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So back to walking around talking about schedule were both really excited about the MBA resuming.
And we're just talking about how I'm not surprised that the first of the games involves dying and LeBron, of course, Lakers getting seven on a national televised games, Just really setting for you and the whole sleigh is really predominantly nationally televised games.
I would say, just by glancing over at least 65 to 70% of games, we're gonna be nationally televised.
I was like, I'm looking at the schedule right now.
I see that every single day from July 30th to August 12 is just like the end of their scheduled games in terms of TV thing, Uh, every single game is there.
Every single day, at least has one, if not more uh, nationally televised games.
Plenty of the n B.
Obviously, everything will be on enviably past.
On top of that, um, I think there's one day where there's gonna be four games on ESPN, so be kind of like will be like Christmas in July or August.
Yeah. Really? Yeah.
You know, it certainly used after this crazy drought, its fourth every bit as well.
And just to break this little about of it, um, you know, it's honestly a wet dream for Adam Silver looking at pelicans with the easiest schedule by a significant mount up.
You text me earlier that they're the only team him with a average under 500 in these opponents.
Eight remaining games.
And, you know, like I said, So we're just gonna be licking his child because he's gonna have a great chance to get his, You know, Golden Boy Zion and the playoffs get that first matchup against the Lakers.
And you know, I'm all here for I you know, I got my boy Bailey, and he's a right geezer Grizzlies writer, And he makes his case for how job When you know, being awesome, watch, too.
I'll hand it to him.
But, um, I think, you know, for the casual fan they want to seize Diane in that first round matchup, and the MBA wants it for money reasons, obviously, and do everything in their power to make it happen.
Yeah, One thing I found very interesting looking at, uh, you sent me a link about, like, the ranking of strength schedules and, you know, looking kind of at the teams I have the the easier side of schedules.
We saw one pelicans have the easiest schedule.
We had a very easy schedule, which you know, is gonna be really nice for six years fans who, with such a weird season, being able to get off to start it would be very helpful for them up there in chemistry and then told them also be able to pass the Pacers as well as potentially other teams above them, like potentially a huge maybe the Celtics.
But the other thing I noticed when I was looking at the schedule is the pelicans have the easiest in the West, and everybody's kind of looking at the race for the A C of the West.
But in the next two teams who are, like, you know, are the kings and spurs.
You also have easier schedules with that.
Why not is easier, Elegans and I think when people were kind of making predictions about who they thought were gonna be potential threats from Memphis Grizzlies.
They look Teoh, um, mainly the Falcons in the Portland Trail Blazers.
And we saw that Portland Trailblazers had one the harder, like better have won the harder schedules in all the other teams.
I don't think they're scheduled for the rest of the season.
Necessarily affected that.
So with two with two teams are the same games behind the Grizzlies, it's a huge event for the pelicans.
And top that Blazers have already law us Treasury za who That is not gonna enter home Orlando due to want to spend time with this kid who is in a cause to bet with with his ex girlfriend and, you know, always a tough city should, um, But there's been no reported pelicans.
Players who have even tested positive for Kobe did not.
There's no talk of any of them not entering Orlando The bubble.
Um, you know, it's all the predominately young guys on the team, so I'm not surprised.
The only you know kind about this, but I guess, to B j run a cruise.
Well, like 35. 36.
Now, you know, I would have You know, I'm a huge fan, this podcast, and I know that you says that she committed Thio going.
Orlando talked about the mental right of it, but then it will be important to house a Z.
Being such a young team is the Balkans.
We really important to have a player like JJ Red**** who's been better and been in the playoffs every single year.
What, that he's been in the league.
So having someone like that is gonna be very important for guys like Zayat threatening.
Yeah, so, you know, we've talked about the West pretty extensively.
The last meet here in terms that playoff picture.
I do want to bring up the Spurs again just because, you know, with the market soldiers missing there, so gonna be gunning for that like playoff spot.
There's nothing to lose for them.
They have that 22 years, three to make the playoffs.
