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00:00:07
everyone.
00:00:08
Thanks for tuning in to my life's dream.
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I'm going to be re capping the Lakers their games throughout the week, as I have been for the last few weeks.
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I'm also going to be talking about the NB Award winners one month in Amman.
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Be focusing on M v p.
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Defensive Player of the Year alien and coach of the year too.
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But that's the game plan for tonight.
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Gonna wait for for a little bit.
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See, we're up the two people right now.
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So you another minute or so, But yeah.
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Fun game on game for the Lakers tonight.
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A fun day for football as well.
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I know I'm gonna be focusing on basketball, but it's a nice day and yeah, um, yes.
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Now we're getting a few more people in, so I will start talking about the Lakers first and then I'll talk about the award winner.
00:00:55
So starting off the Lakers starting off their game tonight before I recap the week in its entirety.
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Uh, wow.
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Really fun game.
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Anthony Davis finished with 50 points.
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If you guys follow me on Twitter at Corbin unwrapped, you can see that about six ish minutes into the game, I tweeted out.
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Anthony Davis is going for 50 tonight and where they end up with 50 so you can just call me profit from now on.
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But anyways, yeah, Anthony Davis finished game with 50 points.
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He shot 20 of 29 from the field, which is just phenomenal.
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It doesn't matter.
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I know the Timberwolves are not a good defensive team at all, but still went for 50 points, 24 29 from the field.
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He also didn't make 13 so he had 50 points on 03 point shots, which in today's M B A is just unheard of.
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So just a really special game for him.
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Defensively, he was doing his usual thing, making a huge impact on defense.
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His ability to just anticipate stuff on the defensive end is unbelievable.
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Second to none.
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He mean I'll be getting the defensive player of the year in a little bit.
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But because obviously, no, he is at the top.
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If not the clear cut number one option, probably on most people's boards, the number one option for defensive player of the year.
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Like I said, 50 points in 39 minutes, he only shot two threes over to on them.
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He also had a thing yet 10 free throws. Let me see.
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Yeah, 10 for 10 from the free throw line, something that's kind of going not unrecognized but not giving enough attention just because there's so much good stuff that is going on with the Lakers right now.
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And it's so exciting, so fun, that I finally have a Lakers team that I could be really excited about really proud about.
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I've always tried to be a Lakers fan, but when they're playing as well as they are right now, they're 21 3 a little bit over the quarter way into the season, it's been incredible what they've been doing so far.
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Anthony Davis for the year is shooting 86.
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3% on this free throws.
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I don't think enough people talk about that because, especially with LeBron James struggling at the free throw line the way that he has this year and last year he shooting better.
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This year he's up over 70% again from the free throw line, but still not great.
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You need someone who you can give the ball to and just let them go to work and know even if the defense fouls them.
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You're confident in their abilities to knock down free throws.
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LeBron James.
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I'm not very ******* him, being able to hit his free throws down the stretch.
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He's shown to money times last year and this year when the game's on the line, you can't trust him at the free throw and you can trust him in a lot of situations, obviously do a lot of different things, but at the free throw line, No, I don't feel too good when he's there with the game on the line.
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Anthony Davis.
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I absolutely, 1000% do.
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He got off to a really good start, shooting free throws, that he was up around 88 or 89% of one point.
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But every time I can remember, I think he's missed one free throw that I can think of where the game was close down at the end of the game and he missed one free throw.
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He's taken countless amounts of free throws with the game on the line up.
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I completely 1000% trust that if he's at the line, game's on the line, he's who I want.
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Shooting free throws when the Lakers get pick up, any technicals, another team where there's a defensive three seconds and someone is shooting the free throws for the Lakers anytime.
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Anthony Davis on the court.
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He's the one shooting the free throw, and you almost never see that from a big man going to shoot free throws.
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Guards should be embarrassed, even though Anthony Davis is a really good free throw shooter, especially this security's on pace to shoot the highest percentage from the free throw line of his whole career.
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Before this year, the highest he had shot from the free throw line was 82.
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8% which is still really good.
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But right now he's at 86.3%.
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I think that was before tonight's game, so nice game.
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Probably raised it up a little bit higher.
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But, yeah, if you're a guard, you're supposed to be shooting those free throws.
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You were supposed to be the best free throw shooters on the team.
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I know Anthony Davis, the shooting really good percentage, but hopefully that fueled some of the guards.
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Thank you, Carbo loading for the tip.
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Appreciate it.
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I'm glad you enjoy my ****ysis, but yeah, I mean, maybe you play basketball growing up.
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If anyone played basketball growing up, they know guards.
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That's one of the things you're supposed to pride yourself on.
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A pier regard is that you are the best free throw shooter or one of the best free throw shooters on your team, and a big man should not be shooting the free throws.
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But in this case, it's more just a It's more distant.
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Let's recognize how great of a free throw shooter Anthony Davis has been this year rather than taking on the Lakers guard because the Lakers guard, for the most part of shot pretty well from the free throw.
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I don't have their exact numbers in front of me, but I know KCP is a really good free throw shooter.
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It's just LeBron needs to pick it up on that side.
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But Anthony Davis has been incredible.
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Not just tonight, but this week, especially so on my video last week, I had talked about how the Lakers have a two game road trip coming up Nuggets on really a three game road trip, but two games back to back where it was the Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver and then on Wednesday night in Utah.
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And I had said last week that that is where I'm gonna find out exactly how good this team.
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It's because that is, I came up.
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Think of a more difficult back to back two nights in a row than in Denver in Utah, where you're in elevation for two nights in a row with no days off in between.
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That is really tough.
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And I was fully expecting I think I might have said on my video last Sunday.
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If not, I'll say it now before the Games on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
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If someone had said, Look, how about later? Just go one on one? Will you take that 100%? I'll take that one and one on that road trip is good enough for me.
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Still shows something that they can win one of those games on the tough back to back.
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But luckily, no one offered that.
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No one has that type of power.
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They have to go out play those games because the Lakers not only won both games, they handled both games.
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It neither game was really in doubt for too much of the time the Nuggets Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets by nine.
00:07:26
I guess the Nuggets were always in the game, but it just felt like the Lakers right from the beginning of the game.
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Except for I think the Nuggets got off to a little bit of a fast are they were up by, like, five or six points in the first quarter.
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But from that point on, it was the Lakers game.
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And yes, they never got out to a huge, insurmountable lead.
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But it was very consistent where they were up right around 8 10 12 points, keeping it right in that range.
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Keeping Nuggets at bay.
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Anthony Davis showed he shows every single game, but he showed against the Nuggets why he is the top defensive player that your candidate right now.
00:08:04
He Nikolay oak.
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It has not played nearly as well as he did last year.
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This year he's still trying to work his way into shape.
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You can tell he looks pretty out of shape, but Anthony Davis did a great job on him.
00:08:17
There was a possession towards end of the game or Nikolay Yokich tried to just bully Anthony Davis.
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Okay, there's a much bigger player than Anthony Davis.
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He probably outweighs.
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And by 30 or £40 at least with yoga being out of shape might even be a little bit more right now.
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But he tried body Anthony Davis, and yes, he was backing him down, getting better and better position.
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But then, when he went up, Anthony Davis still a good position, he contested, it, blocked it.
00:08:43
That was just a game or a play that really stood out in my mind on Tuesday night against Nuggets, the Lakers being able to win that by nine.
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Last year, they went into Denver and they got embarrassed.
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I don't remember how much they lost by in Denver, but I think it might have been around like 30 or 40 points.
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It was an ugly game this year in Denver.
00:09:03
I think the Lakers still have one more game in Denver, so I don't want to push my locker, push our luck too much.
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But yeah, they just they look like a completely different team.
00:09:13
But then the really telling game of it all was the second night of the back of back against the Jazz in Utah.
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The Jazz.
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It's funny.
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So I talked last week about the Lakers relatively easy, scheduled to start the year compared to other opponents and its route.
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Their 1st 20 games or so they, Yeah, I think, was the 1st 19 games before they played the Mavericks and lost.
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It was a relatively easy schedule, and I talked about how that schedule helped them and hurt them.
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Help them from a confident standpoint, getting themselves together.
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Obviously, your confidence in yourself and your teammates is inflated more when you're not inflated, but more confidence in yourself in your teammates when you are winning.
00:10:02
As much as the Lakers were to start the year on the flip side, Lakers developed some bad habits over the course of that relatively easy schedule.
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They were playing against teams that we're not nearly as talented as them, and they knew that, and they didn't really come out firing against those teams.
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They kind of played with their food and sense.
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And then in second half they figured we could just turn it on, and that's exactly what they did in most of those games.
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And that was a bad habit that finally exposed itself against the Mavericks last Sunday.
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They thought that they could just play with.
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They played pretty well against them.
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They were up by think.
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Three at halftime, second half, they got destroyed by the Mavericks.
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But ever since that game, these last four games, the Lakers have played really well and have not let that happen at all at second night of the back.
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The back, though, in Utah, the Jazz.
