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So with all that being said, let's diving into into today's topics.
And if you're with me last week in my inaugural quick takes episode, you know I covered really three topics, and this week will be no different as well.
Start off covering.
We'll right, we'll be wrapping up the N B A Finals moving on to recapping the week of weekend of NFL football.
Which is funny because there will be a game tonight.
We have Buffalo playing tonight, which on a Tuesday night is crazy, is so, so weird feeling.
And then we'll wrap it up by talking MLB playoffs.
Well, im so beginning.
Let's talk about the N B A finals.
The Lakers, I did say in my last one.
I said, I believe that this series will be wrapped up before I get to another quick Ticks episode, which tonight would have been Game seven.
I'm so happy that we're talking about Lakers being the NBA champions.
Then what? They what they have to do in a Game seven to win.
So that's awesome.
Let's just dive in tow.
How the weekend? Because we ended at Game four and obviously Game five happened on what was that? Friday night Game seven happened.
I mean, excuse me.
Game six happened Sunday night.
Um, just from the headlines to start off LeBron finals.
It wins his fourth title, his fourth finals.
Notably, this is his third finals M v p.
And third team to win a title.
He finished with 29 points a game, close to 30 29.
8 assists and then eight point.
No excuse me 11.
8 rebounds and 8.
5 assists, which, if you look at the stats, the one that kind of surprises you well, let's say there's two things.
The 30 points I mean, that was Excuse me, excuse me.
LeBron was not the dominant LeBron we've seen throughout the years in the Finals.
He wasn't the 2015 when he had to be with the Cavaliers.
He wasn't even 2016 when they came back 31 He wasn't that dominant.
He didn't have to because he had Anthony Davis right.
This was a dude who averaged 10 and the regular season, so that was a bit of a drop off.
But it wasn't it wasn't a big enough dropout drop off because his team to die GREss.
Those were just too quick little things.
Looking at the stat line, I talked about Anthony Davis.
He wins his first ever NBA title and he let he actually loved the team in total playoff.
He had 582 points throughout the entire playoffs, obviously most on the team, as I just said.
And if you just look at Game six, for instance, they started the game just giving the ball it 80.
I believe he went one for three in his first three shots, but it was it was evident that they were going to live and die by how 80 played this played the game.
80 had had a good game on Sunday night.
So, uh, you look at their two losses.
Game 3 80 was out of rhythm.
He got in early foul trouble.
They did not play particularly well.
Game five A d had 28.
Yes, that's great.
I can't tell you a time.
80 touched the ball in that fourth quarter, except for the time he had the little put back off.
Excuse me, I'm blanking on the name it was when LeBron passed it out, but the little put back with less than less than a minute left to give him the one point lead.
Really, there is no other times you can remember him touching the ball in the fourth quarter.
So it was really 80 setting the tone.
And he did this in Game one in Game two perfectly.
And then Game six.
He set the tone, and that just led, and that's led the team to victory.
That's why he's was leading the team in playoff points because they rode 80.
LeBron was ableto not ride on eighties coattails, but he wasn't having to put up these monster.
2015 finals numbers.
You didn't have to put up a triple double triple double.
LeBron almost put up a triple double, but it wasn't necessary to win.
Talking about the two stars of Lakers.
Let's switch over Thio, the star on the heat. Jimmy Butler.
Two triple doubles in the finals, both in the Winds.
Game three in Game five.
Game five was incredible.
He scored five less than he did in Game three.
He scored 40 in Game 3 35 in Game five, but Game five that was the one that impressed everyone.
That was the one that was impressed.
Most impressive as Jimmy just wouldn't let the Heat lose.
Sadly, with Goran Dragic, injury was only able to play the opener and the closer, the Siri's one in one in games one and six.
It really took Ah lot away from this Heat team and made Tyler hero have to grow up really fast because if we look at it, Tyler hero could excel because he didn't have to handle the ball every time with the court.
Goran Dragic was able Thio.
He took that pressure off hero.
That's what allowed Hero to go off for 37 against Boston.
Just he didn't have to score in the finals with no Dragic.
Jojic was a 20 plus point per 20 plus point per game score throughout the playoffs.
If you look at it, you could make the case that he was more valuable leading up to the finals than Jimmy Butler as Dragic was just clutch in the Milwaukee Siri's Dragic with one hitting the threes toe push the lead.
Toa stop, Milwaukee run Dragic was really the one to keep.
Keep the Heat team together and rolling with his injury.
Put more pressure on Duncan.
Robinson put more pressure on Tyler hero both too young players, and this was the first time all playoff hero look 20.
He has been playing above his age the entire entire playoffs.