So who do you see? I guess stepping up on San Antonio kind of feeling that LaMarcus Aldridge avoid if it does a possible way.
The bill, Yes, So there's numerous options.
I think one thing that Aldrich was just a very key thing on their team is just being their second leading score.
So, you know, I think there's a lot of interesting squaring options that they could bring.
No, Jamal Crawford is the name that you have talked about in the past.
Can be instant spark plug off the bench, and you could be what, uh, very traditional Spurs teams the content.
Just get Ben Joel, especially on their second unit when you know their bench has struggled at times a season.
The other players that could maybe potentially go are like, you know, like Eamonn Chopper like, could be very helpful for any team.
Just was going deeply, like better and player.
Same goes with J.
Smith, who another Lakers have ruptured.
Interested? But you have been a lot of big time games in terms of the bigs out there.
You know, I know there's a couple options, but there's been recent news this past week about the markets Cousins.
First there was a report that you did not want to play this season, and then l a Times I corrected that report and said that he would actually be open to the idea of playing, uh, like Club have been playing this season.
So I think that's kind of interesting thing to look at because player like DeMarcus cousins could certainly fit a lot of the similar offensive things that LaMarcus Aldridge does.
And you know, I wouldn't say either of them is a, you know, a great defender, especially DeMarcus cousins for the struggle of the finals last year.
But for a team that really could use a big man, that could be a a viable option.
If you were Teoh, want to play there? You know? Absolutely.
Um, as for guards I saw in New York today, **** Alonso tree here.
Which, if if you watch any next fastball last year which you know, I don't blame me if you didn't Ah huh.
He was outstanding for consular, especially.
I mean, you know, they call him, you know, Isil. Alonzo.
He's he's he's the killer.
Basically, I know he's a killer in isolation.
Um, he's had it like, crazy, efficient scorer by any means.
Well, that, uh, he gets the job first were a times and would be interesting to see if you know a team like the Lakers that Hey, you know, this is kind of the bench offense we need, but no, I ever.
Every bunch guarding the is are a better option.
I'm a notorious Ronald later this year.
Yeah, I guess, as a Laker spent, would you have any interest in a career? As as a kind of sparkle about the bunch? Possibly.
So I was looking at his statistics this season.
He did shoot almost 40% but that was only on to attack us lesson two times a game, so I can't really knows.
Metric, but I think I would slide him in.
Maura's kind of like that.
Jamal Crawford like type, you know, bench score.
Kind of just heat up very quickly.
Personally, uh, I think the Lakers do you have some things to figure out? Especially with the news that Avery Bradley was one of their starters.
Gone in terms of fit on the team, I think two players that logically base slide in tow, starting spot.
I mean, I'm gonna guess that KCP is gonna be there because he played a lot of minutes, especially in closing minutes.
He closed a lot of games, and, you know, I think Laker fans who were quit toe dislike him at the beginning of the season, came around to really enjoy his presence.
And, you know, with LeBron being pretty much the fact a point guard on the team, I think it be.
Give blinkers even more size toe, have a player like KCP, he would be able to match up with the bigger teams like the Clippers, the Bucks Nuggets to a certain extent if they were to play them in the playoffs.
And also, I think a player like outs producer brings law.
The similar skill sets is Avery Bradley that I probably start casing P over him.
Yeah, um, I think one of the things that we have to look out for is with all these teams, you know, if a player is off, out, not go to our land.
So if, God forbid, one time test positive for Corona and immediately has to corn key for two weeks, you know these playoff series, it's It can be a lot of ah, chest battle with the role players we kind of saw last year how good coaching and Nick Nurse really has stepped up and he was able to play certain players and, you know, exploit certain matchups.
So, just like for the team, like the Lakers not having, ah, you know, super viable option like Avery Bradley, who you know, was a consistent starter and although like, you might be able to make up for a lot of his talent, just having different options of players have is something very useful.
So you answer a question.
I'm not sure if I would rather have looking a lot or a tree or or, you know, the other two names that came up or like J.
R. Smith and like potentially young.
But I think like it seems like the Lakers are leaning towards getting J.