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So the reason why I brought up the Lakers relatively easy scheduled to start the year was before the Lakers played in Denver on Tuesday and in Utah on Wednesday, everyone who does not like the Lakers was talking about their easy schedule.
00:11:08
I know they have the Nuggets on Tuesday and the Jazz on Wednesday, and that's gonna be the test.
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That's where they're gonna show.
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They're not as good as we thought they were.
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Well, Lakers win in Denver one by nine.
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They went into Utah and they won by Let me get the final score because it was incredible.
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Went to Utah and one by 25 1 21 That 96 Anthony Davis went up against Rubio Bear and just took it to him play after play offensively and defensively.
00:11:37
LeBron James didn't play it all in the fourth quarter. He signed his shoes.
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He gave up the shoes that he was using to play in the basketball game.
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He was so confident to start the fourth quarter that he wasn't going to need to go back in that sorry, so confident that he was not going to go back in, that he took his shoes off, signed them and gave them to two young fans and then proceeded to dance on the court after Kyle Kuzma had back to back blocks, which infuriated the Jazz announcers.
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But whatever I love it, I'm all for it.
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But that second night of the back, the back where they went into Utah, Utah was eight and one at home this year before they played the Lakers, the Lakers did not just beat them.
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They destroyed them 25 point game, 25 point wins.
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And honestly, it wasn't even as close as the final score indicates.
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The Lakers had this handled right from the beginning, just about right from the beginning.
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This was another game where jazz not off to a little bit of a quick start.
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They were up by, I think, five or six points in the first quarter.
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But Lakers handled it from that point on.
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Thank you.
00:12:44
Cubs rock, huh? Thinking daughters air a little bit better, but yeah, good for you guys that you guys finally broke the curse and won the World Series a few years ago.
00:12:54
But we'll see what happens with I know Gerrit Cole could maybe sign with the Yankees.
00:12:58
They have a ridiculous offer for him.
00:13:00
I know the doctors air interested in them too.
00:13:03
I'm not sure if the Cubs are not, but yeah, thanks for the tip back to the Lakers, though.
00:13:08
So Anthony Davis and the Lakers on Wednesday night and Utah, that was Yeah, that was the best win of the Lakers have had this year.
00:13:18
And to do that on the second night of a back to back, everyone who was saying, Oh, wait for the Lakers to play the Nuggets in Denver and then the dads in Utah the night after, and they're gonna lose those, and we're going to see how they're not nearly as good as people are making him out to be.
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Well, they won both of those games and then everyone who was saying that was saying afterwards.
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All the Nuggets and the Jazz aren't very good there under underachieving, which I guess, let me get to the standing.
00:13:50
So I'm not wrong on this, though.
00:13:53
So people say the Nuggets are underachieving.
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When the Lakers beat the Nuggets in Denver, the Nuggets were the second seed in the West.
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They've slipped to the fifth seed now that 14 and seven.
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That's because there's a logjam at the top.
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Except for the Lakers, Lakers have a four game lead over everyone else in the West right now, they're 21 3 in it.
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The two spot is the Clippers at 17 and seven, and out of everyone in the n b A.
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The Clippers will give the Lakers the most problems.
00:14:20
I am really excited about a potential match up in the playoffs, not on what happens.
00:14:26
Knock on wood.
00:14:27
Everyone is healthy, superstitious, so knock on wood whenever I talk about something like that, but be really fun matchup.
00:14:34
But Lakers went into Denver Nuggets were the two seed, beat them and they play.
00:14:39
The Jazz dads were 13 and 10 right now, so decent there.
00:14:43
The six seed in the West.
00:14:45
So not bad.
00:14:46
They're nine and two at home now.
00:14:48
They were eight and one before the Lakers played them, so the only one lost one game before the Lakers played them.
00:14:54
Evan lost there.
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Only other home games played since, and the Lakers just absolutely destroyed them.
00:15:01
But everyone who was saying the Lakers aren't that great before the Games happened there, saying, Oh, they're going to get exposed Then after the Lakers destroy them, everyone is saying, Well, those teams aren't actually that good.
00:15:14
No, they are the Jazz in Utah on the second night of a back to back.
00:15:19
I don't know what their record is over the past, however, many years since they've started playing.
00:15:24
But they have a very, very good record going up against teams that are playing on second night of a back to back.
00:15:31
It is really hard to win In Utah, A spit is really hard to win.
00:15:36
Regardless, Even when the Giants aren't that great at home, they're really good and when they're a good team like there right now, I'm not great, but a good team and they have a defensive anchoring defensive anchor like Rudy Oh Bear, they have a really good talent, young talent in Donovan Mitchell.
00:15:52
It's really tough to beat them in Utah and again.
00:15:56
The Lakers did not just beat them.
00:15:58
They clobbered them, and the Lakers go to Portland on Friday night and take care of business against the Trail Blazers.
00:16:05
That was a game where the Lakers were just getting shot after shot at the rim much like tonight against the Timberwolves, but ended up being the Blazers, 1 36 1 13 in Portland, where historically especially since the turn of turn of the century, since I was old enough to start watching Laker games and remembering them, they have always had a really, really tough time in port, I think, before the Lakers won one game in Portland last year and before they won that game, they were like two and 19 or something over the course of the last 21 games in Portland.
00:16:39
So it's not just that Portland's under achieving this year, there's still a good team.
00:16:44
I still do think they end up making the playoffs, but Portland, just regardless of if they're a good team, are not playing in Portland has just, for whatever reason, been really tough for the Lakers recently.
00:16:55
And they went in and just completely controlled.
00:16:58
That game played the Timberwolves tonight finals were of 1 42 to 1 25 LeBron did his thing as well. He finished with that thing.
00:17:07
It was 32 points and 13 assists.
00:17:09
You got in foul trouble, too.
00:17:10
So he ended up, played 27 minutes.
00:17:13
He had 32 points, four rebounds, 13 assists.
00:17:17
It turned the ball over five times, which that's something that I'd like to see LeBron just take care of the basketball a little bit more coming, nit picking and stuff because he's been so great offensively and defensively.
00:17:29
It's just been such a fun season Tow.
00:17:31
Watch him watch the Lakers as a whole, but Anthony Davis has been the focal point of what the Lakers have been able to do over these last four games.
00:17:42
They went up against Karl Anthony Towns.
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Karl Anthony Towns had 19 points on 16 shots.
00:17:47
He was seven of 16.
00:17:48
Only one of seven from 34 rebounds did of eight assists.
00:17:52
Javale McGee spent JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard spent a good amount of time on Karl Anthony towns.
00:17:58
But there are also a lot of possessions where Anthony Davis was about five or got switched on the Karl Anthony towns and when Pounds had to go up against Anthony Davis, Davis let it be known that Davis is clearly the better big man out of the two.
00:18:11
And Karl Anthony Towns is one of the best big man in the N B A.
00:18:15
But between Davis and Karl Anthony Towns, obviously, on the night where David scores 50 it's gonna be pretty pretty clear that Davis is the better player that night.
00:18:26
But it's not just a better player for tonight.
00:18:27
He is the better player, period.
00:18:29
What do you do offensively and defensively? Karl Anthony Towns is a very versatile offensive player.
00:18:36
He's a pretty good passer for a big man.
00:18:39
He can put the ball on the floor, shoot free throws really well.
00:18:43
He shoots about 83 pointers a game and shoots him at a really high cliff, right around 43% or at least 43% for tonight.
00:18:50
And he's very skilled offensively and right up there with Anthony Davis in terms of versatility on the offensive end.
00:18:58
But Karl Anthony Towns is nowhere close to the same type of defender that Anthony Davis's and that right there is what separates Anthony Davis from Karl Anthony towns separates him from Nikolay Yokich separates him from Joel Embiid, even though in beads a better defender obviously than Karl Anthony towns were Yokich.
00:19:17
But nowhere near the defender of the **** thing Davis is.
00:19:20
I would also argue that Embiid is not nearly the same offensive player as Anthony Davis as well and Anthony Davis just this this month.
00:19:29
He was shooting 56% from the field this month, compared to 49% last month.
00:19:35
That was before the game tonight, where Davis went 20 of 29 which 69% basically call it 70% from the field.
00:19:43
Just a great game from Anthony Davis.
00:19:47
The Lakers as a whole are just clicking there.
00:19:50
Different players that every single night stop up tonight you had Alex Caruso finished the game with 16 points on six of 11 shooting, four rebounds, four assists.
00:20:01
He continues to just be so good defensively.
00:20:06
Alex Caruso.
00:20:08
Part of why I don't think he's talked about in terms of one of the one of the best.
00:20:14
If not, I'm I'm being completely serious.
00:20:16
If not the best defensive point guard in the n B.
00:20:19
A is just because there's all of this fanfare around.
00:20:22
Just Alex Caruso on Oh, my God, look at how he looks and he's as good as he is.
00:20:28
And people kind of play that upto, where, from an outsider's perspective, looking in their thinking.
00:20:33
Oh, it's just a fan favorite and people are talking about it more than they should.
