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We're gonna be watching and taking a look at Lakers versus Nets.
I'll talk a little bit about the starting lineups.
I'm gonna go ahead and tweet this out.
But, uh, started in light of the Lakers decided to go small for this one.
So that means you've got, um, you've got Rondo.
You've got Danny Green out there.
You've got every Bradley and then e d at the five, starting at the five and LeBron James at power forward. So that's interesting.
Uh, yeah, we know that Ah e d was not expected to play a lot of five, but matchup wise makes a lot of sense.
My only question is the guy who's guarding who run, who was guarding.
That could be a problem.
Whether he's guarding Caris Levert, where there is guarding Spencer Dinwiddie.
Something to keep an eye on here. By the way.
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Okay, let me tweet this out so we can get a body in here.
So then it's won the tip there, by the way, um, O E d.
With the block already on Joe Harris.
Great defensive play their 80.
Of course, we know he wants to be the defensive player of the year, and plays like that would certainly help out.
Okay, there we go.
So I got that all tweeted out so that nobody can find us here.
Now, if you guys have comments, questions, anything.
You were thrown their fired off in the chat.
And, uh, let's talk here as we're going through the game right now, it looks like the lakersstarting deigning green on Joe Harris.
Um, again a minute.
Try to keep an eye on who Rondo is defending.
Yeah, it's turn over there from Rondo.
So one of the questions that I got is why am I doing this on on sportscaster? Not like Facebook Live? And by the way, we will be doing some post game shows and things like that.
Not today for this early morning game, but we'll be doing most of our post game shows.
Will go out on Facebook live.
They'll go out on periscope on YouTube, places like that.
They also got on sportscaster.
But the reason why we stick with the sportscaster for any type of second screen experience that we get in early jumper from 80? Another missed.
That makes him, too, for 11.
Now, over the last 23 now preseason games from outside the paint.
That's not great.
He's a much better shooting that look for that to come around groups, gets an early look at three out of three in the Nets.
That's that was a big problem last game.
The Lakers give up way too many threes.
So anyway, the reason why we use sportscasters because there's no lag, which is amazing, which means I could be talking about the game while you guys were saying basically the exact same same spot in the game offensive foul by Rondo.
So he's already had a turnover.
Got burned on the screen there, which gave up a three and committed an offense of death.
Not a great start form, but anyway, no lag really helps us kind of converts here in real time.
So that's why we use this great technology.
They're using their and also they have the rights to the score so you could see the score the top of the screen, which is nice, because you can look either on your TV or whatever device you're using to watch the game.
Um, another easy bucket for the Nets inside there again, defensively.
Lakers struggling a little bit right now.
Or you can just watch me, and the score will keep popping up.
Will screen role with Danny Green and 80 80 air ball again.
Here from 80 this one at the rim and rough start.
Looks like the Lakers need a little bit of time energy drink because they're they're sleeping a bit here.
Good clothes out there by LeBron.
That's something that's key.
LeBron closed all the way after the three point line closed out hard put in the effort.
You could see that he sensed that they needed to stop based on the last few possessions, and he made the extra effort and got out there.
That's something we didn't see always see from LeBron last season.
And, um, that's that's really good for setting the tone for the rest of the team.
So now we've got the ball operating through LeBron in the high post runs, little screen role with Rondo, which runs somewhat affected.
But Rondo throws the ball away again.
Try to find a D.
But the Nets were right.
They're tough past to make.
That's where sometimes I come across sometimes, like I'm ripping on Rondo a lot, and it just I'm I could be.
I'm like a lot of you.
I'd like to see Alex Alex Caruso out there in his spot, but that doesn't mean that Ron knows useless.
You could do some good things, I think right now, So they've got Avery Bradley on Den Witty and Rondo out on Ah, looks like Joe Harris out there.
No, actually, it's crew. Kes.
Yeah, way too much size for himto deal with Rondo or Ferrando.
But, um, Rondo can still do some good things out there.
In my This has been my kind of ah, my pet peeve with Rondo.
I don't think you're setting at the team for success when you're starting Rondo.
I think starters are in general.
Two athletic for Rondo to deal with at his age.
What, 33 now? But I think he can still be an asset off the bench.
I also don't like the runner LeBron pairing because I feel like it.
If Rondo doesn't have the ball off the ball, he's not helping you a whole lot.
He's not spacing, and his three point shooting has been better.
But he's not spacing the floor done.
And if he's on the ball, that means LeBron is not on the ball, and you would probably rather have LeBron on the ball.
So I don't think it's the best of the best fit there.
Lakers still have no point, so we're three minutes in.
The Lakers have not hit a basket, not gotten to the free throw line.
Nothing not exactly start.
They wanted, but the Nets only have five points themselves.
It's been a rough start, but a It's 4 30 in the morning for all of us.
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Welcome in screen. Role gets.
Gets Jared Allen going to the room for a dunk.
Seven other Nets.
Right now, we'll see how long Frank Vogel sticks with this small lineup.
This is somewhat similar to the lineup that we expect to see closing out games, although, of course, Cal Cosmo would be out there.
D at the five is a lineup that should, in theory, be pretty profitable for the Lakers.
Nice to men game there.
Between LeBron and A D.
Leaders are finally on the board.
Anthony Davis gets going to the rim and gets the finish.
Good job there again defensively by LeBron.
The Nets find a three in transition, but the Lakers are out. Have a hand up.
Danny Green did a nice job putting a hand upon the shop.
That's much better than what we saw last game.
They were aware of a there we go eighties 1st 3 will take that.
Anthony Davis's 1st 3 as a Laker.
Gotta like that one in another Mr Laker doing a decent job.
If the Nets are gonna shoot threes and then they're going to shoot a lot, their team is built around shooting these threes.
If they're going to shoot a lot of threes, you at least want to contest him.
And that's something the Lakers weren't doing a great job of last time.
So far, there's been improvement tonight.
This'll morning, I should say, almost to turn over there for Danny Green.
Hey was falling out of bounds under duress, so he kind of had to throw that passed.
