everyone thinks returning into my livestream in tonight's stream.
I'm going to be going over the NFL playoffs from this weekend.
Which, as you can tell me, wearing my Packers Aaron Rodgers, jersey, I I was very excited without ended.
And also, of course, going over my weekly Lakers recaps a lot of stuff to talk about this week with the injuries slash illness with LeBron James obviously injury to Anthony Davis and then Danny Green not playing yesterday as well.
But before you do that stuff and before we get to the Packers game, I just I'm very excited to talk briefly on that and for them to exercise a few demons by beating the Seahawks in the playoffs, which was so nice.
But before you get to that, let's recap.
First up, the Vikings and the 40 Niners.
I think the most entertaining thing from that was today.
Actually, Richard Sherman tweeting after Kevin Stefanski, the former offensive coordinator now of the Minnesota Vikings, was hired as wth E had coach of the Cleveland Browns over Robert Sala, who is the 40 Niners defensive coordinator, and Richard Sherman tweeted out a screen shot of the game where, obviously, Niners 1 27 to 10 and tweeted something along the lines of Wow, just Wow.
But then again, I shouldn't be surprised.
Something like that.
I mean, Kevin Stefanski.
I guess the Vikingsoffense has been a little better under him.
I know a few Vikings fans that don't aren't really too thrilled with Kevin Stefanski.
Only good stuff I've heard from him is through the media, which obviously you would expect to hear that stuff.
But my Kings fans that I know they were never too thrilled with him, and he's supposed to be this offensive guru.
But the Vikingsoffense never was great.
It wasn't bad, but it's not like he was the most innovative person in the world.
Having said that, though, I'm not going to say that he doesn't deserve a head coaching job.
But Robert Sala and when he's been able to do with the 40 Niners defense this year has been, at least to me in my eyes, much more impressive.
So I think the Browns got it wrong.
First of all, just they shouldn't have hired anyone before They hired a general manager that that's the most Brown's thing that they could possibly do is the higher head coach and then find the general manager after hiring that coach for anyone that knows really much about sports.
They know that GM always picks that coach.
And when GM comes in after head coaches picked, sometimes it can be a little bit of, ah, Rocky relationship kind.
I mean, along the same lines.
I know it's a different sport.
But the Lakers When Magic Johnson was appointed the president of basketball operations for them, Luke Walton had already been the head coach.
The Lakers for about a year and 1/2? Yeah, yeah, about a or know about half a year.
He had just been hired before the start of that year when Magic Johnson took over in February.
So Luke Walton has already put in place.
Magic Johnson came in.
There was tension not reported two months.
But there was some tension right from the start just because Luke Walton and Magic Johnson obviously had different philosophies for how the game should go, how the team should be run, how the team should be coach and Mather Johnson even said after he ended up leaving, which I'm happy he did leave, but that's not the point.
The point is that he had said and how it was tough.
He wanted to fire Luke Walton and he didn't really have the ability to do so.
And he mentioned something along the lines of how it's just tough to ever come in and not have your guy picked as the head coach.
So I know it's a different sport, but same type of concepts apply with that, and I just think it's going to be.
It's only interesting what happens with the Browns now.
I think that there are probably some other deserving candidates, better candidates than Kevin, so fancy one of them being Robert Sala.
We'll see what happens.
Browns have a lot of talent.
Um, if they don't trade away Odell Beckham Jr this offseason, which have the Packers fan be very happy if they made him available and I'd be very disappointed if the Packers didn't give the Browns a really good offer for him.
But yeah, we'll see what happens with that of Cedar on cold in here but burnings.
But yeah, Other than that, I mean the game itself.
The 40 Niners handled the Vikings throughout the game.
The first thing the first series, the Viking started with the ball.
They had a punt.
Niners went down and scored.
And then I believe the Vikings came back and scored.
You thought, OK, maybe the Vikings can keep it close.
Niners got out ahead quickly, and they just handled the Vikings.
Vikings couldn't really do anything.