00:20:37
Which, yes, he's getting talked about more because he's on the Lakers and he's a really likable guy in a likable player.
00:20:44
But defensively he is for real.
00:20:46
He is not the most athletic player on the court, not the most athletic guard on the court most nights.
00:20:52
But he is sneaky, athletic, but more than any of that, it's just his defense of like you, his I Q.
00:20:59
As a whole.
00:21:00
I mean, offensively, his offense is starting to come around.
00:21:03
Like I said, he had 16 points tonight, which was a season high for him, two of three from three.
00:21:08
He's been shooting the ball better.
00:21:10
He's an underrated passer.
00:21:12
But defensively he is the best defensive rating of any player on the Lakers.
00:21:16
Which means while that players on the court, how many points is the opposing team scoring? So Alex Caruso? When he is on the court, he were.
00:21:28
The Lakers are allowing less points, then, when Anthony Davis is on the court, just both of them in a vacuum, which, obviously, Anthony Davis is a better defender than Outs Caruso.
00:21:39
That's not That's not the point.
00:21:40
I'm not trying to make the point that Caruso is a better defender than Anthony Davis because he's not.
00:21:46
The point I'm trying to make is that Alice Crusoe is a very good defensive player, and you can't measure defense dress from steals and blocks, although they definitely help keep leading the league and chop blocking Anthony Davis.
00:21:58
But Caruso, just if you want the Laker game when Caruso's in the game, watches re patients on defense, watch out.
00:22:05
He just knows exactly where to be.
00:22:06
He knows how to anticipate passing lanes.
00:22:08
He knows what the offense is going to do, gets into the right spot.
00:22:12
He's not afraid to sacrifice his body for a charge or anything.
00:22:17
to create a turnover, and it's just really fun to watch him and you compare him to someone like rage on Rondo, who I've been very pleased with Rondo this year.
00:22:26
Obviously, I'm being able to shoot the three yet around like 48 or 50% for this year, which is what he's been doing.
00:22:33
I don't expect it to continue at that rate.
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Which, by the way, Rondo didn't play tonight and he had a strained hamstring.
00:22:39
Hopefully, he'll be back soon because he has been a positive for the Lakers.
00:22:42
But talk about the defensive side of the ball.
00:22:45
Caruso versus someone like rage on Rondo.
00:22:48
Rondo, in its prime, was a very good defender.
00:22:50
Now he does not care about defense at all.
00:22:53
He's laid on his rotations there times when he'll come over and double a ball handler when he should not be at all and leaves his man wide open.
00:23:02
It's pretty frustrating, but you have someone like Caruso, who is just the complete opposite of Rondo, and I don't wanna pick on run those all including Quinn Cook to win.
00:23:10
Cook is a very bad defensive player as well.
00:23:13
You have something like Caruso is out there.
00:23:15
Just giving is all.
00:23:16
Not just giving is all the tries really hard, but just his defense of I. Q.
00:23:21
That's the thing that I have noticed watching the Lakers this year.
00:23:25
I knew Caruso was a very good defender before this year, but he's really showing just how great of a defender he is.
00:23:31
So been really impressed with him.
00:23:34
Dwight Howard.
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I mean, it was his birthday tonight, so I guess I'll talk about him just briefly in a good game.
00:23:40
8.
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6 rebounds.
00:23:42
He There were times when he let his presence being known not in terms of Dwight Howard in terms of rating Dwight Howard over the course of his performances throughout the year, probably an average performance for him, but just wanted to talk about him because that is his birthday.
00:23:58
One quick note before I get to the who, I think is the M V P.
00:24:04
Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
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So far throughout the N B.
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A season is just Danny Green tonight, so he had 12 points on four of six shooting.
00:24:11
All of them were threes.
00:24:13
You had eight rebounds.
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I didn't even realize that he's not out there to rebound.
00:24:17
But out of the four threes that he made, two of them were coming off of screens.
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And I think that a lot of people, if they haven't watched any green play, play more than just a few games when their team is playing his team.
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But if they haven't washed them, play quite a few games.
00:24:36
They don't realize when you think of Danny Greene, just because when you think of any shooter you think, Oh, you want to run them off of screens, get the most open off of that, get them the ball on the move so that they're open and can hit shots for a lot of really good three point shooters.
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That's what you do, because that's what they're good at.
00:24:53
But Danny Green, for whatever reason, he's not really a threat coming off of a screen.
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I mean, obviously, if he comes off the screen, these open, Yes, get him the ball, let him shoot.
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But that's not what his game is off of.
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He's a lot more off.
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He's a lot better as a standstill shooter where you have him out that corner up the wing, and whoever his defender is gets a little preoccupied with whoever the ball handler is were asked to come over and help on help on another man.
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Then that leaves Danny Green open.
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That's when he's at his best there.
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That or running down the floor in transition, catching on the run, not coming off of a screen, but running up towards the three point line. So there's a difference.
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And there's a difference in terms of what shooters prefer and with Danny Green, usually he doesn't come off of screens.
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Two of his four threes tonight are coming off of the screen, catching it on the move he was able to catch, turn his hips and not where he was square to the basket release and hit two threes.
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Just a nice sign.
00:25:52
A nun expecting Danny Green to turn into the world's best catch and shoot player off of a screen.
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But it was just nice to see that he can still do that.
00:26:01
I know it's a very small sample size, not can still do that, but just has the ability to do that, because seriously, this year they have not really been doing that much at all, or he hasn't been hitting them much at all.
00:26:11
There's been a few times where the Lakers have deploy them in.
00:26:14
That type of a role in the results have not been great.
00:26:18
No surprise, just because that's not what he does.
00:26:21
Kyle Kuzma.
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I guess I'll talk about him just briefly.
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I want to get to the award winner just one month in if the season were 10 right now.
00:26:30
But Kuzma not a very good game for him.
00:26:33
Seven points, three of seven from the field.
00:26:36
I really don't even remember a lot of the plays with Koosman just because he was not aggressive in score much defensively.
00:26:44
I guess it's a good thing that I don't remember too much.
00:26:46
There was one play where Caruso or not Roosa Kyle Cosmas rotation On defense, he tried to swift with KCP on a big man, which, if the timing was right, would have made sense because obviously he would rather want whose mama big man than KCP.
00:27:04
But the ball is up at the top of the key, and Kuzma just left his man wide open in the corner to run down and try to switch with KCP.
00:27:13
Wrong time to do that.
00:27:14
I forgot whose man was.
00:27:15
But the temple's found his man in the corner, a wide open three, and hit it with Kuzma the way that they get him going.
00:27:24
So Anthony Davis in November, like I said, shot the ball at 49% which not great for a big man, not rate for someone like Anthony Davis, who you would expect to be north of 50% of the very least.
00:27:39
But Frank Vogel had said a few weeks ago he was talking about Anthony Davis and howto get him rolling.
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Get him some easier buckets.
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And he said, You just got to get him the ball on the move that will allow him to get some more shots, a lot easier shots, and they've done a good job of that.
00:27:55
Davis also just as become better.
00:27:59
I'd still like to see him continue to improve, but he's gotten better at the shot selection and my shot selection.
00:28:05
I just I really just mean taking shots where he's going towards the basket instead of fading away over the course of the 1st 10 15 games again, this is little nit picky.
00:28:14
But one of my rights with Davis was that he was doing to money.
00:28:19
Fade away shots, company shots where instead of going at the rim and attacking his defender, he was fading away.
00:28:26
That's something that he's cut down on it still like him to continue to improve in that regard.
00:28:31
But he's done a better job of that.
00:28:33
Lakers have also found him on the move, and it's just gotten him easier.
00:28:36
Shots with foul.
00:28:37
Who's meant there are way too many times when the Lakers try to give him the ball and let him isolate.
00:28:42
That's not the type of player that I'll Koosman is.
00:28:44
He is someone who you want him catching the ball on the run where he doesn't have to stop inside.
00:28:49
What is going to do? He just catches it.
00:28:50
He's either slashing the basket.
00:28:52
He's a very good slasher, very good at finishing off of cuts.
00:28:56
Or you want him running and getting the ball off the move to where he can just step right into a three or a mid range jumper, preferably a three, and the Lakers aren't doing that enough.
00:29:08
So that's something where I think the Lakers could do Koosman a favor by helping him out a little bit, getting him the ball on the run a lot more.
00:29:16
Who's also, though, needs to just understand his game.
00:29:19
I know he really looks up to Kobe, but he's not Kobe, That is.
00:29:24
Kobe's game is not the same game that Kyle Kuzma should be claimed.
00:29:28
So I just think it would help him if the Lakers got him the ball on the move a little bit more.
00:29:34
So that's pretty much it for the Lakers coverage for this stream.
00:29:39
I want to talk briefly about M v p.
00:29:41
Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, so let's start at the defensive player of the year, Anthony Davis.
00:29:48
You guys knew right from the start of this video.
00:29:50
That's where I was going.
00:29:51
This it is Anthony Davis.