But three turnovers last game didn't hit any threes yet.
Not not a great performance.
And Danny Green.
So he's the one guy that I'm really looking at for a bounceback performance today.
I want to see him get things going.
I want to see some open looks for him and mistake free basketball.
That's gonna be really important that we not turn the ball over.
Anthony Davis has to jack up three.
They're fading away.
Air balls at good defense by the Nets.
Gosh, it's amazing.
So Hey, 80 just closed out on the quarter.
Got pump, fake contained, stayed with his man.
My goodness, that kind of stuff.
What we just saw there.
Anthony Davis defending.
I believe that scares Levert there.
That's the kind of stuff that most Biggs just can't do.
And it's easy to overlook any Danny Green.
Three in transition, Mister.
But Avery Bradley follows it up with with the tip.
Way to be sneaky.
Avery Bradley to cut baseline and finish that dunk.
Look what Anthony Davis did on that last possession defensively, If I could rewind and show you guys that again, Danny Green with the block at the rim.
That was amazing.
Hey, his ability to stick with a guard all the way through and shut him down all the way into the paint on multiple moves.
That's defensive player of the year stuff, and that's not going to show up on any statute.
It's just not He didn't get a block, didn't get a steal, didn't get a rebound, but he shut down that possession.
Okay, you'll have to dig into advanced stats in order to get that.
So that's impressive stuff again that I I can't stress enough how big that is that you've got a guy like Anthony Davis who right now is your center that just contained a guard on the perimeter.
Chased him all the way into the paint, stayed in front, solid defensive principles.
That's high level stuff, and I'm blown away.
When I see Anthony Davis do things like that at Cell go under up time.
Energy is kicking in for our Lakers.
Yeah, appears to be we need a ship.
In the whole case, I'm gonna have to get with the Lakers nation.
Make sure he sent some some of time energy to the Lakers at Teen Izzy 96 that could open the pick and roll game.
Even more of a D starts knocking out his threes.
Yeah, and he did just hit that last one.
He's got that in his arsenal.
Have to double check the stats, but I believe he knocked down.
I want to say was somewhere in the mid thirties from three last year.
Let's check it out real quick.
Um, so last year you had 33% from three, lest last season, so that's not great.
Teams aren't going to respect that a ton.
But if you could get that even to say 35 35% is about league average.
So if you give that up to about 35% or so, then teams they're gonna have to really stay glued to him on that.
And, uh oh, yeah, you're right.
If he can knock that down consistently, get his percentage of just a little bit, which what we heard is he worked on that a lot over the summer, and then that's been part of his game that he's really improved.
So if that's true, then it could really add to their pick and roll game.
If you've got a LeBron A D pick and roll in 80 setting the screen and you have to stay glued to him in the pick and pop scenario.
That's a scary thing.
That's a tough thing for teams to defend, because you can't sag off of him because he can step back and dream the three.
And if you stay glued to him, he's fast enough to where if you're tight on him on the perimeter, he might be able to get a step than having a, uh, straight run to the rim, so get exciting stuff.
So I sent out a tweet a little just a few minutes ago, you know, saying hey, rise and grind and, uh, and saying the fans in in Europe are you know, obviously you guys have a have a nice start time for a change and fans on the West coaster.
Hey, we're having to get up early, but, um, one that I didn't mention was in India, and there's somebody tweeted at me said We in India wake up at 5 a.m. The whole season.
Pretty cool, huh? You know, it's something you take for granted.
And I guess that's the one thing that I do like hear about this 4:30 a.m.
Start time Like obviously, I'm usually seeing these games at 7 30 in the evening.
That's usually start time on a Sunday will be 6 30 But for fans around the world and the Lakers, the most popular team in the world, there's a lot of fans that are that are making this commitment every single game that are out there getting up earlier, staying up super late to be able to watch the Lakers.
I think there's something really cool about that.
So again, I love are the international families.
And ah, a lot of respect to you guys who do that.
Go Under said is 80 available for an extension in season s? Oh, yeah, he is.
He could get an extension, but it doesn't make sense to do it.
He, at least from his perspective, he makes more money by becoming a free agent.
And that's one of the quirks of the C B A that, um, the NBA might address and the next go around the next bargaining agreement.
Uh, just because encourages players to become free agents.
And then that puts teams in a difficult situation where players that they wanted to keep our now suddenly on the free agent market, they can look around.
They could see what they what they could get.
Because there's that incentive to become a free agent.
You can actually get a little bit more money than LeBron just got called for an offensive fell there.
Uh, you could get a little bit more money by becoming a free agent.
Then you would by just doing the extension, maybe something they'll address, especially with how determined teams are to keep their stars.
Rondo just got burned there on a simple give and go but battle back and got the steel on the other end.
It's a nice job there, thereby Rondo again.
Credit where Credit's due.
There just worked a simple pistol action on the sideline and didn't look like Rondo just mixed up the communication there and didn't follow the man onto the ball.
It's 4 30 in the morning, so it's taking me a minute to find home my words here.
But But he did a nice job recovering and then really dug down and then got turnovers.
Good job. Thereby Rondo.
Same group, by the way, for the Lakers.
Frank Vogel's given them giving them some run out here, sticking with a small lineup again, a cz faras.
This starting group goes.
If I had my choice, I'd have Alex Crusoe out there instead of Rondo.
Just I feel like even if you want to make the argument, that Rondo is gonna be the guy right of the Lakers.
Just respect to a veteran, and that type of thing is gonna win him the job.
LeBron James finishes with the wrong hand, right hand going into a spin and finishes.
That's that's incredible stuff.
That's where you can scheme all you want.
And then LeBron James is just LeBron James and finds a weighted to score like that's That's the kind of thing that so few players in the league can do.
Um oh, my great block at the room.
But Danny Green gets called for a foul.
So if you're looking at you're looking at the Lakers and the way this this roster is set up, Rondo is he's not the guy that I would go with, particularly since he started the last game.
