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Bucks guard Lindsey Hunter, one of our NBA.commentators for NBA Playoffs 2001, answered questions before Game 2 against the Sixers. The Eastern Conference Finals series is tied 1-1.

Out of your three main offensive threats (Allen, Cassell and Robinson), who do your teammates trust most with the ball?

Hunter: I don't think there's a preference of who we trust. Handling the ball, I think it's Sam Cassell, on the post we want to get Glenn the ball and if we need a deep shot, we want Ray. So out of the three, it doesn't matter.

I want to wish you and your team good luck. My question is how do you intend to stop Allen Iverson with his explosiveness and ability to score. Do you have a specific plan to reduce Iverson's shot attempts or not?
New York

Hunter: I don't think we're going to stop Allen Iverson, I just think that we have to challenge his shots, make them tough and not give him any easy layups or open three-pointers and just make him work. He's a little guy, but he creates big problems on offense, so we have to make him work and not give him anything.

I think this should be an excellent series between the Sixers and the Bucks. What do you see as the key to beating the Sixers (other than shutting down Iverson)?

Hunter: I think the key, other than limiting Iverson, is how we rebound the ball. If we rebound with them -- we don't have to outrebound, just rebound with them -- I think we give ourselves a great chance to win the series.

Congratulations on a wonderful season! Coach Karl appears to be so calm during the games. My family agrees it is due to the candy he constantly has in his mouth. Our question is: what is he always sucking on?
West Allis, Wisc.

Hunter: I don't know what he has in his mouth all the time, I don't know if it's a cough drop or what. He's always been calm under pressure since I've been here. He gets upset a little bit, but he really knows how to not let his face show how he feels.

How good did it feel to hit that three-pointer at the end of the third quarter in Game 7? I was at the game and the crowd was into the game from the start, but when you hit that shot the building got as loud as I have ever heard it. Keep it up and I hope there are a lot of threes falling for you from now through the Finals.
Brookfield, Wisc.

Hunter: It felt good, especially after struggling so much, to hit a big shot like that in Game 7, and to get the crowd reaction. Our home crowd has been tremendous and we look to have a lot more games there before this season ends.

First I would like to say it's about time that a team appreciates your talents. My question is what will the Bucks do to stop Aaron McKie once Iverson is doubled (if that is the case)? He's come up really big in the past two series.

Hunter: Aaron is a player that we will look to do some doubling with and try to stop. He is a guy that can score a lot of different ways: he can post up, he can shoot the three, and he can score off the dribble. He's just as much of a threat as Allen is, he just doesn't take as many shots.

Congrats on your series victory over Charlotte. Do you think your big men can out-rebound Mutumbo and company?
Green Bay, Wisc.

Hunter: Yeah, I think Ervin and the rest of the big guys can collectively do a great job. I don't know if we can outrebound Mutombo man for man, but collectively I think we can outrebound or stay with them, which gives us a great chance to win.

Great job getting past the Hornets. I went to every home game of that series and screamed my head off in Game 7. My question is how does the crowd help the Bucks win? Are we just loud or is there something more?
Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hunter: Our crowd is really the sixth man that gives us a lot of momentum and gives us a little juice. As long as that continues, I think that building will be the loudest and the best crowd in the NBA.

Hi Lindsey, first of all thanks for taking time to answer questions. My question is -- How much of an influence on you individually does Terry Stots and the rest of the assistant coaches have throughout the season?
Waupaca, Wisc.

Hunter: Well, I think we have the best coaching staff in the NBA and definitely the hardest working coaching staff. Terry Stotts and the rest of them -- they're all class-act guys. Each one of them brings his own special teachings to the game, and to our team. It ends up providing a great mix for us.

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