00:29:53
Some people are gonna argue Yana sometime combo, but the honest probably can, on any given night, make about as big of an impact on defense as Anthony Davis.
00:30:05
But this isn't all Jonathan's fault, but he just doesn't make the same impact that Anthony Davis does because, unlike Anthony Davis, who has LeBron playing with him be honest, doesn't have any superstar like that is an All Star in Chris Middleton, who, if the box played in the West, Middleton would not be an All Star is Eric Bledsoe, who is a very good player but not even all star level.
00:30:29
And he's Brook Lopez, who is another very good player, but not an All Star caliber player.
00:30:35
So the honest has to take on a lot more responsibility on offense, and I don't care that the honest is only 25 years old.
00:30:48
Use so much energy on the offensive side of things.
00:30:50
Even though being 6 11 and freak athlete a lot of buckets that come to him with ease just because of its size and athleticism.
00:30:59
It's tough for him to make that impact on the defensive side of the court, night in and night out the way that Anthony Davis can.
00:31:05
Because Davis why LeBron said he wanted Anthony Davis to be the focal point of the Lakers offense said that before the year started, there still is LeBron James and Davis doesn't have to be the focal point.
00:31:18
Every single play that he's in, whereas you honest pretty much does so I'm giving the nod Anthony Davis what he's been able to do in the last week.
00:31:27
It's just further in his case, but Johannes is still there.
00:31:30
Still a transfer him M V P Award, though I'm giving it to you, honest.
00:31:35
And there are, I guess you can say five candidates.
00:31:40
I just I wouldn't include James Harden and the envy.
00:31:45
He's a worthy M V P candidate, but rockets are.
00:31:50
I mean, they're 15 and seven right now.
00:31:52
They're right there at the four seed.
00:31:54
It's just I know James Harden puts up a ton of points, but he's not incredibly efficient When you look a TTE his recent games, where he's shot, I don't know how many shots but missed quite a few shots, and he just he isn't the I think that the level at which he's playing and explain great on offense but not doing anything on defense, and the efficiency with which he plays just is not the same as someone like Luca Donk.
00:32:21
It's who does not play defense either, But at least Luca is averaging close to 10 assists a game.
00:32:27
I think he's right under that number and close to 10 rebounds per game.
00:32:30
Luca has been phenomenal if I have to rank m v p hardens five Luca How ces hardens five.
00:32:42
I'm putting wow! Between Luca LeBron, Anthony Davis, Ivy.
00:32:47
Honest as the M V P.
00:32:49
One month in or a little over a month in.
00:32:51
And I guess at the four spot I'm gonna put Luca just because as great as he's been and the Mavericks have been really good, they are now tied with quite a few other teams for the most 40 point wins in one season.
00:33:06
And we're only mean the Mavericks or 23 games under the year they have either.
00:33:11
Three year for I think it's 3 40 point wins this year.
00:33:14
No team has ever won for games by 40 points or more in a given season.
00:33:20
Probably a pretty good shot that the Mavericks end up doing that.
00:33:23
But Mavericks or 16 and seven Lakers or 21 3 when it's so close between Luca LeBron and maybe that's kind of what I have to go with.
00:33:33
If you wanted to say Luca should be that the number three spot on M V.
00:33:37
P and 80 should be number four I'd be okay with that, because LeBron has been more impactful for the Lakers this year.
00:33:45
Yeah, I guess Davis does so much on the defensive side of things.
00:33:50
It's really close, though.
00:33:51
But yeah, I'm gonna say Luca's number four Anthony Davis is number three, Although he keeps putting up performances like he did tonight, he will be up to number one pretty soon and then LeBron at number two, what he's been able to do, your 17 is now leaving the league and assist by a pretty wide margin.
00:34:09
I think it's over one assists per game, that he has a lead on everyone else and I think Luca is still number two and assists, but great.
00:34:18
And then what LeBron's unable to do defensively to.
00:34:21
It's just something that you haven't seen him play defense like that in quite a few years, so it's been really good to see him play that well.
00:34:28
But Johannes is the clear M v P right now, and if the Bucks start to slip a little bit more, the funny thing is, I think, between the Bucks, Lakers and Clippers and other Clippers got blown out by the Bucks in Milwaukee When was it? Well, Friday night? I think I still just think the Clippers are a better team than the Bucks.
00:34:52
And over a seven game series, the Lakers and the Clippers would both be able to beat the Bucks.
00:34:57
With that said, though, the Bucks play in an easier conference.
00:35:00
So if you want to think the Bucks might slip up a little bit and end up with the worst record than the Lakers, where the Clippers okay? Because they're not as good of a team.
00:35:11
But on the flip side, if you want to argue, yes, but the box play in a much weaker conference, so they're gonna be able to feast on the weaker teams in the East and will end up with a better record.
00:35:21
I could see that, too, if the box.
00:35:24
So let's say that you're honest, continues to play the way that he has.
00:35:27
LeBron and 80 continue play the way that they have, and everyone stays relatively healthy throughout the year.
00:35:34
If the Bucks are able to have a record close to that of the Lakers, Jonah's wins M v P.
00:35:40
If the Lakers end up with 56 more wins or more than the Milwaukee Bucks.
00:35:45
Then I think the M V P Award either goes to LeBron or Anthony Davis, and I think LeBron would be leading that charge with Anthony Davis a little bit behind him.
00:35:55
But you can also talk about how laters have LeBron and 82 clear M V P candidates on the same team.
00:36:02
They could take some votes away from each other there.
00:36:04
Any people that are gonna be voting for a Lakers M V P, especially if they have the best record in the N B A or the best record in the Western Conference, even if they're one of the best things in the Westerns.
00:36:15
And they plenty of people that it's the Lakers.
00:36:17
Let's vote for an M V P.
00:36:18
If 80 and LeBron both continue to play as well as they have been, and please, please do.
00:36:24
This continued to play as well as you have.
00:36:26
They're gonna be taking votes away from each other.
00:36:28
It's just that simple, so we'll see.
00:36:31
But right now Johannes is the clear cut, I say Clear cut. It's not.
00:36:37
He's 100% going to a nem BP, but right now, the way that he's performed his team versus how everyone else has performed with their teams.
00:36:44
I'm gonna give the nod the honest, but we still thankfully have a good chunk of the season left.
00:36:50
N Ba has been so fun to watch so far.
00:36:52
I am so excited, too.
00:36:54
Keep watching the Lakers and keep watching all N B A games.
00:36:57
It's just it's so fun whenever you get to watch n B A basketball.
00:37:01
So if you guys haven't watched a Laker game lately, I strongly encourage you to the next time they're on national television or if you live in L.
00:37:09
A.
00:37:10
Go ahead and watch the next game against the Magic on Wednesday, that's in Orlando.
00:37:13
The Lakers are going up on a five game road road, five game road trip right now, after tonight's game was in Los Angeles against Tim Rules.
00:37:25
Now they have five game road trip, and Lakers right now have won 11 games in a row on the road.
00:37:32
They are five games back of their franchise record for most consecutive wins on the road and also five in back of an N B A record.
00:37:39
When the Lakers won 33 games in a row.
00:37:42
16 of those came on the road, and the 33 game winning streak was obviously the record for the most wins in her own MBA history.
00:37:50
And while they were setting that record, they also set the record for most consecutive wins in a row on the road.
00:37:56
So Lakers, Like I said, right now, they have 11 games, one in a row on the road there.
00:38:02
Next five games on the road, which at the end of these five games they would be tied with their 71 72 team if they were to win all these five.
00:38:12
It's pretty fun how this shakes out.
00:38:13
So they play the Magic on Wednesday in Orlando.
00:38:16
Then they travel to Miami to take on the Heat.
00:38:19
They play the Hawks in Atlanta, then they play the Pacers in Indiana, and the Hawks have really been struggling.
00:38:25
But these other three teams the Magic Heat and Pacers.
00:38:29
They've all played pretty well this year, relatively well in the Eastern Conference, but still knock on wood.
00:38:35
I would expect the Lakers toe win these as long as they play with as much intensity as they have.
00:38:40
I really think that the Lakers No, they're close to the record for most consecutive wins in a row on the road.
00:38:46
I think that's something that they are gunning for.
00:38:49
It just It feels like that is the type of thing that Lakers would want to do.
00:38:53
Frank Vogel and the Lakers have the whole have just been really good with just setting these smaller goals throughout the course of the season, Anthony Davis said after the Lakers lost the Mavericks last Sunday.
00:39:05
We're not losing two games this whole year and then backed it up and showed it on Tuesday.
00:39:11
And by the way, Anthony Davis was sick this week with flu like symptoms and he still put together a phenomenal week.
00:39:17
But I think they're going to want to break this.
00:39:20
They're gonna be focused.
00:39:21
Their fifth game of their five game road trip, which, if they win this fifth game, would be their 16th win in a row on the road, which would tie an M B A record.
00:39:31
They play the Bucks in Milwaukee and the Clippers were just blown out by the Bucks In Milwaukee.