So far, we've seen Vogel like he started Avery Bradley and Danny Green.
Game one Rondo and KCP game, too.
I would've gone Alex Caruso next just to give him that opportunity.
And maybe he said that still in the works? Maybe, um, we're going to see Alex Caruso get some minutes as a starter next time, right? There's still time left in preseason, but it just I'd like to see it before preseason ends, just to see what Crusoe could do with this starting group.
Look, he doesn't organize an offense the way Ron.
Okay, there's no question Rondo is in terms of basketball intelligence.
Rondo is way, way up there.
But I like, um but I like the possibility on the defensive end.
I think Crusoe brings more there.
I think he brings a little bit more versatility to, uh, both ends of the floor of great pass by by LeBron to a cutting KCP.
That was a great cut there.
Now he missed the shot, but that's something to keep an eye on.
But we've seen a lot of backdoor cuts from Lakers already this season.
And when you've got a pastor like LeBron out there and Anthony Davis compensable as well, Geez wow, what a great play at the Rim by Danny Green.
That's two blocks for him already.
Impressive stuff and now a corner three from Green.
Hey, that's the shot that he was missing last game.
And unfortunately, that one room doubt as well.
But great job on the defensive end by him.
So I'd like to see crews will get some minutes out there, Um, but I'm sure he'll be playing at some point tonight, but I'd like to see him go with the starters.
Sting Inside any missed, another easy one at the rim.
That's something to keep an eye on this season.
That's that was a trend last game, where he was missing some easy ones.
Sometimes as you get older, you lose some of your lift.
Hopefully, that's not what we're seeing here.
It takes LeBron a little bit of time to kind of play the way into shape, but he just missed two ones at the rim, turned into a transition the other way, and the Nets finished with three to tie the game.
So it's not a great sign you could see.
LeBron was frustrated with himself.
There again, that's one play.
Tiny sample size.
I'm not saying LeBron is falling off a cliff or anything like that.
Just something to keep an eye on At T newsy 96.
What are your thoughts on Frank Vogel on his coaching decisions so far? Um, it's hard to say right now because it's preseason.
No, in terms of overall concept, I like his focus on defense.
I think that's important.
I think it takes time for a team to build chemistry on the offensive end.
And so if you focus on defense and you could get a lot of stops, that you can get turnovers and you get transition place, that kind of mitigates any offensive pickups that you're gonna have.
It also helps when you have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, so you can just throw the ball to and they can create something.
But But nevertheless, it's I like the idea that the Lakers gonna focus on getting stops.
I think Anthony Davis is bought in on that.
LeBron is bought in on that.
The whole team is, and that's a great thing s Oh, I like that there.
I'm not gonna worry so much about his rotation's right now because it's preseason.
Yes, I'd like to see Crusoe out there.
Um, I didn't like the grouping that he had to start the game last game, but it's preseason like now is the time to play around with it.
And if you're going to try a lineup on paper, it doesn't look like it works well, Why not? Why not throw it out there and see who knows? Maybe it does, but you're not gonna know unless you throw it out there in a game and now is the time to do that.
You don't want to do that during the regular season.
You don't want to throw out a Dwight Howard Ah region Rondo, Danny Green line up for every Bradley lineup.
Think Hey, we'll give this a try or No, it was KCP last game.
Sorry for 30 in the morning.
Um, you don't want to throw that out there and then lose a regular season game because you're tinkering with lineups, so I'm not gonna worry about what his lineups are.
His rotations are too much right now.
I want to see what he locks into and say the last preseason game, I think that's gonna inform us or what his eventual rotation is gonna look like for the regular season.
So I want to see what that looks like.
And then I also want to see what it looks like once Koosman comes.
I mean, it's easy to get wrapped up in these games and forget that.
Hey, a huge pieces missing.
And that's Kyle Kuzma.
So this could all look very, very different when Koos was out there like like last game.
Cousteau is not a great defender, but I think he would have been a difference last game because the Nets were getting so many open threes.
And some of that was just because they were bigger than the guys the Lakers had defending because the Lakers didn't have another wing to turn to.
So you had guys like Avery Bradley, who's a solid defender.
Don't get me wrong, but he's defending guys who are 6869 That's a big challenge for him.
Uh, Rondo KCP players like that that are, you know, 65 and under.
That's tough Alex Cruz.
So having another versatile wing player like Kuzma, I think, would've helped out a lot last game.
So we can't look at this and think, Oh, this is the finished product.
This is what everything's gonna look like.
No, you're missing a major piece there and And don't forget Quinn Co two.
He's still out with the calf strain.
Lakers went high load and try to get the ball to a D.
Uh LeBron kind of forced the past in there wasn't there and but 80 makes up for it with another huge defensive stop gash.
He is incredible on the defensive end.
LeBron, taking matters in his own hands, drives it straight to the basket scores.
I think LeBron is a little bit frustrated.
It was frustrating himself that turnover with frustrate with missing the layup and so finally need to set.
I'm going to the room and nobody stopping me.
And that's where that's where LeBron just says, Hey, I'm LeBron man.
That was a great clothes out by Danny Green on three on that three look.
Danny Green has missed his his shots so far today.
We've got 80 for three here, Mr Denny Green's Mr Shots.
But what he's doing on the offensive end right now is impressive.
He is, is doing a great job closing out on Shooter's, already blocked a couple of shots at the rim like elite level stuff from Danny Green so far on the defensive end of the floor.
He's making a difference there when the ball is going out behind the arc, and that's that's really big, really big for the Lakers, especially given how many threes the Nets were hitting last game.
Let me put the box score for this one.
So I've got it in front of me.
Avery Bradley with nice backdoor cut.
LeBron found him.
See, that's where Avery Bradley being just 62 Hertz and they actually got blocked at the room.
That was a great fine by LeBron the Nets.
Didn't I start recovering? But it's those sneaky cuts where you think you've got everything all pinned down.
And then next thing you know, Avery Bradley is gone.
He is really good at those that sometimes she doesn't finish at the rim, but he's good putting pressure on the defense That way.