Kurt Cousins was back to being curt cousins and clutch situations.
He couldn't get anything going.
And, yeah, biking season is done, which look as a Packers fan, I would have much rather wanted to play the Vikings in the NFC championship game, then the 40 Niners.
So I kind of I I wasn't rooting for the Vikings to win.
I was rooting for the 40 Niners to lose.
I don't like the Niners.
I don't like the Vikings.
I don't like the Seahawks of the Packers played tonight.
So a lot of things that I don't like that we're still in the playoffs.
Beijing's for off Packers have a history of playing in the playoffs and losing them in the playoffs most recently, and I think 2013 and 2014 and then C Hawks.
I don't even want to talk about that.
But Brandon Boston, it's all stay onside kick.
But, yeah, Niners move on to the NFC championship game.
Like I said Vikings, I would have rather wanted the Packers to play them just because they're not nearly as good of a team, which was shown yesterday.
So Niners move on.
They're gonna be hosting the NFC Championship game.
Other game from yesterday was the Tennessee Titans in the Baltimore Ravens.
That one I didn't hot see the result, the end result coming at all.
I don't really think anyone did.
The Ravens are favored by think nine or 10 points end up losing the game, 28 to 12.
Titans just handled the Ravens right from the get go, and that was the most surprising thing was that it wasn't dressed to the Titans.
They just controlled the tempo of the game.
They have running the ball down the Ravens throats.
Ravens made some costly errors as well, even on special teams.
There was one point in the game where the things in the near the end of the first quarter or the Titans permitted it away to the Ravens.
Whoever was returning the cake for the Ravens signaled for a fair catch and then went to block, which even me who? Look, I'm not a return specialist Final. Those rules.
You should definitely know the rules.
As a return specialist, the Ravens didn't have tossed them 10 yards on the touchbacks.
They were down at the 10 instead of the 20 mark.
Jackson threw two interceptions.
1st 1 wasn't really his fault.
Mark Andrews was out there trying to play through an injury.
Lamar Jackson threw the ball to Andrews.
Andrews couldn't really get up to jump in, get the ball, ended up bouncing off his hands and gets intercepted.
2nd 1 was the more Jackson's fault.
But Ravens? There were a few chances for them toe kind of squeeze back into the game, but they never really got to close.
There were a few times with their driving down the field, and you thought maybe they could get back in.
But the game just never had the feel of a game that the Ravens really could have.
One from the onset.
Titans just controlled the tempo.
Derrick Henry who? I forgot who it wasn't Titans after the game, mocked Mark Ingram and his famous press game presser after one of the Mark Jackson's big games, but he anointed them King Henry.
He's the rushing leader for this year.
He got the rushing title.
He is the first player in NFL history to have three consecutive games rushing for a least 100 80 yards, regular season and or postseason.
This obviously was a combination of the two.
He rushed for over 100 80 yards in Week 17 in a must win for the Titans to get into the playoffs.
Obviously, they won last week against the Patriots, who were the number one defense this year in the regular season, rushed for over 180 yards and then yesterday against the Ravens team.
That was a really good defense, too.
It didn't matter.
It's just a workhorse.
He also threw his 1st 3 I believe, three or no, I think it's for playing for career postseason games.
He is the rushing leader through the 1st 4 career postseason games of any player in NFL history, so certainly off to a really good start for any player in the NFL, not just running back with just as a player to get those type of stats.
It's very impressive, and it's gonna be fun to see what happens next week.
All preview next week's games for a little bit after this.
But let's get through the recaps of these games.
So Titans, 1 28 12 they're going to be playing in the NFC Championship game.
Other game in the NFC divisional round was earlier today between the Texans and the Chiefs.
That was a wild game.
That was a game where Texans got up early, 21 They had in the span of like, three minutes or something.
They were up 21 not the 1st 3 minutes of the game.
But at the end of the first quarter, they were up 21 ended up going up 24 in the second quarter, and it looked like the Chiefs were just in over their head, kind of over thinking stuff.