I know they worked him out this week, and I think he could bring the element of, you know, hot to reporting.
Scoring off the bench like school is big enough that you can sight of in kind of a two guard or, you know, someone that leads cannot hang out play, and he's got he's views.
Been there, who's been there? He's been there.
It seems like the you know, Game one in 2018 is now becoming a defining moment, and I think especially for casual fans.
That's detracted from what J.
Smith actually has done for the bulk of his career, which is played awesome.
Switch double defense and shoot the three pointer at high volume in a really nice clip.
And I still do both those things and, you know, despite his tried and again you know, he's been known a party has been known for his infinite shirt off any moment.
But you know, or all of the only two means a really a size story to the fact that he is probably still a better basketball player than a lot of like, you know, role players on bad N b A teams.
I think you could definitely help even the Lakers in the playoffs.
Serious. So you know I'm there.
Um, yeah, I really think there is something to be said when teams are looking for players to get that.
Although, you know, if it was a regular season wanted toe, seek out a potential cost back.
You might want to go for a younger guy like along.
So trio of you, you know, potentially has a couple of years of good upside to bring to you having way. You're like J. R.
Smith, especially in these beard conditions where they're competing over, uh, three months.
If you make it, you know, the full stretch of the club, the playoffs could me definitely more useful to have if you know he's the right mindset where he's really locked in and actually wanted bringing that veteran presence to a team.
So in general, I'd probably go for more veterans.
Yeah, So you mentioned earlier the possibility of players being infected in the bubble and no having to go into quarantine immediately.
And you know the trend.
Historically, foot blouses, the ****her you get in the short of your batch gets, maybe you're only going to or even sometimes one guy keep on Europe starting seriously.
Very matchup dependent.
You know, we could see a situation region here.
We're depending on, like the infection rate inside the bubble where the teams with the longest benches of the ones that end up moved on order without and a huge bucks.
And, you know, I think the bucks would benefit from that greatly, having so much back order.
I mean, you know, from George Hill that even Chan's oh, he disturbed Brown's.
I mean, we really, really have a lot of celadon pack contents.
And I mean, I could keep going up, But you are you kidding? We see all year that, you know, the bucks bench has been also ranked number one in the league.
And I can say I'm fortunate that, you know, I'm gonna feel pretty comfortable that even if you these guys end up ill that, um, in quarantine that, you know, we can have that extra push And, you know, that can't be said for every team the Rockets were here were not at all.
And, ah, you know, expect actually with the small malign if they're already tight in terms of, you know, mismatches.
So, you know, I don't think as ****ytical as as more AEA's.
I don't think he possibly could have built the lineup for a pandemic.
And so, um, other.
And so I was other teams that you could not even think of that, you know, would, you know, be frightful for a high infection rate inside the bubble.
I mean, just also kind of toe, like, so kind of continue with your point.
Another thing that I worry about is, you know, usually in NBC's and you have plenty of time to ramp up the playoffs or even the regular season.
You know, you kind of have some preseason games at that.
You know, the first couple of games of the season, our first, like that's a 20 games or so team.
They're still kind of figuring it out.
Usually new new roster in a lot of cir***stances.
So they have to figure out how to play together.
And I think like ground systems.
Time is when I feel like I usually start to get a sense of, like how teams are actually the best together for the long term.
But right now you're asking teams who have played together.
But when we have a 888 games to be able to ramp up to playoff mode, so we're kind of like a heart that's cool load.
I know one thing that players were very worried about because topic of discussion is, you know, kind of having insurance health insurance policies because to be able to ramp up to pet playoff level intensity and just kind of a physical toll.
But it's gonna take on the players could be, you know, very intense.
And you know that That's particularly worrisome for team like sound like the Rockets.
For all the reasons that you mentioned, you think about players like P.
Tucker and comings, and you have to play very bigger.
Matchups are going to be very physical, you know? You know, if I was a Rocket fans, I would definitely be kind of a little worried about their house and just kind of the condition, But they're in kind of entering Susan.