I want to see him started hitting his outside shots, though.
I want to see Avery Bradley spotting up behind the arc and knocking down some threes because I think that's gonna open things up a lot.
By the way, I should mention Lakers did go to KCP there, and it does seem like the defense has picked up a little bit.
What to see statistically, If that holds true, they pulled the Rondo so using LeBron more as the point guard, which this could be tough fadeaway shop.
Danny Green did a nice job defending it.
Uh, Taurean Prince just happened to hit it, but this could be an interesting grouping for me.
I like this grouping with KCP better than the one with with Rondo.
I think defensively there's it offers a bit more, and it creates a bit more spacing because teams they're gonna respect Casey pees outside shot a bit more than, uh than Rondo's great past there by Danny Green, 80 has got to finish that.
It's the little things right now that they're stopping the Lakers whenever they make a mistake.
The Nets are doing a really good job of punishing the Lakers for it.
So LeBron misses the lay upon one end.
They get down in transition.
The Nets do when they hit a three uh e d Mrs.
There's Danny Green at the rim.
Lakers doing a really nice job cutting off the ball.
Avery Bradley gaining green.
Making some nice ones leads to a lamp, but, uh, 80 misses one of the red.
The Nets get out in transition.
Get themselves only going the other way.
That's a well coached team.
There's no question they're doing a real nice job there with that.
That's all go under 80.
Keeps holding that hand. He heard it earlier.
We're going for a block.
I know I saw that.
That's the problem.
That's what I'm worried about.
I'm holding my breath every time anything happens with Anthony Davis, LeBron James.
We know how many injuries this team dealt with last season was way too many on the way.
Here comes Alex Caruso checking in and ah, Zack Norvell getting some early minutes out here, too.
For Danny Green, Norville has played very, very well in a kind of garbage time minutes.
He's looked great, knocking in the three, making smart decisions.
I think you even had four assists last game, so I like Frank Vogel rewarding him here and giving us, um uh, burned.
Now that's knocked down a three out of that time out, so that's not a great, but that was in nor Bell's fault or anything.
They just happen to knock down a good shot.
While Caruso, as the screener for LeBron, didn't work out because Caruso got blocked at the rim, but Caruso in screen role and Caruso as the screener, that was an interesting wrinkle there.
LeBron hit Caruso going to the rim, but he couldn't finish the accident.
Have the size interesting, though? Have you guard screen for LeBron? I wonder if that's something that we're going to see more often here.
Yeah, I love that.
The way KCP and Caruso just navigated a complicated screen situation.
They're both of them.
Were had their guys setting screens for each other and trying to pop them free.
And neither one got an open look.
In fact, ahead results in a 24 2nd almost 24 2nd violation that a launch the ball from 30 feet out.
LeBron misses it.
The room again, man.
He is frustrated. He's not happy with himself right now.
Begin defensively from Danny Green.
We're seeing some good things on that end. Yeah, I know the Lakers.
And once again, the Nets made the Lakers pay.
LeBron misses an easy one of the rim.
They are money right now and making the Lakers pay for missing the easy ones.
LeBron has the ball here to finish out the quarter, so this is interesting, though LeBron and a D played the entire first quarter.
Okay, that hasn't been the case in previous games.
It's been LeBron going to the bench a d playing the entire first quarter and then LeBron coming back early in the second quarter and then 80 going out So we'll see what the rotation looks like today.
But right now you've got LeBron and 81st quarter and the Lakers are still down.
Right now 80 actually gets to shoot the technical because he is such a good free throw shooter.
We had a a three second violation here from the Nets.
All right, so 4.
Let's see what the Lakers were running sideline out of bounds.
Well, two men game here, Ron A D.
Probably good way to go.
Generates an open three.
Alex Caruso knocks it in well executed play there by the Lakers.
It took advantage of the fact that the Nets were gonna be hyper focused on LeBron and D d.
Alex Caruso, being super sneaky, gets out to the short corner. Three.
Knocks it in like that a lot.
Well, well, well Run.
They even had that nice little curl that KCP was running across the opposite side of the court.
Got got the nets focused on that to a lot of misdirection.
And then as soon as Zach Norville cut up, cut up there.
If you're watching the replay, Zack Norvell cut up Nets defense had to pick their poison.
It was either gonna be Caruso or no nor Vela popping open.
LeBron made the right choice through the Caruso, who's wide open knocks in the three.
Gotta like that. Well executed.
That's a positive sign now, so first quarter ends.
Lakers still down 20 to 19 now from that first quarter of what we can take away.
First of all, want to say that the defense and that was much improved, much improved compared to last game.
I love the way that they were closing out on shooters.
Danny Green, I thought, was particularly a highlight here.
His defense was excellent.
Anthony Davis made the extra effort.
KCP had a few nights defensive stops, Rondo.
Even when you got burned on one came back and recovered.
LeBron was making the extra effort.
So defensively I liked a lot of what we saw out there.
The Lakers look mobile.
They were making the extra effort on all their plays.
They were doing a nice job staying glued to guys.
Yeah, they gave up a few threes.
Let me see what the Nets are actually shooting the shooting. 30%.
They gave up 10 threes in the first quarter, which is right on pace with what they did last game.
They shot 40 three's last game, three of 10 them 30%.
I thought the Lakers did a real good job of staying glued to them, enforcing some Mrs, forcing some tough, tough shots.
They're so credit to the Lakers there looks like they righted some of the wrongs of the previous game, where the Nets were getting a lot of wide open threes because you saw Lakers players getting hung up on screens.
You saw guys that were chasing their man and not going to get quite getting there.
So that is a big improvement, however, Even look at the Lakers on the other end.
Seven for 22 from the field, 28.
6% 2% from three.
7% 3 to 3 from the line.
But that's not enough.
Trips to line, kind of mitigate that poor shooting.
So something to watch 80 and LeBron combined four for 14 again.
That's not getting it done.
That's not gonna work.
So small Sample.
It's just first quarter, but keep an eye on that poor shooting night so far.