Kravis Kelsey had at least one big drop he might have had to Mekel Hardman.
I believe how to drop.
Who else did Marcus Robinson had a drop? Tyree kill wasn't really a drop It was a nice half from Patrick home, but Kyrie Hill got leveled by Justin Reed, the Texan safety, when he caught it and or attempted to catch it and end up dropping it.
But, yeah, the Chiefs just couldn't get out of their own way early.
They had a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.
Tyree, kill when the Chiefs were down 14 to, came back to return a punt because the chief could feel the game was trying to get away from them.
He ended up ****ing the punt, and for so it felt like this game was pretty much over.
But of course, the Chiefs have Patrick the homes who don't want to hear.
I didn't want to hear anyone saying this before the Ravens game yesterday, but certainly not now.
There's no other quarterback in the NFL that is on Patrick Moms level of Lamar Jackson, Not Tom Brady.
Drew Brees, not Aaron Rodgers.
Holmes is the best quarterback in the NFL and I do think that even right now, his second year starting in the NFL third year in the NFL total, there's a legitimate case to be made that He is the most talented quarterback in NFL history, not saying the best.
He's only played two years in the NFL.
That's not fair to him to kind of try to compare him to other players who played 10 15 18 20 years in the league as a starting quarterback.
So I don't think you can make this thing distinction that he is the best quarterback in NFL history.
But from a talent perspective, I don't think there is anyone in the NFL in NFL history that conduce the type everything about Pat Mahomes can do and do it as well as he can.
For a long time.
I said Aaron Rodgers was the most talented quarterback in NFL history, and I truly did believe that until towards the end of last year, and especially this year, as great as Aaron Rodgers has been, and I do think that he's out of his prime.
I don't think he's the same quarterback that he has been in years past, and I really think I'll get into it once I get to the Seahawks Packers.
But I think it has to do with a broken collarbone sustained two years ago, but before that broken collarbone, the stuff that Aaron Rodgers could do on a football field as a quarterback.
No one else in NFL history could do all the things I need to do their different quarterbacks, who might be able to do certain things as good, if not better, than their rockers.
But when you put together the entire package accuracy, arm string anticipation, I Q athleticism, being able to elude tacklers in the pocket scramble on either bye time for his receivers to get open or scramble and then get yardage himself by rushing the football.
No quarterback in NFL history could do all of that stuff as well as Aaron Rodgers could until Patch from the Homes came it.
How did the home's gonna do a lot of stuff either? As good, if not better, than Aaron Rodgers ever couldn't his the only quarterback that I can say that about and truly believe it? But what Pat from Holmes did today, it's unbelievable.
So, you know, I said, the Texans were up 24 in the second quarter.
They got outscored 51 to 7 the rest of the game.
And, yes, it wasn't all Patrick Mahomes.
There were other players, and Travis Kelsey had an incredible game, which obviously pattern.
Holmes is thrown Kelsey the football.
But Nicole Hardman had some nice returns on Kickoffs.
I think he had a nice punt return as well.
Chiefs defense really locked into Shawn Watson, who looked so good to start the game just completely cooled off.
Couldn't really do anything.
I think at one point there was a stretch where he was one for eight over his last eight attempts.
Throwing the football in second half wasn't completely on him.
His receivers were dropping the ball in second half quite a bit.
But yeah, the chief's just roll the Texans and didn't even make it close.
And it was just the craziest turn of events that I have ever seen in a playoff, not just in a playoff game to send an NFL game in general.
I I'm trying to think I cannot think of another football game, another NFL game where one team just looked like they were gonna run away with it the way the Texans did, and then to end up getting beaten so badly the weight of the Texans ended up getting beat.
I've never seen it before.
In my life, I've never seen any playoff games or any NFL games at all from before.
The Yeah, the Houston Oilers, that one.
What we were down by, like, 31 in the second half and came back.
So okay, maybe that one, But so just the crazy turn of events and Texans chiefs are now playing each other next week.