Um and, you know, Silver even sent debate during a broadcast that for some kind of student, meaning that, you know, we could see a situation where, unfortunately, if enough players get it, that entirely could be shut out.
And I think you know, it would be final this time.
You know, I could be optimistic that that won't happen, given the amount of work precautionary steps that seem to have gone into this.
You know I need anything is possible.
We certainly hope that doesn't happen in terms of non coated related injuries.
Another team that is missing in the Central Player is the Utah Jazz.
What do you think is gonna lie some of that missing offense for down? Yeah, Like I said, I think a lot of the names let me talk about like a Jamal Crawford.
A lots of career.
Someone like that could always be useful people for them.
But another factor to the job success this year was kind of battery of Jordan.
Clarkson at the trade deadline sparked things for them.
And, you know, they're really hot right after the trade.
That line started kind of cool off before the season ended, which maybe could be good for that.
And it remains to be seen how the Mitchell go bare relationship is gonna play out and everything like that.
But, you know, the Jazz certainly could use more kind of like that were being played, Baker.
So, um, you know that something kind of be a lookout for I don't necessarily have a person, I would say, But, you know, like someone like a Gerald Green or Alan Crab on crab whose shot pretty well throughout his career and also well recently.
But you know, players like that, they kind of just slide it as a three.
Although they wouldn't make up for what Bogdanovich brought to the team could be viable options.
Just so what? They have more depth and are gonna be able to play.
And I think gradually this year replacing, tossing and so will kind of see how.
But pieces mess around the Utah Jazz.
I think Quinn Snyder's a fantastic code.
So whoever they get or if they don't get anyone, can just slide everyone over.
He'll make the best out of his adjustments.
Now he's got a tip here from you.
We're gonna be talking about the Jazz.
I want to talk about Mike Conley because heading into the year, there was a lot of speculation that he was missing piece from the Jazz.
That was to take them to the elite here of MBIA teams and even, you know, compete with the Lakers and the Clippers.
And, frankly, Mike Conley has not been good this year at all.
If he can't make shots not turning the ball over a lot, his defense has been pretty poor and part of me thinks that my column.
We will be able to turn it on this playoff series and we talked about, you know, the psychological benefits of having this many months off.
A lot of times, female golfers that spend months away from the game come back and they're, you know, heading the best balls of the life.
And basketball is certainly not the same kind of psychologic being that golf is a team sport.
But there definitely is a huge psychological element.
And I think you know a player like calm.
We can't go on much further down from look, from where you from, where you and not even even if you see it is shooting improve and his playmaking improve a little bit that could provide issues Bruce and Filled About Donna Detroit and, you know, have give the jazz that push they need from all this accuracy, you know, cold with the whole Corbett MG hiatus started, you know, because of really not because they really go there.
But he was the first player you could jazz figure figure everything out here.
Yeah, and I think yeah, yeah, I think just like another thing is just like if calmly would arise, I think like through the potential there sitting at the four seed right now and to potential matchups that they could see the depending on housing shift office playing about the Houston Rockets to probably like having maybe the most dynamic backcourt in the game with West Broken Harden.
And that all playing the Oklahoma City thunder, who have their closing trio of Chris Paul, Uh, Shea and, uh, Dennis shooter.
Just, you know, if the jobs play, any of either of those teams are really gonna have to have ah, you know, competent, you know, very conflict backcourt, some action.
You know, I'm sure Don conventions could be ready for the playoff moment, but if conley were toe, you know, come back very strong.
Like you said, I think the jobs could be potentially dangerous. Dave.
So their a teams that did not make, um, it into the Orlando above a one of them being the hawk and the hearts of a very special player.
Vince Carter, who announced his retirement from the M E.
I believe it was yesterday, if not the baby for Yeah, you know, I only recently came in N b a fan, probably around 2013 I think.
Andi, you found a little bit longer what? You're, I guess, Figured it is part of you have? Yeah.
So I think I'm not like you are like like you have been kind of more recent.