Otherwise, defensively, the level the Lakers are playing out right now.
If they were shooting just an average percentage and they've missed some real easy ones, this game would swing very quickly the other way.
You think about all the easy baskets they gave up on the other end, both threes and lay ups, where the Nets ran off of missed easy scoring opportunities from the Lakers.
So if you were to swing that and say that they scored those and then took away those easy scoring opportunities, the Lakers could have what, a 678 point lead right now if they just made the easy ones.
Okay, so to me, that's a positive thing that tells me that those shots are eventually going to fall.
If they can keep playing this level of defense, that they should be able to win this game right now, Obviously the groupings are gonna change and everything, but what I'm saying is, if you're looking at what's happening on the floor, they've done a real nice job.
And based on the play that we're seeing, they should be up By the way, we cut out of, ah, out of a commercial here and I missed.
The camera was on Zach Norval.
So I'm guessing maybe it was him.
Oh, here we go. We'll get catch the replay.
Alex Caruso? Yep.
Finds Norville wide open for three nice jobs.
The Lakers are now up again.
Like I said, based on the way the two teams are playing, the Lakers should be winning this game.
Okay, They weren't at the end of the first.
They are now on from the normal three.
I like what I've seen so far.
I think they've done some really good things.
And, uh, I think I'll tweet this out again, by the way. Again.
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I'll be doing this for the first half.
Second half gets a little bit messy, usually because that's when we start really seeing them.
But ah, this is something that will do a few times during the season.
I don't know if I can commit to doing this every single game during the live stream experience.
I do need to spend time with family and do that kind of stuff, and we will be doing the postgame shows.
Jazz King and I will be doing those.
But this is something that I want to make more of a regular thing, especially sportscaster has been great, and I have talked all about them earlier when we first started this.
It's great that there's no lag here and that allows us to do this.
It's also very, very cool that you can see the score on the screen.
Uh, so this is really, really cool tech that sportscaster has, and I'm glad that we could do something like this and offer this second screen experience for you guys.
Ah, at Laker Wisdom Sportscaster Score table is incorrect.
I'll take a look at that.
Um, I know it's supposed to pop up every now and then.
I don't see it on my end.
I usually see it in the replay version, though, so I'll ask them about that.
They're really, really good about fixing any little tweaks that we need or anything like that.
It's not like they have someone sitting there punching in the score the entire time.
It's they're getting a feed from somewhere.
So if that's off for something like that, it's probably just wear that their source where they're getting it from.
And then, um, So you said you can't see it.
Okay, well, we'll take a look and figure out a way to get that fixed at Sal is asking will be any watch parties.
Yeah, I'm gonna plan on doing some this year.
I am going to be coming, coming and doing something live.
I know we'll be doing something on location for, uh, the home opener, which is against the Utah Jazz that Friday.
Technically, the opening game of the season is an away game, but you know we'll be doing something for that one.
So that will be Friday.
Believes the 25th they take on the Utah Jazz.
So a javale McGee checks in.
I'd imagine that means Anthony Davis is off, so Lakers still have a true big on the floor to deal with DeAndre Jordan? Yes.
So now you've got no that Vogel.
Instead of the past, he was going to stagger the Nets.
Do you go for a three again decent clothes out there, though? He's got a hand up.
We'll see what the Lakers offense can do at this point.
No, LeBron, no a d.
They're gonna have to execute in order to create It.
Looks like a lot of the ball's in K C.
P s hands a lot here.
Tough past there.
That's see, I think that's putting KCP in a tough spot.
He can create a little bit, but there you go.
Nets make the Lakers pay in transition.
I don't know if you want KCP in screen role being asked to make that pass.
I think that's that's maybe going a little too far.
Occasionally I was a bad foul by Norville.
Shouldn't have given that up for Pinson, but, um, I don't think you wanna put KCP in that spot.
So the Lakers offense kind of bogged down, and it turned into a two man game between, uh, Jail McGee and KCP would develop to setting screens.
I don't know if I like KCP in that role.
I'd rather see the ball in the hands of a true point guard like Alex Cruz.
So if you're gonna ask somebody to create like that and then dish so this has been better Caruso gets into the paint.
Two of the remember game is three in a row at the rim here, too, from Caruso and one from a G.
The Lakers missed.
And if they were making the easy ones, this game would be a blow out.
Nice recovery there by JaVale Hench avail goes into the stands, has to hurdle the seats.
I'm gonna retweet this out.
Good effort there by javale though you can see this unit doesn't have quite a cz much length as as the starters Alex Caruso.
Nice play, knocking the ball away from behind there.
One of the things that drivel is really, really good at is communicating, which is huge for your for your center.
You've got to be able to call out screens.
You've got to be able to call out all kinds of reeds, and javale doesn't really nice job a job with that more good defense there by the Lakers.
I've been really impressed with the defense all across the board.
So many guys were playing well on that end of the floor today.
They could just get some of these easy shots to go.
So through simple screen action, you've got DeAndre Jordan isolated on Caruso and I don't like Okay, so KCP finished with the jumper there and he knocked it in, and that's great.
But I don't know if I like that decision there.
So the Lakers had a mismatch, and Caruso, rather than try to take DeAndre Jordan off the dribble, he kind of faked him back into the paint.
But then he didn't take the Open jumper that he had.
Instead, he kicked to KCP.
I think he was expecting Casey Peas man to sink into the paint to try to help protect.
And that didn't happen.
And so, Crews, oh, actually threw the ball into a contested shot rather than taking the open jumper that he himself had.
But again, minor thing.
KCP knocked it down.
So all ends well, Norville coming upto try to screen here for Caruso.
The Lakers are trying to free up Norville or KCP doesn't work thing. Fleet.
DeAndre Jordan fumbles up all out of bounds.
KCP and JaVale McGee Having some words right now they're timing is just a little bit off between the two of them.
I mean, they're discussing why they're off a little bit.
JaVale thought he was gonna have KCP for an easy layup, But the Nets, let's put a stop to it.