That's gonna be a really fun game.
Last game of the divisional round this week was the later game today.
Best game, at least as far as I'm concerned.
Seahawks and the Packers in Lambeau Packers have been on a playoff game in three years, So this one was one that I really enjoyed watching.
And ah, it was just a fun game all around.
For the Packers to be able to beat the Seahawks got me really nervous.
Fords and Packers were up, 2123 at halftime.
Second half the Seahawks scored a touchdown.
The struggle play through the third, but I still I just felt like it hadn't quite separated enough.
Ended up in the fourth quarter, Seahawks started coming back.
They closed it to 28 23 then they even had the ball with a chance to take the lead.
They ended up having to punt to the Packers and the Packers made sure that they didn't get the football back as average, I guess, is the best word.
As average as Aaron Rodgers has has looked throughout this entire year.
And as inconsistently is, he has played as poorly as he looked last two weeks ago against the Lions in Week 17 where the Packers have to win that game.
Get a first round bye in the playoffs.
They obviously ended up beating The Lions and Aaron Rodgers look good in the second half, but first half he looked awful.
I'm serious when I say I really do think that the broken collarbone.
I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, but I'll try to look them up.
I'm curious as to just what his numbers have been.
I know he's thrown for 51 touchdowns and six interceptions in the last two years, so that's since breaking his collarbone, which, but those are great numbers on the surface.
But fair daughters only throwing 25 26 touchdowns in a given season, his completion percentages in that high.
But it's more than just the numbers.
It's the eye test.
It's the throws that he used to be able to make.
He's not making them even more.
He's not making them anymore, much less he's not even attempting that there.
Some throws where in the past he would just let loose on a dart and just thread the needle through 23 defenders.
And it would leave me speechless, thinking, How the hell did he complete that? And he still has those on occasion, but not nearly as much as he used to.
And it is a little bit concerning.
I just I think this is what Aaron Rodgers is now, and it's unfortunate.
Who knows if if he hadn't broken his collarbone, if he still would have come down a little bit towards Earth from the high that he was on in terms of how great he was compared to everyone else.
But it's just unfortunate that right when he breaks his collarbone, that's when I think some of the arm strength is gone, too.
I do think also just some confidence and himself also the weapons around him.
He has developed a Adams who had an incredible game tonight outside of Davante Adams.
Packers really don't have any threats on the outside.
That wide receiver, their second best wide receiver is Alan was hard.
I wouldn't say M V S Marquez valve is scant.
Ling, Probably between Lazard and Allison.
I'd give it to Lazard, but that's my point is that there is no second guy in that receiving corps.
Adams and Adams missed four games this year, so that definitely have impact Aaron Rodgers ability to play as well as he could have if Adams was healthy.
The tight end position.
Jimmy Graham has been a huge disappointment.
I hope after this year the Packers cut him.
He is not worth $10 million next year.
I wanted them to cut him before this past offseason, but obviously Jimmy Graham had a really big third down conversion tonight and also I want to talk about that for a second.
Jimmy Graham when he caught that ball.
At first I was looking at the first down line on the broadcast, but go back and look the first down line.
The yellow line on the broadcast was further up the field then where the actual first down marker was by probably about half a yard.
So the what was it on? I think CBS or no, Fox Fox didn't help the perception of the referees and of the Packers in that game with where they have the first down yardage markers on the screen.
But if you look at where it was on the sideline, you can see Jimmy Graham.
I do agree that if the first down marker was where that yellow line was, Jimmy Graham didn't make it.
But when you look at where the first down marker actually was, it's really close.
And I do think obviously the refs were smart enough to look at where the actual marker was.
Go back and watch it.
I don't think this is me even being biased.
I really just don't think that there is enough evidence to overturn that.
It's really close when you look at where the actual first down marker was.
But that was one of two big third down conversions on the final possession for the Packers.
The other one was a 25 or 30 yard pass to Davante Adams on it.
I think it was 1/3 down and 10.
The Packers needed to get a first down.