But the finals? He looked 20 and obviously no reason to get angry because he was put in a high pressure, high pressure situation and just didn't play as well as he had been playing.
But he had more on his plate, so obviously there's no reason to say, Oh, Tyler Huo was a bust or he can't handle the limelight rookie season in the finals.
Tyler Heroes only gonna improve.
And that's the scary part.
But the Dragic injury did play a key role, especially, and so did the Bam injury.
Even in their Game five win, Bam looked off.
He missed layups. He missed. He missed the donkey.
LeBron looked back at LeBron, went up for the dunk and just got the room. Denied him.
He got denied by the room and he knew he played.
Hey, didn't play well, the shoulder wasn't.
I want to say the shoulder was the biggest issue, why he didn't play well, but it was lingering for sure.
Had to have been lingering.
So do you expect? I mean, bam is gonna be great.
Bam is gonna be absolutely great.
So there's no worries on my my end about bam just unfortunate, but that both him and Rogic got injured and kind of, I want to say cost the Miami of Siri's.
But it diminished thumb in a lot of ways, especially on the offensive end.
So the Siri's is absolutely is over is a The bubbles over would shout out to Adam Silver zero positive Corona cases, and all the time they were there in the bubble.
If you look at it, the bubble was probably the safest place in America, as I mean over 100 days.
Excuse me over 100 days, players were there in zero positive Corona cases.
That is simply amazing.
And on you just have to tip your hats toe Adam Silver and the job, the MBA and the MP MBA.
Pia did Chris Paul.
All of them. They did a great job.
Bubbles over Syria's over LeBron one.
So it's now time to restart the discussion of LeBron is LeBron the go if you know me, you know, Bronze, my favorite player of all time.
I've always I've thought LeBron's the ghost since he came back 31 Probably even thought used to go before he came back.
31 I've always been a fan of LeBron, which is funny.
I actually became a fan of LeBron after he blew the lead to the Mavericks in 2011 which you would think is coming from Arlington, Texas, just outside Dallas.
I'd have been Oh, no way can't stand LeBron.
But I liked the way he played, especially when everyone couldn't stand him.
I was young, so I don't understand the decision to go to Miami, and maybe I wouldn't have liked it.
But I liked LeBron and I've stuck with that.
Yeah, and I've always considered him to go, and we can look at all these numbers.
And I know today won't be, uh, today's topic won't be Jordan, Jordan or LeBron, but there's something there's some tot.
There's some issues that you can poke in Jordan's case.
I mean, you wanna look at it.
Just a six seasons, of course, joining with six for six with all those finals MVPs regular season MVPs. Great.
But with his time before skipping, Not only was he one and nine in the playoffs, but they didn't have over 500 regular season before Pippen showed up.
I don't wanna get into all of that, but that's just some of the things that you have to look at.
Also, if you want to talk about the goat, obviously, LeBron is choked 2011.
It's much as I don't want to admit it. He did.
He didn't play well, so that's always gonna be a stain on his on his resume and his legacy as well as losing six times in the finals.
If you are a non biased basketball fan, you can understand a lot of them with the Katie Warriors with the 2015.
When Kyrie and Love were both out and his second best player was Matthew DellaVedova 07 against the Spurs, he carried that cavalier team.
There's a lot of different things to go in this argument, and I'm not gonna go a deep dive into that.
But that's just that will definitely be a topic coming up.
Maybe next week we'll look at Jordan first, LeBron looking at just quickly ahead to the season looking at.
I won't want to make a prediction on the Lakers, how they finish up the next season just because of the fact they're gonna have to redo their roster.
They are an old team and they're gonna have to get younger and get better.
Kuzma is gonna have to play a much bigger part.
Cause was not my favorite player by a long shot, but he's gonna have to play a bigger part next year.
Who knows if player I think KCP has earned his way in a spot next year.
But who knows? Caruso might be gone from the Lakers.
Dwight Howard. Javale McGee.
They're gonna have to get younger and better.
Thanks for the thumbs up.
They're gonna have to get younger and better.
But this Miami Heat team looks constructed for next season.
So just looking ahead, You would think that there they played great.
Why wouldn't they be locked out of the East? Because of the 22 guys in Brooklyn.
Katie and Kevin.
Que de Excuse me and Kyrie Irving healthy.
They can really lead the Nets Thio potential championship that that would be a matchup.
LeBron and 80 verse Katie and Kyrie The storylines going into that? Hopefully we have fans back.
A Brooklyn, New York That would be absolutely awesome.
So it's not a lot for the heat to come out of the East.
Obviously, I love Jimmy Butler.