00:39:36
They were down by 41.
00:39:38
I think, at one point end up losing by 20 something points.
00:39:42
That's gonna be a real test.
00:39:43
And that's going to be really fun, especially if the Lakers are at 15 wins in a row on the road.
00:39:48
You know they're gonna want to get that 16th to tie the record.
00:39:53
And, yeah, we'll see that.
00:39:55
I'm really looking forward to that game.
00:39:57
Looking forward to seeing Johannes go up against LeBron and 80 and see how they do.
00:40:02
If the Lakers do beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on that's Thursday, December 19 and they do tie the record, their chance to break the record would be at Portland, which, like I said, tough place for the Lakers to win historically.
00:40:16
But they did to speak the Blazers by what 23 points on Friday, and that would be Sunday, December 28th where they would have the chance to break the record.
00:40:24
If it gets to that getting a little bit ahead of myself, knock on what it does get to that. But we'll see.
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Lakers Recap for the Week Plus NBA Award Winners One Month In

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Corbin Weinerman @CorbinUSN

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everyone.
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Thanks for tuning in to my life's dream.
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I'm going to be re capping the Lakers their games throughout the week, as I have been for the last few weeks.
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I'm also going to be talking about the NB Award winners one month in Amman.
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Be focusing on M v p.
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Defensive Player of the Year alien and coach of the year too.
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But that's the game plan for tonight.
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Gonna wait for for a little bit.
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See, we're up the two people right now.
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So you another minute or so, But yeah.
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Fun game on game for the Lakers tonight.
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A fun day for football as well.
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I know I'm gonna be focusing on basketball, but it's a nice day and yeah, um, yes.
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Now we're getting a few more people in, so I will start talking about the Lakers first and then I'll talk about the award winner.
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So starting off the Lakers starting off their game tonight before I recap the week in its entirety.
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Uh, wow.
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Really fun game.
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Anthony Davis finished with 50 points.
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If you guys follow me on Twitter at Corbin unwrapped, you can see that about six ish minutes into the game, I tweeted out.
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Anthony Davis is going for 50 tonight and where they end up with 50 so you can just call me profit from now on.
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But anyways, yeah, Anthony Davis finished game with 50 points.
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He shot 20 of 29 from the field, which is just phenomenal.
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It doesn't matter.
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I know the Timberwolves are not a good defensive team at all, but still went for 50 points, 24 29 from the field.
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He also didn't make 13 so he had 50 points on 03 point shots, which in today's M B A is just unheard of.
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So just a really special game for him.
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Defensively, he was doing his usual thing, making a huge impact on defense.
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His ability to just anticipate stuff on the defensive end is unbelievable.
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Second to none.
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He mean I'll be getting the defensive player of the year in a little bit.
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But because obviously, no, he is at the top.
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If not the clear cut number one option, probably on most people's boards, the number one option for defensive player of the year.
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Like I said, 50 points in 39 minutes, he only shot two threes over to on them.
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He also had a thing yet 10 free throws. Let me see.
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Yeah, 10 for 10 from the free throw line, something that's kind of going not unrecognized but not giving enough attention just because there's so much good stuff that is going on with the Lakers right now.
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And it's so exciting, so fun, that I finally have a Lakers team that I could be really excited about really proud about.
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I've always tried to be a Lakers fan, but when they're playing as well as they are right now, they're 21 3 a little bit over the quarter way into the season, it's been incredible what they've been doing so far.
00:03:02
Anthony Davis for the year is shooting 86.
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3% on this free throws.
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I don't think enough people talk about that because, especially with LeBron James struggling at the free throw line the way that he has this year and last year he shooting better.
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This year he's up over 70% again from the free throw line, but still not great.
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You need someone who you can give the ball to and just let them go to work and know even if the defense fouls them.
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You're confident in their abilities to knock down free throws.
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LeBron James.
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I'm not very ******* him, being able to hit his free throws down the stretch.
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He's shown to money times last year and this year when the game's on the line, you can't trust him at the free throw and you can trust him in a lot of situations, obviously do a lot of different things, but at the free throw line, No, I don't feel too good when he's there with the game on the line.
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Anthony Davis.
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I absolutely, 1000% do.
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He got off to a really good start, shooting free throws, that he was up around 88 or 89% of one point.
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But every time I can remember, I think he's missed one free throw that I can think of where the game was close down at the end of the game and he missed one free throw.
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He's taken countless amounts of free throws with the game on the line up.
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I completely 1000% trust that if he's at the line, game's on the line, he's who I want.
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Shooting free throws when the Lakers get pick up, any technicals, another team where there's a defensive three seconds and someone is shooting the free throws for the Lakers anytime.
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Anthony Davis on the court.
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He's the one shooting the free throw, and you almost never see that from a big man going to shoot free throws.
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Guards should be embarrassed, even though Anthony Davis is a really good free throw shooter, especially this security's on pace to shoot the highest percentage from the free throw line of his whole career.
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Before this year, the highest he had shot from the free throw line was 82.
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8% which is still really good.
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But right now he's at 86.3%.
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I think that was before tonight's game, so nice game.
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Probably raised it up a little bit higher.
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But, yeah, if you're a guard, you're supposed to be shooting those free throws.
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You were supposed to be the best free throw shooters on the team.
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I know Anthony Davis, the shooting really good percentage, but hopefully that fueled some of the guards.
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Thank you, Carbo loading for the tip.
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Appreciate it.
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I'm glad you enjoy my ****ysis, but yeah, I mean, maybe you play basketball growing up.
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If anyone played basketball growing up, they know guards.
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That's one of the things you're supposed to pride yourself on.
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A pier regard is that you are the best free throw shooter or one of the best free throw shooters on your team, and a big man should not be shooting the free throws.
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But in this case, it's more just a It's more distant.
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Let's recognize how great of a free throw shooter Anthony Davis has been this year rather than taking on the Lakers guard because the Lakers guard, for the most part of shot pretty well from the free throw.
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I don't have their exact numbers in front of me, but I know KCP is a really good free throw shooter.
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It's just LeBron needs to pick it up on that side.
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But Anthony Davis has been incredible.
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Not just tonight, but this week, especially so on my video last week, I had talked about how the Lakers have a two game road trip coming up Nuggets on really a three game road trip, but two games back to back where it was the Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver and then on Wednesday night in Utah.
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And I had said last week that that is where I'm gonna find out exactly how good this team.
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It's because that is, I came up.
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Think of a more difficult back to back two nights in a row than in Denver in Utah, where you're in elevation for two nights in a row with no days off in between.
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That is really tough.
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And I was fully expecting I think I might have said on my video last Sunday.
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If not, I'll say it now before the Games on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
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If someone had said, Look, how about later? Just go one on one? Will you take that 100%? I'll take that one and one on that road trip is good enough for me.
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Still shows something that they can win one of those games on the tough back to back.
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But luckily, no one offered that.
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No one has that type of power.
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They have to go out play those games because the Lakers not only won both games, they handled both games.
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It neither game was really in doubt for too much of the time the Nuggets Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets by nine.
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I guess the Nuggets were always in the game, but it just felt like the Lakers right from the beginning of the game.
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Except for I think the Nuggets got off to a little bit of a fast are they were up by, like, five or six points in the first quarter.
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But from that point on, it was the Lakers game.
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And yes, they never got out to a huge, insurmountable lead.
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But it was very consistent where they were up right around 8 10 12 points, keeping it right in that range.
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Keeping Nuggets at bay.
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Anthony Davis showed he shows every single game, but he showed against the Nuggets why he is the top defensive player that your candidate right now.
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He Nikolay oak.
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It has not played nearly as well as he did last year.
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This year he's still trying to work his way into shape.
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You can tell he looks pretty out of shape, but Anthony Davis did a great job on him.
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There was a possession towards end of the game or Nikolay Yokich tried to just bully Anthony Davis.
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Okay, there's a much bigger player than Anthony Davis.
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He probably outweighs.
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And by 30 or £40 at least with yoga being out of shape might even be a little bit more right now.
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But he tried body Anthony Davis, and yes, he was backing him down, getting better and better position.
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But then, when he went up, Anthony Davis still a good position, he contested, it, blocked it.
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That was just a game or a play that really stood out in my mind on Tuesday night against Nuggets, the Lakers being able to win that by nine.
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Last year, they went into Denver and they got embarrassed.
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I don't remember how much they lost by in Denver, but I think it might have been around like 30 or 40 points.
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It was an ugly game this year in Denver.
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I think the Lakers still have one more game in Denver, so I don't want to push my locker, push our luck too much.
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But yeah, they just they look like a completely different team.
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But then the really telling game of it all was the second night of the back of back against the Jazz in Utah.
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The Jazz.
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It's funny.
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So I talked last week about the Lakers relatively easy, scheduled to start the year compared to other opponents and its route.
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Their 1st 20 games or so they, Yeah, I think, was the 1st 19 games before they played the Mavericks and lost.
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It was a relatively easy schedule, and I talked about how that schedule helped them and hurt them.