That's a probably around like 2008 around the Lakers.
You know, when Lakers started treated for Pau Gasol with best in the West.
Wants it to the finals with the Celtics stops when I really became a Bieber fan.
Um, but yeah, I think a lot of the well, a lot of classic memories, you know, like Vince Carter in the dunk contest, him jumping over the seven footer on France when he was on a U. S.
Back in the day. Those are a lot of the cliffs that people love to play.
We brought like, you know, we're probably little to younger, but it was kind of Air Canada bobbins or you, because a lot of times of nets they played the Lakers Finals are.
I don't think I was on that team, but just kind of being on those, like Jason Kidd.
But for me personally, my favorite Vince Carter moment.
He's 2014 when he hit the game winner against the Senate time your Spurs in the first round, Um, that I was really awesome because it was very contrast.
Id Teoh a moment that he had in 2001 against the Philadelphia 76 years who eventually went to the farm.
I was with 5% in Butembo, and it was a Game seven of the semifinals, and, you know, he gets on the left wing pump fakes and just missed.
Ah, you know, really great open shot.
I think that's kind of when his time in Toronto started.
Go downhill after that.
So just to be able to see him, you know, make that shot on the Mavericks years later, I think was a really good reflection.
It kind of the growth.
He has a player, and a smart husband's car was known for his athleticism back in the day.
It's really remarkable how he's played with, played so many years and kind of reinvented himself as a role player.
You know, you know, better invent for you know, I know every team that loves assignment and whether they like Kings last year, the Hawks this year, like everybody, loves his veteran presence.
You were decent, but I think that really kind of encapsulate encapsulate its, you know, kind of the growth that he's made as flyer for me.
Yeah, so I guess my favorite bits are moment.
It was 2017 and it was just a regular season game.
I think it was March.
I want to say it was one of Grizzlies and it was a game against Milwaukee.
It and he just comes out and he made shot after shot after shot and he didn't miss a shot.
He, uh he was perfect from the field.
He scored 24 which I think was his season high and maybe his high sit.
I don't think he surpassed that, since that is because of the general minutes restrictions he's got on.
But you know that.
You know, it wasn't anything special of the regular season game, but it just took, like stood testament to how efficient of a score, how efficient the shooter, and, really, how efficient Claire Vince Carter was through.
You know, the twilight of his career, and he's always been known as, you know, a dunker first and a player second.
But honestly, this Carter, I think he's six all times at three point shooter.
He's one of the best three point shooters in NBA history statistically and a really efficient score for the bulk of his nb a career.
And so you know, my I guess my my memory is not just a moment, but an entire game.
That kind of cap encapsulate the train.
Like we said, it ended being a really efficient player.
Wanted for his veteran presence.
It's a really great guy.
Yeah, I think like another saying that, um, like I, you know, kind of part of why, you know, I selected my moment is just as you know, the cultural influence that he brought to Canada so that you know Toronto and you notice that your right your honor out there sweater right now.
But he really put up, you know him and made ready.
Really? Could the Toronto Raptors on the map just being kind of the one for franchise? Um, no.
I think that Cooper's move Teoh Memphis at that time.
So just being that one international franchises that they could in Toronto on the map.
And you see how that likes he was passed on from him? So yeah, a little bit really gay, but more like a martyr Rosen.
And then how the Raptors eventually were able to put your title last year.
Um, you know, I think another thing that's really cool about that is, um, like, he missed that shot against the 76 years.
And then you see, uh, a year that they win it again in game seven.
The semi final was quite letter this time of the right wing, you know, it's not shot over Simmons.
And indeed, um, you know, this kind of good mirror images of each other and shows how much growth the rockers made over the years and for Toronto and be able to kind of get a special moment on their home court.
Where there, uh, franchise player hits game winners. Really awesome.
But you know, that old kind of stem from a legacy that, uh, that Vince Carter had? Yeah. Absolutely.
And you know, Canada as a hockey country.
The whole really hasn't, you know, developed a loafer basketball, I guess.
Until it seems that but this car came.
