, whether it's accurate Eggers. All right Kerry. So last summer, we've now all been reintroduced to the audio where Kevin Durant told C J McCollum, you guys can't win a championship. CJ McCollum went at the decisions DeMarcus cousins for going to Golden State, then he was on Twitter saying stuff about Kevin Durant. Joining Golden State how much is that been played up there locally, not not that much. I mean, I, you know, they're they're they're they're all good. But two of them are good. And and you know, CJ prodded him a little bit and Kevin debate. And and I didn't think it was very smart. Kevin what he said because you never know. Now, look they're meeting up in the in the conference finals, we don't even know if rant's going to be able to play. So I don't think it's that big a deal. All right. So without Durant. How do you think this place team matches up with Golden State? Like, do you give them a legitimate chance now to win this? Now, the Durant won't be around for what isn't all likely the first two games of the season. But he may not or the series. He may not even available for game three or four. Well, certainly helps. I mean, there's no question. He's he's not the best player in the NBA on the very short list. So yeah, it helps I think forehead chance anyway. And I think they've got a very good chance. Now. I mean, they're they're in pretty good place and Golden State without presence. And and and and Durant, you know, they're not at full strength, and they're certainly not a full strength on the middle. Where the blazes? I'm sure we'll try to spoil them. So it'd be it'd be interesting series. That's not going to be a sweep and either way. And and we'll see what happens all right Kerry from a defensive standpoint, how does the blazers usually matchup with the warriors because we see on the other side that it's usually Klay Thompson, the covers Damian Lillard, but on the other side of things do they put on Steph curry, and who they put on Klay Thompson. Well, US Middle heart postal, Dr. For. Very minutes because you know, they're frankly, not played very well. I'm so we'll see how Jerry mix it in a lot. He likes to use. And then that means that McCall Lillard is going to have to guard a forward. So I wouldn't be surprised to see filled out way. I doubt he'll probably used heartless on curry. But you never know. Yeah. It's going to be interesting to watch matchups Kerry Eggers. From the Portland Tribune is with us vomits. What Twitter rather it's at Kerry Eggers. All right. Carrie also know that you wrote the book the jail blazers which everybody's fascinated with fascinated rather with that era of blazers basketball, I interviewed Damon Stoudamire last week, and he was talking about where she'd Wallace how we could average twenty five points per game. Everyone remembers that unbelievable series against the Lakers. What was the most fun? You had doing your research for that book. Well, connecting with a lot of people. I hadn't talked for a long time. And you know, it's funny. It did have the reputation of desert reputation for being, you know, having a problems a lot with character. However, there was a lot of really high temperature guys in that group including Steve Kerr, and Chris Dodd Lee, and and and Jermaine O'Neal and Bryant rant and go on and on. And so it was it was a lot of fun to, you know, show with all these guys and get there. And you know, you remember a lot of that stuff. But you don't you know, you don't remember a lot of it either. And to have it sort of flash before your eyes, again, what fifteen years later, it was fun carried do you believe if that team had beaten the Lakers in two thousand they would've won the championship? Yes. Changed the whole, you know, the history of the franchise because I don't pick it up blown it up.."