I love the culture there in Miami, but you have to look at Brooklyn.
You have to look at Milwaukee with the honest.
You have to look at a lot of things.
One crazy thing.
The ratings for the N B.
A Finals just gain Game six by itself.
I believe it was 5.
Who was the amount of people who tuned in and Sunday Night Football with Seahawks and the Vikings had 11.4.
That's hopefully the n B A could get back on track.
And maybe it's just competing with different sports.
And so late in the year over, the MBA can get back on track with the ratings.
But especially these finals.
The ratings were not were not great, and I expect that obviously, the changes 20 nineteen's finals, where? 50 game.
So we'll have to see.
But that's a perfect segue to kind of just talk about Week five of the NFL.
I've mentioned Seattle and Russell Wilson has led that team toe a 50 start, and with Mahomes in Kansas City, losing, I'm I'm I am a huge Mahomes fan.
I like my homes well.
With my homes in Kansas City of losing, I'd have to put Russell Wilson atop the M V P race as he is absolutely torching him in Seattle are torching all the teams they're playing it Zbynek real fun to watch and that final drive, completing 2/4 step to fourth downs with 1/4 and 10 2 D k.
Metcalf up the left sideline.
Great catch by Metcalf.
And then the fourth thing.
I believe it was gold.
Yeah, it was gold that might have caught.
And that was not a great game for Russell Wilson.
If you watched it, he was not the Russell Wilson we've seen all throughout the year.
But that final drive he'd scramble, he'd find his receivers.
That was the Russell Wilson that I believe right now is the front runner in the M V P race.
Second, I talked about my homes, The Chiefs lost to the Raiders, and I want to say I'm surprised by that.
No, I am surprised by it, because it is the right.
My wife says, Go.
The Packers were playing well.
Aaron Rodgers has the Packers playing well.
Aaron Rodgers has proved a lot of people wrong and proven.
Me either believe wrong.
And they got helped out by Minnesota losing that game to Seattle, but again with the Chiefs, did I think they were gonna run the table? No, because that's a lot to ask for any team.
But do they have the opportunity with that offense with that defense.
Kansas City, to me, looks like the most complete team out there always, and I'm never.
I'm never gonna bet against Patrick Mahomes at all. Never.
Patrick Mahomes is easily come.
My favorite player in the league, it's just been great.
And so lose the Derek Carr and the Raiders.
The Raiders air good.
Uh, Josh Jacobs is playing well.
Carr had 3 347 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and, most importantly, 71 completion percentage in their win.
That that is what you're gonna need to stay in the game with the Chiefs.
It's gonna be a shootout, most likely because of my homes and the defense.
It's gonna be a shootout if you could be third defense.
Their defense is good enough.
Thio shut you down and it's a lopsided win.
So the Raiders were able to find a blueprint, and we'll have to see if consecutive weeks teams can get these blue parents get to use the Raiders blueprint Blueprint.
Excuse me, Thio.
Beat this Chiefs team, which really looked untouchable for the first four weeks of this season around the league here in Dallas, the horrific injury to Dak Prescott.
I have not seen the video.
My my friends of seeing it.
And the only way they have compared it is awful.
Gordon Hayward Injury.
Thanks to road. Thanks.
The awful Gordon Hayward injury, which I remember.
If you remember the Kevin Ware injury, that was where I drew the line on watching those type of injuries, watching Kevin Ware for the Lewisville.
Wow, that was a while ago.
Those injuries I can't watch.
I can't stomach Paul George or a Team USA.
I couldn't stomach that.
So I have not seen the Doctor Jack Video.
Thank you again to rock, but Andy Dawn came in and he led the Cowboys to win.
Granted, it was against the lowly Giants, who had, if the worst, if not the second worst offense in the league, which Dallas had has the second worst defense in the league Onley in front of, sadly, my Jets.
Sadly, the Jets have the worst defense in the league, but we'll get we'll get into the Jets on Thursday.
The Giants really took a hold of the Cowboys and then Daniel Jones.
Devante Freeman looked like he was a Devante Freeman looked like he was sick on Barkley out there.
And it's really looking bad from, like, Nolan the Cowboys, as I don't know how they're gonna be able to stay in games.
They're gonna have to feed d.
Oh, chill out, Carol.
But they're gonna have to feed Zeke 35 to 40 times a game because any dawn is not that much is not as reliable as you think.
He's not going to lose you games, but he's not gonna continuously keep you in these games like a dark Prescott.
Potentially could dio.
And you have to feel for Deck not signing a long term deal.
Playing on the franchise tag.
You could you could.
You have to just feel for him.