That was that perception.
I get Vancouver, the Grizzlies left there like you said, and, you know, now final, the playoffs atmosphere there is just electric.
I never want to go there.
I would never want to go there.
You know, spokesman, I was like, Oh, you gotta go play two more in Toronto like that's tough.
That's Ah, that's a really talk place to point crowds Electric.
And, you know, I think that the city has really honed it on them.
You know that that's their identity, which is super cool.
I want to talk to anything. Kind of sharing it.
Oh, yeah, I know what you're thinking.
Oh, yeah, I was just saying that.
I think it's, you know, bringing it back a little bit back toe.
You know, the current events that MBIA It's, uh it's gonna be very interesting to see you have how you know, the bus for up to a on the brink of, you know, having the Raptors up up 30 and you know one for Syria.
Syria's very likely they wanted.
You realize that home court advantage a lot of times is kind of the difference that it takes for teams toe, you know, be able to advance all the way to the finals this year.
We're not gonna be able to get it.
So it's confused, kind of very interesting, especially for the Lakers and box, the higher seeds and even to understand the rafters and clippers or the two seeds right now.
So, you know, see how about play without their home court advantage and that you would think that kind of give them some sort of advantage, whether that's pumping in a little born noise for them when they score.
But even I know they discussed potential ideas, like having the home court advantage teams start three out of 4/4 of the Polish.
You know, I think it's a little gim****y, but something that kind of reward the teams to, uh, you know, earned their home court advantage throughout the course of the season.
So yeah, yeah, I think maybe the least gim****y, um, more, I guess the one.
The idea that provides the most utility in terms of home court advantage is like selecting one player in your team that can have an extra foul.
And that might be that might be too much of advantage.
But the same time, like home quarter benders to events and as, ah, as above family honest, uh, he's known to follow on from time to time he donated a playoff series.
They've lost games in the regular season because these follow about Yeah, um, you know, I would love to see, uh, the honest get stuff and falls at that would be That would be really nice on, so minus Oh, yeah.
I was gonna say my initial thought when I was thinking about like, you wouldn't want that.
Seven follows was thinking look at LeBron, their best player.
So I wanted to have it.
But I think Constant alerted you.
I would like to have, you know, Anthony Davis.
Two people have the seven files because I think that allows players like Dionysus and empty Davis who, um, aren't necessarily always just the guy in the mid got in the paint.
But, you know, some of their best players on their teams feel kind of roam around a little more aggressive.
Um, with their shop walking.
Uh, yeah, I think I would be kind of interesting.
That especially if the Lakers and the buff one had to had to each other and likely idea honest could be guarding each other.
And be interesting to have that seven foul.
And if they're not there.
Probably you're switching on either the pedantic Davis's case Brook Lopez are Chris Middleton and then, for, uh, Dionysus Casey probably be guarding either LeBron or it was Yeah, it's funny because, you know, as we talk about matchups, I realized that we could probably spend an entire episode of this talking just about the Lakers Lakers Buck Bucks matchup.
There's there's still much to talk about in terms of, you know, these matchups.
What? You know, I asked you this question, I think to podcasts ago.
But what first round matchup? Uh, in terms of teams, would you really like to see that you think would provide the most entertainment value? Um, I think one that could potentially shape up is the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, which I just think would be interesting in the sense that you get the, you know, home, Chris.
Oh, uh, Westbrook Trade kind of coming back.
And, you know, we saw how much of a surprise that the thunder, where this year, for a very positive way.
And then, you know, the Rockets had their ups and downs throughout the season, and they're just very reinvented team.
That's so we can kind of see that match up would be a very interesting.
And I think another big one for me is Thea.
Whoever Dallas map Explain.
No, they're seven seed right now.
Have a bit of climbing to do to be able to get up to six, but as it stands and be playing Los Angeles Clippers, and you know, while I certainly bet on the Clippers if I also get that matchup, I think matters are always very interesting matchup in the sense that you know one Lucas just well, that's up and coming players.