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Help them from a confident standpoint, getting themselves together.
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Obviously, your confidence in yourself and your teammates is inflated more when you're not inflated, but more confidence in yourself in your teammates when you are winning.
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As much as the Lakers were to start the year on the flip side, Lakers developed some bad habits over the course of that relatively easy schedule.
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They were playing against teams that we're not nearly as talented as them, and they knew that, and they didn't really come out firing against those teams.
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They kind of played with their food and sense.
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And then in second half they figured we could just turn it on, and that's exactly what they did in most of those games.
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And that was a bad habit that finally exposed itself against the Mavericks last Sunday.
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They thought that they could just play with.
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They played pretty well against them.
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They were up by think.
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Three at halftime, second half, they got destroyed by the Mavericks.
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But ever since that game, these last four games, the Lakers have played really well and have not let that happen at all at second night of the back.
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The back, though, in Utah, the Jazz.
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So the reason why I brought up the Lakers relatively easy scheduled to start the year was before the Lakers played in Denver on Tuesday and in Utah on Wednesday, everyone who does not like the Lakers was talking about their easy schedule.
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I know they have the Nuggets on Tuesday and the Jazz on Wednesday, and that's gonna be the test.
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That's where they're gonna show.
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They're not as good as we thought they were.
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Well, Lakers win in Denver one by nine.
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They went into Utah and they won by Let me get the final score because it was incredible.
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Went to Utah and one by 25 1 21 That 96 Anthony Davis went up against Rubio Bear and just took it to him play after play offensively and defensively.
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LeBron James didn't play it all in the fourth quarter. He signed his shoes.
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He gave up the shoes that he was using to play in the basketball game.
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He was so confident to start the fourth quarter that he wasn't going to need to go back in that sorry, so confident that he was not going to go back in, that he took his shoes off, signed them and gave them to two young fans and then proceeded to dance on the court after Kyle Kuzma had back to back blocks, which infuriated the Jazz announcers.
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But whatever I love it, I'm all for it.
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But that second night of the back, the back where they went into Utah, Utah was eight and one at home this year before they played the Lakers, the Lakers did not just beat them.
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They destroyed them 25 point game, 25 point wins.
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And honestly, it wasn't even as close as the final score indicates.
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The Lakers had this handled right from the beginning, just about right from the beginning.
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This was another game where jazz not off to a little bit of a quick start.
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They were up by, I think, five or six points in the first quarter.
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But Lakers handled it from that point on.
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Thank you.
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Cubs rock, huh? Thinking daughters air a little bit better, but yeah, good for you guys that you guys finally broke the curse and won the World Series a few years ago.
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But we'll see what happens with I know Gerrit Cole could maybe sign with the Yankees.
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They have a ridiculous offer for him.
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I know the doctors air interested in them too.
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I'm not sure if the Cubs are not, but yeah, thanks for the tip back to the Lakers, though.
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So Anthony Davis and the Lakers on Wednesday night and Utah, that was Yeah, that was the best win of the Lakers have had this year.
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And to do that on the second night of a back to back, everyone who was saying, Oh, wait for the Lakers to play the Nuggets in Denver and then the dads in Utah the night after, and they're gonna lose those, and we're going to see how they're not nearly as good as people are making him out to be.
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Well, they won both of those games and then everyone who was saying that was saying afterwards.
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All the Nuggets and the Jazz aren't very good there under underachieving, which I guess, let me get to the standing.
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So I'm not wrong on this, though.
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So people say the Nuggets are underachieving.
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When the Lakers beat the Nuggets in Denver, the Nuggets were the second seed in the West.
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They've slipped to the fifth seed now that 14 and seven.
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That's because there's a logjam at the top.
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Except for the Lakers, Lakers have a four game lead over everyone else in the West right now, they're 21 3 in it.
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The two spot is the Clippers at 17 and seven, and out of everyone in the n b A.
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The Clippers will give the Lakers the most problems.
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I am really excited about a potential match up in the playoffs, not on what happens.
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Knock on wood.
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Everyone is healthy, superstitious, so knock on wood whenever I talk about something like that, but be really fun matchup.
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But Lakers went into Denver Nuggets were the two seed, beat them and they play.
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The Jazz dads were 13 and 10 right now, so decent there.
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The six seed in the West.
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So not bad.
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They're nine and two at home now.
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They were eight and one before the Lakers played them, so the only one lost one game before the Lakers played them.
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Evan lost there.
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Only other home games played since, and the Lakers just absolutely destroyed them.
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But everyone who was saying the Lakers aren't that great before the Games happened there, saying, Oh, they're going to get exposed Then after the Lakers destroy them, everyone is saying, Well, those teams aren't actually that good.
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No, they are the Jazz in Utah on the second night of a back to back.
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I don't know what their record is over the past, however, many years since they've started playing.
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But they have a very, very good record going up against teams that are playing on second night of a back to back.
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It is really hard to win In Utah, A spit is really hard to win.
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Regardless, Even when the Giants aren't that great at home, they're really good and when they're a good team like there right now, I'm not great, but a good team and they have a defensive anchoring defensive anchor like Rudy Oh Bear, they have a really good talent, young talent in Donovan Mitchell.
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It's really tough to beat them in Utah and again.
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The Lakers did not just beat them.
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They clobbered them, and the Lakers go to Portland on Friday night and take care of business against the Trail Blazers.
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That was a game where the Lakers were just getting shot after shot at the rim much like tonight against the Timberwolves, but ended up being the Blazers, 1 36 1 13 in Portland, where historically especially since the turn of turn of the century, since I was old enough to start watching Laker games and remembering them, they have always had a really, really tough time in port, I think, before the Lakers won one game in Portland last year and before they won that game, they were like two and 19 or something over the course of the last 21 games in Portland.
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So it's not just that Portland's under achieving this year, there's still a good team.
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I still do think they end up making the playoffs, but Portland, just regardless of if they're a good team, are not playing in Portland has just, for whatever reason, been really tough for the Lakers recently.
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And they went in and just completely controlled.
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That game played the Timberwolves tonight finals were of 1 42 to 1 25 LeBron did his thing as well. He finished with that thing.
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It was 32 points and 13 assists.
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You got in foul trouble, too.
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So he ended up, played 27 minutes.
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He had 32 points, four rebounds, 13 assists.
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It turned the ball over five times, which that's something that I'd like to see LeBron just take care of the basketball a little bit more coming, nit picking and stuff because he's been so great offensively and defensively.
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It's just been such a fun season Tow.
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Watch him watch the Lakers as a whole, but Anthony Davis has been the focal point of what the Lakers have been able to do over these last four games.
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They went up against Karl Anthony Towns.
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Karl Anthony Towns had 19 points on 16 shots.
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He was seven of 16.
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Only one of seven from 34 rebounds did of eight assists.
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Javale McGee spent JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard spent a good amount of time on Karl Anthony towns.
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But there are also a lot of possessions where Anthony Davis was about five or got switched on the Karl Anthony towns and when Pounds had to go up against Anthony Davis, Davis let it be known that Davis is clearly the better big man out of the two.
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And Karl Anthony Towns is one of the best big man in the N B A.
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But between Davis and Karl Anthony Towns, obviously, on the night where David scores 50 it's gonna be pretty pretty clear that Davis is the better player that night.
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But it's not just a better player for tonight.
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He is the better player, period.
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What do you do offensively and defensively? Karl Anthony Towns is a very versatile offensive player.
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He's a pretty good passer for a big man.
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He can put the ball on the floor, shoot free throws really well.
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He shoots about 83 pointers a game and shoots him at a really high cliff, right around 43% or at least 43% for tonight.
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And he's very skilled offensively and right up there with Anthony Davis in terms of versatility on the offensive end.
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But Karl Anthony Towns is nowhere close to the same type of defender that Anthony Davis's and that right there is what separates Anthony Davis from Karl Anthony towns separates him from Nikolay Yokich separates him from Joel Embiid, even though in beads a better defender obviously than Karl Anthony towns were Yokich.
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But nowhere near the defender of the **** thing Davis is.
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I would also argue that Embiid is not nearly the same offensive player as Anthony Davis as well and Anthony Davis just this this month.
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He was shooting 56% from the field this month, compared to 49% last month.
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That was before the game tonight, where Davis went 20 of 29 which 69% basically call it 70% from the field.
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Just a great game from Anthony Davis.
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The Lakers as a whole are just clicking there.
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Different players that every single night stop up tonight you had Alex Caruso finished the game with 16 points on six of 11 shooting, four rebounds, four assists.
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He continues to just be so good defensively.
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Alex Caruso.
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Part of why I don't think he's talked about in terms of one of the one of the best.
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If not, I'm I'm being completely serious.
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If not the best defensive point guard in the n B.
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A is just because there's all of this fanfare around.
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Just Alex Caruso on Oh, my God, look at how he looks and he's as good as he is.
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And people kind of play that upto, where, from an outsider's perspective, looking in their thinking.
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Oh, it's just a fan favorite and people are talking about it more than they should.