Or else they're gonna have to punt it back to the Seahawks.
And I did not on the ball in Russell Wilson's hands, especially with the way the Seahawksoffense have been playing in the second half.
So just two huge plays for the Packers on offense to huge place for Aaron Rodgers to hopefully get his confidence up.
I don't the way he speaks, but it's always nice to have a little confidence booster to wear.
Look, he knew what Davante Adams could do but getting the ball the Jimmy Graham behind where the first down marker was and trusting him to get to the first down marker.
That was pretty big.
So we'll see what happens next week.
I will preview both games.
I guess I thought I would preview them tonight, but let's hold awful do a preview for them before the games kick off next Sunday.
But I want to talk a little bit about the Lakers as well, so NFL has kind of taken over in these past few weeks with the playoffs going on as it should, But basketball still happens, thankfully, because I love the N b A.
I love my Lakers and the Lakers had a really good week this week.
It's unfortunate that, like I mentioned at the beginning of the beginning of the stream that Anthony Davis was injured this week, LeBron James is dealing with the flu.
Danny Greene had a sore right hippie and play yesterday against the Thunder.
Even with that, though, Lakers went three know this week.
They're still undefeated in the month of January.
Undefeated this decade, they haven't lost a game since last decade.
It's pretty cool to set, and they're also the only team in the N B A.
With at least four separate seven plus game winning streaks.
I don't think any other team then B A has more than one, so that just shows how consistent they are.
On top of that, they're the only team in the N B A with a undefeated record against sub 500 teams, and that just that illustrates how good of a basketball team they are, and just the consistency and the level that they play with each night because I think they're like 23 you know, 24 no gun sub 500 teams.
It is so easy to just overlook one of those teams, especially if they have a big game coming up next against some playoff caliber team.
It's easy to overlook those games and just get caught off guard and lose one of those Lakers air focused every single game.
That's a testament to Frank Vogel and his coaching staff.
I know I've been critical of him. It's late.
I still have criticisms with him.
But I've been adamant throughout even all of the past few weeks where I have been criticizing some of his decisions that overall, he is a very good coach, and I'm very pleased with everything that he's been able to do.
And he has pleasantly surprised me, been a much a better coach than I would have expected.
Honestly, right now, it seems like he was the right higher over Tyler.
You over Monty Williams.
I don't think of the If the Lakers had hired either one of those coaches, Tyler or Money Williams, I don't think they would have as good of a record as they do.
And Frank Vogel, even though he never played in the N B A.
He's able to relate to his players in a way that is, I would say different than Tyler and Monty Williams.
Frank Vogel is a basketball geek.
He really, at least from everything I've heard, he really embraces ****ytics.
That's kind of what he cut his teeth on.
And that's what he is going to continue to use to make a name for himself and continue to be successful.
It shows LeBron James is someone who has one of the highest basketball Hughes, probably an MBA history.
He can tell right away if you know what you're talking about, and I think that was the problem with some of his coaches in the past.
Where he's got issues with them was that they just couldn't match him.
I q wise basketball.
I Q wise, I think, bring Vogel Can and the coaching staff.
It's been put around him.
Still don't love the Jason Kidd higher, but Jason Kidd is a smart basketball, a huge type person, someone that LeBron James obviously respects.
Lionel Hollins, former head coach.
Very smart defensive coach Frank Vogel is obviously a very smart defensive coaches.
Well, Phil Handy, one of the best developmental coaches, if not the best in the n b A.
So Frank Vogel has done a great job of putting together a great staff that just keeps his team motivated.
Because this week so Tuesday, the Lakers played the Knicks in L. A.
That is actually the only game this year where the Lakers have not since the new year, so they played six games since the calendar hit January of 2020.
But in those six games, the game against the Knicks was the only game where the Lakers didn't come out firing.
Get out to a huge lead, kind of ugly.
I actually was at that game with a friend, used the Knicks fan, my moat, Lakers fans.
So we went together, and, uh, it was a good game.