KCP Corner was a three.
Nope, Two foot on the line.
Nice shot, tough shot.
Nice to have a guy like, Oh, we got fouled on it, Too Nice to have somebody that can knock that down.
That is something KCP can do.
I know a lot of Lakers fans get frustrated with KCP due to salary and 11 he's a pretty decent shooting guard for the NBA's like he's an average player.
At least that's what he was last season on.
Being able to make tough shots like that, that's a plus.
I mean, you need guys who can do do things like that, and I thought he's put on put in some pretty good effort on the defensive end.
Misses the free throw, though, just as I'm giving him all this credit.
He misses the free throw.
Go figure Devante Kay Cox, also out there on the floor for the Lakers right now, defending, uh, actually picked up a foul defending Taurean Prince, another felon on cake out there.
That's that's probably asking him a lot to defend Torrey imprints on the perimeter, and you could see the Nets of Targeting that that matchup on looks like Vogel's going to his bench to bring in somebody else to handle that, which is farther.
He just Kay Cox more of a banger inside.
Everyone knows coming on for Keiko.
That means nobody's gonna probably slide down a position, and that's fine.
Uh, to ask a cock to do that.
He's a little bit more of a banger.
Prince is a little bit more, Um, versatile has been more explosive on the perimeter, so asking him to defend their little bit tough, I like what I've seen from Norville.
Done some really good things out there.
Rondo picks up the foul.
Lakers get going the other way on Garrett Temple.
By the way, this Nets team I should mention again without Kyrie Irving, that facial fracture we saw, he got bumped in Game one and they pulled him right away.
They're not taking any chances.
He's their star.
There's no reason to force him out there in a preseason games.
It makes a lot of sense, but I would have liked to have seen him just to kind of put Avery Bradley and on him and really test.
How good of a defender? Avery Bradley is.
Zach Norville for three? No, just a bit long, But I like the Lakers are looking for him.
You can shoot it.
That was a great finish. Thereby Moussa.
He really let the Lakers up Last game.
McGee did a nice job challenging at the rim.
The Nets are hanging in there, but they're hanging in there more on just simple mistakes by the Lakers and some easy Mrs Again.
I think the Lakers are out playing them right now.
KCP gets all the way to the rim and finishes like that.
Like when you see KCP be aggressive there.
If you ask him to try to finish on his own, he's a lot better than if you trust to drop off a pass.
Crusoe checked off of his mandible, too.
much there and gave up in Open three, but didn't knock it down so didn't hurt us too much.
Caruso finds JaVale McGee for an easy score.
See, that's what that's what, having like a Caruso out there on the floor.
Does you get a little bit of the passing with him? He's able to defend it.
A high level and still no, he's He might not be a Rondo level pastor.
He doesn't see the game the same way, but he can make some really good passes that he does have that mindset.
Moussa gets an open three.
The Nets ransom nice distractions on 1/7 floor, then swung into the other, and Casey be closed out.
A Rondo closed out, but still wasn't quite fast enough on it.
Crusoe tried to answer, but I couldn't get a shot to go.
Good effort there by Rondo.
His job in the paint or no, that was KCP.
They're both wearing headbands.
KCP did a nice job defensively.
That was a bad turn over.
Let's see if the Lakers make her the Nets make the Lakers pay again.
So, Rondo just I'm not sure what happened there and looks like he kind of got caught in the air.
But that was a real bad turnover by him. Cities.
He's done some good things.
But Ronnie was also made a lot of mistakes out there today.
Yeah, nice block at the rim.
On the replay there by javale Again.
I like that Norville is getting minutes.
Got a reward, guys.
Rondo gets absolutely burned on that back door cut.
Just was completely asleep.
Hey, guys, It's 4 30 in the morning for all of us, but yeah, Rondo got burned on that cart.
Gave up in the easy layup.
That was not pretty.
Hey, if he's gonna hit it, hit it.
That shot, he made it. Nobody else was popping open for the Lakers.
They're not a great possession.
That's not what you want to finish with.
That's not your ideal shot.
That's not option.
123 That's probably even option for from the Lakers, But drivel knocked it down.
Nets are starting it going from three here, Um, and again, you know.
I know. I'm not saying this is on Rondo.
There was just a little bit of miscommunication there, but that's not a great sign.
The Nets, they if they're gonna if the Nets are gonna stick in this game, it's because they're gonna be knocking on a lot of threes.
And now they've started to heat up a bit there.
Caruso following and not ideal offense.
Fromthe Lakers There.
The Nets are not five from 15 from three.
That's up a little bit.
You know, something's just not really clicking here with this with this Lakers unit.
They're still doing a decent job defensively, but not closing out on threes as well as I'd like to unveil It shrugged his shoulders when he hit that jumper today.
If they're not gonna cover me, I'm gonna hit it.
He's also barking at the ref.
He's not happy with something.
So the Nets or run a lot of actions to create open threes.
They just did another one to try to get it open.
Look for Joe Harris there.
So that time the Lakers did a nice job stopping the open three covering Joe hairs, and then they forced another pass, didn't what he had to try to create one on one.
They tried to set another screen for him.
It resulted in a turnover.
Looks like Dwight Howard's checking in, and so is Danny Green.
It's the little attention to details that make a big, big difference, especially when you're trying to guard three point shooters.
And the Lakers did a much better job there and force the turnover, so credit to him on that one.
We'll see what Dwight Howard could do.
I think the overall JaVale McGee has been the better center so far through two games, and Dwight Howard as he's looked more versatile.
He's looked more athletic, defending on the perimeter, defending at the rim.
Danny Green, though, also checks back in.
So we'll see how this, uh, how this goes here with this grouping.
I mean, KCP came out and dating Green came in.
Uh, Howard made a nice move there.
I don't tend to like Dwight Howard post ups, but nice move.
But then, unfortunately, traveled shuffles feet.
Nice move on Jared Island? Yep.
Took just a little hop and the rest were all over. And they called the travel.
