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Toronto Raptors Player Development Coordinator breaks down epic Game 3 win over Milwaukee Bucks

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On Friday, Sportsnet aired Game 3 of last season's Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.

It was a wild game. Down 2-0 against the Bucks, the Raptors needed a win at home to avoid going down into a 3-0 hole that no NBA team has ever crawled out of. It took a herculean effort out of Kawhi Leonard, who led the way with a game-high 36 points, but he got plenty of help in the 118-112 double overtime win.

Pascal Siakam chipped in with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol flirted with a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Norman Powell came up big off the bench with 19 points.

To celebrate the series-changing win, Raptors Player Development Coordinator John Bennett took over the team's Twitter account during the game to answer questions from fans.

Here's what he had to say.

On the magnitude of the game

Bennett talked about slowing the Bucks down in transition again later in the broadcast.

And again.

It's no wonder why. According to, the Bucks averaged 27.4 points per game in transition last season, tying them with the Sacramento Kings for the most in the league. This season, they're scoring 26.0 points per game on those plays, putting them behind only the Raptors for the most in the league.

It's not just Giannis Antetokounmpo who lives in transition. While he leads the league this season with 8.3 points per game in transition, Eric Bledsoe (5.0) and Khris Middleton (4.0) are both among the league leaders.

On ball movement

Gasol helped set the tone in that regard, as he was responsible for four of the team's 11 assists in the first quarter. That was almost as many assists as he had in Game 1 and Game 2 combined (six).

The Raptors ended up assisting 28 of the 40 field goals they made in Game 3.

On Milwaukee's shooters

The Raptors did a good job on Brook Lopez in particular as the series progressed. After scoring 29 points in Game 1, Lopez averaged 12.8 points on 28.6 percent shooting from 3-point range the rest of the way.

As for Nikola Mirotic and Ersan Ilyasova, they were non-factors in Toronto's wins, to the point where Mirotic didn't log a single minute in Game 6.

On the team's depth

The Raptors lost Kyle Lowry earlier in this game - he fouled out with 6:12 to play in the fourth quarter. The Raptors were also without Powell for both overtime periods, as he fouled out with 1:09 to play in the fourth quarter.

Neither Fred VanVleet nor Danny Green scored in overtime, but to Bennett's point, it helps having players you can trust in those situations.

On taking care of the ball

The Raptors turned the ball over 17 times in Game 3, but only two of those turnovers came in the other periods.

On the importance of timeouts

Leonard and Siakam played a lot in Game 3, logging 52 minutes and 51 minutes, respectively.

On what the win meant personally

To see the rest of Bennett's Q&A, click here.

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