Is those air? Sadly, the emotions that are going through his head now is he's in the hospital is I did not have the security as he so wanted, um, again around the league.
49 or just Jimmy Garoppolo played awful.
Believe he was seven for 17.
2 picks got benched in the first half against the Dolphins.
The Dolphins blew him out 43 to 17 and the scary thing is I forgot what show is watching.
That was kind of dissecting it, but Jimmy G.
Just was going awful.
You through this one pick used onto the left sideline, and it should have been over the shoulder to the left of the receiver, towards the bench.
It was against a cover to and Jimmy through it.
Jimmy G through it on the inside shoulder behind the receiver, into the safety who just read it perfectly and pick them off.
Just an awful throw that you think this isn't what a franchise quarterback should be doing.
Granted, he is still coming off an injury.
His name and some people are saying he wasn't able to put much weight on it to deliver these passes, but still he was not.
He Jimmy didn't have a great game, and it's scary.
They're running back.
Brahim. Most Most Art.
I can't I can never pronounce his name right, but he's gonna have to.
Carry is Jimmy G looks to still rebound off of these injuries.
Last night's game.
Four touchdowns he made.
He has made Anthony Lynn a happy man is he was ableto transition from Tyrod Taylor who? Well, God, one of the weirdest injuries is a team doctor.
Dr punctured his lung by giving them a painkiller painkiller shot.
He has made the transition very nice and easy for Anthony Lynn as Herbert stepped right in through four touchdowns on Monday night Football.
Breeze was able to come back, though, but I got to say, maybe this is because there without Michael Evans Excuse me, not Mike Evans, Mike Thomas.
But Breeze is not looked great at all.
He's what is he, 29th in total air in total air yard? So that's how far he's throwing down the field.
And if you think about the Saints, you're thinking about deep plays to Michael Thomas.
Obviously, Michael Thomas isn't there, but Breeze isn't throwing it deep.
He's he's what is that third the last in the league and throwing it deep? And if you're watching the game, he's looking for check down all over the field.
So I've always liked the Saints and I've always thought of them is contenders.
But the way Breeze has not been able toe make the offense go and I'd say Go has really stepped me back from being hopping on the bandwagon of the Saints, especially with the Buccaneers, who have not emerged as quickly as I'd like them to.
They lost to the Bears on Thursday.
Like football is, Brady looks like he lost track of downs.
I'm pretty sure everyone's heard of that as Brady.
You threw an incompletion on fourth down, which he had the check down man for a potential first down and threw it into a tight window on fourth down and then looked at the referee and held up four like, Oh, was it fourth down? They were again without receivers, but still, they have not progressed as fast as I'd like them to.
So the NFC South really has not had a team take a hold of that conference.
That division, like I thought I thought it would.
We can look at the Carolina Panthers, for example, there three and two now, and they've won all three of their games without Christian McCaffrey, who has been injured.
It's done what he does.
He gets you yards, keeps you in the game, gets you points, doesn't turn the ball over, so Carolina could be a potential wildcard or even potential stealer.
The division of the Saints and Patriots don't right this ship.
That's just mainly what happened around the NFL.
I'll throw this in.
My Jets lost a surprise.
Surprise. My Jets lost again.
We had Joe Flacco starting.
We'll get into more on that Thursday with Empire Sports Talk.
But DeAndre Hopkins I love him.
He's leading the league in receiving yards with 528.
He's been a beast, and Kaehler has been a beast thing early part of this season.
They have two losses.
That one against the lines They probably wish they had back.
They're gonna make a contender for second place in that division, especially if Jimmy G has been playing, continues to play as poorly as he has.
That's really about it for the weekend.
In sports we have.
Excuse me In the NFL, we have Tuesday night game, which is crazy.
Buffalo and Tennessee, that is.
It will be different to turn on NFL game on a Tuesday night switching from NFL.
We're going to baseball MLB playoffs.
We're in the L C s A.
Now NLCS is actually getting played 20 minutes away from my house here in Global Field.
New Stadium? Um, it's been awesome, kind of to see, because fans air just now allowed in baseball stadiums here.
Not just here, but baseball stadiums, period all around eso getting global field introduced to fans, that's that's cool.
Sadly, my Yankees will not be making the trip down here for the world Syriza's.
They were bound style by the race in five games.
I don't want to get too much into my Yankees just yet.
As the Rays of advanced it, they've actually taken a 20 lead against the Astros.
And if you watch that game last night earned, I'd say yesterday afternoon as the Braves game was still, uh, late late game.
But the error that Altuve, and as much as I put it on Altuve, you have to look at Gabriel's effort.