To go to would have been better if Anthony Davis didn't get injured, but always happy to see the Lakers win.
But, yeah, that was the one game where they didn't get off to a hot start, but luckily they were playing the next ended up winning by 30 which my friend, I end of winning by 30.
I only take away from that was just the Anthony Davis injury seeing it live.
There was a time out right after he got injured.
Staples Center was quiet.
I think I remember.
I tried to forget that little moment in the game, but I do remember Staples Center playing some music during the time out.
But other than that music, no one was talking.
No one was saying anything than the music stopped, and it was dead silent and Staples Center.
You could hear a pin drop while they were checking out anything. Davis.
Eventually, he gets up.
The fans start cheering, but he was limping off the locker room, so it wasn't a great sight to see.
Leakers didn't get the window.
They traveled to Dallas, which I was really surprised.
Anthony Davis made the trip and probably shouldn't have.
I know he ended up not playing against the Mavericks or against Oklahoma City Thunder, but I would have liked to have just seen him, even if he would have been healthy enough to play against the Mavericks.
There's just no need.
That's that's what's so good about having a.
I think they're up to a four game four and 1/2 game lead in the Western Conference right now.
Right now, they're five games clear of the second place team the West, which is the Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz.
The both tied for second and five games head in the loss column to Loss column is key.
That's kind of where that's the benefit of it is that you don't have to have your best players play when they're dealing with any injuries.
But Anthony Davis didn't play, which is definitely the right decision, especially now that we know they won both games without him Friday night.
Anthony Davis was the only player that wasn't playing.
Obviously a huge part of the team, though, when I say only just because he was just the one player that didn't play, not like Oh, only him wasn't playing.
No, he is obviously huge.
Kyle Kuzma stepped up like I kind of expected him to.
The thing with Kyle Kuzma is that he needs to get comfortable with being in that number three roll, and it's much more difficult to kind of get comfortable with that versus the number two role just because as a number two role or as the number one player.
You're able to be a lot more aggressive.
You're able to kind of just pick your spots whenever you want to be aggressive.
You pretty much can.
When he's the number three.
I next LeBron Anthony Davis.
He has to kind of pick his spots a little bit more.
But his game does fit really well with Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and they just need to kind of get him going, figure out how to.
So you're out just how to get him to play well with A D and LeBron James.
He can still be aggressive like he was Friday against the Mavericks, especially Saturday against the Thunder.
But it's gonna come in different ways, especially against the thunder.
On Saturday, when LeBron wasn't playing, either, Kyle Kuzma the ball in his hands a lot which even though he scored a lot of points and I'm obviously a really good game, I don't think that's the most effective way to get him going and to make him productive just because that's not the type of player that he should be.
That's the type of player that he's kind of forced himself to be over this year and last year.
But he's much better moving without the ball, finding his open spots cutting.
He's a really good cutter without the ball, and I think that's what the Lakers have to get back to with them.
I hope Frank Vogel, as smart as he is, could have those types of conversations with Koosman and if he can buy into that sort of stuff, I think he could be a really good asset for this Lakers team and I don't think even if he doesn't completely buy into that, I'm not completely opposed to trading him.
But I am just because I don't think his trade value has gone down probably quite a bit this year, although with these last two games he's kind of shown what he can do when he's not the number three option.
Still, I don't think that the Lakers were going to get a return for him as Muchas, especially Laker fans would think.
Probably even the front office would think, and for that reason it doesn't make sense to try trade Kyle Kuzma on top of just the fact that you're trading away someone who can help you this year, he's also under contract next year at I think around like two ish $1,000,000 because he was the 27th overall pick in the draft.
And also, what might be just as important is that after next year he becomes a restricted free agent after next year.
Also no secret the Lakers were gonna be going after Johannes to Paris.
The LeBron James stays as well.
Maybe he opts out and then signs back for less than the max so that he can fit or play and Bron James.
But whether they go and get your honest or if they can get some other Max level player to kind of build for the future.