And then, you know, I recently saw that Willie Cauley Stein elected not to play because of the birth of his new Shiloh.
So he's not going to going to the bubble.
And Dwight Powell, who is their starting center this year, God injured with an Achilles injury.
So back on a swig ports and gets to the center in their lineup at Mexicali rose from really good.
Whether that's starting power forward or being there, center off the bench and they also move on off the bench.
But people kind of see how the Mavericks play out, and I think this could be a very good opportunity for a player like, uh, luh, God, to be able to show what he can kind of brings the table how he's gonna be in the playoffs as well as a chance reports and Justo kind of make that next step returning back from it.
J Yeah, I'm ecstatic.
Is Thea Forcing is in a playoff serious Because, you know, obviously New York, they never had a chance.
And Lucas, Well, you know, I don't I don't think that he's afraid of the spotlight.
She's ever since the end of the age of 15 or in professional basketball, he's he's never stepped down from the spotlight is a huge moment player.
I mean, Luca Magic has already, uh, you know, coined as a like, you know, in Houston and being clutch.
And he's on, yes, ticket, which is, you know, incredible.
Um, yeah, all right.
Maybe maybe defensively he could struggle. We'll see.
But I think you're right.
Where the just we're really going to see the Mavericks identity come to life in Orlando who want players that are built for the playoffs can pour Zynga's the you know, this formidable player in the playoffs and We're gonna get some answers there, so I'm really excited for that.
Do you have anything else you wanna? Yeah.
I mean, I just think all around the boat west, every matchup could be buried just saying so whoever the Nuggets play, I think we discussed our but with Yokich losing all the way and you know, the Nuggets having not necessarily huge up and down season, But I think they started a lot a stronger defensively.
And, you know, now I kind of ran into some questions about their, you know, their defense kind of came back to reality.
More like team started shooting better against them.
And then on top of that, um, just like seeing how Gary Harris played like I know Sean started fall off, you know, came back a little bit towards the resumption of the season.
So to see, you kind of have a nuggets, you're gonna be they'll be interesting for a shot matchup for anybody and that thing.
Looking at the East, there's a lot of fun of interesting matchups, I think especially whoever the 45 matchup is gonna be, Uh, right now we have Miami heat at four.
But you know what the six years having the second you take Easiest schedule.
I could easily see them jumping up to five.
Not, you know, not even after, like, four.
And then toe, you know, Miami Heat 76 year.
Siri's would be so interesting, especially holding a Jimmy Butler factor.
And I, I think, would be a great chance for a player like them and bio to show his defensive presence playing gets impeded.
Uh, you know, I think a lot of very interesting matchups that you kind of get from that.
A lot of, you know, cast a very interesting players would be, uh, seeing that matchup.
We'd see how Simmons and G kind of return after the entry, whether they benefited from all the time off.
Yeah, I've seen Jason Tam's names circulating Twitter a lot recently.
People saying, You know, Brad Stevens said, He's in midseason form.
He's ready to go, and, uh, you know, Tatum was playing some absolutely the wonderful basketball, you know, Post, all separate.
He was averaging that thing over 38 game.
Treat exploded, and it would be awesome. It's known.
Continue doing that you have.
You see the Celtics as a serious threat to the Bucks in the East.
You know, they came out last year, won the first game, and then Paul Pierce had the infamous the syriza's overstatement in the box.
Went on to win four in a row.
And you know the rest of that fruit history Kyrie goes the broken that they signed up combo and this clicks now for a couple of years seemed to be just, you know, one piece away or, you know, one, um, injury away.
You know, there's always something that you don't build Stephen saying they're gonna win 60 plus games.
We're gonna do this, do that.
It always seems like the Celtics are just like one something away from being like the spectacular teeth.
You think they could put it all together? Really? You know, have Tatum and Camba and around all of their apex offensively and Justin become this monstrous, um, team in the playoffs.
Yeah, So I think once interesting dynamic that happened with Kemba Walker being a injured for a lot of the second part of season, especially All star break was we saw the emergence of Jayson Tatum really becoming their outfits for so He was, you know, just started taking really hard shots, especially from three, and making them at a really high clip.