I think he probably could have finished that without that little hop you didn't need that space.
Uh, Spencer didn't. Oh, nice.
Played good recovery, by the way.
But Spencer didn't when he put Rondo in jail there with, Like, D'Angelo.
Russell is so good at doing.
Got him on his hip, and Ronald couldn't get around Caruso Mrs at the rim.
And Dwight doesn't get the tip in.
What is Alex Caruso shooting? It feels like he's missed a Tanya.
Let me take a look at this.
Yeah. Crusoe, One for six.
Real nice recovery on that on that last defensive stand, by the way, reached name was able to knock the ball away.
Would have been a sure score for the Nets.
Dwight Howard to come out of position to cover and then was able to reach back.
And still don't expect him to be able to make a play all the time.
But we'll take you.
Save the basket there.
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Um, let me see here.
So right now, at this moment, Lakers or shooting 38% from the field, Brooklyn's been doing a nice job getting them out of what they want to do.
Three of 10 from 33 or four from the line.
They have, Ah, six offensive boards.
So they're winning the battle on Ah, on the boards.
Is that right? Lakers only have eight assists on the night below.
Nets have 11 at this 110.
2 blocks for Anthony Davis.
He was doing doing a nice job there.
Danny Green, based on this, isn't credited with any blocks right now, but I I think that's a mistake.
I've seen him get at least one or two out there.
He's made some nice place at the rim, so I don't know why Danny Green wasn't credited with any blocks leaving the way in scoring.
You've got K, C, P, A.
D and LeBron all tied with six points right now and leading the way with scoring for the Nets.
You got a Taurean Prince and Theo Pinson and Caris Levert all with five.
Okay, so the Lakers bring back Avery Bradley.
You still have Dwight out there? No Zach Norval.
So you've got Rondo Green? Bradley Caruso.
So four guards, four guards and white.
That's the line of the Lakers have out there.
Now the question is, how much spacing will it's really generate because Rondo is seen as a non shooter.
We'll have to keep an eye on that.
You should be able to generate space with that many guards on the floor.
The hopefully the ball will keep moving here, but interesting lineup.
But like I said, this is time to tinker, right? This is time for Frank Vogel to tinker with things.
It's what you do during preseason, and we'll see what they can get out of it now. Little scream.
Roll action there.
And the Nets were able to get Rondo on Jared Allen and Rondo had to foul.
Dwight had to come over and cover.
It was a nice play by running.
It was gonna be a dunk if he didn't do it.
He had Thio foul there, But still, you know the Lakers, the Nets were able to take advantage of the Lakers.
Small size there.
Rondo and care slivered.
I don't like that matchup.
Oh, we blew it turned into a dunk at the rim for Jared Allen on the law.
But he missed it, but yeah, cares. Liver.
It's home right around Rondo.
They went straight to him twice in a row there, got the ball delivered and said, Go ahead and attack.
And that put the Lakers in the scramble mode.
I don't like that at all.
Avery Bradley, Nice job coming off the screen and getting contact.
Missed the jumper, but gets to line.
Wild LeBron and without Anthony Davis out of the floor, the Lakers are going to have to, Um, I'm gonna have to do what they can to generate looks, office screens and things like that. Okay, Mike Caddell.
Anthony Davis just came back from the locker room with some ice on his thumb.
Sprained right thumb.
Will not return.
Tweet to going up for a block.
Okay, so Anthony Davis sprained thumb shouldn't be too big of a deal.
Hopefully, obviously, the Lakers aren't too concerned that there's a break or anything like that, but Anthony Davis done for the game? Uh, disappointing.
On one hand, that 80 won't be back, but on the other hand, bubble, wrap him.
It doesn't matter.
Okay, It's okay.
Phantom you Davis doesn't play.
So, yes, by all means, sitting on the bench.
Don't risk any further injury or anything like that. You can't do it.
So definitely the right decision.
Well, a little bit of a sprained thumb.
Go ahead, sit on the bench.
Don't risk any further injury.
Don't come back.
Gotta play it safe with their stars at this point.
So no, Edie again, this is we're not having Kyle Kuzma is.
Ah, a bit of a bummer because no, I d.
That would give Koosman the chance to really be the four out there, perhaps even a small ball five.
So we haven't seen that.
You gotta wonder, too.
Is Dwight Howard taking eighties minutes? Here was Dwight Howard not going to play this game because usually this is where you'd see Dwight Howard on the floor.
Maybe the goal here for this rotation from Frank Vogel was to experiment with guards and 80 and to see what that would look like.
That's possible something, something that hopefully they can address when they get back to practice next week.
Avery Bradley. Two men game here with Dwight.
Three seconds on Dwight.
The Lakers move the ball a little bit too much, and Dwight wasn't able to get out of the paint.
They're running, pick and roll, but they're running, pick and roll in putting like Avery Bradley into it.
They've put KCP into it, asking them to be decision makers again.
I think those guys can do those things, but I don't know if that's your ideal role for them.
But again, now, you know, preseason, now is the time to experiment with that stuff.
Hey, Avery Bradley attacking one attacking one on one gets baseline finishes.
That was a nice play by him.
That's the shot that he has been missing so far this season.
That little one at the rim.
He missed that a few times, but I was able to convert on that one.
So nice job by him, like the way he used his body to free up space.
But then the Nets come back on the other end, knocking three.
This group is just It's just a little bit out of sync.
They're putting the effort.
But there there's something just a little off backdoor cut by Rondo.
But again, Jared Allen comes over.
Dwight at the rim.
Can't finish, doesn't gets fouled.
Dwight A few years ago, that's that.
That's just a monster dunk for Dwight.
Rondo got Jared Allen to come out on him away from the paint.
That left pretty much nobody on, UH, Dwight and the lob with rims.
White had to try to tip it in, didn't go, brings it down, somebody fouls and puts him on the line rather than give up the dunk.
I should have been an easy bucket there for the Lakers.
Instead, we have Dwight at the line, and he misses the 1st 1 to the foul.