As great as he's been, he's not really the future just because he is 35 years old.
Maybe I'm wrong.
Maybe he plays for another 10 years at a really high level.
I wouldn't put it past him. He is just a freak athlete.
But assuming that doesn't happen, Kyle Kuzma as restricted free agent after next year, let's say salary is $2 million.
After the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge when Kawhi Leonard was a restricted free agent.
Spurs took advantage of the fact that instead of signing Kawai Leonard to an extension a year before he became a restricted free agent, the Spurs took advantage of the fact that, as restricted free agent, they would have been able to sign him to any deal that they wanted.
But he also would have had a much lower cap hold.
But the N B a kind of closed that loophole, this last collective bargaining agreement to wear any rookie coming off of their rookie deal.
I think it's Yeah, any rookie coming off of their rookie deal gets a cap hold of 150% which means that much salary is kind of held in terms of the salary cap for that player.
So, for instance, Kawhi Leonard when the Spurs were able to sign LaMarcus Aldridge via Kapil Dev, forget what his rookie deal would have been probably around like for $5 million whereas under these new rules it would have been a lot higher.
But with Kyle Kuzma, let's say his let's say, his capital.
Let's say his salary for next year is $2 million.
I don't mean that is cap hold after the year, and I think it's a little more than $2 million just to make the math work after the year, his scaffold would be $3 million.
The Lakers, if they wanted to, could sign him in restricted free agency to a Max deal.
God, I hope they don't do that because he is not worth anything close to that.
I don't think that they will, either.
But they could do that as long as they would sign him to that Max deal after they signed whatever max level free agent they would sign.
The salary cap hold for him would just be $3 million instead of the Max Steel starting at whatever b 24 25 $26 million.
You'd just be $3 million.
That is huge compared to let's say you trade him away for some player that's making nine or $10 million.
Even if they become a free agent after next year, their capital is much higher than Kyle Kuzma.
So that's a little bit of added value to keeping Kyle Kuzma.
But like I said played really well against the Mavericks.
LeBron James had been to the Mavericks game.
He was incredible in that game.
The Lakers didn't have Anthony Davis.
Dwight Howard, M JaVale McGee.
We're the Lakers.
Only two legitimate big men who could play the five.
Dwight Howard got in foul trouble.
He picked up 5000 just 10 minutes to veil.
McGee was in foul trouble.
I believe he finished with five thousands.
Well, for a big stretch of the game, LeBron James or dare Dudley, whoever you want to say was the five was playing the five, and they made it work there.
Dudley played some really good defense.
He showed how you convey a good defender without necessarily being very athletic relative to other N b A.
Dudley is a much more pathetic person than me or most of the public, but compared to other N B A players, he's not.
And it was incredible.
LeBron James finished with.
I think it was 36 15 and 7 36 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists.
He stepped up without.
I think that if LeBron James wanted to this year, he could have averaged a triple double.
But he's not trying to rebound.
He's not trying to rebound as much as he could be because the Lakers have Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard.
He doesn't need to do that.
And he just He had an incredible game against the Mavericks, but he did look pretty run down, kind of like he was not feeling well at the end of the game.
Just you could kind of tell.
So I didn't think he was gonna miss the game against the Thunder after he had played against the Mavericks and Thunder of Chris Paul, which is one of his best friends in the world.
It was sick, ended up not playing.
I don't know why I was at the game, though.
If he's too sick to play, he shouldn't be in the arena.
You should be resting, so that kind of just irritated me a little bit.
Not that it was now that I was irritated that he wasn't playing.
I was just more thinking along the lines of Just go home, get rest.
Don't get the rest of the team sick either.
I know Avery Bradley was dealing with the flu.
He ended up playing, but no LeBron James know Anthony Davis.
Danny Green ended up missing the game as well.
Here, the Cavaliers Tomorrow I I had to guess.
I mean, if Denny Green's hip injury is anything to be concerned about, obviously don't play him against the Cavs.
Leakers are favored by 13 and 1/2 in that game.