Basically, what happened was two outs routine.
Al Tube is all tubes in the shift.
He's and kind of d uh, on the grass at second base, he gets a ground ball easy.
Third out of the inning, he throws it bounce.
Gourriel doesn't pick it, which it should have been picked by Gourriel this is first inning to first inning.
Should have been picked by Gurriel was not.
Girl still had time to keep his foot on the bag and grab it with his glove, but elected not to do that.
Step off the bag.
Still two hours. You're okay.
Very next batter.
Three run home run sets the tone for the game on I'll Tube even had another air on the exact same play.
Deep, deep in the grass at second base.
Short hopped it great.
All couldn't pick it.
So I don't know if that play said all to base tone for the rest of the game as well as the Rays, but at a score of 42 directly, if at all, to make that play.
We're looking at a 00 game going in the E No.
A second inning, but they got the Rays were able to scratch off one other run, and the Astros able to get one.
They scored one in the ninth to make it forward to, and they had a chance.
They loaded the bases as Nick Anderson.
They're closer for the Rays through eight straight balls, but the Astros were not ableto take advantage and the razor up four to and actually that would be the late game tonight.
Great, actually, is having a nice Syria's as much as I don't want to say it, but he's having a nice playoffs.
Five home run, five home runs and, yeah, the playoff run has been.
Ukraine has been playing well, silencing the haters in some regard as they'll still be.
The Astros did cheat, and that's no.
But Gray has been silencing the haters for now.
In this postseason, they're interested in Syria's.
I really like is Dodgers Braves as a Yankee fan, not rooting for the Astros and raise because I'm I can't stand either one of them.
I won't root for the Dodgers because they're three other big team in the MLB, and I don't want them to get another World Series before us.
So I'm rooting for this young Braves team that has ah lot of fun.
You got Ronaldo ****ey Jr that he's gonna be a face of baseball in the next two years if he already isn't right now.
I love watching him play.
Freed was phenomenal last night.
He had nine strikeouts.
He was able to get out of a tougher standing at to throw 30 pitches, but he got out of that with no runs.
Max Freed was really good last night.
Looking at Bray, the Brakes actually scored four runs in the ninth inning in a 52 win, 5 to 1 win, which was huge.
Obviously, it was 1 to 1 going into the top of the ninth.
Braves exploded for that, for those runs sealed the game.
They take the one old lead and they start.
Come on to raw but brave start 100.
Siri's and the doctors were supposedly supposed supposed to have Kershaw on the mound.
Tonight, they play sits around six o'clock my time.
So seven o'clock Eastern, it's looking like.
But Kershaw was actually scratched from tonight's game.
He's still there, looking at him, pitching tomorrow night in Game three, as but tonight was scratched from back spasms, which has really been, If you look at it, injuries has really, I want to say you hurt, but has been ah factor for these Dodgers is, uh, their picture last night.
I believe his name was Bushell.
I know is boost something I can't remember.
I believe this shame.
He had to blisters on two of his two different fingers and is a picture on his throwing arm.
The throwing hand.
Excuse me? That is tough to get through, especially if you're pitching a high stakes playoff game that is huge.
He was able to get through with only giving up one run.
Kershaw is out tonight, so we'll have to see if the brakes could take advantage.
Take advantage of that and take a 20 lead.
Like the Rays done against the Astros with all that predictions looking like.
Still, I think the Dodgers will make the world Siri's along with the Rays.
The Rays? I said this was it last time.
The Rays were the best team in the American League this season, And I can tell you from the fact is, they beat the Yankees 88 of the 10 times in the regular season.
I sadly have to watch the raises dominate the Yankees and the Rays air really good.
The one thing that will be you have to watch is if these goes seven games, they're playing seven games in seven days, they're getting no breaks.
The only break they got between the division series in the championship Siris was a day arrest.
So managing bullpens is here is the biggest key.
Bigger key than it's ever been in any playoffs.
And you think about in playoff games.
You look at, you have the rest days, so hey, can are start to get us four or five innings and turn it over to the bullpen to take this game home.
Well, if you're playing back to back to back to back to back to back, you can't do that.
You're gonna have toe.
You're gonna have to have two games where your starters go. Six.
Potentially seven innings, if you wanted, really take a strong command of the Siri's eso.
Detroit Lions need toa fire map. Patricia.
That's all I got to stay Doral.
They blow leads all all the time.
I believe it was.
It's six straight times they've had double digit leads.
They've lost and you think, is Matt Patricia, defensive coach.
You would think that he would be ableto hold a lead, but get rid of map Patricia and potentially lines could do something on And on that note, that's all the time I have for tonight.
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