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Which, yes, he's getting talked about more because he's on the Lakers and he's a really likable guy in a likable player.
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But defensively he is for real.
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He is not the most athletic player on the court, not the most athletic guard on the court most nights.
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But he is sneaky, athletic, but more than any of that, it's just his defense of like you, his I Q.
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As a whole.
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I mean, offensively, his offense is starting to come around.
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Like I said, he had 16 points tonight, which was a season high for him, two of three from three.
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He's been shooting the ball better.
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He's an underrated passer.
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But defensively he is the best defensive rating of any player on the Lakers.
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Which means while that players on the court, how many points is the opposing team scoring? So Alex Caruso? When he is on the court, he were.
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The Lakers are allowing less points, then, when Anthony Davis is on the court, just both of them in a vacuum, which, obviously, Anthony Davis is a better defender than Outs Caruso.
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That's not That's not the point.
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I'm not trying to make the point that Caruso is a better defender than Anthony Davis because he's not.
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The point I'm trying to make is that Alice Crusoe is a very good defensive player, and you can't measure defense dress from steals and blocks, although they definitely help keep leading the league and chop blocking Anthony Davis.
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But Caruso, just if you want the Laker game when Caruso's in the game, watches re patients on defense, watch out.
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He just knows exactly where to be.
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He knows how to anticipate passing lanes.
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He knows what the offense is going to do, gets into the right spot.
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He's not afraid to sacrifice his body for a charge or anything.
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to create a turnover, and it's just really fun to watch him and you compare him to someone like rage on Rondo, who I've been very pleased with Rondo this year.
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Obviously, I'm being able to shoot the three yet around like 48 or 50% for this year, which is what he's been doing.
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I don't expect it to continue at that rate.
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Which, by the way, Rondo didn't play tonight and he had a strained hamstring.
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Hopefully, he'll be back soon because he has been a positive for the Lakers.
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But talk about the defensive side of the ball.
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Caruso versus someone like rage on Rondo.
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Rondo, in its prime, was a very good defender.
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Now he does not care about defense at all.
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He's laid on his rotations there times when he'll come over and double a ball handler when he should not be at all and leaves his man wide open.
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It's pretty frustrating, but you have someone like Caruso, who is just the complete opposite of Rondo, and I don't wanna pick on run those all including Quinn Cook to win.
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Cook is a very bad defensive player as well.
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You have something like Caruso is out there.
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Just giving is all.
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Not just giving is all the tries really hard, but just his defense of I. Q.
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That's the thing that I have noticed watching the Lakers this year.
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I knew Caruso was a very good defender before this year, but he's really showing just how great of a defender he is.
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So been really impressed with him.
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Dwight Howard.
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I mean, it was his birthday tonight, so I guess I'll talk about him just briefly in a good game.
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8.
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6 rebounds.
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He There were times when he let his presence being known not in terms of Dwight Howard in terms of rating Dwight Howard over the course of his performances throughout the year, probably an average performance for him, but just wanted to talk about him because that is his birthday.
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One quick note before I get to the who, I think is the M V P.
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Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
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So far throughout the N B.
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A season is just Danny Green tonight, so he had 12 points on four of six shooting.
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All of them were threes.
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You had eight rebounds.
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I didn't even realize that he's not out there to rebound.
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But out of the four threes that he made, two of them were coming off of screens.
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And I think that a lot of people, if they haven't watched any green play, play more than just a few games when their team is playing his team.
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But if they haven't washed them, play quite a few games.
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They don't realize when you think of Danny Greene, just because when you think of any shooter you think, Oh, you want to run them off of screens, get the most open off of that, get them the ball on the move so that they're open and can hit shots for a lot of really good three point shooters.
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That's what you do, because that's what they're good at.
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But Danny Green, for whatever reason, he's not really a threat coming off of a screen.
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I mean, obviously, if he comes off the screen, these open, Yes, get him the ball, let him shoot.
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But that's not what his game is off of.
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He's a lot more off.
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He's a lot better as a standstill shooter where you have him out that corner up the wing, and whoever his defender is gets a little preoccupied with whoever the ball handler is were asked to come over and help on help on another man.
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Then that leaves Danny Green open.
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That's when he's at his best there.
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That or running down the floor in transition, catching on the run, not coming off of a screen, but running up towards the three point line. So there's a difference.
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And there's a difference in terms of what shooters prefer and with Danny Green, usually he doesn't come off of screens.
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Two of his four threes tonight are coming off of the screen, catching it on the move he was able to catch, turn his hips and not where he was square to the basket release and hit two threes.
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Just a nice sign.
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A nun expecting Danny Green to turn into the world's best catch and shoot player off of a screen.
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But it was just nice to see that he can still do that.
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I know it's a very small sample size, not can still do that, but just has the ability to do that, because seriously, this year they have not really been doing that much at all, or he hasn't been hitting them much at all.
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There's been a few times where the Lakers have deploy them in.
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That type of a role in the results have not been great.
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No surprise, just because that's not what he does.
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Kyle Kuzma.
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I guess I'll talk about him just briefly.
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I want to get to the award winner just one month in if the season were 10 right now.
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But Kuzma not a very good game for him.
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Seven points, three of seven from the field.
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I really don't even remember a lot of the plays with Koosman just because he was not aggressive in score much defensively.
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I guess it's a good thing that I don't remember too much.
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There was one play where Caruso or not Roosa Kyle Cosmas rotation On defense, he tried to swift with KCP on a big man, which, if the timing was right, would have made sense because obviously he would rather want whose mama big man than KCP.
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But the ball is up at the top of the key, and Kuzma just left his man wide open in the corner to run down and try to switch with KCP.
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Wrong time to do that.
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I forgot whose man was.
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But the temple's found his man in the corner, a wide open three, and hit it with Kuzma the way that they get him going.
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So Anthony Davis in November, like I said, shot the ball at 49% which not great for a big man, not rate for someone like Anthony Davis, who you would expect to be north of 50% of the very least.
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But Frank Vogel had said a few weeks ago he was talking about Anthony Davis and howto get him rolling.
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Get him some easier buckets.
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And he said, You just got to get him the ball on the move that will allow him to get some more shots, a lot easier shots, and they've done a good job of that.
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Davis also just as become better.
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I'd still like to see him continue to improve, but he's gotten better at the shot selection and my shot selection.
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I just I really just mean taking shots where he's going towards the basket instead of fading away over the course of the 1st 10 15 games again, this is little nit picky.
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But one of my rights with Davis was that he was doing to money.
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Fade away shots, company shots where instead of going at the rim and attacking his defender, he was fading away.
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That's something that he's cut down on it still like him to continue to improve in that regard.
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But he's done a better job of that.
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Lakers have also found him on the move, and it's just gotten him easier.
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Shots with foul.
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Who's meant there are way too many times when the Lakers try to give him the ball and let him isolate.
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That's not the type of player that I'll Koosman is.
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He is someone who you want him catching the ball on the run where he doesn't have to stop inside.
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What is going to do? He just catches it.
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He's either slashing the basket.
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He's a very good slasher, very good at finishing off of cuts.
00:28:56
Or you want him running and getting the ball off the move to where he can just step right into a three or a mid range jumper, preferably a three, and the Lakers aren't doing that enough.
00:29:08
So that's something where I think the Lakers could do Koosman a favor by helping him out a little bit, getting him the ball on the run a lot more.
00:29:16
Who's also, though, needs to just understand his game.
00:29:19
I know he really looks up to Kobe, but he's not Kobe, That is.
00:29:24
Kobe's game is not the same game that Kyle Kuzma should be claimed.
00:29:28
So I just think it would help him if the Lakers got him the ball on the move a little bit more.
00:29:34
So that's pretty much it for the Lakers coverage for this stream.
00:29:39
I want to talk briefly about M v p.
00:29:41
Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, so let's start at the defensive player of the year, Anthony Davis.
00:29:48
You guys knew right from the start of this video.
00:29:50
That's where I was going.
00:29:51
This it is Anthony Davis.
00:29:53
Some people are gonna argue Yana sometime combo, but the honest probably can, on any given night, make about as big of an impact on defense as Anthony Davis.
00:30:05
But this isn't all Jonathan's fault, but he just doesn't make the same impact that Anthony Davis does because, unlike Anthony Davis, who has LeBron playing with him be honest, doesn't have any superstar like that is an All Star in Chris Middleton, who, if the box played in the West, Middleton would not be an All Star is Eric Bledsoe, who is a very good player but not even all star level.
00:30:29
And he's Brook Lopez, who is another very good player, but not an All Star caliber player.
00:30:35
So the honest has to take on a lot more responsibility on offense, and I don't care that the honest is only 25 years old.
00:30:48
Use so much energy on the offensive side of things.
00:30:50
Even though being 6 11 and freak athlete a lot of buckets that come to him with ease just because of its size and athleticism.
00:30:59
It's tough for him to make that impact on the defensive side of the court, night in and night out the way that Anthony Davis can.