If Anthony Davis, if he has any pain at all, still, no need to play him against the cabs.
And honestly, even if the Lakers were to drop that game, Yes, you don't want to lose against a sub 500 team.
I just talked about how the Lakers have done such a great job playing against the sub 500 teams and capitalizing because that's how you build those types of leads in your conference.
It's just by taking care of the games that you're supposed to win, which the Lakers have done every single time this year.
But still, it's just because they have this big lead five game lead in the West right now.
Rest your players.
Anthony Davis is injured at all.
Keep him out. Same thing with Danny Green.
But against this thunder with no green No.
80 no LeBron James Lakersstarting lineup was rage on Rondo Avery Bradley and devious.
Caldwell, Pope, Kyle Koosman, JaVale McGee, Rondo, Bradley and KCP.
All are, I would say, the size of point guards.
Rondo's 61 I think Avery Bradley is 62 KCP is 65 but he plays like he's six feet.
He never wants to be physical with anyone.
He can definitely guard point guards, guards from shooting guards, too.
But when you ask him to go on the small forwards, just giving up a lot of size and that's just not a CZ gain.
But even with that, and with JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard as the only players that could play the five at all No LeBron James, I mean, Jordan Lee is not a five.
Even if some people want to argue that he can play it like he did against the Mavericks.
He's just He's not how Koos most certainly can't play the five.
But even with that, in all of the size disadvantage is that the Lakers have.
They're usually one of the bigger teams, at least in their starting lineup.
Against the thunder last night they were not.
They came out and just stomped on the thunders throat right from the get go.
They were up, I think 20 points, 1920 points at the end of the first quarter and they never really let up.
The thunder started to get back into it.
The Lakers were at one point up by 30.
The thunder ended up coming back a little on the Lakers ended up winning by 15.
I think the Thunder cut the game to single digits for a few possessions in the fourth quarter.
I started to worry a little bit.
Okay, who's gonna close this game? Kyle Koosman.
End up closing the game.
He had a great game. He had 36 points.
Rondo, who, like I said, started for the Lakers.
He got off to a really hot start.
He ended up finishing the game with.
I think he had 21 points close to a triple double.
21 points on 10 of 22 shooting only one of six from 3 12 rebounds, eight assists and only to turn over so from the box for perspective, he had a really good game.
I actually just think from the eye test and from what I saw He had a really good game, too.
He's put together a nice little stretch of these last two or three games where he's stepped up when the Lakers have needed him, and he's played really well.
Having said that, I still would love nothing more than the Lakers to sign Darren Collison.
And then, hopefully that means the end of rage on Rondo's minutes.
But because I just know in N b A, there's more than just who the best player is there.
Also, politics involved.
LeBron and Anthony Davis both really like rage on Rondo.
They like playing with them.
I kind of fear that even if they're in, Paulson does get signed.
Maybe Rondo's minutes go down, but I don't think he's out of the rotation.
If anything, I think that Alex Caruso's minutes probably get hit the hardest.
You know how much I love Alex Caruso, but I dare and calls him a better player than groups of, so it's still a good trade off.
It's just I would like for the least effective point guard in the Lakers rotation to be bumped out instead of the most effective one before Darren Collison.
But we'll see what happens.
But, yeah, that That's the recap for the Lakers this week.
They had just It's a really good week.
It was really nice to see how hard they played without LeBron and 80 and any green.
They didn't have their three highest paid players.
The players that take up about 70% of their salary cap all were out, and they were still able to be the Thunder team that have been rolling as of late.
I think they had won nine of their last 10 games before they played the Lakers, including Russell Westbrook's return to Oklahoma City, where they stomped the Rockets and one by 20 points or something.
So just really encouraging love how hard this team plays, no matter who's on the court.
And it's just, hopefully a sign of things.
Cap for the Lakers.
That's my recap for the NFL playoffs.
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The conference championship games kickoff on Sunday, some point either during the week or on Saturday, go over that stuff.
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