And, um, just a C Tatum kind of thriving.
That figure offensive role was very, very promising for the Celtics, and I think it also It is nice for a player like Jaylen Brown who gets Teoh kind of dialling a little bit more on defense and also benefits from having a guy like Tatum, whose sucks in you know or captivates defense, a little warned, gives him a couple more easy scoring opportunities every game.
But I think, really, the big question for the Celtics is.
What is Kemba Walker? Do you like when he comes back? Struggled with injuries that he's end? We've never really seen him true by off form, like he was always on the Hornets.
Teams were lower seat in support of nod like missed the playoffs.
All right, so you know, everyone remembers kind of the moment that Kemba Walker took over the NZ A tournament, especially by starting done us that back to bumper and over time.
So and my parents were, you know, very Brooklyn, you know, win the game and toe kind of see what playoff Campbell's could be like.
This could be very interesting, and I think the Celtics are definitely a team.
But, you know, the address that they had might be, you know, beneficiary of all this time off.
So really see how the Celtics mesh together And then also, I think it would be a good testament to see how Brad Stevens, you know, Johnson I would really love to see Celtics box mashups because, you know, you guys playing against each other two years ago, uh, her last two years and is, you know, is standing back to I think Isaiah Thomas seems a year played and, uh, yeah, just to be able to get that matchup would be fantastic.
But I think people also under I really have underestimated the Raptors this season, who everybody kind of wrote off because of the departure by Leonard.
But you saw how overpower really stepped up as well as you know, every player getting better.
Bentley got an even bigger role.
Larry's been excellent this season.
Siaca, you know, debated Lee candidate for when he backs back most improved players, which I don't think he's gonna win But, you know, such a testament to you kind of, you know, the increased scoring that he's had.
And then, you know, you guys have you have emergency guy like O G and nobody who just became one of the best offenders to believe this year.
So you know what? All those things kind of going for them on just kind of have won that championship swagger and, you know, just knowing they sorry to bring about bad memories, but, you know, beat the Bucks four straight games last year.
I think the Raptors are a team that's not only hungry to prove everyone wrong, but also confident enough just because they have that finals experienced the make up, you know, make some noise in the playoffs.
And you know, um, nurse employed this pretty effect, I should say, pretty effective, spectacularly effective defense on your honest last year in the playoffs.
And despite not having Kawai, they had times were able to at least stagnate ya, Mrs.
Offensive production again this year with the competition of an OBE in on see ya come switching on of all of them.
You know, there's not many other teams believe besides the Miami he and, you know, at times the Lakers that have the level switch ability to defend honest like that not only you need size, you also need awesome footwork.
You need to, you know, quick enough with your footwork to meet him at the rim, but also get out to them a contested three point shots.
When is inevitably gonna find open guys on the way.
And so, yeah, it's frustrating that, you know, the two with two teams that are best built to defend the honest or both in the East.
I get it. That's scared of the Raptors.
I think I think the box all year have proven that they're the best team in the East if not in the N b A.
And, um, I like our chances.
Yeah, I'm in Sion Whole more point than we just were.
You brought the name Marcus soul Who's, you know, such a big was it for the, uh, rappers this year and just ask their switch ability.
And it's just, you know, great commander toe have in the back line on just, you know, for a big man He's very switching also, Uh, and also, you know, Serge Ibaka has really found himself this season.
So, you know, the Raptors were really deep as well as the boss.
So, you know, I think when you come here, them with the Celtics, the Celtics definitely stand out is the team.
That's we, Steve, but, you know, has a lot of town on their teeth.
So just give me so interesting to see how everything plays up and, you know, that might not you give enough credit to Miami? He really exceeded expectations.
And now have some a lot of interesting pieces going.
Especially like a guy like you and Allah will see, like, kind of cow here turns, You know, if he could be an impact on player like Johannes or yeah, or you could take number somebody.
And we can, you know, break down from these matchups in the East and West.
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