00:31:05
Because Davis why LeBron said he wanted Anthony Davis to be the focal point of the Lakers offense said that before the year started, there still is LeBron James and Davis doesn't have to be the focal point.
00:31:18
Every single play that he's in, whereas you honest pretty much does so I'm giving the nod Anthony Davis what he's been able to do in the last week.
00:31:27
It's just further in his case, but Johannes is still there.
00:31:30
Still a transfer him M V P Award, though I'm giving it to you, honest.
00:31:35
And there are, I guess you can say five candidates.
00:31:40
I just I wouldn't include James Harden and the envy.
00:31:45
He's a worthy M V P candidate, but rockets are.
00:31:50
I mean, they're 15 and seven right now.
00:31:52
They're right there at the four seed.
00:31:54
It's just I know James Harden puts up a ton of points, but he's not incredibly efficient When you look a TTE his recent games, where he's shot, I don't know how many shots but missed quite a few shots, and he just he isn't the I think that the level at which he's playing and explain great on offense but not doing anything on defense, and the efficiency with which he plays just is not the same as someone like Luca Donk.
00:32:21
It's who does not play defense either, But at least Luca is averaging close to 10 assists a game.
00:32:27
I think he's right under that number and close to 10 rebounds per game.
00:32:30
Luca has been phenomenal if I have to rank m v p hardens five Luca How ces hardens five.
00:32:42
I'm putting wow! Between Luca LeBron, Anthony Davis, Ivy.
00:32:47
Honest as the M V P.
00:32:49
One month in or a little over a month in.
00:32:51
And I guess at the four spot I'm gonna put Luca just because as great as he's been and the Mavericks have been really good, they are now tied with quite a few other teams for the most 40 point wins in one season.
00:33:06
And we're only mean the Mavericks or 23 games under the year they have either.
00:33:11
Three year for I think it's 3 40 point wins this year.
00:33:14
No team has ever won for games by 40 points or more in a given season.
00:33:20
Probably a pretty good shot that the Mavericks end up doing that.
00:33:23
But Mavericks or 16 and seven Lakers or 21 3 when it's so close between Luca LeBron and maybe that's kind of what I have to go with.
00:33:33
If you wanted to say Luca should be that the number three spot on M V.
00:33:37
P and 80 should be number four I'd be okay with that, because LeBron has been more impactful for the Lakers this year.
00:33:45
Yeah, I guess Davis does so much on the defensive side of things.
00:33:50
It's really close, though.
00:33:51
But yeah, I'm gonna say Luca's number four Anthony Davis is number three, Although he keeps putting up performances like he did tonight, he will be up to number one pretty soon and then LeBron at number two, what he's been able to do, your 17 is now leaving the league and assist by a pretty wide margin.
00:34:09
I think it's over one assists per game, that he has a lead on everyone else and I think Luca is still number two and assists, but great.
00:34:18
And then what LeBron's unable to do defensively to.
00:34:21
It's just something that you haven't seen him play defense like that in quite a few years, so it's been really good to see him play that well.
00:34:28
But Johannes is the clear M v P right now, and if the Bucks start to slip a little bit more, the funny thing is, I think, between the Bucks, Lakers and Clippers and other Clippers got blown out by the Bucks in Milwaukee When was it? Well, Friday night? I think I still just think the Clippers are a better team than the Bucks.
00:34:52
And over a seven game series, the Lakers and the Clippers would both be able to beat the Bucks.
00:34:57
With that said, though, the Bucks play in an easier conference.
00:35:00
So if you want to think the Bucks might slip up a little bit and end up with the worst record than the Lakers, where the Clippers okay? Because they're not as good of a team.
00:35:11
But on the flip side, if you want to argue, yes, but the box play in a much weaker conference, so they're gonna be able to feast on the weaker teams in the East and will end up with a better record.
00:35:21
I could see that, too, if the box.
00:35:24
So let's say that you're honest, continues to play the way that he has.
00:35:27
LeBron and 80 continue play the way that they have, and everyone stays relatively healthy throughout the year.
00:35:34
If the Bucks are able to have a record close to that of the Lakers, Jonah's wins M v P.
00:35:40
If the Lakers end up with 56 more wins or more than the Milwaukee Bucks.
00:35:45
Then I think the M V P Award either goes to LeBron or Anthony Davis, and I think LeBron would be leading that charge with Anthony Davis a little bit behind him.
00:35:55
But you can also talk about how laters have LeBron and 82 clear M V P candidates on the same team.
00:36:02
They could take some votes away from each other there.
00:36:04
Any people that are gonna be voting for a Lakers M V P, especially if they have the best record in the N B A or the best record in the Western Conference, even if they're one of the best things in the Westerns.
00:36:15
And they plenty of people that it's the Lakers.
00:36:17
Let's vote for an M V P.
00:36:18
If 80 and LeBron both continue to play as well as they have been, and please, please do.
00:36:24
This continued to play as well as you have.
00:36:26
They're gonna be taking votes away from each other.
00:36:28
It's just that simple, so we'll see.
00:36:31
But right now Johannes is the clear cut, I say Clear cut. It's not.
00:36:37
He's 100% going to a nem BP, but right now, the way that he's performed his team versus how everyone else has performed with their teams.
00:36:44
I'm gonna give the nod the honest, but we still thankfully have a good chunk of the season left.
00:36:50
N Ba has been so fun to watch so far.
00:36:52
I am so excited, too.
00:36:54
Keep watching the Lakers and keep watching all N B A games.
00:36:57
It's just it's so fun whenever you get to watch n B A basketball.
00:37:01
So if you guys haven't watched a Laker game lately, I strongly encourage you to the next time they're on national television or if you live in L.
00:37:09
A.
00:37:10
Go ahead and watch the next game against the Magic on Wednesday, that's in Orlando.
00:37:13
The Lakers are going up on a five game road road, five game road trip right now, after tonight's game was in Los Angeles against Tim Rules.
00:37:25
Now they have five game road trip, and Lakers right now have won 11 games in a row on the road.
00:37:32
They are five games back of their franchise record for most consecutive wins on the road and also five in back of an N B A record.
00:37:39
When the Lakers won 33 games in a row.
00:37:42
16 of those came on the road, and the 33 game winning streak was obviously the record for the most wins in her own MBA history.
00:37:50
And while they were setting that record, they also set the record for most consecutive wins in a row on the road.
00:37:56
So Lakers, Like I said, right now, they have 11 games, one in a row on the road there.
00:38:02
Next five games on the road, which at the end of these five games they would be tied with their 71 72 team if they were to win all these five.
00:38:12
It's pretty fun how this shakes out.
00:38:13
So they play the Magic on Wednesday in Orlando.
00:38:16
Then they travel to Miami to take on the Heat.
00:38:19
They play the Hawks in Atlanta, then they play the Pacers in Indiana, and the Hawks have really been struggling.
00:38:25
But these other three teams the Magic Heat and Pacers.
00:38:29
They've all played pretty well this year, relatively well in the Eastern Conference, but still knock on wood.
00:38:35
I would expect the Lakers toe win these as long as they play with as much intensity as they have.
00:38:40
I really think that the Lakers No, they're close to the record for most consecutive wins in a row on the road.
00:38:46
I think that's something that they are gunning for.
00:38:49
It just It feels like that is the type of thing that Lakers would want to do.
00:38:53
Frank Vogel and the Lakers have the whole have just been really good with just setting these smaller goals throughout the course of the season, Anthony Davis said after the Lakers lost the Mavericks last Sunday.
00:39:05
We're not losing two games this whole year and then backed it up and showed it on Tuesday.
00:39:11
And by the way, Anthony Davis was sick this week with flu like symptoms and he still put together a phenomenal week.
00:39:17
But I think they're going to want to break this.
00:39:20
They're gonna be focused.
00:39:21
Their fifth game of their five game road trip, which, if they win this fifth game, would be their 16th win in a row on the road, which would tie an M B A record.
00:39:31
They play the Bucks in Milwaukee and the Clippers were just blown out by the Bucks In Milwaukee.
00:39:36
They were down by 41.
00:39:38
I think, at one point end up losing by 20 something points.
00:39:42
That's gonna be a real test.
00:39:43
And that's going to be really fun, especially if the Lakers are at 15 wins in a row on the road.
00:39:48
You know they're gonna want to get that 16th to tie the record.
00:39:53
And, yeah, we'll see that.
00:39:55
I'm really looking forward to that game.
00:39:57
Looking forward to seeing Johannes go up against LeBron and 80 and see how they do.
00:40:02
If the Lakers do beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on that's Thursday, December 19 and they do tie the record, their chance to break the record would be at Portland, which, like I said, tough place for the Lakers to win historically.
00:40:16
But they did to speak the Blazers by what 23 points on Friday, and that would be Sunday, December 28th where they would have the chance to break the record.
00:40:24
If it gets to that getting a little bit ahead of myself, knock on what it does get to that. But we'll see.
00:40:30
Right now, though, that's everything I have.
00:40:32
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00:40:37
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