Odor already pays off here for the Nets, Mr Both, so definitely pays off.
I wonder if, with Anthony Davis off, I wonder if the Lakers just bench LeBron for the rest of the game to just get Just keep him healthy, send him home.
Just let the other guys play.
Could be the option that Frank Vogel goes with it.
There's no way Anthony Davis on the floor.
You're not building chemistry between 80 and LeBron.
Do you really want LeBron out there? Well, see, I would lean towards No, I would say just just bench him, but we'll see what Vogel does.
Ice, played by Danny Green.
He is having a great day defensively so far. Backs up for three.
Does he knock it in? No.
Misses the three, but great job on the defensive end in Green.
Shot has kind of like that's something to watch.
You shot 46% from three last season and the best of his career by far, and that's a big part of why he got the money that he got.
But the season before the Nets knocking another three, They get a lot of open looks here on the Lakers, who are scrambling.
Um, Danny Green shot 36% that season before for the San Antonio Spurs, and there's a big difference there, 46 to 36 in terms of overall efficiency.
So, um, something to watch? Do we get the 46% Danny Green? Even a 40% dating green Dwight post up leads to a turnover.
Yeah, I don't like this group in here.
Timeout, Lakers! Now they're down nine.
They're given up open looks from from three.
You would think with this many guards on the floor, they be able to cover.
But they're not.
Right now, they're giving up too many open looks on one end, and then their offense is a mess on the other end because you're asking guys to create that are really true creators.
KCP just got caught there.
Rondo wasn't able to get to the right man.
Yeah, not pretty stuff here from the Lakers right now.
This group, for whatever reason, just doesn't quite have a have a clicking.
A lot of that is there. They're offensive.
Execution has not been good.
They're basically being forced to run screen role with their with a guard.
And you over there.
Big is on the floor right now. It's Dwight.
It's just not working out.
Not pretty stuff right now.
The Lakers started out Well, I like to what we're seeing defensively, but since we've seen this other group, come on, it's ah, it's not been pretty given up way too many open threes.
Well, they're giving up dribble pendant penetration at the point of attack, and that's causing the rest of them to suck in and then opening up outside shots again.
Caris Levert is getting into the paint pretty much whenever he wants, so the Lakers look like they're sticking with that group.
Or to Danny Green. Come off, Let's see.
Yep, sticking with that group right now.
Jumper for Avery Bradley.
He doesn't hit that the Nets are running off all these Lakers Mrs to the Lakers offense doesn't have anybody that can generate great looks for themselves at this point.
There's another 20 footer there.
They're not getting threes.
They're getting long twos and missing on them.
And that's getting getting the Nets in the transition.
Let's see what they can do defensively on this possession, though.
Again care, slumber a nice job, thereby deliver it.
Putting even Danny Green in jail and then finishes.
Uh, yeah, This isn't working here for the Lakers.
They're starting to get get taken to the wood shed.
At this point, they're having to settle for long twos on one end and then giving up open looks on the other.
We're under attack.
So close out gets doing open three for Avery Bradley can't hit it.
Nobody seems to be able to hit a shot for the Lakers right now.
Another Miss Man Lakers field goal percentage is gonna be dropping.
They're missing a ton.
Lakers get going.
One second Avery Bradley note comes up short.
Wow, A lot of Mrs there for the Lakers in the final.
In, what, five minutes or so, that group that was not clicking settled for a lot of long twos.
Offense was not looking good.
That lead to transition offense for the Brooklyn Nets.
For To their credit, we're doing a really good job of making the Lakers settle for tough shots.
And then when they got stops, they were really focusing on pushing and taking advantage of mismatches, taking advantage of the Lakers defense scrambling.
So they did a nice job there.
The Nets are up 11 and half again.
Not pretty self.
The Lakers field goal percentage dropped all the way down to 33% from the field.
They are just 21% from 3 62% from line.
Tough to win that way.
I like some of things they have been doing defensively earlier in the half.
It was that last group that Dwight plus four guards and those guards were Danny Green, Avery, Bradley, Rondo and KCP.
It just wasn't working.
And look. Bradley's a decent defender.
Defender Dana Green's a good defender, but for whatever reason, things weren't clicking on that end.
JaVale McGee was having a little more success out there than White was.
I think some of those places where the ball got to him are probably getting finished if it's McGee in there.
But overall, uh, not a great way to finish the half for the Lakers.
Hopefully, Anthony Davis is fine.
Hopefully, LeBron James will just rest the second half, and we'll see if Frank Vogel confined a combination that works without their stars.
Because Anthony Davis with sprained thumb.
Yeah, no, no reason to risk him going back out there.
Okay, Just checking in on a couple of other stats before we, uh, we call it a rap here.
I'm just going to do that.
I'm just doing the first half for this, and then we'll call it a day.
I'm gonna check out.
I'll be doing some live tweeting and stuff like that in the future.
We have games in the evenings.
We may do an entire game of this.
I'll bring on some guests and things may be Jazz and I will do, Um, a.
A full live stream of the game will do.
The second screen experience will do all that kind of stuff, but just Yeah, today we're just doing the first Have, I know we're probably going to see a time of subs in the second half.
We're gonna see a lot of, like Dimitri's Jackson and players like that.
So I'm gonna focus mainly on the guys that we're gonna see during the regular seasons.
That's why I'm just doing the first half.
Also, I'm exhausted.
It's hard for me to do the entire game when it's at 4 30 in the morning.
That's difficult, so but I appreciate you guys coming in here and joining me.
This has been kind of the last two games.
It's been a trial run with the second screen experience.
I'm kind of learning this as we go, so appreciate you guys hanging with me on this.
It's a different format than what I'm used to.
Obviously I'm used to doing post game shows where we're breaking down all the things that have already happened, rather than breaking down things as they're happening.
And there's a big difference there.
So there's certainly a learning curve for me on that on.
So I'm kind of figuring all that out.
But this has been fun.
I've enjoyed doing this, and hopefully this is something we can incorporate into the regular season as well.
Which that starts up.
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